Helen J. Kryszak Memorial Scholarship
We, the members of Lancaster Regional Players, recognize the importance of those who serve outside of the spotlight in numerous roles behind the scenes of a production, and no one symbolizes this commitment more than our own Helen Kryszak. Helen was a longtime resident of Lancaster who joined our group back in 1972, when we were known as the Lancaster-Depew Community Theater. From 1972 to 2010, Helen worked in some capacity, mostly in a backstage role, in almost 70 productions. She served as stage manager, stage crew member, and house manager, but it is her role as Property Mistress in dozens of productions that quickly earned her the nickname “Helen of Props.”
Despite the dozens of directors who have helmed our shows and the hundreds of actors who have performed with us since 1972, the one constant has been Helen, sitting backstage during each performance, following along with the script, and ready to spring up and help out with the next scene change or special effect.
In February 2011, Helen’s life was cut short by cancer, and our productions will never be the same. But we will never forget her commitment and dedication to our group and our productions, specifically her drive to help others look good onstage and do what was needed for each performance to run smoothly and efficiently.
LRP would like to honor the memory of our friend, Helen Kryszak, by offering a scholarship in her name to a student attending Lancaster, Depew, or St. Mary’s High School, who shows similar dedication to the backstage aspects of the theatre. Backstage personnel are the backbone of any production and LRP would like to recognize students who exemplify Helen’s spirit and commitment and fellowship of the theatre.
Applications for the 2016 Helen J. Kryszak Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted! The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.
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