Locke, Damms awarded SCT scholarships

Staff Writer

Starkville High School alumni Kelsey Damms and Barnes Locke were selected to receive the Starkville Community Theatre’s Robert G. and Mary Eleanor Anderson 2018-2019 Scholarships.

SHS 2017 graduate Damms and 2015 graduate Locke are currently students at Mississippi University for Women with anticipated graduation dates of 2020 and 2021.

SCT has awarded $1000 Anderson Scholarships since 2008 to students majoring in theatre or theatre education. Scholarship Committee members include chair Paula Mabry, Alice Carol Caldwell and Marsha Williams.

“Damms and Locke both have the qualities of talent, a strong work ethic, and academic accomplishment that enable them to complete their college careers successfully and to compete professionally,” Mabry said. “They are worthy recipients of the Anderson Scholarship.”

Damms had an on-stage role in MUW’s fall production of “Silent Sky.” Her interest in theatre began with her participation in SCT’s Project P.L.A.Y. summer program. At Armstrong Middle School she began working on technical aspects of theatre production and attended Mississippi State University's Summer Scholars On Stage.

AT SHS, Damms participated in nine productions, directing two shows, one of which, “The Journey of the Noble Gnarble," won Best Production award at the Mississippi Theatre Association’s annual Theatre for Youth competition. She stage managed SHS’s ”Eurydice” which won the MTA 2015 Technical Achievement award.

Locke brings a wide range of theatre experience to his junior year at MUW. At SHS he performed in the annual musical all four years. As an MSU Summer Scholars participant he worked in writing, casting, instruction, and performance. He has also performed in MUW, University of Mississippi, and SCT shows.

Lockes’s references praised his versatility, creativity, energy and humor. He displayed these qualities in his role as Teddy Roosevelt in SCT’s 2017 production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”