The Little Theatre of Norfolk scholarship was established by the board of directors in
order to award a student who is interested in either majoring or minoring in performance
or technical theatre. This year’s award recipient is Lily Easter.
Lily is a senior enrolled at Western Branch High School and attends the Governor’s
School for the Arts where she has held a G.P.A. of 4.56. She has also been involved in the
arts community for a great deal of her life participating in productions with Hurrah
Players, Norfolk Collegiate, Theatrix, Long Lake Camp, and Spotlight Productions. Lily
has also performed in community theatre where you could find her on stage at Smithfield
Little Theatre and Williamsburg Players. Lily has been in three of our productions
including Ensemble parts in Sweet Charity and Jesus Christ Superstar. Lily was awarded
the “Performer of the Decade” by Broadway World for her role as my grandson, “Pugsley
Addams in The Addams Family Musical.
Lily’s AP Psychology teacher writes this about her, “I have enjoyed teaching her and only
wish I had had the opportunity to meet with her in person rather than virtually each day.
Even under the current circumstances, as a result of the pandemic, I have found Lily to be
a student who still stands out.”
Steve Earle, Lily’s theatre teacher at the Governor School adds, “Lily is an absolute joy to work with in rehearsal. She does her actor “homework” and comes prepared to engage
each day. She is diligent and responsible and she brings a terrific energy to an ensemble.
She contributed greatly to the research and writing as well as to the performance
component of our devised work about school shootings entitled, Locked Down which
earned the Broadway World award for Best Original Work”
In her application essay Lily discussed how she views theatre in our society by writing
“Our current society views theatre as an extravagance, a needless frill that is only available to a select few: the elderly, with their expendable incomes and inclination for nostalgia, and families, who want nothing more than a distraction to keep their children occupied for two hours. This limited audience severely hinders the ability of theatre companies to tell relevant and challenging stories. I have chosen to pursue a major in theatre to challenge this, to make theatre accessible and important in our world again. Instead of just an amusing distraction to pass the time, I believe that we need to view theatre as an educational and integral experience for people of all backgrounds.”
In her concluding paragraphs Lily discussed what she would like to get from a college
major in theatre, “At college, I hope to learn more about how different countries and
cultures value and treat their artists. My exposure to the arts, while enriching, has been
incredibly Euro-centric, and have had very little study into the theatre and art worlds of
Asia and Latin America. I have so much appreciation for these artistic communities, and I
only wish I knew more about their past and present. An artist must be well-rounded and
worldly, and that is exactly what I hope to accomplish in my education.”
This fall Lily will be traveling to New Hampshire in the fall to attend Dartmouth College
where she will be majoring in theatre. On behalf of the Little Theatre of Norfolk’s board, it is my honor to present Lily Easter with the 2021-2022 Little Theatre of Norfolk
Scholarship in the amount of $1000 to assist her further study of the performing arts.