Mimi Bryan Scholarship Winners

Indian Valley Theatre is proud to announce the names of the recipients for this year’s “Mimi Bryan Memorial IVT Scholarship.” Because of generous donations from the community, IVT was able to award 3 scholarships this year. Congratulations to Sydney Chmielewski, Jaden Frantzen and Caroline Welte.

From Indian Valley Theatre’s very first days, Mimi Bryan was there.  She was one member of the passionate founding families dreaming big about live community theatre.  As a long time educator, Mimi was active on stage as well as behind the scenes.  Most importantly, she was instrumental in giving many budding actors a shot on stage and bringing Community Theater to life for hundreds of members of the Fox Valley community to enjoy. In the wonderful spirit of her significant contributions to the Fox Valley theatre world, IVT is very pleased to offer this year’s “Mimi Bryan Memorial IVT Scholarship” to these three students, all from Sandwich High School. They were presented with their awards at a recent Sandwich High School Awards Night by IVT President, Kathie Hart. All 3 students have been involved with IVT throughout the years.

Sydney will be attending North Central College in the Fall, where she hopes to pursue a Major in Musical Theatre and/or Psychology. She has been an active volunteer in the community, is an Illinois State Scholar, a National Honor Society Member and has participated in Choirs, Speech Team, Theatre and various clubs throughout High School. She was in the IMEC Honors All-State Choir for 2 years. She was a participant in IVT’s Summer Children’s Theatre Workshop for many years and has been a Teacher’s Aide in the program as well.

Jaden has been involved with IVT from a very young age, participating as a cast or crew member in many productions and has been a participant in IVT’s Summer Children’s Theatre Workshops as a student and now as a High School Aide. She has participated in numerous plays throughout H.S. as well as Choirs, Bands, Speech Team, Drama Club and also sang in the All-State Choir. She is a National Honor Society Member. She has a passion for working with children and will be majoring in Elementary Education at Elmhurst College. She has a determination “to follow in Mimi Bryan’s footsteps.”

Caroline will be attending Millikin University where she will be studying for a degree in Vocal Music Education. Caroline is also a National Honor Society member and an IL State Scholar. She has participated in many different Choirs, Speech Team, Theatre, Band, and many various clubs. She was in the ILMEA District Choir and the ILMEA All-State Choir for 2 years. She also was involved with IVT’s Summer Children’s Theatre Workshop for many years. She hopes to continue working with Community Theatre Groups in the future.  

Congratulations! Everyone at IVT wishes the best for these three young ladies as they begin their college education. For questions, tickets or more information about Indian Valley Theatre, please e-mail info@indianvalleytheatre.com  or contact IVT at 888-365-8889. Check us out online @ www.indianvalleytheatre.com. Indian Valley Theatre is an Illinois Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and development of the performing arts in the Fox Valley area.

Pictured left to right are: Cheryl Welte, Jaden Frantzen, Kathie Hart and Sydney Chmielewski.