Emma Brannen and Landry Oliver

Scholarship recipients Emma Brannen and Landry Oliver

Emma Brannen and Landry Oliver were recently named this year’s Abbey Players scholarship recipients.

Emma has been a part of the Abbey Players, based at St. Benedict the Abbot Church in Peters Township, for 11 years. She is the youth theater group’s longest-standing member, having been a part of the very first show and nearly every performance since the group’s onset, serving at various times as a dancer, actor, singer and assistant choreographer/student director.

“Abbey Players has been what I do with my Sundays since I can remember,” she said. “For the past 11 years, it has helped me grow into the person I am today.”

Emma plans to pursue a career in ballet and will be looking forward to auditioning for professional companies later this year, while one day possibly opening her own dance studio.

Landry has been a member of the Abbey Players for four years, as both a performer and a student director. Widely involved in many groups at Peters Township High School and throughout the community, he always has been there for the Abbey Players when the group needed him.

“Abbey Players has played a very large role in my life in so many different ways,” he said. “I’ve always been very shy, and while I wouldn’t say that I’m the most outgoing person nowadays, I’ve definitely made bold strides in improving. I’ve had great discussions with amazing people and amazing actors, been onstage with people who will definitely end up famous and grown as a person. It hasn’t just been something that I’ve done, another activity to fill my time, it’s been an experience that I’ve enjoyed and will take with me wherever I go.”

Landry has accepted a full scholarship to attend Pepperdine University and study political science. He hopes to one day work either in law enforcement on the federal level or in the judicial system.

The Abbey Players is a community theater group for students seventh through 12th grades that promotes performance, prayer and charity. For more information, email stbensabbeyplayers@gmail.com.