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The Russell Dupre Memorial Scholarship for the Performing Arts

~ Russell Dupre, was a long time member and friend of Worcester County Light Opera Club, who devoted much of his life to directing others in Community Theater to help them develop their talents and offer the Worcester community the opportunity to become involved with live theater.

~ This Worcester County Light Opera Club Scholarship is awarded to a student who wishes to continue to develop his/her talents in the performing arts through formal instruction. This scholarship might be used for lessons in dance, voice, a musical instrument or some other area of performing arts. Awards are based on an individual’s commitment to his/her art, potential for growth, and service to the community.

~ Participants of the Children’s Summer Musical Theater Workshop Program, who are WCLOC members, are eligible for this scholarship. The Workshop Director, along with the Worcester County Light Opera Board of Governors determines the number and dollar amount of any scholarship(s) awarded and presented to any student(s).

If you are interested in being considered for The Russell Dupre Memorial Scholarship, please complete this application form and return it to your WCLOC Summer Workshop Director.

Russell Dupre Scholarship Application


C. Russell Johnson Memorial Scholarship

C. Russell Johnson was involved with the theater for decades, most of it with the Worcester County Light Opera Club.  He was an accomplished actor and a fine director. When he was in his early 20s he passed screen tests with 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers.

With the WCLOC, Russell directed and acted in many productions.  Invariably, he was in charge of make-up. He helped design sets. He served as president in 1952 – 1953.

In the September, 1952 publication of “WCLOC – Opera Light”, it says this about Russell:

“C. Russell Johnson is the father of five boys, founder owner of Paramount Oilless Bearing Company, and is now, president of the WCLOC. For a young man, this is quite a string of accomplishments. Russ looks like a Viking with his blond hair, blue eyes and out-thrust chin. He always has the appearance of fresh air and outdoors about him. His hobbies are fishing, camping, hunting, swimming and tennis. Prior to marriage he won a tennis cup in Waterville, Maine. Russ is talented as he showed in his recent portrayal of Vashek in The Bartered Bride. He joined the club in 1943 and has assisted or been in an active way connected with eight shows since that time. He is a member of the Player’s Club, the Sales Executive Club and the Aletheia Grotto. He has played summer stock with Guy Palmerton and Louise Galloway in Nipmuk Park, with Allen Gray Homes inWestboro Town Hall, Fireside Players, Bethany Church and Hadwen Park Church dramatics groups, and the Community Players from Clark University under the direction of Professor Illingworth. So, if you want something done and done well – ask a busy person to do it. That is Russ.”

Here are some of the productions Russell Johnson either starred in or directed with the WCLOC (sometimes he did both at the same time):

Trial by Jury
The Bartered Bride
Guys and Dolls
A Waltz Dream
The Red Mill
The Chocolate Soldier
Kismet
The Desert Song
The Vagabond King
The Pajama Game
Carousel
Rose Marie
Emperor Jones
Naughty Marietta
The New Moon
Brigadoon
Oklahoma
HMS Pinafore
The Mikado
The Yeomen of the Guard
South Pacific
Show Boat

If you are interested in being considered for C. Russell Johnson Memorial Scholarship, please complete this application form and return it to your WCLOC Summer Workshop Director.

C. Russell Johnson Scholarship Application