Award named in memory of member Betty Kash
By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Betty Kash, a longtime member of Narrows Community Theater, loved working with kids, according to members of the Bay Ridge-based performing arts company, who said they always admired her generosity toward young people.
Kash had a boundless energy and a bubbly personality that drew young people to her like a magnet, her friends said.
When Kash died two years ago, the board of directors of Narrows Community Theater (NCT) decided to honor her legacy by establishing a scholarship in her memory. “We want to foster this enthusiasm and do our part in building the next generation of performers,” NCT board member Ann Gubiotti wrote in an email to the Brooklyn Eagle.
NCT is currently accepting applications for the Betty Kash Memorial Scholarship. The award is open to graduating eighth grade students interested in theater, dance and music who intend to further their education in the arts.
The deadline for filing applications is May 16. The application includes an essay that the student must write. The winner (or winners) will be announced at an NCT meeting in June.
Students interested in applying for the scholarship can email NCT@NCTheaterNY.com and the theater company will forward the application materials.
Those wishing to donate to the scholarship fund can either write to NCT at the above email address or visit the company’s website at www.NCTheaterNY.com for more information.
As the Brooklyn Eagle reported last June, the 2013 Betty Kash Memorial Scholarship award went to two local girls, Jessica Sparacio and Sarah Rodriguez, both of whom had expressed a strong interest in theater.
Gubiotti said the number of scholarship winners awarded depends on number of applications received as well as the quality of the submissions. In the first year, the scholarship was awarded to one winner. Last year, there were two winners. In the first two years, each winner received $200.. The scholarship amount may increase, Gubiotti said.
Kash was a multi-talented member of NCT who directed and performed in several of the company’s productions over the years, friends said. She performed in the NCT’s production of “Cabaret” and directed “Guys and Dolls,” and “Oliver,” among other shows.
NCT was founded in 1971. The company, which mounts two shows a year, has presented a wide variety of productions over the years, including musicals like “Anything Goes,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “42nd Street,” and comedies like “Noises Off.” In December, NCT’s Christmas show was “Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical.”
The company’s mission, according to a statement on its website, is to promote and encourage the study and advancement of the arts for the cultural benefit of the community.