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Hawaii Children’s Theater awards scholarship

LIHU‘E —Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre has awarded the 2020 Ethan Shell Memorial College Scholarship for Performing Arts to Emmanuella Marcil. The $1000 will be applied to tuition at Lawrence University in Cincinnati where Emmanuella will be attending in the fall as a freshman, majoring in theater or digital media. Emmanuella states that her favorite performing arts experience to date, would be playing Truly Scrumptious in HCT’s musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.

She loved “working with her co-stars and riding around in ‘Chitty’ – a car created from scratch, which completely blew my mind.”

This scholarship is in memory of Ethan Bradford Shell, a young man who grew up on Kauai and participated in numerous HCT productions and programs. Ethan had graduated from college in New York City, and was working in an off-Broadway play and as a model when he died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition in 2010, at age 21. HCT and the Shell family started the scholarship program to support first or second year students who will be majoring in performing arts. This is HCT’s tenth year to gift college tuition monies to Kauai’s talented youth. Further information is on their website at and scholarship applications for 2021 will be online next January.

“We’d like to thank Capt. Andy’s for their generosity in sponsoring our yearly fundraiser to provide for this worthy scholarship,” said HCT president Dolly Kanekuni. “We wish the very talented Emmanuella continued success and know that Ethan would be glad you’re ‘living your dash’.”


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