Thursday, November 15, 2007

COM: The Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship Fund is a project of the Guadalupe Stage Quartet, and is awarded annually beginning in 2007, to a deserving and outstanding theatre arts student graduating from Ingram Tom Moore High School.

Donations to the fund should be made to "Roy Burney Scho;arship Fund" and can be hand-delivered to any member of the Quartet, or may be mailed to Holly Riedel, Ingram Tom Moore High School Theatre Department, 510 College Street, Ingram, Texas 78025.

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet & Friends is an actor’s repertory company with a mission of doing fine drama in the Kerrville-Ingram Artsplex.

We were established in 2005 with the intent of doing performances in area theatres of plays not otherwise being produced – serious, small-cast, intimate and intense dramatic pieces. Since that time we have successfully produced three plays: Lend Me a Tenor at The Point Theatre, and The Octette Bridge Club and The Drawer Boy at Warrior Theatre. All proceeds from our productions benefit the Roy Burney Scholarship for a senior theatre student, and the Ingram Tom Moore Thespian Society by funding educational experiences outside the school setting, including support of area theatre productions.

We are currently in the process of obtaining 501c3 certification; the scholarship is currently being hosted and managed by the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country.



Our Mission and Operating Philosophy

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet seeks to bring fine drama to area theatres while helping support a deserving theatre student through the Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship Fund. The first three GSQ productions provided over $12,000 towards this project.

Roy Burney, a founding member of the Quartet, is always honored by our productions. These shows not only help fund the endowed scholarship in his name, but a portion of the proceeds helps fund educational opportunities for the Ingram Tom Moore Thespians, his beloved students.

We are proud to note that 100% of the admission, concessions, and donation proceeds from our shows goes towards these projects. We fund the overhead out of the producers' own pockets and through the generous devotion of time, effort, services and goods by our friends in the theatre and Kerrville-Ingram communities.

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet was founded in 2005 to present quality performances in association with area theatres. The founding members are Holly Riedel, Roy Burney, Marie Cearley and Tony Gallucci. Burney was a theatre and literature teacher at Ingram Tom Moore High School before his death of cancer in August 2006. Riedel and Cearley are theatre teachers at Ingram Tom Moore High School. Gallucci works in media and arts at the Hill Country Youth Ranch, and runs his own feature and documentary film production company.

Thus far the GSQ has produced three critically acclaimed shows – Lend Me a Tenor at The Point Theatre, and The Octette Bridge Club and The Drawer Boy at Warrior Theatre. We look forward to producing future shows at the Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts, Turner Blackbox Theatre, and other area theatres. The Guadalupe Stage Quartet plans to produce Death of a Salesman next spring, and Never the Sinner and Dragons over the course of next summer and fall. Future proposals include A Delicate Balance, The Glass Menagerie, The Producers, Noises Off, ‘Night Mother, and Death And The Maiden.


Our First Scholarship Honoree
Irec Hargrove
(Freshman, The University of Texas-San Antonio)
Irec graduated this spring from Ingram Tom Moore High School, where he was a member of the Ingram Tom Moore Thespians. He now attends The University of Texas-San Antonio to major in theatre. Irec was the first recipient of the Roy Burney Endowed Scholarship, presented at the ITM Awards Convocation by Holly Riedel for the Guadalupe Stage Quartet. HIS SHOWS: The Taming of the Shrew, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Petruchio; Oklahoma, The Point Theatre, as Jud; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Charlie Brown; The Sunshine Boys, The Point Theatre, as Assistant Director; currently onstage with the ITM Thespians as Black N’ Red in Deadwood Dick.



Our Honoree
Roy Burney
(former Theatre Teacher, Ingram Tom Moore High School)
"Roy Burney was a Renaissance man of sorts. Candlemaker, photographer, artist, actor, director, set designer, teacher, mentor - all of these had a place in his life. Of all his artistic pursuits, however, he loved the theatre best. He never ceased to marvel at how the experience of theatre could transform students and adults. Many students have told him over the years how their time on the stage or behind the scenes empowered them to deal with their life problems, motivated them to stay in school and excel, gave them a purpose and a sense of belonging they had never felt before, and provided them with confidence and self esteem. These were Roy's own motivation. Roy's passion for life, like his sense of humor, was infectious. He knew how to dream, and sometimes, (as with Les Miserables), he made the dream come true. Theatre for Roy was not about the acclaim, because he was really very shy, nor was it about the applause, although he dearly loved to see an audience surge to its feet, but rather Roy sought to portray truth in every performance and to demand playing for truth from his actors. He stressed the truth, the demand, the discipline of the theatre with humor and faith in everyone's ability. Roy's life outside the theatre was rather modest. A loving husband, faithful friend, and a dedicated father to five children, he mostly enjoyed quiet times on the deck with family, friends, and dogs. He adored watching sports, especially when his sons were involved, but he faithfully cheered on the Ingram Warriors in whatever sport was currently up and running. He taught nearly every child at Long Lake in Waupaca, Wisconsin, to ski, refusing to let any of them give up. Roy's passion for living has not diminished because he is gone, but it still lives on in those of us who knew him and loved him. Roy would be amazed to know that friends, family and the theatre community had already raised $12,000 as the foundation for the endowed scholarship in his honor. The 2007 recipient was Irec Hargrove. Thank you to all those who have contributed. " ~ Holly Riedel, Roy’s wife and our producer

SOME CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Roy received two Pointy Awards for Best Actor and one Pointy for Best Supporting Actor. On opening night of GSQ's Lend Me A Tenor the Hill Country Arts Foundation presented its Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Roy Burney for his contributions to The Point Theatre and the education of future Thespians. His wife, Holly Riedel, accepted the honor in his behalf. HIS SHOWS: Kennedy's Children, out-of-state production; Androcles and the Lion, out-of-state production; Of Mice and Men, out-of-state production; The Blob, The Point Theatre; The Lion in Winter, The Point Theatre, as Henry; A Thousand Clowns, The Point Theatre, as Murray; Romeo and Juliet, The Point Theatre, as Friar Lawrence; Our Town, The Point Theatre, as Director; Morning’s At Seven, The Point Theatre, as Thor; South Pacific, The Point Theatre, as Director; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Point Theatre, as Reverend Hopkins; Macbeth, The Point Theatre, as Macduff; The Hobbit, The Point Theatre, as Director; Lend Me A Tenor, The Point Theatre, as Henry Saunders; The Crucible, The Point Theatre, as Director; As You Like It, The Point Theatre, as Duke Senior/Frederick the Usurper; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Point Theatre, as George; Taming Of The Shrew, The Point Theatre, as Petruchio; The Good Doctor, Tivy High School, as Director; Oklahoma, Tivy High School Choir, Lights and Set Design; What She Don’t Know, premiere at Wildflower Theatre, Johnson City, as Director; Brothers, Dogs, and God, David Hickey Film; Knocked Up, David Hickey Film; Antigone, Ingram Tom Moore High School: UIL One Act Play, as Director; Persephone, Ingram Tom Moore High School: UIL One Act Play, as Director; Macbeth, Ingram Tom Moore High School: UIL One Act Play, as Director; Playing for Time, Ingram Tom Moore High School: UIL One Act Play, as Director; The Crucible, Ingram Tom Moore High School: UIL One Act Play, Set Designer; Deadwood Dick, Ingram Tom Moore High School, Set Designer; Grease, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Vince Fontaine; Fables, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Assistant Director; Les Miserables, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Director; Our Town, Ingram Tom Moore High School, Set Design

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet Principals

Holly Riedel
(English & Theatre Teacher, Theatre Director, Thespian Troupe Sponsor, Ingram Tom Moore High School; Producer, Guadalupe Stage Quartet)
In so many ways, Holly is the founder of the Quartet. She has been the enthusiastic prodder of us all, the producer in all its literal meanings, and that person who, in her moment of grief, pulled us through to get something actually done. Yes, we’re a Quartet, but Holly is our mother hen. Holly began acting at the age of 13 in Arsenic & Old Lace as Elaine, and her first musical was as Ado Annie in Oklahoma. She began directing by accident at age 21. Holly has won Pointy Awards as Best Supporting Actress for The Lion In Winter and for Best Actress in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. Her production of The Octette Bridge Club won the Sarah Award in Kansas. Her proudest theatrical moments came catching the cup twice in The Sound of Music, the closing moments of Jeff Scott’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at The Point Theatre, and watching her students in The Crucible, Les Miserables, Playing for Time, and The Taming of the Shrew.

HER SHOWS: The Octette Bridge Club, Warrior Theatre/Guadalupe Stage Quartet, as Connie; The Lion in Winter, The Point Theatre, as Alais; The Taming of the Shrew, ITM’s UIL One-Act Play, as Director; Lend Me A Tenor, The Point Theatre, as Diana; Playing for Time, ITM’s One-Act Play, as Director; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Point Theatre, as Martha; The Crucible, The Point Theatre, as Elizabeth Proctor; The Crucible, ITM’s One-Act Play, as Director; Oklahoma, Tivy High School Choir Production, as Director; Les Miserables, Ingram Tom Moore High School at The Point Theatre, as Producer, directed by Roy Burney and Marie Cearley; Lend Me a Tenor, The Point Theatre (twice), as Diana; Deadwood Dick, ITM Thespians, as Director.


Marie Cearley
(English and Theatre Teacher, Thespian Troupe Sponsor, Ingram Tom Moore High School)
Marie’s next project is The Lion in Winter, which she’ll direct, and Death of a Salesman, in which she appears onstage. Marie’s favorite moment from our recent show Lend Me a Tenor was “Being referred to as the Chrysler Building, and being costumed like it! My dream come true – getting back on stage!” Marie’s awards include: Outstanding Actress, Southwest Texas State University; Outstanding Drama Student in high school; Best Supporting Actress at Southwest Texas.

HER SHOWS: Circling the Drain, The Point Theatre, as Edna Grace; The Octette Bridge Club, Warrior Theatre/Guadalupe Stage Quartet, as Martha; Lend Me a Tenor, The Point Theatre/Guadalupe Stage Quartet, as Julia; Tartuffe, Southwest Texas State University, as Madame Parnell; The Governors, Southwest Texas State University, first show in new theatre, as The Governor’s Mistress; A Christmas Carol, The Point Theatre, as Mrs. Dilber and Mrs. Fezziwig; Grease, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Director; Vanities, Ingram Tom Moore High School, as Director; The Diary of Anne Frank, Hobbs (NM) High School, as Director; Picnic, Hobbs (NM) High School, as Director; You Can’t Take It With You, Hobbs (NM) High School, as Director


Tony Gallucci
(Media and Arts, Hill Country Youth Ranch; Filmmaker, Milk River Film)
Tony plays at whatever he feels like, be it music, theatre, film, or coaching. He foresees someday doing a play in every theatre in town. He spends every spare moment on scripts and making films, which you can check out at YouTube.com/milkriverfilm. He won a Pointy Award for his Herr Schulz in Sarah Tacey’s Cabaret at The Point, and a Spotlight Theatre Arts Group Gold Medal/Best Actor for his Angus in The Drawer Boy, and was noted for that role in the Best of Theatre 2005 in the San Antonio Express News. He counts his years playing music with buddy Lyle Lovett, and coaching the Tivy Antler soccer team as among his better stretches.

HIS SHOWS: The Drawer Boy, Warrior Theatre, as Director; The Octette Bridge Club, Warrior Theatre, as Director; Lend Me a Tenor, The Point Theatre, as Director; Deadwood Dick, ITM Thespians at Warrior Theatre, as Assisitant Director; A Streetcar Named Desire, The Point Theatre, as Steve Hubbell; Our Town, Warrior Theatre, as The Stage Manager; The Drawer Boy, Spotlight Theatre Arts Group, as Angus; Cabaret, The Point Theatre, as Herr Rudolf Schultz; The Diviners, The Point Theatre, as Basil Bennett; The Boys Next Door, Schreiner University, as Kipper Klemper; A Christmas Carol, The Point Theatre, as Jacob Marley; Lend Me a Tenor, The Point Theatre, as Tito Merelli; Annabelle Leyton, Schreiner University, as Jim Leyton; Our Town, The Point Theatre, as The Stage Manager; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Point Theatre, as Director; Diogenes/Dionysus, The Extra Mile, Cold & Glass, Perfection, Ode to a River, and Forgiven, as Director/Filmmaker

Friends of the Roy Burney Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund
Jane Pavlat, George & Teri Stieren, Wright & Johanna Roussel, Wes & Marcy Dorman, Raydell & Tom Givens, Constance & Neill Masterson, Heidi Riedel & Jim Van Valkenburg, Harley & Posey Riedel, Carol & E.C. Smith, Symantha Stevens, Marie & Jon Cearley, Holly Riedel, Julia Brady, Troy Fannin, Jane Harris, Greg Lasley & Cheryl Johnson, Nancy & Darrell Reagan, Carl & Cathy Behrens, Donna Barfield, Genelle Parra, Dan & Liz Groat, Evans Johnson, Dorothy Heath, Tony Gallucci
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The Guadalupe Stage Quartet
Roy Burney (founder & in honor of), Marie Cearley (Lend Me A Tenor, cast, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007; The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007; Death of a Salesman, cast, 2008), Tony Gallucci (Lend Me A Tenor, director, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, director, 2007; The Drawer Boy, director, 2007; Death of a Salesman, cast 2008), Holly Riedel (Lend Me A Tenor, cast/producer, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast/producer/assistant director, 2007; The Drawer Boy, producer, 2007; Death of a Salesman, director, 2008)

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Friends of The Guadalupe Stage Quartet
Mari Aleman (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Zach Anderson (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Shana Baldwin (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Donna Barfield (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Madelyn Beaudoin (Lend Me A Tenor, cast, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Aaron Belec (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Annalisa Belec (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Joshua Berg (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Tara Blackwell (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Lindsey Blankenship (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Kanah Bradshaw (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Julia Brady (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Charles Bryant (Lend Me A Tenor, cast, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast/assistant director/crew, 2007; The Drawer Boy, cast, 2007), Hilary Bunker (Lend Me A Tenor, cast,crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Antonio Castro (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Kirsten Cavazos (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Jon Cearley (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Leah Clayton (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Juan Corpus (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Ainsley Daniel (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Taylor Danielson (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Benton del Toro (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Ari Denevan (Lend Me A Tenor, assistant director, 2006), Dion Denevan (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Marcy Dorman (The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Wes Dorman (The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Kaleb Dworsky (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Luis Esparza (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Wesley Evatt (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Allison Ferguson (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Dawn Fisher (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Kevin Fowler (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Pam Frierson (The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007), Sloan Frierson The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Anthony Goodman (The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Irec Hargrove (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007; The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Cadi Hawkins (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Chaille Hawkins (The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007), Freddie Hawkins (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Derek Holbrook (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Emily Houghton (The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007), Aaron Hutto (Lend Me A Tenor, cast/crew, 2006), Ingram Tom Moore High School Theatre & Tech Theatre Classes (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Ingram Tom Moore High School Thespian Troupe (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007; The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Genie Iness (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Kyle Kimmey (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Wade King (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), David Lackey (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Louise Leahy (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007), Aaron Lewis (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Mathis Lidiak (The Drawer Boy, cast/crew, 2007), Justin Martinez (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Chris McCrae (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Jesse McGilvray (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Ray Mendoza (Lend Me A Tenor, cast,crew, 2006), Jerry Mertz, (The Drawer Boy, cast, 2007), Lindsey Morris (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Kylie Nidever (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Josh O’Brien (The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Jennifer Ozuna (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Dionicio Perez (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Katherine Phelps (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Carol Priour (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Gary Priour (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Faustino Rodriguez (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), John Ruth (Lend Me A Tenor, cast, 2006; The Drawer Boy, cast, 2007), Dan Schmidt (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007; The Drawer Boy, crew, 2007), Ruthie Schmuck (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast/crew, 2007), Justin Schotts (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Sarah Tacey (Lend Me A Tenor, cast, 2006; The Octette Bridge Club, cast, 2007), Stephanie Thorne (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Graydon Vaught (Lend Me A Tenor, cast/crew, 2006), Blake Vickers (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Jennifer Vickers (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Caleb Weaver (The Octette Bridge Club, crew, 2007), Garrett Whitten (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Allyson Widener (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006), Jeff Widener (Lend Me A Tenor, crew, 2006)


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