Encouraging the Arts

CAST is dedicated to sharing the stage with children. It is a true joy to watch a family join each other on stage and take part of an everlasting memory. After years of watching kids grow up on our stage CAST’s executive board decided to honor those students that have participated in our organization and that have become responsible, caring individuals who have supported their community, whether it is through art or through other means.

Thus the Deb Nothstein of CAST Memorial Scholarship Award was conceived. It is a $500 award that is given to a Catasauqua graduating senior who has participated in at least one (1) CAST production or other Catasauqua High School drama production.  Applicants should be considering furthering their education in any field or pursuing a career in the arts.

Below are the past recipients:

2015 - Samantha Diaz, Emmie Ledesma & Krystaglynn Roberts

2014 - Keera Drummer, Natalie Falcone & Scott Reph

2013 - Aaron Falkenstein, Alissa Fredrick, Natalie Leggett & Mikayla Ninos

2012 - John Kelly III, Keith White & Lauren Hoch


Zachary Kunkel

2011 – Zachary Kunkel

Zach has been involved in CAST productions from a very early age with his family. Throughout High School Zach maintained his participation with CAST while pursuing various arts activities at CHS. Zach is currently attending Lehigh Carbon Community College and continues to volunteer and dedicate time to CAST in addition to his college workload.

2010 – Gina Chorab Gina Chorab

Gina participated in our 2008 production of Oliver. In high school she was active in Generation Hope, peer mentors, choir, student council, student forum and was the boy’s volleyball manager. She also performed in the high school’s production of The Sound of Music, where she played “Mother Abbess.” Gina is currently attending Kutztown University studying middle school education. She is a member of the ultimate frisbee team and of an improv acting group called HARLO Players.

2009 – David Butz

Microsoft Word - Document1Dave began performing in CAST productions during his childhood and continued to be involved through high school. During his teenage years, he realized that performing was not for him, so he traded acting for a spot on the stage crew. Although no longer involved, it is rumored that he makes guest appearances backstage to energize the performers, via his rendition of Sisqo’s hit “Thong Song.” Dave is a graduate of Moravian College, currently works for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and is pursuing the CPA certification.

Andrea Englert2008 – Andrea Englert

Andrea has been in 13 of our 16 shows. Over those years she has grown into an intelligent, well spoken and independent young woman whom we are very proud of. She has shown great talent and dedication to not only our organization but to her community and more importantly towards her education. She was an active member in her high school debate team, scholastic scrimmage, newspaper, student council and will be attending Dickinson College to study political science.

2007 – Bethany Nothstein Bethany Nothstein

Bethany has been in every show since 1993’s Wizard of Oz to her last show her graduating year, Honk! (2007) She is full of dedication, talent and kindness and she is always eager to help out those in need. Her dedication to the arts has been prominent since she was a very young child and it was an honor to have Bethany’s talent blossom on the CAST stage. She attended Wagner College to study Arts Administration and now lives in New York City working for an Off-Broadway Theater.