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 in an everlasting memory. After years of watching these children grow up on stage, CAST’s Executive Board decided to honor those students who have participated in our organization and who have become responsible, caring individuals who support their community, whether it is through art or through other means.

Thus, the Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre Scholarship Award was conceived in 2007. The scholarship is now known as the Deb Nothstein of CAST Memorial Scholarship Award. It is an award that is given to a Catasauqua High School graduating senior who has participated in at least one Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre 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:

2017 - Melody Cruz, Colin Weaver, SammyJo Henning, Paige Moyer-Adams, Stephen Shook


2016 - Crowley Kudla-Williams, Amber Labezius, Austin Reph

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

2011 – Zachary Kunkel

2010 – Gina Chorab

2009 – David Butz

Dave 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.

2008 – 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 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 a Broadway advertising agency.