A Noise Within Artistic Director to Address Scholarship Benefit

Julia Rodriguez-Elliott (pictured) producing artistic director of A Noise Within - Photo by Daniel Reichert Photography

Posted 2/4/12 – “Behind the Scenes at A Noise Within” will be the subject of a talk by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, producing director of Pasadena’s A Noise Within, the celebrated classical repertory theatre company, at the eighth Awards for Scholars luncheon to be held on Monday, March 12 at the Santa Anita Golf Club in Arcadia.

Rodriguez-Elliott will bring stories of both real-life and on-stage characters she has encountered since the founding of A Noise Within nearly 20 years ago and report on the successful move of the company from its long-time Glendale theatre to a permanent new home in Pasadena.  A Noise Within began its inaugural season in Pasadena October 29, 2011, in its new theatre in the former Stuart Pharmaceutical building located at the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Sierra Madre Villa Ave., Pasadena.

The Luncheon is being held to support the efforts of the San Gabriel Valley Alumnae Panhellenic’s scholarship program.

Chair of the event, Margie Totten, remarked, “Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and A Noise Within is a welcome addition to the arts scene in the San Gabriel Valley.  Her work with students as part of the theater’s educational programming, the production of classical literature, and the major awards she holds for her efforts, makes Julia the perfect speaker for our event.”

The San Gabriel Valley Alumnae Panhellenic program has provided monetary awards to over 200 high school senior women who opt to attend a four-year college or university.  The award program was started in 1939.

Last year’s San Gabriel Valley Alumnae Panhellenic merit-based scholarship winners, all from local high schools, were awarded $1,000 each.  Awardees were Lauren Teague, Jane Davidson, Polytechnic School; Mary Kennedy, Monrovia High School; Brenda Guan, Arcadia High School; and Abigail Scherer, South Pasadena High School.

Net proceeds of the luncheon will be used to continue the scholarship award program.  The event will be held in the Sunset Room of the Santa Anita Golf Club, 405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia.  Reservations for the benefit are $40 each and can be purchased by calling (626) 386-5054.

The Awards for Scholars committee includes Margie Totten of Arcadia, Chair, and members Debbie Anderson, Sally Butler, Betty Giles, Sandy Killian, Bev Street, Lauragene Swenson, Jean Weiss, of Arcadia; Pat Beery, Glendora; Betty Gavigan, Rita Lopez, Benita Schwartz, Pasadena; Marty Wetzel, Alise Ralston of South Pasadena; Janet Peters, Sierra Madre; Kathleen Kerger, Barbara Jackman, San Gabriel; Rosemary Plamondon, Valenica; and Pat Myers, Monrovia.