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Hunter Malvitz as Gomez Addams and Maryann Alrand as Morticia Addams in Southern Door High School’s production of "The Addams Family" in 2022. (Photo by Rachel Lukas)

Peninsula Players Names 2023 Scholarship Recipient

Graduating senior Hunter Malvitz, who will receive a $500 scholarship, plans to attend UW-Eau Claire this fall to pursue a BMEd in music education with a choral emphasis.

FISH CREEK, WISC.: Peninsula Players Theatre has awarded its 2023 Theatre Scholarship to Hunter Malvitz from Southern Door High School. The annual award was designed to foster the career path and arts education of graduating high school seniors across Door County, Wisc., in the performing arts. One $500 scholarship is available to a student at each of the five Door County high schools, for a total of $2,500. Eligible applicants must plan to enroll as a full-time college student with a major or minor in arts management, music (performance or education), or theatre (acting, theatre studies, theatre technology, and design). There were no scholarship applicants from Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol, Gibraltar, or Washington Island high schools in 2023; the remaining scholarship money will stay in the endowment and go toward next year’s honorees.

According to Peninsula Players, Malvitz demonstrated a high level of participation and creativity in the arts during his academic career. His performing arts credits are extensive, including lead roles in Southern Door’s musicals and participation in concert choir and forensics. Malvitz has received several accolades for his hard work and dedication to the arts. Most recently, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s 2022-23 Center Stage High School Theater Program recognized Malvitz for his outstanding performance in a lead role for his portrayal of Gomez Addams in Southern Door’s production of The Addams Family. This honor earned Malvitz the opportunity to perform as a soloist at a Tony Awards-style showcase at the Fox Cities PAC. Malvitz will attend UW-Eau Claire this fall to pursue a BMEd in music education with a choral emphasis.

Founded in 1935, Peninsula Players Theatre is one of America’s oldest professional resident summer theatres. As Door County’s premier professional theatre, Peninsula Players seeks to support exciting theatre, preserve the region’s natural beauty, foster future generations of theatre professionals, and ensure the future security of the theatre, while providing artists the freedom, tools, and facilities they require to entertain, uplift, and inform audiences.

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