BDHS Senior Receives BDACT’s Kamps Award
Ashley Hale, the 2020 recipient of Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s Jerome H. Kamps Memorial Award, acknowledged the major influence that theater has in her life when she wrote in her application essay, “…theater has allowed me to witness firsthand the role it plays in shaping my community. By doing theater, I know that I am contributing to the creation of art that makes my community a smarter and kinder place.”
Ashley’s resume especially reflected that understanding of theater by participating in twenty-six productions, on stage and behind the scenes, throughout her school years. In addition to her many high school and BDACT performance roles, she offered her special dance and choreography talents, volunteered as an usher, and worked on several stage, set, and sound crews.
Most recently, Ashley was a featured dancer in BDACT’s 2019 high school musical, “Newsies,” choreographed Tell-A-Tale’s production of “Frozen Jr.,” and performed in the theater’s summer musical, “Annie.” As she begins her college career as a Communications major at UW-Milwaukee, Ashley credits theater for teaching her “how to better manage my time, the importance of perseverance, how to lead, how to be a part of a team, and how to work with different people.”
In selecting the recipient, a committee of theater representatives evaluated the candidates’ essays and theater experiences with a point system. Committee Chair Annette Kamps said this year’s five applicants were all impressive. “The committee was especially pleased with the applicants’ essays which reflected BDACT’s mission to create an inclusive, supportive community that provides education and opportunity for people of all ages.”
To qualify for the $500 annual award, the recipient must be a graduating senior from Beaver Dam High School, Wayland Academy, or a high school from the surrounding area, who is pursuing post graduation education. The award is in memory of Jerome H. Kamps, a co-founder and charter member of BDACT and a dedicated art teacher at the Beaver Dam High School for thirty-four years. He is particularly remembered for his many outstanding set designs for BDACT and BDHS productions and for the encouragement and love for the arts that he instilled in so many.