Sandwich students awarded 2023 Mimi Bryan Scholarships

Pictured from left are scholarship recipient Emily Beckwith, IVT Mimi Bryan Scholarship Committee member Kari Frantzen, IVT Mimi Bryan Scholarship Committee chair Sharon Pagoria, and scholarship recipents Aleksandra Savage and Cadence Goldstein at  Sandwich High School's Senior Awards Night.

Indian Valley Theatre recently named of the recipients of this year’s 2023 “IVT Mimi Bryan Memorial Scholarship.” Because of generous donations from the community, IVT was able to award four scholarships this year. Congratulations to Emily Beckwith, Cadence Goldstein, Aleksandra Savage and Payton Penman.

Beckwith, Goldstein and Savage graduated from Sandwich High School. Beckwith will be attending ISU pursuing a degree in theatre education; Goldstein will be majoring in special education at Western Illinois University; Savage plans to major in music and/or special education with a minor in theatre studies at NIU. Penman, who graduated from Somonauk High School, will attend Evangel University with a major in pre-med/biology.

From Indian Valley Theatre’s very first days, Mimi Bryan was there. She was one member of the passionate founding families dreaming big about live community theatre. As a longtime educator, Bryan was active on stage as well as behind the scenes. Most importantly, she was instrumental in giving many budding actors a shot on stage and bringing community theater to life for hundreds of members of the Fox Valley community to enjoy.

For questions or information about Indian Valley Theatre, email For information on the Mimi Bryan Scholarship, email Sharon Pagoria at To make a tax-deductible donation to the Mimi Bryan Scholarship Fund so IVT can continue awarding this scholarship to graduating high school seniors in the future, visit IVT’s website at