Stage dreams: Two Summit High students win theater awards |

Stage dreams: Two Summit High students win theater awards

Dan Thomas

DILLON – Vintage cars will help two Summit High seniors on their cruise through college. Betsy Sodaro and Lisa Wallace recently received scholarships to study theater from the Colorado Grand, an organization of vintage car collectors. For the last 13 years, the group has sponsored a fund raising tour across Colorado, stopping at ski resorts and small towns and giving out scholarships along the way. Accompanied by six highway patrol motorcycles, the 85-car brigade involves 200 people including mechanics, drivers, and co-drivers. In each of their stopover towns, they choose an organization to support. In exchange for feeding the travellers lunch, the Colorado Grand donates scholarships. The organization can give away the scholarships however it chooses.

Silverthorne resident Eddie O’Brien takes part in the event each year, driving his 1966 427 Cobra sports car across Colorado.

“We give scholarships to have an absolute impact. $3500 buys more than just books,” O’Brien said.

During its visit to Dillon, the Colorado Grand had lunch with the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts. The group selected Summit High seniors Sodaro and Wallace as the recipients of a $3,500 scholarship.

Sodaro plans to use the scholarship toward her theater studies at Marymount Manhattan College in New York. Originally from Wyoming, Sodaro moved to Summit County when she was in second grade and has been acting since she was 5 years old. She has been involved in both Summit High School’s performing arts productions and taken classes at the Lake Dillon Theatre Co.

Her favorite play, she said, was Summit High’s production of “Grease,” in which she played the principal, Miss Lynch.

The other scholarship recipient, Wallace, also gained her theater experience through both Summit High and the Lake Dillon Theatre Co. She’s been in every Summit High production since her freshman year and refined her technique at numerous Lake Dillon summer programs. Wallace will attend Chapman University in California in the fall, where she plans to major in film direction and minor in theater.

“I had just gotten my acceptance letter when I found out about the scholarship,” said Wallace. “The money helps out so much. It’s unbelievable.”

Amanda Roberson can be reached at 970-668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

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