Published in the March 9, 2016 edition
LYNNFIELD — The Spotlighters of Lynnfield have announced the Catherine Ruby McGrath Theater Scholarship. This scholarship is open to all seniors who are interested and active in all aspects of theater.
Catherine Ruby McGrath was a child dance performer in the 1920s in the Chicago area. She studied with Helen Emma Reaume Power, a well–known dramatist and Shakespearean actress who was the mother of Tyrone Power, one of the most popular male stars in Hollywood from the late 1930s until his death in 1954.
McGrath later performed at many nightclubs and theaters in the Midwest before finally retiring to raise six children in upstate New York, where she worked in real estate and as a portrait artist. She passed away in 1996 at the age of 77.
Two of McGrath’s grandchildren, Eric and Bobby Curran, have performed in numerous Spotlighters’ productions, including “The Sound of Music” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Applications for the scholarship can be picked up at the Lynnfield High School guidance office. The deadline for applying is May 6.