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Student drama supports scholarship fund in honor of Marine killed in Iraq
Date published: 11/6/2012
A corporate sponsor, Global Commerce Information Inc., helps cover production expenses so the scholarships can continue. Candidates accumulate points by putting in hours for the theater program.
Cresswell says she's still in touch with Lundstrom's father, Ed, a retired Marine Corps major who lives in Michigan, and his mother, Doyla Carol Underbaggage Lundstrom, of Black Hawk, S.D. Lundstrom and his mother were members of the Oglala Sioux tribe; his father is a member of the Rosebud Sioux.
"They were always interested in what I was doing" with the play and scholarship, "and I contact them this time of year," Cresswell said.
Lundstom's family has seen videos of the shows, but hasn't been able to make it to a performance.
Students, Cresswell says, develop a connection with Lundstrom, though they didn't know him. She tells them his story and shows them a picture of him in his Marine uniform.
One scholarship recipient, a senior at Christopher Newport University, "kept a picture of him to motivate her. [The money] helped her buy books her first semester," she said.
This year's production is Ken Ludwig's "Midsummer/Jersey," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," set on the Jersey Shore.
The 30-plus members of the cast and crew do four to six rehearsals weekly for several months to prepare.
"This is something we take very seriously. It's not just for us, but for people who have suffered like Brett Lundstrom's family," said cast member and senior Brandon Holland, 17.
Rachel Cabeza, 16, a junior who has a lead role, agreed there is a larger purpose.
"It's important that we remember the true meaning of why we do these plays. We do it for Mrs. Cresswell, and she does it for [Brett]" and his family.
Cresswell said she doesn't want Lundstrom to be forgotten.
"I feel like I made a difference in this boy's life, that he made a difference in my life, and I wanted to honor him and his family."
Rusty Dennen: 540/374-5431
WHO: Riverbend High School Drama DepartmentWHAT: Production of Ken Ludwig's "Midsummer/Jersey" WHEN: This Wednesday through Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. WHERE: Riverbend High School in Spotsylvania DETAILS: Tickets are $7. Proceeds go to the Marine Cpl. Brett Lundstrom Scholarship for the Performing Arts