The Missy Centanni Scholarship Fund was created in 2014 to honor Missy Centanni, a person who embodied the Gas Lamp Players' mission throughout the many years she spent building the Gas Lamp Players Academy into the treasure it has become. MIssy was a light, who we sadly lost too early.
Contributions to The Missy Centanni Fund allow kids who might not have the financial wherewithal, to participate in theater, form new, lasting friendships, and hopefully, have a life-changng experience.
Through the generosity of our donors, countless aspiring actors have been able to participate and thrive in GLAPA programs.
More about Missy and the impact of the scholarship fund named in her honor:
Missy Centanni touched the lives of many people when she performed with her daughter, Carly, in Gas Lamp’s productions of Annie, The Music Man and The Wizard of Oz. As her friend and fellow cast member Maureen Ludwig stated, “[She] cast a spell of positive energy over the cast and crew of every production.” Her selfless spirit will never be forgotten.
Missy possessed a unique gift of identifying a need and then doing everything in her power to meet it. She knew that an enormous need exists for kids and teens to find confidence in themselves and to be able to discover and share their strengths with others. While participating in our programs, many of our students have experienced increased self confidence, personal victories, new-found friendship, and memories that will last a lifetime. Missy knew and loved this about Gas Lamp. And now, because of Missy, her incredible family, and your generosity, Gas Lamp can continue to help kids of all ages participate, and enhance the quality of our non-profit community theatre troupe.
We are so grateful for your support. And please remember that your donation is tax-deductible, as Gas Lamp Inc. is a federal 501c3 organization. Our federal tax identification number is: 20 831 6611.
Here is what some off our theatre kids have said about Gas Lamp:
"I realized how unique and special Gas Lamp is when I was doing the Wizard of Oz. It was the combination of people at all levels and from all backgrounds intersecting on the same road, helping each other, donating all of their efforts and energy tirelessly, and forming a true family."
"I’ve never felt so accepted somewhere and it’s truly a privilege to be apart of. You don’t only make art with Gaslamp, you make magic."
"No matter how hard you look, you’ll never find something quite as magical as Gas Lamp. I promise. One summer with Gaslamp and I found myself breaking out of my shell and becoming the performer and person I’ve always wanted to be, but was too scared to be."
"As someone who never really ‘fit in’ at school, I find a certain comfort being involved with every program offered at Gaslamp, but especially The Teen Project. Not only being able to create using my personal gifts but having the privilege to watch other young artists, like myself."