WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- This year's recipient of the Bob Fitzsimmons Scholarship is Christian Prato, a senior at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains.
It will be awarded to him on stage at Westchester Broadway Theatre on Thursday, May 12.
Prato's passion for theater began at Blind Brook Middle School in seventh grade. He entered Stepinac High School in 2012. He has performed in nine shows during his tenure at Stepinac. During his sophomore year, he expressed an interest in directing. He began serving as an assistant director and continued to do so for each production through his senior year. Recently he directed "12 Angry Men" which was the inaugural production of Stepinac Theatre Lab, a program that is directed, produced, designed, and performed by an all-student ensemble.
He will be attending DePaul University in Chicago for the next four years to study theater arts and directing. The scholarship is given annually to a college-bound senior who has excelled in the theater arts programs while attending Stepinac High School. The arts scholarship is named after Bob Fitzsimmons, a graduate of Stepinac High School, who died suddenly at the age of 37 in March of 1992. He was the Public relations director of the Westchester Broadway Theatre, as well as an actor, producer, writer and a director of shows at WBT and at numerous theaters throughout the County.
The scholarship was established in his name by the owners of Westchester Broadway Theatre, Bill Stutler and Bob Funking, the entire employee staff of WBT, and the many friends and relatives of Fitzsimmons.