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Meet the Scholars

KiLEY ERNEST

2019 Theater/Dance
Community Scholar

SAMANTHA SHELDON

2019 Theater/Dance
Community Scholar

Kiley Ernest hails from Forest Hill, Maryland, and she is currently a sophomore at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where she is pursuing a BFA degree in Musical Theater. Local performance credits include Velma von Tussle (Hairspray), Morticia Addams (The Addams Family), Cosette (Les Misérables), Judy Haynes (White Christmas), and Ariel (The Little Mermaid). During the Fall 2019 semester, Kiley performed in Rider’s production of It’s a Grand Night for Singing.

Samantha Sheldon is from Catonsville, Maryland, and she is currently a freshman at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where she is pursuing a BA degree in Musical Theater. Local performance credits include Anita (West Side Story), Ariel Moore (Footloose), Babette (Beauty and the Beast), Snow White (Snow White), and Mary Lennox (The Secret Garden). During the Fall 2019 semester, Samantha performed in Seton Hill’s production of Chicago.

Samantha is our first scholar to have previously performed with Emily when they shared the stage in 2012’s Anything Goes.