Episcopal High School honored the 2011 Mary Virginia Crain Penniman Scholarship recipients at a luncheon Aug. 26.

The scholarships are awarded annually to three outstanding middle school English students. One student is selected from the sixth grade, seventh grade and eighth grade.

This year’s award winners are Jacob DeWitt, sixth; Gabrielle Bienasz, seventh; and Mallory Holland, eighth.

This year’s recipients and their parents were honored at a luncheon with Head of School Hugh McIntosh and guests.

The luncheon was prepared by chef Pat Mahon and hosted by G. Allen Penniman Jr. and his daughter, Margaret Boudreaux, an Episcopal fifth-grade English teacher.

‘Nutcracker’ auditions set

The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will hold auditions for “The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou” Sept. 17 and 18.

The auditions will be held at the Dancers’ Workshop, 10745 Linkwood Court, for both advanced dancers and children between the ages of 8 and 12.

More than 300 children will be selected to fill the roles of lambs, cherubs, mice, cooks, soldiers, angels, bon bons and party children.

“The Nutcracker” takes the stage with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra at the River Center Theater for the Performing Arts Dec. 17 and 18.

Audition times:

• Advanced dancers: Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m.

• Boys, 8 years and up: Sept. 18, 12:45 p.m.

• Girls, 8 years old: Sept. 18, 1:15 p.m.

• Girls, 9 years old: Sept. 18, 2 p.m.

• Girls, 10 years old: Sept. 18, 2:45 p.m.

• Girls, 11-12 years old: Sept. 18, 3:30 p.m.

Children should wear leotards and tights and arrive at the audition at least 15 minutes before their scheduled audition time. There is a $5 audition fee per dancer for both advanced dancers and children.

For more information, call the Dancers’ Workshop at (225) 767-5814 or the BRBT office at (225) 766-8379, or visit http://www.batonrougeballet.org.

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