Greensboro resident Laurie Beasley, a choir member with ``The Lost Colony' outdoor drama, was honored with the Roanoke Island Historical Association's 1990 Evelyn Russell Layton Award.
Beasley, a graduate of Southeast Guilford High School, is the daughter of Rebecca Beasley of Greensboro.The Evelyn Russell Layton Award was established to reward and recognize outstanding professional discipline, artistic integrity and the promise for a professional career on the part of a member of ``The Lost Colony' company.
It was established by Joe Layton, director of ``The Lost Colony' from 1964-84, in honor of his late wife, actress Evelyn Russell Layton.
The Layton Award provides $1,000 cash to the recipient to relieve financial pressures incurred while the actor is beginning a professional career. Applicants must have completed their schooling and the award money may not be used to pay for classes leading to a degree of any kind. The recipient must have made outstanding contributions to ``The Lost Colony' and have participated fully in ``The Lost Colony's' Professional Theatre Workshop.
The 1990 season was Beasley's third with ``The Lost Colony.'
A former student at the N.C. School of the Arts, Beasley worked this past winter in several productions staged by the Patchwork Players. She appeared on an episode of ``America's Most Wanted.'