Scholarship Fundraiser to Help Keep Local Performer's Memory Alive

- Family, friends and the Wichita Falls theater community, are coming together to honor a 20-year-old Wichita Falls native who was killed earlier this year.

Andrew Raymond Duncan was one of five members of the "Texas" musical theater cast killed in an August wreck near Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

The vehicle was traveling on highway 287 when it reportedly pulled into the path of a trailer truck. 

Authorities say the group was returning from an end of season party.

Now four months later, Duncan is being remembered through what he loved the most, singing, dancing, and acting.
The theater community is turning this tragedy into hope for teens wishing to pursue the arts in college.

Andrew Duncan's friends say he was the guy who could always lighten the mood.

“You couldn't be in a bad mood if you were around Andrew because he would make absolutely sure that you were in a good mood when he left, you were probably laughing really hard and you forgot what you were upset about,” says PR Director for the Fundraiser and Friend of Duncan, Jeanette Perry.

And his upbeat spirit continues to inspire those who knew him,months after his tragic death.

“If anything I learned from Andrew it taught me to be a more positive upbeat person and to be a light to everyone else, this give us the opportunity to honor his life,” says Perry.

Now his memory will be honored by helping people he didn't even know, through a scholarship fund being built by his friends and family.

Organizers say they want to honor Duncan through what he loved most, performing, so they're bringing dozens of singers, dancers and actors together for one night to raise money.

“This has brought us all closer together and so we work harder and maintain that closeness with in our community to honor him and honor the art,” says Duncan.

The money will help teens pursue their dreams in college just as Andrew was pursing his at West Texas A&M.

“Andrew was very talented, an extremely a great person to work with and he was doing that he was following his dreams and he was doing what he loved,” says Perry.

And it's that passion organizers hope to pass on through the fund, keeping Duncan's love for the arts alive through others.

Duncan's memorial scholarship benefit will be January 4th at the Wichita Theatre.

Dinner will be served by the Gypsy Kit  at 6 p.m. and performances start at 7:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $19 and admission plus dinner is $34.

Dinner tickets include reserved seating.

You can buy tickets at the Backdoor Theatre, The Wichita Theatre and Dance Etc.

There will also be a silent auction and raffle.

Proceeds go to the Andrew Raymond Duncan Memorial Scholarship Fund.


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