Shoresh Alaudini, USF Grad, noted in SF Chronicle as ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ scholarship celebrates 15 years | USF in the News |

Behind the big hats and campy extravagance, the esteemed reputation of “Beach Blanket Babylon,” regarded as the world’s longest-running musical revue, deserves to be superseded perhaps only by its Scholarship for the Arts program.


While the famed “Babylon” has paraded a stream of outlandish characters in North Beach for 43 years, the Steve Silver Foundation, named after the show’s late founder, enters its 15th year offering $15,000 scholarships to three talented Bay Area high school seniors.


Shoresh Alaudini, who won for acting in the scholarship’s inaugural year, remembers his college adviser, coincidentally the head of the performing arts department at the University of San Francisco, doggedly roping him into acting classes while Alaudini was still hesitant about pursuing performance.


“So I mention (winning), and he reaches into his desk and pulls out a newspaper clipping of the scholarship and he’s like, ‘We’ve been waiting for you,’” Alaudini says. Alaudini has remained in the Bay Area working as a now-seasoned stage actor.


Started in 2002, the scholarship program is an extension of the foundation’s commitment to giving back to the city.



The program is ultimately a concerted effort to provide, along with the financial support, a sense of affirmation and support for teenagers considering careers that demand uncertainty and vulnerability (though the scholarship doesn’t require an art major).



“The fact that they do what they do, and as I get older and see what’s going on with the constant influx and the struggle of funding for the arts — it’s amazing,” says Alaudini. “Words really can’t describe what this opportunity meant for me.”


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