UPDATE: Daniel David Shelhamer, age 73, of Shoreline, Washington, died
Tuesday morning, March 20, 2018 following an eighteen-month struggle with brain
cancer. Dan is survived
by his wife, Carol Colt; son, Matthew (Bpaw) Shelhamer; daughter Staci (James)
Schulmerich; grandchildren, Parker and Madison Schulmerich; nephew, Mehdi (H’Krih)
Shelhamer and family; cousins and extended family in Montana.
RBCC Players at Richmond Beach Congregational United Church of
Christ in Shoreline, Washington has established the “Daniel Shelhamer Scholarship for Performing Arts” to honor the talents and service to the
community of Daniel D. Shelhamer, Founder and Executive Director of RBCC
Players, established in 1982. In tribute to Dan each year
RBCC Players will grant a $500 Scholarship to a student enrolled in a
performing arts program.
Dan has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and is no
longer able to direct or perform. He is
currently in hospice care, however, he continues to live each day “eyebrows
We invite you to join us in funding this scholarship so it may
live on many years, honoring Dan’s love of music, performing arts, and kids.
Known as “Dan the Man” to his students and young actors, Dan taught
in public schools around the area for 20 years, also serving as musical/stage
director at University of Washington, Lake Washington High, Woodinville High,
Chief Sealth High, West Seattle High, Shorewood High, and Seattle Center
School. Directly after graduation from
the University of Montana, he worked with the founders of Missoula Children’s
Theatre for several years. For fifteen
years he was a regular director/music director/accompanist for Studio East in
Kirkland, one of the area’s leading children’ theatre groups and for several
years worked summer camps and after school enrichment programs with DandyLyon
Drama Co., Youth Theatre NW and for over 30 years encouraged and included children and youth
in RBCC Players productions.
Dan also worked extensively as Pianist/Organist and Choir Director
for area churches, In the Shoreline area he served Trinity Presbyterian, Haller
Lake United Methodist and Richmond Beach United Church of Christ. The churches he served were not just the
churches he worked in. In order to best
serve a church, he found it necessary and personally enjoyable to enter into
the life of the church - spiritually, socially, emotionally - as fully as
possible. His commitment to the churches did not end with the Sunday morning worship service
Dan stayed active in performing throughout his life. He sang with the Seattle Opera Chorus;
performed with local theatre groups, as director, music director, or performer;
sang with the Dickens Carolers and the Silverbells Carolers.