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Awards given at Annual Banquet

Van Wert Civic Theatre held its Annual Banquet and Awards ceremony on September 17 to honor shows produced over the last year.  The gathering started with a meal and concluded with awards.  

The Board of Trustees presented 4 proclamations. The directors, cast, and crews of Last Tango in Little Grimley (produced May 2021), Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr (produced June 2021), and Twelve Angry Pigs (produced July 2021) were all recognized for their contributions in helping VWCT get back to the business of live theatre.  

Mamma Mia, originally cast in February of 2020 but postponed until May of 2022, received recognition for commitment in the face of adversity.   

Top honor of the evening The Trustees’ Award went to Stan Lippi for his efforts over the last year as VWCT returned to the stage.  Outgoing President Trent Gossett presented Mary Ann Falk with the President’s Award for her ongoing support of the Board and VWCT.  

Mamma Mia received the People’s Choice Award, and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical garnered the Production of the Year Award.  The following awards were presented to the 2021- 2022 productions: 

MOTHERHOOD, THE MUSICAL

Roger Rex-Company Choice- Motherhood, the Musical

Outstanding in Ensemble

Outstanding in Musical Direction-Dee Fisher

Excellence in Direction-Jerry Zimmerman

Excellence in Props-Roger Rex

Excellence in Musical Performance-Nancy Shuffle

Excellence in Pit Orchestra

Excellence in Cameo-Amy Boley

Excellence in Stage Crew

     Roger Rex

     Ashley Roberts

     Ellie Warnement

     Missy Keller

Excellence in Musical Performance-Mary Ann Falk

THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL

PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

Keith Allen-Company Choice – The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Outstanding in Set and Set Decor

     Keith Allen

     Mary Ann Falk

     Amy Boley

Outstanding in Choreography-Jerry Zimmerman

Outstanding in Direction-Jerry Zimmerman

Outstanding in Ensemble

Outstanding in Acting-Kara Place

Outstanding in Musical Direction-Dee Fisher

Outstanding in Musical Performance-Nancy Shuffle

Excellence in Acting-Travis Nihiser

Excellence in Sound Design-Burdette Bolenbaugh

Excellence in Pit Orchestra

Excellence in Acting and Musical Performance-Jerry Zimmerman

Merit in Acting-Stacy Rife

Merit in Acting-Tabitha Kline

FOOLS

Jan Miller -Company Choice-Fools

Outstanding in Cameo Role-Burdette Bolenbaugh

Excellence in Acting to Zubritsky Family

     Jan Miller

     Ken Mark ward

     Emily Gehle

Excellence in Set

Merit In Ensemble

Merit in Acting-Daniel Sanderson

Merit in Direction-Perry Luhn

MAMMA MIA

PEOPLES’ CHOICE AWARD

Mary Ann Falk- Company Choice-Mamma Mia

Dale Terry-Gypsy Robe-Mamma Mia

Outstanding in Set Design

Keith Allen

Mary Ann Falk

Chad Kraner

Outstanding in Acting-Adam Ries

Excellence in Ensemble

Excellence in Light Design –

Mary Ann Falk

Chad Kraner

Excellence in Onstage Chemistry

     Debbie Briggs

     Austin Carnahan

Excellence in Cameo-Burdette Bolenbaugh

Excellence in Pit Orchestra

Excellence in Direction-Chad Kraner

Merit in Acting-Josh England

Merit in Acting-Stacy Rife

Merit in Acting-Chad Kraner

Merit in Musical Performance-John Shuffle

Merit in Musical Performance- Nancy Williams Shuffle

The 2022-2023 season opens on Thursday, September 22 with Rated P for Parenthood.  Tickets are onsale now at 419-238-9689 or at vwct.org.