The William Woods Theatre Department recently hosted its annual awards night, recognizing students and local participants for their achievements and high involvement in the department.
The “Most Contribution to the Theatre Department” Award was presented to Meghan Parks, a senior from Quincy, Ill. It is the highest honor that can be awarded to a student actor, technician, designer or manager who has demonstrated exceptional talent, loyalty, creativity and constancy of purpose in all areas of the theatre department.
The “Outstanding Achievement in Theatre” Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional mainstage artistry in some capacity far beyond the requirements of the production. This year the award went to Shaun Speers, a junior from O’Fallon, Mo.
“Shaun’s continued self-motivated commitment, loyalty, hard work, organizational skills, attention to details and dedication to facilities management, and technical theatre has been outstanding,” Joe Potter, artistic director of theatre, said.
William Woods students receiving certificates for exceptional achievement in character development were Kristin Bailey, of Columbia, Mo., as Nanny/Kate/Principal in “Baby With the Bathwater,” Arin Brewington of De Soto, Mo., as Mrs. Winemiller in “The Eccentricities of A Nightingale,” Shawn FitzWilliam, a Westminster College student, as Archibald Barker in “Ain’t Nothin Quick’n Easy,”
Also, Hunter Nesbitt of Jenks, Okla., as Sexton Bryant in “Ain’t Nothin Quick’n Easy,” Meghan Parks, as Younger Belle/Baby in “Little Me” and as Alma Winemiller in “The Eccentricities of A Nightingale” and Joshua Potter of Fulton, Mo., as Noble/Pinchley/Val du Val/Fred Poitrine/Otto Schnitzler/Prince Cherney/Noble Jr. in “Little Me.”
Community players recognized for character development were Suzy Johnston as Older Belle in “Little Me” and Jody Paschal, a WWU alumnus, as John Buchanan Jr. in “The Eccentricities of A Nightingale.”
In addition, students were honored for exceptional technical achievement. These awards were given to Shaun Speers for sound design on “Little Me,” Genevieve Jimenez of St. Peters, Mo., for stage management on “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale” and Daniel Saults of Rolla, Mo., for achievement in technical theatre.
Six students were recognized for being initiated earlier in the year into Alpha Psi Omega, the national honor society for theatre: Meghan Parks, Shaun Speers, Stephanie Powers of Florissant, Mo., Kristin Bailey, Daniel Saults and Genevieve Jimenez.
Theatre students who were honored for their portfolio reviews this year were recognized. They are: Meghan Parks, for professional presentation, Shaun Speers, for dedication to craft, and Kristin Bailey for artistic growth.
The main stage season productions for the 2006-2007 season were announced. They will start the year off with the musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” followed by the murder mystery comedy thriller “Exit the Body,” the French Neoclassic tragedy “Phaedra” and the farcical comedy about marriage “Bedroom Farce.”