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 Lindsey Mertes of Branson, Mo. 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.
Mertes also received certificates for exceptional achievement in character development for two of her roles: Veta Louis Simmons in “Harvey,” and Mildred Hayworth Carson in “Faith County.”
Other William Woods students and Fulton residents receiving certificates for exceptional achievement in character development were Jason Flauaus of St. Charles, Mo., as Duane Wilson in “Harvey,” Jamie Heisler of Portland, Ore., as Naomi Farkle in “Faith County,” Suzy Johnston of Fulton, Mo., as Gladys Pimbleton in “Faith County,” Jared Krichevsky of Torrance, Calif., as Sonny in “Grease,” Sharree LaMere of Hallsville, Mo., as Faye McFaye in “Faith County,” Grant Lierheimer of Mexico, Mo., as Elwood P. Dowd in “Harvey,” Lindz Pace of Rolla, Mo., as Miss Lizzie in “Blood Relations,” Meghan Parks of Quincy, Ill., as Sandy in “Grease,” Ryan H. Paul of Olathe, Kan., as Dr. Patrick in “Blood Relations,” Christy Pinz of St. Peters, Mo., as Actress in “Blood Relations” and Joshua Potter as Doody in “Grease.”
In addition, students were honored for exceptional achievement in design, management or technical theatre. The recipients this year were all chosen by the faculty and staff for their assistant director/stage management work in specific productions.
They are: Sarah Sumpter of Fulton, Mo., for “Grease,” Emmy Potter of Fulton for “Harvey,” Ellen Gilmer of Des Moines, Iowa, for “Blood Relations” and Alarie Sims of Blue Springs, Mo., for “Faith County.”
The main stage season productions for the 2003-2004 season were announced. They are: the musical “Godspell” in October, the comedy “How the Other Half Loves” in December, the comedy/drama “The Boys Next Door” in February and Neil Simon’s farce “Rumors” in April.