Theatre Program Gives End-of-Year Awards

At
the end of the 2012-2013 theatre season, the talented, inspiring theatre
students at William Woods University gathered for their annual
achievement night, during which Theatre
Guild Awards were presented.

Directors
of each mainstage
production may nominate any actor or actress from their cast who they feel
best exemplifies Best Actor and Actress, as well
as supporting roles. The nominations are compiled into a final
ballot, which is then
distributed to guild members with voting instructions. The Theatre Guild president
collects the ballots and tabulates the results.
 
Paige
Runge of St.
Louis, Mo., was the recipient of the “Most Contribution to the Theatre
Department Award.” This award is the highest honor the department can give to
any actor, student,
technician, designer or manager. The
recipient is the person who best
exemplifies all aspects for the theatre department, including leadership,
loyalty, talent and a high GPA.
 
“We
as a faculty and staff felt as though Paige
best exemplified the criteria for
this award. Her positive presence and constancy of purpose has demonstrated the
highest levels of professionalism in all areas of
WWU Theatre and best exemplifies the true theatre we all strive to be,” said
Joe Potter, assistant professor and
artistic director of theatre at William Woods.
 
Runge
and Stephen Chamineak of Hazelwood, Mo., received awards for “Best Actress” and
“Best Actor.” Runge
was selected for her performance in “The Cherry
Sisters as Effie. Other
nominees were Kassi Davidson of Roseau, Minn.; Suzi Johnston of Fulton, Mo.;
and Kayla Pulliam of Bloomington, Ill. Chamineak won for his performance in “BOB” as Bob. Other nominees
were T.J. Green of Brandon, Miss.; Drew
Arnett of of Columbia, Mo.; and Calvin Hawkins Wentzville, Mo.
 
Davidson
earned “Best Supporting Actress” as Addie in “The Cherry
Sisters.” Other nominees were Maggie Hunter of Columbia, Mo., and Paige Runge of St.
Louis, Mo. Michael Dodson of St.
Louis, Mo., won “Best Supporting Actor” as Joe in “9 to 5.” Other
nominees were Chamineak and Green.
 
“Because we are
equally proud of all our students’ progress and accomplishments, it is very
difficult to single out any one given
performance as being better
than another,” said
Potter. “Each of these
students, including the other students on the ballot, was selected because of their ability to
masterfully create a character.”
 

The
“Tribute to Don Weiss Award” was presented to Doris Weiss. This is a special
tribute to recognize the contributions and honor the memory of community
player, Don Weiss. Weiss was a member of the Partners in Arts
organization, designed to connect the campus with the community. Weiss passed away in December
after suffering from a long illness, but his contributions to the community are
still very much extant.

 
During
the night, newly initiated members of Alpha Psi Omega, the WWU theatre honor
society, were recognized. They are Katharine Carney of St.
Peters, Mo.; Molly Feldt of O’Fallon, Mo.; Joe Merlotti of St.
Louis, Mo.; Davidson, Green and Hawkins.
 
Mainstage
Design/Management/Technical Awards
Certificates were awarded to:
 
·       
Carney
– stage management on “9 to 5” and “The
Cherry Sisters Revisited”
·       
Hunter
–  stage management on “Bob: A Life
Revisited”
·       
Jennifer
Steindorf of San Diego,
Calif.– stage management on “Medea”
 
In addition,
Melissa Alpers-Springer, faculty sponsor of Jesters, announced the Jesters
Awards, all given for “Recent Tragic Events”:
 
·       
Tech Crew Award: Chamineak for puppet design 
·       
Management/Design Award: Merlotti for stage management 
·       
Best Actor: Green for Ron 
·       
Best Actress: Pulliam for Nancy/Joyce 
 
Productions
planned for the 2013-14 theatre season were also announced. They are “The
Glorious Ones,” a musical; “The Dead Guy,” “All My Sons” and “Perfect Wedding.”
 
“As always, we
are excited to work with new, incoming students who will join us in the fall, as
well as our returning students. We want the community to know that good theatre is
alive and well at William
Woods University,” said Potter.
 
He
added, “We believe that theatre
matters and makes a difference in the education
and well-being of
society and our community. As a community, we are truly blessed by all the
artistic opportunities that are
available. We want to encourage the community to be involved and invite them to
participate in auditions and
help us backstage.”
 
For
more information about upcoming productions and/or how to get involved, contact
Potter at (573) 592-4281 or jpotter@williamwoods.edu.
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