William Woods Theatre Department Presents Awards

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 Shaun Speers, a sophomore from O’Fallon, 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.

The “Outstanding Achievement in Theatre” Award was given to Sharree LaMere of Columbia, Mo., for her “loyalty, hard work, perseverance, dedication to the theatre and, most importantly, her kind and supportive words of encouragement to her fellow theatre artists.”

Mike Wilson, a community theatre participant from Fulton, Mo., received the Old World Craftsman Award, given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding technical theatre craftsmanship far beyond the necessary requirements of the productions.

William Woods students receiving certificates for exceptional achievement in character development were Jared Krichevsky of Torrance, Calif., as Hysterium in “A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum,” Hunter Nesbitt of Jenks, Okla., as Algernon Moncrieff in “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Meghan Parks of Quincy, Ill., as Gwendolen Fairfax in “The Importance of Being Earnest” and as Sissy in A Piece of My Heart,” Ryan H. Paul of Olathe, Kan., as Pseudolos in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Emmy Potter of Fulton, Mo., as Cecily Cardew in “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Genevieve Jimenez of St. Peters, Mo., as Leeann in “A Piece of My Heart.”

In addition, students were honored for exceptional technical achievement. They are: Shaun Speers for sound design on “A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum” and Stephanie Powers of Florissant, Mo., for stage management on “A Piece of My Heart.”

Three students were initiated into Alpha Psi Omega, the national honor society for theatre: Jamie Heisler of Portland, Ore., Joshua Potter of Fulton, Mo., and Alarie Sims of Blue Springs, Mo.

Theatre students who were honored for their portfolio reviews this year were recognized. They are: Ellen Gilmer of Des Moines, Iowa, craftsmanship and design; Jamie Heisler, expression and creativity; Shaun Speers, dedication to craft; Meghan Parks, professional presentation, and Kristin Bailey of Columbia, Mo., artistic growth.

The main stage season productions for the 2005-2006 season were announced. They are: the musical “Little Me” in October; a satiric black comedy, “Baby with the Bathwater,” in December; Tennessee Williams’ drama “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale” in February and the show “Ain’t Nothin’ Quick ’n Easy” in April.