WWU Theatre Program Gives End-of-Year-Awards

The William Woods
University theatre program recently held its annual
achievement night, awarding students for their academic
and production achievements for the 2011-2012 theatre season.

Jason Cavallone of Chicago, Ill., won the “Most Contribution to the Theatre
Department” Award. This award is the highest honor the department gives to any actor, student,
technician, designer or manager. The
recipient is the person who best
exemplifies all aspects of the theatre department, including leadership,
loyalty, talent and a high GPA.
Joe Potter, assistant professor of
performing arts, said what made Cavallone stand out among his peers
was his “academic standing, followed by his quiet and effective leadership and
his constancy of purpose.”
Cavallone was also awarded
“Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading
Role” for his performance as Salieri in “Amadeus.” Kassaundra
Davidson of Roseau, Minn., was awarded “Best
Performance by an Actress in a Leading
Role” for her performance as Emily in “Our Town.”
Alumna Lindsey
Hux of Fulton, Mo., won “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting
Role” for her role as Mrs. Gibbs in “Our Town.” Drew
Arnett of Columbia, Mo., won “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting
Role” for his role as Amadeus in “Amadeus.”
Known as the WWU
Theatre Guild Awards, Best Actor and Actress honors,
along with Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting
Role, are determined by a group of
faculty, staff and community members.
Using criteria set
forth by the theatre department and the guild,
directors from each main stage
production submit nominees for the awards, and the guild then
votes on them. Students are not allowed to vote.
The Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Award
was presented to Dustin Z. West of Kansas City, Mo. This award
is given to an
individual who has
demonstrated exceptional mainstage artistry in some capacity
far beyond the requirements of the production.
Describing West’s
achievement, Potter said, “He demonstrated a tireless work ethic to the
department and the performing arts.”
Certificates of
Achievement were awarded to Katherine Carney of St.
Peters, Mo., for her stage
management on “Amadeus,” Joey Merlotti of St.
Louis, Mo., for his sound design on “Amadeus,” and Maddie Meyer of St.
Charles, Mo., for her properties
management on “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.”
Meyer, along with other
non-theatre major seniors
Amanda Almich of Granby, Mo., and Gillian Tracey of Spring, Texas, were
awarded the “Technical Theatre Extraordinaire” award for their
outstanding contributions, achievements and dedication to the department.
Carney, Cavallone and
Paige Runge of St.
Louis, Mo., were all recognized for winning theatre portfolio awards.
Runge and Cavallone
were also awarded “Best Actress” and
“Best Actor” for the
Jesters Club. These awards were presented by Jesters sponsor, Melissa
Alpers-Springer. Other Jesters award recipients were T.J Green of Brandon, Miss., for “Best
Technical” and Maggie Hunter of
Columbia, Mo., for “Best Design and Management.”
Newly initiated members of Alpha Psi Omega, theatre honor
society, were recognized. In addition to
Meyer, Tracey and Hunter, they are Stephen
Chamineak of Hazelwood, Mo.; Jennifer Steindorf of San Diego, Calif.;
and Bailey Campanini of Camdenton, Mo.
Productions planned for the 2012-13 theatre season were also
announced. The season will include the
musical “Nine to Five,” “Bob, A Life in Five Acts,” “Medea,”
and “The Cherry Sisters Revisited.”
 “Our students work
very hard and sacrifice a lot of time toward the art
of theatre,” Potter said. “We hope that you will buy a
season ticket for next year and continue to support live theatre.”  
Jason Cavallone of Chicago, Ill., recipient of the “Most Contribution to the
Theatre Department” at William Woods University.