Best Thespians Of Williams County Honored At Awards Show In Bryan

Laughter filled the air at the 46th Annual Williams County Community Theatre awards show Jan. 14.

Known as “The Willies,” the evening celebrated the best performances and shows of the just completed season. Actors, actresses, directors and production crew all received recognition for their work on the small stage at 208 W. Butler St.

About 40 people attended, mostly the cast and crew from the various shows plus friends, family and supporters. The show was hosted by Alice Miller and Alona Martin.

The pair spent the night paying homage to “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” as they recreated the wall the show made famous where performers would open a door a tell corny jokes. Other skits included the dirty old man and the frumpy woman on a park bench (Denver Henderson and Alice Miller) and Ernestine the Operator (Deb Clum).

Other shows honored included “Burns and Allen” (Trudy and Keith Day) and “All in the Family.”(Marcia Bidlack and Dave Swanson.)

Casey and Megan Allman wowed the audience with the song “Do You Love Me,” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Jodi McAfee scored with “Memory.”

The Willies went to:
John Kunde – Presidents Award
Marylyn Asher – Best Supporting Actress
Gene Asher – Best Male Cameo
Cathy Dukes – Presidents Award
Tiffany Day – Best Female Cameo
Mary Beth Snider – Best Show
Denver Henderson – Best Set
Nathan Butler – Best Supporting Actor,
Jeremy Scott – Best Lead Actor
Marcia Bidlack – Best Lead Actress
Scottie Miller – Thespian Award

The awards came from the performances of either “Bull in a China Shop,” “Let’s Murder Marsha,” “Love, Sex, and the IRS,” and “Christmas Belles.”

“Christmas Belles,” won Best Show.

Upcoming shows include “Rabbit Hole,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and 28. This Pulitzer Prize winning play features: Kim Semer, Jeremy Scott, Sharon Pristas, Crystal Bowers and Alex Sliter. It is directed by Denver Henderson and Courtney Montagu-Miller with Scottie Miller on lights and sound.

“Squabbles,” runs March 10-19. This comedy is the first production of our 2017 Season. It is irected by Alona Martin with a cast of WCCT veterans and three new actors.

James Pruitt may be reached at publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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