September 30, 2016 was an evening that the Acting Out Productions family will not soon forget! Attendees were encouraged to dress in their "glitziest", and there was glamour in the air. The "Glitter Gala" was emceed by AOP's Creative Directors, Liza Altenburg and Kelly R. Lomas, who were joined onstage by Business Directors Julia Doddie and Janine Goethe-Brown for award presentations. In addition, performers from the company's inaugural season were on hand to keep the audience entertained. It was truly a night of celebration, recognition, exciting announcements, and fun! Awards were given to performers from the eight shows offered during AOP's 2015-2016 season, and to the theatre company's key supporters and contributors. Attendees enjoyed the amazing food donated by local businesses, and watched incredible performances by Downriver's very finest.
Award winners were presented with a framed, personalized certificate of recognition. A complete list of award and mock award winners follows.
Clue the Musical
Prettiest Legs - Michael Lomas as Mrs. White
Fastest Ever Offbook - Matt Parks as Mr. Boddy
Holiday Extravaganza featuring Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Best Whine - Lucas Klug as Sheldon in Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Most Emotional Performance - Riley Klauza and Bethany Fink for "Winter's Song"
Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood
Best Projection - Katie Loger as Little Red
Best Duet - Nina Lomas and Ella Doddie as Evil Queen and Fairy Godmother
Legally Blonde The Musical, Junior
Best Bend & Snap - Maddi Goethe as Kiki
Most Personal Growth - Moira McCardell as Elle Woods
Most Depressing Performance - TIE! - Kelly R Lomas and Jema McCardell as Jessie and Mama
9 to 5 the Musical
Sexiest Onstage Striptease - Kelly Klug as Roz
Biggest Set of, Uh, Character and Personality - April Denny as Doralee
Disney's Cinderella Kids
Most Heart - Ava Gray as Fairy Godmother
Most Expressive - Ella Atkinson as Perla
Disney's Tarzan the Stage Musical
Most Transformed into Character - Tyler Goethe as Tarzan
Most Tear-Jerking Performance - Shannon Salter as Kala
Also receiving awards were Acting Out Productions' "Super Supporters", those individuals who attended all of the 2015-2016 season's shows, and helped to spread the word of AOP as an up-and-coming theatre company in the Downriver area.
2015-2016 Super Supporters
Special recognition was also given to AOP's team of volunteers who ensure that each production has all of the support that it needs.
Volunteer Coordinator - Kelly Klug
Marketing Coordinators - Mary Jo Hunt and Tracy Loger
Technical Coordinator - Matt Parks
Set Design & Building - Brian Doddie and Jeff Klug
Photography - Ryan Boos
Music Coordinator - Sarah Leonard
Videography - Jim McCardell
Each of these individuals received a lapel pin as a token of appreciation. "Without this group of incredible people, we wouldn't be able to offer the on- and off-stage opportunities that we do," Kelly Lomas explained to the audience during the presentation of recognition.
The first-ever "Sparkle and Shine Awards" were presented to the child, teen, and adult that, during the 2015-2016 season, most embodied the spirit and values of Acting Out Productions. They were chosen for their incredible work ethics, consistent positive attitudes and tireless optimism, desire to contribute to the growth of community theatre Downriver, and dedication to their roles as Acting Out Productions family members.
2015-2016 Sparkle and Shine Award
Abigail Doddie (child recipient)
Harold LaBeau (teen recipient)
Mary Jo Hunt
The evening also featured the much-anticipated announcement of a new program that Acting Out Productions will be offering. The program, Piece by Peace, will offer all people the opportunity to share their performance gifts on stage. This program will allow students with autism and special needs to learn the basics of theatre, and to showcase their talents. Special needs professional Sarah Leonard will lead the group's efforts in launching the program. Click here to learn more about Piece by Peace.
Overall, a fantastic time was had by all, and Acting Out Productions is moving onward and upward! A second season is already underway, and it is estimated that even more people will be entertained this year. Click here to learn more about the 2016-2017 season.