Last evening was a night on the red carpet for the River City Players annual Abbott Awards. The event was held in the Yacht Club at Port Cape with 55 in attendance. Everyone looked amazing in their finest attire. There was everything from long gowns and tuxedos to short evening dresses and suits. As they entered they were met by a red carpet (25 feet in length) and by the MC (Randy Barnhouse). Randy interviewed each one asking different questions of each. Of course being on the red carpet he did ask everyone who were they wearing and might I say there were some pretty funny answers on that one. The anticipation at these awards are the same as those that we see at the Oscar as we watch on TV. The evening begins with a social hour followed by appetizers and much socializing. At 7:00 P.M. the awards begin. You could hear a pin drop it becomes so quiet so quickly. Our theatre photographer John takes pictures throughout the season and then puts together a DVD for our viewing pleasure to look back on the 2011 season. I might add that this man does an amazing job for RCP. Then it's on to the awards. I am simply going to list the winners:
Best Show--"First Things First"
Best Director--Joe Reed
Best Assistant Director--Kyle VanPool
Best Actor in a lead role AJ McNamara--"First Things First"
Best Actress in a lead role Holly Raines--"Academia Nuts"
Best Actor in a supporting role Doug Howe--
"First Things First"
Best Actress in a supporting role--Leslie Hazelwood "Faith County"
Unsung Hero--Paul King
Presidents Award--Brenda Ferguson
Congrats to each and every one of you! Much thanks are given for your hard work and dedication to the 2011 season. Also given are special awards to those that help in other ways or they shine in the role that they played on stage. The following is the list of those special winners.
Bob Clubbs-Best Cross over Actor
Rich Behring-Being in charge of the trophies (for years now)
Emily Hornburg-The quick change Award
Abby Ritter--Youngest actor in the 2011 season
Tana Howard-Coaching award for dialect and accents
Lindsay Randolph-Best accent of the season (British)
Randy Barnhouse--The Sign Master Award
Andrea Shovan-The new Queen of River City Players.
Well there you go folks. An evening that was full of fun and excitement. The awards came to an end at 8:00 P.M. the red carpet was rolled up and the music began, provided by Charlie's Music Review. What a way to end an season! See you at the theatre for the 2012 Season.