(MENA) The Benson Awards were held on Saturday evening, June 1st at The Ouachita Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain.
The BIG winners were Tom Sawyer, Miracle Worker and Southern Hospitality and Mary Poppins.
Jerod McPherson, who played Bert in Mary Poppins, won for Best Lead Actor in a Musical.
Lana Gail Coogan won Best Lead Actress in a Musical.
Scotty Jenkins won Best Lead Actor and Amanda Baker for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy.
George Bailey from It’s A Wonderful Life, played by Mike Moe won the Best Lead Actor for a Drama. Meanwhile, Alexa Night won the Best Lead Actress for a Drama.
The three hour event was well attended and was hosted by Polk County Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner who did an outstanding job in keeping the audience attentive.
Cutline: Roy Vail received an award from Judy Kropp for h;is contributions to the Ouachita Little Theater at the Benson Awards held on the Mena campus of UA-Rich Mountain.