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Ouachita Little Theatre Presents Bi-Annual Benson Awards

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Judy Kropp receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from OLT President Rudi Timmerman.

 

Judy Kropp was presented OLT’s highest honor last Saturday at the biannual Benson Award Ceremony.  She received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of work with the theatre.  She directed music for over 20 shows, served as president for a number of years, and directed shows like the one she is directing now, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”

Over 40 additional awards were presented.  “Annie Get Your Gun” was voted best musical and “Murder in the Magnolias” was the top vote getter in the non-musical category.  Woven throughout the evening were fun skits presented by the Old Lyric Players readers group.  On top of all that LaDonna VanWolf, Benson Chair Person, also arranged for refreshments.  LaDonna pointed out that her husband, Joe provided extensive help without which non of the program would have been possible.

Shows up for awards were, Annie Get Your Gun, Willy Wonka, Murder in the Magnolias, Dial M for Murder, Glass Menagerie, Bell Book and Candle, and Little Women.  The winners and clips from the shows are available at oltmena.com.  Listed bellow are the Benson awards presented Saturday:

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Katie O’Rear accepts awards for Presidential Service and Outstanding Volunteer of the Year,
Benson Award Chair Ladonna Van Wolf accepts an award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.
Benson Award Chair Ladonna Van Wolf accepts an award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.

 

THE BEST MUSICAL PLAY

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

THE BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL PLAY

RUDI TIMMERMAN

BEST MUSICAL SCORE

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

JENNIFER MCPHERSON

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

JEROD MCPHERSON

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

BRANDY BENNER

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

SCOTTY JENKINS

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A MUSICAL

VIVAN AND GABRIELLA BARTOW

BEST STAGE MANAGER IN A MUSICAL

ZEKE MCPHERSON

BEST SET IN A MUSICAL

RUDI TIMMERMAN

BEST COSTUMES IN A MUSICAL

LINDA SCHELL

BEST LIGHTING AND SOUND IN A MUSICAL

ROBBY BURT AND CASEY KELLEY

BEST NON- MUSICAL PLAY

MURDER IN THE MAGNOLIAS

BEST DIRECTOR OF A NON-MUSICAL

TIM HESSE

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

KATELIN HAINES (TIED FOR BOTH THE GLASS MENAGERIE AND LITTLE WOMEN)

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

JEFFERSON SMITH

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

ANN GLENN

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

WAYNE JOHNSON

BEST STAGE MANAGER IN A DRAMA

FAITH AMIDEI

BEST SET IN A DRAMA

TIM HESSE AND SCOTTY JENKINS

BEST COSTUMES IN A DRAMA

TIM HESSE AND MARILYN BROWN

BEST LIGHTNING AND SOUND IN A DRAMA

CYNTHIA RICHMOND AND CHERYL ZEIDER

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

AMANDA STIPES

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

TIM HESSE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

LADONNA VAN WOLF

BEST SUPPORTING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

SCOTTY JENKINS

BEST STAGE MANAGER IN A COMEDY

FAITH AMIDEI

BEST SET IN A COMEDY

TIM HESSE AND SUZANNE SNOW

BEST COSTUMES IN A COMEDY

TIM HESSE

BEST LIGHTNING AND SOUND IN A COMEDY

MARVIN GLENN AND SUZANNE SNOW

THE DIRECTORS CHOICE FOR THE BEST YOUTH PERFORMANCES:

KAITLIND BRYANT

APRIL BURT

KAILAS HARN

AUSTIN KAIN

ISAIAH KELLEY

JEREMIAH KELLEY

KATIE O’REAR

ROXIE WALLACE

KAYLEE WILLIAMS

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

KATIE O’REAR

OLT GUARDIAN ANGELS AWARD

LOU AND SANDY BROOKS

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