Theatre Jacksonville’s 98th Volunteer Awards

Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom, Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville

On Sunday July 22, 2018, Theatre Jacksonville held its annual celebration honoring volunteers from the 2017 –2018 season. The theatre combines the annual awards ceremony with its membership meeting. This year, the celebration was held at the theatre.

Board President, David Paulk, began by summarizing the past season and its accomplishments. He enthusiastically announced that TJ has once again finished in the black, thanks to the many individuals and groups who have generously contributed funds. Contributors included local foundations and non-profit organizations, businesses, and city and state organizations. New members of the board were unanimously voted in by the subscribers, and can expect an exciting term, as planning for the theatre’s 100th birthday celebration is underway.

President Paulk additionally thanked the staff of Theatre Jacksonville and all of the dedicated volunteers, who had once again donated over nineteen thousand work hours to the theatre’s operations.

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARDS

Front of the house: Marcia Pozen

Technical & Back Stage Support: Spencer Carr

Outstanding Teen Volunteer: Savannah LeNoble

Outstanding All Around Volunteer: Rhonda Fisher

ACTING AWARDS

Actress in a Leading Role (Tie): Amy Allen Farmer as Little/Big Edie in “Grey Gardens” & Kacy Hope as Donna Sheridan in “Mamma Mia”

 Actor in a Leading Role: Christopher Watson as Robert in “Boeing, Boeing”

Supporting Actress in a Musical: Sara Beth Gerard-Summers as Tanya in “Mamma Mia”

Actress in a Supporting Role: Cathy O’Brien as Gretchen in “Boeing, Boeing”

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Bill Ratliff as Sam Carmichael in “Mamma Mia”

Actor in a Supporting Role: Geoffrey King in “Wolf Hall”

 Outstanding Performance by a Juvenile: Caitlyn Fennell as Scout in “To Kill a Mocking Bird”

PRODUCTION AWARDS

Outstanding Costumes: “Wolf Hall”

Outstanding Set: “Mama Mia”

Outstanding Properties & Set Dressing: “Grey Gardens”

Outstanding Lighting Design: “Wolf Hall”

Outstanding production: “Boeing, Boeing.

After the presentation of awards, the attendees were wined and dined with delicious food prepared by Anthony’s Gourmet Catering.

Theatre Jacksonville’s Executive Director Sarah Boone concluded the exciting evening with drawings for door prizes donated by many businesses based in San Marco and throughout Jacksonville, to the delight of the many fortunate recipients.

It was a fantastic evening for those who attended; a great opportunity to meet and greet theatre folks and members. Thanks go to the staff of Theatre Jacksonville for making this one of the highlights of the 2017 – 2018 season.

The theatre has another outstanding season planned for the 2018 – 2019 season, which begins with the classic “Arsenic and Old Lace” on September 14, 2018; the productions runs through September 30. Visit theatrejax.org or call 396-4425 for reservations.

About Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom

The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville have been reviewing plays together for the past nine years. Dick Kerekes has been a critic since 1980, starting with The First Coast Entertainer and continuing as the paper morphed into EU Jacksonville. Leisla Sansom wrote reviews from time to time in the early 80s, but was otherwise occupied in the business world. As a writing team, they have attended almost thirty Humana Festivals of New America Plays at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, and many of the annual conferences sponsored by the American Theatre Critics Association, which are held in cities throughout the country. They have reviewed plays in Cincinnati, Chicago, Miami, Sarasota, Minneapolis, Orlando, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota, San Francisco, Shepherdstown, and The Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, Massachusetts. They currently review about one hundred plays annually in the North Florida area theaters, which include community, college, university, and professional productions.