The Surry Arts Players celebrated an evening of theater Saturday night at the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre during the annual Opie Awards ceremony.
Decorations followed a masquerade and fall theme, with several guests dressed up in costumes. Following refreshments, the group of more than 50 attendees enjoyed a one-act skit following the theme. Andrew Billings, Andy Atkins, and Susan Lawrence participated in the entertainment.
Susan Lawrence followed with the presentation of the 2015-2016 Opie Awards, sharing a few ghost stories between each presentation. During the production year, audience members are asked to rate each nominee on a scale of 1 to 10. These audience scores are compiled to determine the winners.
Winners name were:
Leading Actor (tie): Garry Wadell as Hoke Coleburn in Driving Miss Daisy, and Jerome Temoney as Jim in Big River; Leading Actress: Jane Tucker as Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy;
Supporting Actress (tie): Raegan Amos as Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods and Jamie Dowell-Young as Denise Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain;
Supporting Actor (tie): David Nielson as Boolie Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy and Robert Parks as Tom Sawyer in Big River.
The Best Set award was given to Alex Whitley for the set for Smoke on the Mountain.
The Best Costumes award went to Morgan Meadows for her oversight of costumes for Big River.
Best Director went to John Adams for Driving Miss Daisy. He also accepted the award for Best Show which was Driving Miss Daisy.
Adams was called to present the Ovation Award and the upcoming theatre season. He commented regarding how special it is for him to work with the Surry Arts Council theater program. He noted his pride in working with a group that is so inclusive.
The Ovation Award goes annually to a person who has gone over and beyond the call of duty. In this case, he noted that the person has gone over and beyond for many years. Adams spoke about the Ovation Award recipient “a person who gives of her time both backstage and on stage, a person who has participated in many shows and in many roles acting in addition to assisting with auditions, rehearsals, stage managing, tech support, calling shows, making and gathering props, set design and painting, costuming, and the list goes on.”
Attendees stood as he called Susan Lawrence to the podium. Her surprise was evident as she came forward to receive the 2016 Ovation Award.
Adams then announced the upcoming 2016-2017 shows. The upcoming Surry Arts Council season includes Lifespan’s production of “Will’s Christmas in November.” This show will involve more than 50 special friends from the community.
More than 60 Rhythm on Main and Surry Arts Council dancers will participate in the production of “The Nutcracker” in December.
The Surry Arts Players productions include “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Disney’s Aladdin JR,” and “Oklahoma!”
John Adams will direct “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Amanda Barnard will direct “Disney’s Aladdin JR,” and Debby Diamont will direct “Oklahoma!”
In addition to these shows, there will be a drama camp for youth ages 5-18, July 10-15 with Missoula Children’s Theatre.
Audition dates for 2016-2017 remaining shows are Monday and Tuesday Feb. 20-21 at 5:30 pm for “To Kill a Mockingbird;” Tuesday-Wednesday April 25-26 at 4:00 pm for “Disney’s Aladdin JR”; and Monday-Tuesday, May 22-23, 5:30 pm for “Oklahoma!” All auditions will be held in the Andy Griffith Playhouse.
For questions about upcoming auditions call 336-786-7998 or email [email protected]