Theatre Arlington Presents its 45th Annual Stony Awards

Theatre Arlington Presents its 45th Annual Stony Awards

Theatre Arlington held its 45th Annual Stony Awards at 6:30pm on Sunday, September 24th, 2018, honoring actors, designers, directors, volunteers and community partners for excellence in the productions during the 2017-2018 45th anniversary season. Guests gathered at the theater for drinks before the show and were then treated to a fun, light-hearted show with Interim Executive Producer, Steven D. Morris serving as the Master of Ceremonies and Don Powers on the piano, with entertainment by some of Theatre Arlington's favorite performers: Nik Blocker, Dawn Prejean, Tevin Cates, Donovan Lawson, Emily-Kate Ivey, Daniel Hernandez and Ashlyn Nichols. Plus, an unexpected surprise visit by Spiderman! Afterwards, all gathered in the lobby for more celebrating with drinks and a reception, sponsored in part by Cooper Street Bakery.

Awards were presented to recipients in three main categories: 1) Performance, 2) Design and Production and 3) Special Achievement. Congratulations to all those who contributed to make Theatre Arlington's 45th Anniversary Season so fabulous!

It was a very touching year for our Special Achievement Awards, as the Board of Directors chose to recognize the late Lisann Peters, who passed away on August 13th of this year, with the President's Award. TA Board President, Dr. Aaron Reich took the stage to describe how much Lisann meant to the theater over the years, serving on the Board of Directors and as a huge proponent and financial supporter of Theatre Arlington's ACT UPS outreach program. He then presented the award posthumously to her son, Kort Peters. Mr. Peters gave a heartfelt acceptance speech on behalf of his mother and there were not many dry eyes in the house. As Dr. Reich thanked Kort again, he asked him to remain onstage. At that moment, Dr. Reich unveiled the brand-new award to be given each year when possible in honor of Lisann's service to the Arlington community - The Lisann Peters Community Champion Award. The inaugural award was given to Penny Patrick, former Executive Director of Theatre Arlington who is currently serving as a consultant during the theater's management transition. It was a wonderful celebration of the beautiful life of a theater friend and encourager, who gave a new definition to the term volunteerism. She left an amazing legacy and will be greatly missed.


The recipients of the 2017-2018 Stony Awards are:

Performance Awards

Best Youth Actor in a Leading Role CHRISTIAN ARRUBIA in Shrek The Musical Jr

Best Youth Actress in a Leading Role Sydney Dotson in Shrek The Musical Jr

Best Youth Actor in a Supporting Role ANDRES REYES in Shrek The Musical Jr

Best Youth Actress in a Supporting Role JUDE LEWIS in Shrek The Musical Jr

Best Youth Actor in a Minor Role WARREN CHILDS II in Shrek The Musical Jr

Best Youth Actress in a Minor Role CAMPBELL BEREND in Shrek The Musical Jr

Best Youth Cameo Performance COOPER CAMPBELL in Shrek The Musical Jr

Best Actor in a Play Matthew Holmes in Red

Best Actor in a Musical Jonathan Hardin in Footloose The Musical

Best Actress in a Play JENNA ANDERSON in Sylvia

Best Actress in a Musical DONOVAN LAWSON in Footloose The Musical

Best Supporting Actor in a Play MICAH GREEN in Sylvia

Best Supporting Actress in a Play RHIANNON LOMONACO in Bus Stop

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical REMA MARTINEZ in Footloose The Musical

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical KEITH WARREN in Footloose The Musical

Best Actor in a Cameo Role in a Musical LARRY MACKLIN in Footloose The Musical

Best Actress in a Cameo Role in a Musical ALEXANDRA KOENEKE NEARY in Footloose The Musical

FAN FAVORITE - FEMALE Jenna Anderson

FAN FAVORITE - MALE Micah Green


Design and Production Awards

Best Choreography DAWN CONLEY PREJEAN for Footloose The Musical

Best Costume Design JANICE PENNINGTON for Footloose The Musical

Best Director of a Play SHARON KAYE MILLER for Sylvia

Best Director of a Musical STEVEN D. MORRIS for Footloose The Musical

Best Lighting Design Kyle Harris for Red & BRYAN STEVENSON for Footloose The Musical

Best Musical Direction ALEX VORSE for Footloose The Musical

Best Properties Design CATHY PRITCHETT for Red

Best Scenic Artist KAT MERRIMAN for Red

Best Set Design Kevin Brown for Footloose The Musical

Best Sound Design BILL EICKENLOFF for Footloose The Musical

Best Stage Management STACI INGRAM-COOK for The Sweetest Swing in Baseball

Best Play SYLVIA directed by Sharon Kaye Miller

Best Musical FOOTLOOSE THE MUSICAL directed by Steven D. Morris


Special Achievement Awards

President's Award Lisann Peters

Lisann Peters Community Champion Award Penny Patrick

Guild Volunteer of the Year Chris Abbott

Guild Rising Star Jessica Douglas

Guild Lifetime Achievement Jack and Pam Hardaway

Melanie Goodwin Outstanding Youth Awards Michael Weiss Zachary Weiss

Sponsor of the Year Simply Divune Catering - Adrian Tella

Outstanding Community Partner AISD Fine Arts - Barbara Keaton

Above & Beyond Award Michael and Sharon Kay Miller

Outstanding Volunteer Jay Johnson

Unsung Heroes Janice and Alton Pennington

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