In celebration of one of the most successful years in the history of the Golden Chain Theatre, the Oakhurst version of Broadway’s Tony Awards was held Saturday, Jan. 6, at the theatre, to honor the many deserving cast and crew members for their work during 2017.
“It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone,” said GCT President Sarah Persson. “We are extremely proud of our 2017 season, in which we saw so many actors/actresses deserving of awards. I can only imagine how hard it is for our judges to choose. I would like to congratulate the winners and all of our actors/actresses for the amazing job they all did.”
The GCT’s Artistic Director Jennifer Janine said the awards celebration is a great night to lift up and honor everyone.
“All these people work so hard to put the magic on the stage,” Janine said. “I’m so honored to be part of the team here at GCT.”
Persson noted that the annual awards celebration is not only about honoring the actors and actresses, but also those people who work so hard behind the scenes.
“These people include our tech crew, box office staff, saloon staff, house managers and our theatre photographer - those who silently help out all year,” Persson said.
The following awards were presented:
☆ Male lead: Eric Sotelo as Squire Cribbs in The Drunkard
☆ Female lead: Jennifer Olsen as Margaret Wendice in Dial M for Murder
☆ Male supporting role: Chase Hagerman as Willian Downton in The Drunkard
☆ Female supporting role: Makenzie Hagerman as Sophia Spindle in The Drunkard
☆ Male minor role: Tevor Gann as the landlord in The Drunkard
☆ Female minor role: MaryHelen Mierkey as Mrs. Wilson in The Drunkard
☆ Male lead in musical: George Rich as John Brooke in Little Women
☆ Female lead in musical: Lyric Gianna as Jo March in Little Women
☆ Male supporting role in musical: George Rich in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
☆ Female supporting role in musical: Cynthia McFann as Aunt March in Little Women
☆ Male minor role in musical: Cristien Dunkle as Rodrigo in Little Women
☆ Female minor role in musical: Miranda Simonich as Mrs. Kirk in Little Women
☆ President’s award: Miranda Simonich
☆ Above & Beyond awards: Michael and Michelle Niewohner, and Jennifer Olsen. “They all have worked tirelessly all year, and for that we thank them,” Perrson said.
Persson presented the GCT Golden Butterfly Award to “a very deserving volunteer” Christine Ferbrache.
“Three years ago after the tragic loss of Amy Fouse Schneider, an amazing woman, friend, mother and board member, the GCT board decided to create a perpetual award in her honor, called the Golden Butterfly.”
Looking forward, Janine said she is very excited about the amazing 2018 season.
“The entire Golden Chain Theatre family will continue to strive towards providing our patrons throughout the Mountain Area and beyond the tradition, variety and quality they are asking for,” Janine concluded.
The first show of the new season will be the 1950s Hitchcock comedy thriller Killing Mr. Withers, Feb 16 - 18. The PG show, will be directed by Jennifer Janine and George Rich, and the evening will include a three-course diner. Can you guess who dunnit?
Annie the Musical brings the positivity and charms of little orphan Annie charms despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. Rated G, the show will be performed Friday - Sunday, March 2 to March 25, and will be directed by James Mierkey.
Details: Golden Chain Theatre, (559) 683-7112, goldenchaintheatre.org.