Theatre recognizes talent, gears up for new season
Beth Miller (left) was shocked to receive the Leon White Award, presented by board president Dennis Knapp.
Circle Theatre recognized the talent of their past season while looking forward to what their new one will bring.
Actors, directors, stage crew and others involved with Barnwell County's community theatre convened Aug. 17 at the Barnwell County Museum for their annual awards night.
"This past season was a great opportunity for having new folks involved at the theatre. Approximately 50 percent of the onstage and backstage participants were new to the theatre and we look forward to their continuing interest," said board president Dennis Knapp.
While awards were presented from all four plays of the past season, the prestigious Leon White Award was awarded to Beth Miller. It's named for a founding theatre member who was active on and off the stage.
Though new to the theatre, Miller was influential this past season as a producer for "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," said Knapp, adding how her husband, Jeff, and daughter, Ashley, were also involved. "She understands the theatre; loves the theatre."
"I truly never expected this," said Miller of the award, which is kept a surprise until the awards night.
"It's a lot of fun, lot of hard work, but it's very rewarding," said Miller, who encourages others to get involved.
Chrissy Holliday was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of service on the board, onstage, and as a director. "I love the theatre very much," said Holliday, who is taking some time off from the board.
After some entertainment, the new season lineup was announced. It starts with the Christmas classic "It's a Wonderful Life" done as a live radio play followed by the comedy/drama "Second Samuel." The season continues with the fan-favorite "Annie" and concludes with the annual summer camp.
"We have an excellent season coming up with a mixture of new and well known productions that will provide opportunities for folks of all ages and backgrounds," said Knapp. "The diversity of productions reflects Circle Theatre's continuing desire to provide entertainment and cultural opportunities that will best serve our community."
Volunteers are needed on and offstage to make this season possible. "We really do rely on the community," he said.
Auditions are open to anyone in the community. See the info box below for details.
Season tickets are also on sale by calling (803) 259-7046.
Introducing the 2013-14 Season
It's a Wonderful Life
Auditions: Sept. 2, 3 & 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the theatre
Performances: Dec. 6, 7, 13 & 14 at 8 p.m. with
matinees on Dec. 8 & 15 at 3 p.m.
Auditions: Dec. 9, 10 & 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the theatre
Performances: Feb. 28, March 1, 6 & 7 at 8 p.m.
with matinee on March 2 at 3 p.m.
Auditions: Orphans will be Jan. 13, 14 & 16.
All others will be Jan. 20, 21 & 23. All start at 6:30 p.m. at
Barnwell First Baptist Church.
Performances: May 2, 3, 9 & 10 at 8 p.m. with
matinees on May 4 & 11 at 3 p.m.
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