PARKERSBURG - The Actors Guild of Parkersburg recently recognized the efforts of volunteers, supporters and patrons for their efforts during the 2012-2013 theater season.
Receiving the Grace-Marie Merrill Award for outstanding efforts on behalf of a volunteer was John W. Newton, who serves as the vice president of administration and has served the Guild in a variety of capacities over the years, most notably as a past-president of the organization.
Newton's efforts were recognized during the fall meeting of the Guild's membership. The award was named in honor of a former member who strongly supported the volunteerism efforts of the organization, which relies heavily on volunteers to perform many of the day-to-day functions that make the Guild successful, according to a press release.
The Actors Guild of Parkersburg presented its 2012-2013 Khalil Award for Outstanding Production to the cast and crew of “Avenue Q.”
During a presentation Nov. 24, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bayley assisted in the presentation of the Bayley Award to Dr. Robert Heflin and United Anesthesia Inc. in recognition of their longtime efforts as sponsors and supporters of the Guild.
Gary McIntyre, who presented the awards for the Guild as its president, said Heflin has shared his many talents both on-stage and behind the scenes, including serving on the board of trustees, as an officer of the organization, and in nearly every capacity that a volunteer can serve from building and striking sets, to cleaning, painting and sorting nuts and bolts.
During the presentation, McIntyre said the Bayley Award is an opportunity for the members of the organization to provide a public acknowledgement for services provided to the Guild that go above and beyond the call of neighborly duty.
The award was named in honor of an individual affectionately known as the founding mother of the organization, one of its most influential members and a lady whose dedicated efforts made it possible for the Guild to move into this current building, whose theater bears her name, Suzanne Bayley, he said.
Mrs. Ghasan Khalil recognized the 2012-2013 Khalil Award winners at a presentation on Dec. 7. The awards recognize Dr. and Mrs. Ghasan Khalil, who with their family, have supported arts throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley for many years, both through their gifts and their regular attendance at many events in the community.
McIntyre said while the Guild lost a good friend in the summer of 2011 with the passing of Dr. Khalil, "We remain grateful for his friendship and support of the Guild and its programs over many years." The Khalil Awards are presented to recognize the Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Production of each season.
The awards are selected by an anonymous panel of patrons who have seen all of the main-stage productions during the season.
During the last season theater-goers met a group of six unemployed mill workers who considered themselves "scrap" but end up being transformed into "hot metal." They worked through their fears, self-consciousness, anxieties, inner demons and their seeming inability to dance to finally pronounce they would go The Full Monty in their entertainment venture, the press release said.
The 2012-2013 Khalil for Outstanding Performance was awarded to Dan Miller, for his portrayal of Dave Bukatinsky in "The Full Monty."
The 2012-2013 Khalil Award for Outstanding Production went to the cast and crew of "Avenue Q" directed by Barbara Full and music directed by Peter Sour.
McIntyre said the 2012-2013 season was an educational one for the Guild and was a time for discovery and finding things.
"We found Alice backstage at just the right moment in 'Alice in Wonderland'; we found a beautiful Secret Garden in the production with that same name; we found what happens when two souls are exchanged in 'Prelude to a Kiss'; and the impact a bulletin board falling from the wall can have in 'The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.,'" he said.
"We also found you don't need to be a beefcake to gain an audience if you're willing to go 'The Full Monty'; we discovered, what we all hope, is a more dysfunctional family than our own in 'Red Velvet Cake Wars' and finally we found out the real purpose for the Internet in 'Avenue Q,'" McIntyre said.