The annual Ole Banquet took place Saturday, May 20th. The following awards were handed out:
Making a Difference” Award – this is for individuals who have made a difference in our group. It is not required that it be a member. This could have been this year or in previous years.
Congratulations to Cindy Watson – Cindy has played keyboards for us for a number of our shows over the last 24 years beginning with “Oklahoma” in 1973. She has played in nearly all of our musicals & the Cole Porter reviews & this year will be no exception. Her talents & generous giving of her time have made a difference!
“Behind the Scenes” Award – this is for individuals who have worked behind the scenes including backstage, lights, sound, promotion, music, set building/design, or costumes. It is not required that is be a member. This could have been this year or in previous years.
Congratulations to Tom Cavanaugh! Tom has been doing lights/sound for all of our productions over the last 3 1/2 years!
“Caught in the Act” Award – this is for individuals who are actors/actresses in one of this season’s plays. It is required that the nominee be a paid member.
Congratulations to Diana Blair & Samantha Grudzien!
Diana Blair – Diana gave a stellar performance in Steel Magnolias as M’Lynn & in Drop Dead as “Inspector Mounds.” Diana has been in a number of Ole productions starting with “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.” Diana has also served on our board of directors.
Samantha DeTurk Grudzien – Sammi was also in Steel Magnolias reprising her role of Shelby played 10 years ago. She was also Ellen in “LUV.” Sammi has been an actor & singer in a number of our productions.
“Standing Ovation” Award – this is for an individual who has contributed in any way to one of this season’s shows; as a director, actor/actress, or in any capacity who has gone above & beyond to help with this season’s plays. It is required that they be a paid member.
Congratulations to Sunny Holtzlander – award accepted by her daughter Sarah
Sunny Holtzlander – Sunny stepped in with only 3 days before opening night to take on the role of Clairee earlier this season. She will never be forgotten for all her contributions to our organization over the past 8 years. Sunny started in “California Suite” & starred in several more productions acting & singing. She went on to serve on the board, direct “How the Other Half Loves” & “Dixie Swim Club” & write & direct “Kountry Fried Cole.” Her beautiful daughter Sarah accepted the award. Sunny passed away in March.
“Newcomer” Award – this is for an individual who is new to our group this season performing or contributing for the first time. Since we allow individuals to participate in their first show without becoming a member, membership is not required.
Congratulations to Taylor Harmon & Stephanie Selleck
Taylor Harmon – Taylor made his impact on Ole this season in our Showstoppers Christmas show. Taylor’s contribution to the show was part of what made it a huge success.
Stephanie Selleck – made her debut in Drop Dead as Mona Monet/Bette.
“Volunteer of the Year’ is selected by the board.
Congratulations to Cathy Converse. Cathy has logged hundreds of volunteer hours & combed through hundreds of receipts this year to get our financials into Quickbooks as our board treasurer. This is a contribution that will benefit our organization for years to come.
And a big congratulations to Angel Williams who was inducted into the Ole Olsen Hall of Fame for 10 years of acting, singing, directing, & serving as the board’s hospitality chairman!