Baton Rouge Little Theater honored volunteers from its 66th season at its Beaux Arts Ball, “A Rendezvous with Romance,” on June 2.
The Outstanding Actress in a Musical award was given to Marion Bienvenu for her role as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, and the award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical was given to Hugo Andricain Jr. for his portrayal of Pseudelous in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Paula Assaf was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Cliford Johnson was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Seaweed Stubbs in Hairspray.
This year, Kaitlyn Stockwell was named Outstanding Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Sam Bryan was named Outstanding Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Erica Malone was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Anna/Pamela/Margaret in The 39 Steps, and Robby Wilson was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for his role of Clown 2 in The 39 Steps.
Other awards presented during the evening went to Pam Posster for Outstanding Front-of-House Volunteer and Robert Manes for Outstanding Backstage Volunteer. Kate Abraham received the President’s Award for her outstanding service to BRLT.
In a special ceremony, Janell Couvillion and Brian G. Pope were inducted into Baton Rouge Little Theater’s Hall of Fame in recognition of their long-term outstanding service to the theater. Hall of Fame member Marian Wood made the presentation.
Marion Bienvenu, Ernest Ourso and Andricain presented a medley of songs from the past year’s musicals.
Gerard Killebrew sang “Some Enchanted Evening” from the upcoming 50th anniversary summer musical, South Pacific.
Ernest Ourso led a troupe in a comic tribute to the season. Evan Roider accompanied the musical numbers, and the program was presided over by Wilson.
Barrye Miyagi and Toni Rizzo co-chaired the committee for this event.
Each year awards are presented in numerous categories for actors, actresses and technical support.
Winners of all acting awards in each of the eight categories were determined by a panel of judges, who attended each production throughout the 2011-12 season.
Nominations were compiled by the judges from all eligible participants of the theater’s productions throughout the season, and a winner was selected from the nominees in each category.
“BRLT asks for a high degree of professionalism from all of its volunteers, and they never fail to deliver,” said Jennifer Johnson, president of the theater’s Board of Governors. “The Beaux Arts Ball is the Board of Governors’ opportunity to say thank you for that. Perhaps even more importantly, though, the ball is a chance for us to laugh, reminisce and simply enjoy each other’s company.”
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