Beaux Ball honors, volunteers, actors, actresses, tech support

Theatre Baton Rouge honored volunteers from its 68th season at its annual Beaux Arts Ball, “The Sky’s the Limit,” on July 26. “This evening gives us the chance to celebrate and honor all of our volunteers, who give countless hours of their time to make this the wonderful theatre we’ve come to know and love,” said Lance Parker, who chaired the committee for this year’s ball.

Each year, awards are presented for actors, actresses and technical support.

Carole Cross and Kathy Dubin were inducted into the Theatre Baton Rouge Hall of Fame. Membership in this group is one of the highest honors bestowed by the theater.

Also honored was Emily Coley, who has served as the theater’s technical director for the last two seasons, and as lighting designer and assistant technical director beginning in 2008. Erin Woolworth, president of the Board of Governors, presented Coley with the President’s Award.

Winners of the acting awards in each of the eight categories were determined by a panel of judges who attended each production throughout the season.

This year, the Outstanding Actress in a Musical was given to Jennifer Johnson for her role as Violet in “9 to 5: The Musical,” and Outstanding Actor in a Musical went to Derrick Stevens for his portrayal of Valjea” in “Les Misérables.”

Caroline Hebert was named Outstanding Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Fabiana Aziza Cunningham in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” and Travis H. Williams was named Outstanding Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Judas Iscariot in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.”

Kelly Ryan was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Frau Bleucher in “Young Frankenstein,” and Anthony Pierre was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Igor in “Young Frankenstein.”

Mercedes Wilson was named Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for her portrayal of St. Monica in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” and Mike Katchmer was named Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for his role of Judge Littlefield/Caiaphas the Elder in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.”

Other awards presented during the evening went to Jennifer Smith for Outstanding Front-of-House Volunteer, Ellen Moore for Outstanding Backstage Volunteer, and Amy Crane and Dorothy White for Outstanding Costume Volunteers.

Pierre and Williams wrote and performed in “One Play More,” a parody of the season which also featured Carter Dean, Nicholas Moore, Mallory Simien, Melissa Simien and Zachary Thriffiley. Numbers from the season’s musicals — “Les Miserables,” “Avenue Q,” “9 to 5: The Musical,” “Young Frankenstein,” and “Annie” — were performed by Molly Beth Blanchard, Brooklyn Burt, Ella Dupre, Caroline Feduccia, Korey Jarmon, Jamie Leonard-Brubaker, Moore, Pierre and Thriffiley.

Terry Byars provided piano accompaniment for the program.

Cuisine was provided by Ruffino’s, Mestizo’s, Jason’s Deli, The Fresh Market and Ambrosia Bakery. The event was sponsored by Dow Louisiana Federal Credit Union.

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