11th Annual Randy Awards Winners Announced
August 17, 2016
Based on the Tony Awards format, the 11th annual Randy Awards were held at Garfrerick’s Café on Tuesday night. The event was a time to applaud the volunteers who brought last season’s CAST community theater productions to the stage. The emcees were Michelle Bain, awards chairman, and Chris Hartley.
Those of us who have watched the trophies being awarded for 11 times never tire of this celebration. There’s lots of fanfare and glitz and appreciation extended to the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the curtain rise on characters of almost every description — with lots of help from friends backstage. The winners are celebrities for the evening.
The 2016 winners are:
• Best featured actors in a musical: Fred Lawton and Michelle Bain
• Best featured actors in a play: Nike King, Addie Tucker, Claire Hendrickson, Annslyn Pilkington
• Best supporting actors in a musical: Dillon Hurst and Claire Hendrickson
• Best supporting actors in a play: James McDaniel and Georgia Reaves
• Best lead actors in a musical: Chris Colvard and Chesley Duke
• Best lead actors in a play: Glenn Davenport and Chloe Cater
• Outstanding dance performance: Stephonn Ammons, Kelli Dodd
• Outstanding teen performance; Sterling Jenkins and Annslyn Pilkington
• Cast favorite: Mary Stell
• Outstanding choreographer: Stephonn Ammons
• Outstanding play: "The Miracle Worker"
• Outstanding musical:"Hairspray"
• President’s Award: Pati Tiller, Glenn Davenport, Kimberly Davenport, Juli Christensen, Scotty Moore
• Director’s Award: Sarah Gohlke
• Edel Y. Ayers Award: Donna and Tim Barton
The Randy Awards are named in honor of the late Randy Hall, who, with a committee, founded CAST. The theater’s first play was presented in 1999. CAST has staged several plays written by Hall, a playwright and arts critic for The Anniston Star. Some of the comedies and dramas he penned have been presented around the country.
The highlight of the evening was the awarding of a silver engraved bowl to the recipient of the Edel Y. Ayers Award. It is given to the volunteer who has gone beyond the call of regular tasks during the past season — often for several seasons. The winners were Donna and Tim Barton, who have worked the box office among many other production duties.
Edel Ayers was founder of Anniston Little Theatre, the town’s first community theater. From 1927-1977, she was the personification of the arts locally. During these years, she gave generously of her time, talents and enthusiasm to the development of community theater.
Ayers and Hall would be proud that this community theater has been a part of so many people’s lives.