Theatre Program Receives Multiple Awards

by Jennifer Hodges, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s theatre program recently received 12 DayTony Awards for its 2011-2012 productions. The awards are presented each year by the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame to Dayton-area theaters in recognition of outstanding performance and design.

All three of the University’s theater productions were represented in the awards given to Robert Clements, associate professor of theatre, Donald N. C. Jones, associate designer, and seven students. The productions included “And Then There Were None,” “The Crucible” and “The Star-Spangled Girl.”

Jones, who received four of the 12 awards, said it was no surprise that Cedarville’s theater program received recognition. He said many have called Cedarville’s theater productions the best kept secret in the Miami Valley.

Cedarville’s 2012-2013 theater season will offer a diverse selection, including “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Tartuffe, or the Impostor.”

Awards of Excellence
     Robert Clements:  Lighting Design, “And Then There Were None”; Scenic Design, “The Crucible”
     Donald N. C. Jones:  Scenic Design, “And Then There Were None”
     Samantha Sumler:  Acting in a Supporting Role in a Play (as Emily Brent, “And Then There Were None”)
Awards of Merit
     Donald N. C. Jones:  Costume Design, Direction,  “And Then There Were None”;  Scenic Design, “Star-Spangled Girl”
     David Dion: Properties, “And Then There Were None”
     Keriann Arnott: Properties, “And Then There Were None”
     Anna Zavodney: Acting in a Leading Role in a Play (as Vera Claythorne in “And Then There Were None”)
     Josiah Smith:  Acting in a Leading Role in a Play (as Philip Lombard in “And Then There Were None”)
     Grace Pilet:  Acting in a Leading Role in a Play (as Abigail in “The Crucible”)
     Lindsay McGee:  Acting in a Supporting Role in a Play (as Mary Warren in “The Crucible”)

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