EthingTonys Honor Best in 2010/11 COFAP Productions
The GCU College of Fine Arts and Production celebrated its returning year to the Ethington Theatre stage with the EthingTony Awards. Alpha Psi Omega organized the catered, black tie event with several performances, monologues and songs from this year’s productions.
The EthingTony Awards were handmade in the theatre shop. A piece of scrap wood, painted, with scrap steel welded together in the shape of an “E” – a fitting award as COFAP students worked as much behind the scenes as they did on the stage.
The award winners are as follows.
Best Show: Dial P. for Peanuts, Directed by Michael Kary and David Hayes
Best Actor: Adam Benavides as Dionysus in The Frogs
Best Actress (tie): Tabitha Valentine as Zorah in Inspecting Carol and Lauren Bailey as Xanthias in The Frogs
Best Supporting Actor: Nathan Delaet as Linus in Dial P. for Peanuts
Best Supporting Actress (tie): Bina Neuwirth as Pluto in The Frogs and Shelby Athouguia as Sally in Dial P. for Peanuts
Best Technician: Rose Werther
Best Stage Manager: Rebecca Fair
Most Dedicated Theatre Member: Jake Swanson
Most Active Alpha Psi Omega Member (tie): Maria Anderson and Adam Benavides
Best Director (tie): COFAP Dean Claude Pensis for Inspecting Carol and Michael Kary and David Hayes for Dial P. for Peanuts
Best Light Design: Claude Pensis, Comedy of Errors
Best Set Design: William Symington, Comedy of Errors
Best Costume Design: Nola Yergen, Comedy of Errors
Alpha Psi Omega also announced its Executive Committee for 2011-2012, which actually stayed the same as this year. They were announced as follows:
President: Adam Benavides
Vice President: Jake Swanson
Secretary: Ashley Hines
Treasurer: Nathan Delaet
Dean Pensis announced some of his own, “supplemental awards”. He gave out certificates to several students with awards such as “Best Actor in a Forgotten Show” to Michael Kary for his portrayal of the Major General in Pirates of Penzance; “Best Throwing a Fellow Actor Under the Bus” to Adam Benavides, Dionysus, The Frogs; and similarly, “Best Victim of Being Thrown Under a Bus” to Mark Morales, Heracles, The Frogs.
Congratulations to Dean Pensis and all the theatre students who have made the return of theatre to GCU a resounding success.