Quincy Community Theatre celebrated volunteer achievements of the 2018 Season on Saturday, Jan. 19 with its annual QUILTA Ceremony at ONE: Special Event Venue.
Hosted by Dan Conboy and featuring entertainment from the past and upcoming year, the ceremony recognized 24 individuals and businesses for their contributions to the theatre in 2018.
Photo courtesy of Randy Wolfmeyer. Pictured are: (Front row, l-r) Cindy Crist, Ruth Kummerow, Caleigh Twaddle, Kelsey Pigg, (Second row, l-r) Doris A. Malacarne, Bill Stalder, Crystal Perry, Helen Seaman, (Third row, l-r) Carol Rankin, Natalie Clark, Lexi Mero, Rajah Maples on behalf of KHQA, Dan Conboy, (Back row, l-r) James Riley, Chris Keller, Drew Quintero, and Aaron Speckhart.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the organization’s highest honor, the Enid Ireland Award, to long-time volunteer Bill Stalder. Stalder’s contributions to the theatre over the years include volunteering his time and talents as an actor, board member, usher, ticket scanner, and loyal QCT supporter. The Enid Ireland Award is presented annually to an individual who has shown outstanding dedication and service to the creation, organization, or continuation of Quincy Community Theatre.
The Paul Denckla Technical Director’s award, honoring individuals who exemplify Denckla’s commitment to the technical aspects of the theatre, was presented to Jeanette Brickman and Carol Rankin. Throughout the year, Brickman and Rankin volunteered hundreds of hours in the Costume Department while sewing, altering, and building costumes for every production of the 2018 Season.
The Front of House Award was presented to Cindy Crist for her countless hours of volunteer work while assisting with ushering, season ticket sales, Box Office sales, data entry, Will Call ticket distribution, scanning tickets, student matinee performances, audition check-in, as well as various tasks backstage. Every department directly benefitted from Crist’s impressive contributions throughout the season.
Reagan Costigan, QCT’s Executive Director, presented the Executive Director’s Award to KHQA. A long-time Media Sponsor of the theatre, KHQA provided valuable airtime to the theatre and acted as an avid promoter for all QCT events. This support exemplifies the value KHQA places on the arts in Quincy—a support that is sincerely appreciated by QCT’s volunteers, the board of directors, and staff.
Brandon Thomsen, QCT’s Artistic Director, presented the Artistic Director’s Award to Dan Conboy for his commitment to the financial support of artistic excellence and for his volunteer efforts as an actor and stage manager.
Performance awards, voted upon by QCT’s audiences, were presented to 10 individuals. Winners for an outstanding performance in a play were:
· Luke Lawson, for IS HE DEAD?
· Kelsey Pigg, for IS HE DEAD?
· Jennifer Shostak-Fray, for GOOD PEOPLE
· Doris A. Malacarne, for GOOD PEOPLE
· James Riley, for GOOD PEOPLE
Winners for an outstanding performance in a musical were:
· Aaron Speckhart, for BIG FISH
· Julie Ginos, for MAMMA MIA!
· Madison Palmer, for MAMMA MIA!
· Crystal Perry, for MAMMA MIA!
· Drew Quintero, for ELF: THE MUSICAL
The Ghost Light Award was presented to Chris Keller, Ruth Kummerow, and James Riley. The Ghost Light Award, nominated by cast and crew, is given to those who demonstrate effort that goes above and beyond cast or crew expectations, a willingness to help others for the success of the entire show, and ingenuity in problem-solving.
Also presented were The Burning Flame Awards, given to Helen Seaman (ANNE OF GREEN GABLES), Lexi Mero (ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN A PLAY”), Kayla Hinton (IMPRESSIONS OF YESTERDAY), and Caleigh Twaddle (THE WITCHES) for outstanding effort and leadership in a student production. The highest honor given to a student theatre participant, the “Rosie” Award, was presented to Natalie Clark—a high school student who displayed the dedication and volunteer services exemplified by the late Rose Lacquement, a long-time QCT volunteer.
The 2018 QUILTA Ceremony was sponsored by Continental Cement and Green America Recycling. Photos of the 2018 Season are provided courtesy of Chet Coonrod of Coonrod Photography.
QCT is always looking for volunteers to work in the costume department, technical department, box office, and for shows as ushers and ticket scanners. Individuals interested in volunteering or auditioning for the 2019 Season can contact the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209, check online at 1qct.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Quincy Community Theatre
Quincy Community Theatre (QCT) is a major theatrical resource for the Tri-State area, offering five major productions, three student productions, various touring performances, and a variety of workshops and classes each year. Showcasing local performers from the entire Tri-State Region since 1923, QCT uses the combined talents and resources of the community to celebrate, promote, and perform the dramatic arts in its first-rate facility. Quincy Community Theatre is a member of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts, the Illinois Theatre Association, the American Association of Community Theatre, and Arts Alliance Illinois. QCT programming is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. The 2019 Season is sponsored by Gardner Denver. QCT’s 2019 Media Sponsors are STARadio, Spectrum Reach, WGEM, Herald-Whig, and KHQA. For information about upcoming shows and classes or to purchase tickets, please visit www.1qct.org or call the Box Office at 217.222.3209.