After closing out its 2017 season in Sept., the Ringgold Playhouse (TRP) held its annual awards banquet on Nov. 17, where summer hit "Lend Me a Tenor" took home the bulk of the honors.
"Lend Me a Tenor," a door-slamming farce that played to big audiences in July, was the darling of the awards show after winning six of the night's 14 awards.
"I'm just so proud of this cast and crew," said Kimberly Tyner Jones, the production's director. "It was such a talented cast that did wonderful work, and my stage manager, my right arm, Renee Lierow did an amazing job."
The night included actor Timothy Shields being named the company's Volunteer of the Year, and the productions of "Lend Me a Tenor," "Southern Fried Funeral," "Rabbit Hole," and "The Real Inspector Hound" taking home hardware.
Volunteer of the Year: Timothy Shields
Best Set Design: "Rabbit Hole"
Best Costume Design: "Lend Me a Tenor"
Best Ensemble Cast: "The Real Inspector Hound"
Outstanding TRP Debut Performance: Kylene Booher as Harlene in "Southern Fried Funeral."
Best Supporting Actress: Kimberly Tyner Jones as Nat in "Rabbit Hole"
Best Supporting Actor: Dan Lyons as Saunders in "Lend Me a Tenor."
Best On-Stage Duo: Justin Young and Ed Huckabee as Max & Tito in "Lend Me a Tenor".
Audience Favorite Actress: Kitty Reel as Ozella in "Southern Fried Funeral".
Audience Favorite Actor: Ed Huckabee as Tito in "Lend Me a Tenor".
Best Director: Greg Rambin, Sr. for "The Real Inspector Hound".
Best Actor: Justin Young as Max in "Lend Me a Tenor".
Best Actress: Laurie Shaw as Becca in "Rabbit Hole".
Production of the Year: "Lend Me a Tenor".
With its 2017 season now officially in the books, TRP will initiate the opening of its 2018 season Dec. 11-12 with auditions for John Cariani's romantic comedy "Almost Maine". The 2018 five-production lineup will open with "Almost Maine" on Feb. 15.