PV Players Celebrates Good Times and Outstanding Talent at the 2002-2003 Season Awards Show
Celebration was the name of the game when PV Players Community Theater honored one and all at its 2002-2003 Main Stage Season Awards Banquet on Sunday, November 9, 2003. For the third year in a row, Daryl Hogue and Tony Torrisi hosted the evening’s festivities and together were a smash hit with their ‘bits’ and renditions of the season’s shows. Cast and crew reunited to celebrate the past year’s productions, which included Inspecting Carol by Daniel Sullivan, The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, Laughter on the 23rdFloor by Neil Simon, Angel Street/Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton, Sylvia by A. R. Gurney, Murder Room by Jack Sharkey and Tartuffe by Moliere.
Three members were honored this year for their dedicated service. The recipients of these awards have shown commitment and devotion to the theater and were honored appropriately. Receiving the Exemplary Service Award was a relative newcomer, although you wouldn’t know it from her roster of participation, as she had be involved with nearly every show of the past year. Diana Mann, a resident of Redondo Beach, created dazzling costumes for a number of shows, while learning the ins and outs of producing. She has since taken over the costume warehouse at PVP and given it a complete overhaul, as well as trying her hand at producing her first production, London Suite, the opening show of the 2003-2004 Main Stage season.
Receiving the Dedicated Commitment Award was a very active member of the community and the theater’s treasurer, Leon Cohen, a resident of Rancho Palos Verdes. In his time involved with PVP, he has not only showed his commitment to theater, but also to the success of the theater in the future. He has appeared on numerous stages across the South Bay theater scene, including PVP, before and since taking on a more active part in the executive board.
The Outstanding Dedication Award went to a very worthy person and a veteran of theater in this community and others. Jack Drake, a resident of Redondo Beach, is past artistic director and founder of PVP’s 2ndStage, as well as the theater’s vice president. He was honored for his dedication, commitment and drive that has developed the 2nd Stage into a leading outlet for non-traditional theater in the South Bay, taking on such endeavors as the Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel and original works by local playwrights.
Every Main Stage show from the past season was represented in one of the almost 20 categories, although one show seemed to run away with top honors, garnering a majority of the awards. The very successful and popular Laughter on the 23rd Floor, directed by Tony Torrisi, earned the coveted award of Best Play, as well as Best Director for Tony Torrisi, Best Producer for Linda Reinhardt and Carl Miller, both Best Supporting Actor and Actress (Bill Wolski and Sara Wilson) and Best Scenic Artists. In addition, one very talented actor earned two acting awards. Stephan Alan Carver received Best Lead Actor for his role of Orgon in Tartuffeand Best Character Actor for his role of Detective Rough in Angel Street/Gaslight. The complete list of recipients include:
Best Play – Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Best Lead Actor – Stephen Alan Carver, Tartuffe
Best Lead Actress – Allison Laurence, Sylvia
Best Supporting Actor – Bill Wolski, Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Best Supporting Actress – Sara Wilson, Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Best Character Actor – Stephen Alan Carver, Angel Street/Gaslight
Best Character Actress – Susan “Sam” Jones, The Murder Room
Best Director – Tony Torrisi, Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Best Producer – Linda Reinhardt & Carl Miller, Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Best Costume Design – Liz Reinhardt, Tartuffe
Best Light Design – David Sexton, The Murder Room
Best Sound Design – Victor Reinhardt, Tartuffe
Best Set/Set Design – The Lion in Winter, Designer: Sam Uskovich
Best Scenic Artists – Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Helen Fearon, Pat Moriarty & Daryl Hogue
Best Set Dresser – Marushka Dernajova, Inspecting Carol
Best Stage Manager – Dylan Harrison Bailey, Angel Street
Best Backstage Crew – Dennis Bosch, Judy Cooper Frilando & Dana Kirkendoll, The Murder Room
Best Light Board Operator – Scott Seagren, Sylvia
Best Sound Board Operator – Ashley Dupuy, Sylvia