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Freeport Players' Guild holds annual TWIRP Ball and 50th anniversary celebration - A night of memories, music and milestones
  
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:47
 Celebrating 50 years of the Freeport Players' Guild and 40 years of the Regency Theatre, it was an event to remember on Saturday, February 4th. FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Celebrating 50 years of the Freeport Players' Guild and 40 years of the Regency Theatre, it was an event to remember on Saturday, February 4th. The night of memories, music and milestones began with a lovely spread of hors d'oeuvres in the beautifully decorated new lobby with programmes from past shows hanging from the ceiling attached to gold and ruby balloons.

Guests were then taken into the Peter Aston Auditorium where they were treated to a fabulous show that started with a surprise tribute to Lois Seiler with the opening number "One Singular Sensation." The number was also choreographed by this unstoppable legend of the Guild who's choreographed countless shows on that very stage.

The night continued with welcome remarks from hosts Kirk Antoni and Ivy Elden who reminded us of the theatre group's humble beginnings in the Seacraft BuildingThe night continued with welcome remarks from hosts Kirk Antoni and Ivy Elden who reminded us of the theatre group's humble beginnings in the Seacraft Building off the Fishing Hole Road with its tin roof and metal chairs. They also reenacted how actors would have to freeze or adlib as airplanes would fly over in the middle of a show.

Awards were then presented by makeup artist extraordinaire Margo Miller and the segmented documentary delighted and enlightened audience members.  

The evening featured show medleys from My Fair Lady, The Wiz, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph, Oliver!, Annie, Grease, Guys & Dolls, That's Chicago, Dreamgirls, and  Ain't Misbehavin'.  Other presenters of the night included makeup artist, Tiffany Dennison, Past President, Olivia Dorsett, Lifetime members, Rose Carson, Kay Hardy, and Andrea Gottlieb and Patty Aston, who presented the Peter Aston Award for Best Director in a Musical.
Awards were presented and the segmented documentary delighted and enlightened audience members.The documentary, produced by Keen i Media Ltd, was well received and enjoyed by all and will be available shortly on DVD for sale. It featured the early days, memorable shows, the many faces and faceslifts of the theatre and the future of the Guild. A full length extended version will be shown in the Regency Theatre auditorium in the coming months.

For more photos from the evening visit click HERE to visit the Facebook page.  (Photos by Keen i Media Ltd.)

The Freeport Players' Guild extends a special thanks to everyone who helped in any way shape or form with the documentary by providing footage, interviews, programmes, photos and newspaper clippings including Sir Jack Hayward, Andrea Gottlieb, Kay Hardy, Ivy Elden, Sue Lynne McCrea, Angela Hackman, Paula Fingland, Patty Aston, Cath Hindley, Vilma Dann, Katybel Taylor, Leona Roach, Paulette Russell, Ashley Mordas, Chris Child, Keen i Media Ltd: Kyle Redman-Carroll, Olivia Dorsett and Erik J Russell, and The Freeport News. We appreciate all that you have given us to help preserve our beautiful history. We simply couldn't have done it without you, and many thanks to our Board of Directors, Twirp Committee and Judge's Liaison. Here's to another 50 years! 

The evening featured show medleys from My Fair Lady, The Wiz, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph, Oliver!, Annie, Grease, Guys & Dolls, That's Chicago, Dreamgirls, and  Ain't Misbehavin'.Congratulations to all the TWIRP award winners from the evening:

BEST NEWCOMER
in a Musical
Chris Mockrish (Clue the Musical)
in a Comedy/Drama
Nikia Wells (Excess Baggage) & Gabby Lopez (Old Mother Hubbard)

BEST CAMEO
in a Musical
Ewurabena Appiah (Clue the Musical)
in a Comedy/Drama
Kay Hardy (Old Mother Hubbard)

BEST COSTUMES
Martina Geiger & Claudette Beal (Old Mother Hubbard)

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Lois Seiler & Angela Hackman (Old Mother Hubbard)

BEST SET DESIGN
Olivia Dorsett & Bill Nelson (Clue the Musical)

BEST SET CONSTRUCTION
Bobby Stone (Clue the Musical)

BEST FEATURE  ACTOR
in a Musical
Kenton Pinder (Clue the Musical)
in a Comedy/Drama
Remardo Russell (Excess Baggage) & Remiro Russell (Old Mother Hubbard)

BEST FEATURE ACTRESS  in a Comedy/Drama Liselle Harris (Excess Baggage)BEST FEATURE ACTRESS
in a Musical
Joanna Llambias (Clue the Musical)
in a Comedy/Drama
Liselle Harris (Excess Baggage)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
in a Musical
Tony Lowe (Clue the Musical)
in a Comedy/Drama
Reginald Simmons (Excess Baggage) & Kenton Pinder (Old Mother Hubbard)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
in a Musical
Dalia Feldman (Clue the Musical)
in a Comedy/Drama
Veronica Dorsett (Old Mother Hubbard)

BEST  ACTOR
in a Musical
Derek Gape (Clue the Musical)
in a Comedy/Drama
Adrian Burbage (Old Mother Hubbard)

BEST ACTRESS
in a Musical
Ivy Elden (Clue the Musical)
in a Comedy/Drama
Jackie Dack (Old Mother Hubbard)  

PRESIDENT'S AWARDS
Paula Fingland, Leona Roach & Gloria McGlone

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR in a Musical Tony Lowe (Clue the Musical)BEST PRODUCER
Paula Fingland for Clue the Musical

BEST DIRECTOR
in a play (JANE STRATFORD AWARD)
Sue Lynne McCrea for Excess Baggage
in a musical (PETER ASTON AWARD)
Olivia Dorsett & Gloria McGlone for Clue the Musical

BEST PRODUCTION OVERALL
Old Mother Hubbard

ANTHONY LOCKHART AWARD (most shows in a year)
Kenton Pinder (Broadway Baby, Old Mother Hubbard, & Clue the Musical)

BETTY McCONVILLE AWARD  (for extraordinary service for the year)
Annie Roberts, props mistress

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