BLT held its 57th Annual Awards for the 2004-2005 season at the Jim Bransen Awards Picnic on July 14. The awards were a chance to recognize not only theater performers and players, but patrons as well. Highlights of the evening's festivities included:
Grace And Glorie, a play about a dying woman and her hospice volunteer, won six awards. Speaking to the audience about universal themes of life and death, the story is about a rural 90-year-old woman and a more sophisticated New Yorker who volunteers to visit her. Sue Galligan, who played the titular nonagenarian, beat out her co-star Janet Summers and Janelle Walters (Ma Joad in The Grapes Of Wrath) to take home a best actress award. Besides taking best actress, Grace And Glorie won for best production, best director (Wendy Koeppl), best props (Jay Parker), best set dressing (Cricket Langworthy) and best sound (Larry Dennis).
The Grapes Of Wrath, BLT's most successful production of the season, garnered two awards: one to David Priest for lighting and one to Patrick Schow for male cameo. The play was nominated in most categories.
Best Actor was awarded to Lane Bottemiller for his role in Scapino!. BLT's resident artist and sculptor, Jerry Snodgrass, snagged the play an award for best set design. Snodgrass was also presented BLT's Gold Key Award for his overall work in acting, set design and general support of BLT.
Best supporting actress (Jean Hochstrasser) and actor (August Pollio) awards went to players from BLT's final show of the season, Over the River and Through the Woods.
Elizabeth Greeley won best costume for Mrs. California and Jo-Ann Jones received an award for female cameo for her role in I Hate Hamlet. Kari Iverson was honored as Rookie of the Year for her work as stage manager.
A rare Lifetime Patron presentation (only 12 of these honors have been bestowed in the theater's 57-year history) was made to Joe Posluszny for his tireless work for and support of BLT over the last 30 years.
Boise Little Theater has been entertaining valley audiences for 57 years and some 15,000 people attended their performances during the 2004-2005.
For more information about Boise Little Theater or the awards, contact Pat Ryan at 343-8522.