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Canyon Theatre Guild Has One “Hunny” Of Awards Show

Theater recognizes volunteers, outstanding productions of the 2007-2008 season.


The adventures of a silly old bear swept the Canyon Theatre Guild Goldie Awards handed out Saturday night, winning eight awards, including Best Lead and Supporting Actors and Actresses and taking home honors as Best Family Show.

Amber Van Loon as Piglet, Jeff Johnson as Pooh and Joshua DiPaola as Roo present an award

The annual event, held at the theater’s home in the Downtown Newhall Arts District, was a chance to recognize both stage accomplishments and those of the volunteers working behind the scenes.
Two big musicals, “My Fair Lady” performed on the Newhall stage and “Beauty and the Beast” produced by the CTG’s Santa Clarita Regional Theatre division and performed at College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center each garnered six awards, with “Beauty” winning Best Musical. The family-centered production “Over The River And Through The Woods” about an Italian family’s Sunday dinner tradition was given five awards, including three Best Acting Awards, Best Direction and the Carmen Sarro award for Best Play.


Sarro, a founding member of the Guild, was an ardent arts supporter who helped the theater grow from a small group rehearsing in a storefront to the current organization that produces nine shows a year and runs year-round youth workshops.  Her daughter, Christine Sexton, presented the award.
John and Claudia Alexopoulos, who are educators during the day and have devoted their spare time to the theater to work as scenic artists, prop masters, costumers and volunteer wranglers, were given the CTG’s prestigious “Irving G. Wallpaper” award for outstanding service.
Longtime member and outgoing membership secretary Sharon Cummings was also honored for her dedication to the growth and support of the Guild.

Claudia and John Alexopoulos, at right, were recognized for their volunteer efforts

A list of the winners:
Best Sound Design – Greg Finley and Garrett Finley “Forever Plaid”
Best Lighting Design – (tie) Tim Christianson “Beauty and the Beast”, Tim Christianson and Tom Lund “Winnie the Pooh”
Best Set Decoration – Pat Robinson and John Alexopoulos “ My Fair Lady”
Best Set Design – Billy Davis, Jim Robinson and Frank Rock “Winnie the Pooh”
Best Costume Design – Janet McAnany and Jill McGlynn “My Fair Lady”
Bob Reed Cameo Award – Nicholas Laemmer  “My Fair Lady”
Outstanding Ensemble Performer – Matthew Lawrence “Beauty and the Beast”
Pat Nastasia Award for Best Female Youth – Emma Gould “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas”
Best Male Youth – Ross Mayer “A Christmas Story”
Irving G. Wallpaper Award – John and Claudia Alexopoulos
Best Choreographer – Musette Caing and Jan Marie Hayes-Rennels “Beauty and the Beast”
Best Vocal Director – Greg Finley and Jack Matson “Forever Plaid”

Canyon Theatre Guild Goldie winners for the 2007-2008 season

Best Supporting Actress In A Family Show – Kristie Hoefflin “Winnie the Pooh”
Best Supporting Actor In A Family Show – Charles Bice-Bey “Winnie the Pooh”
Best Supporting Actress In A Play – Jane Arnett “Over the River and Through the Woods”
Best Supporting Actor In A Play – Joseph P. Miele  “Over the River and Through the Woods”
Best Supporting Actress In A Musical – Jane Arnett “My Fair Lady”
Best Supporting Actor In A Musical – Billy Davis “Beauty and the Beast”
Best Lead Actress In A Family Show – Amber Van Loon “Winnie the Pooh”
Best Lead Actor In A Family Show – Jeff Johnson “Winnie the Pooh”
Best Lead Actress In A Play – Patti Finley “Over the River and Through the Woods”
Best Lead Actor In A Play – Randy Aronson “A Christmas Story”
Best Lead Actress In A Musical – Jill Kocalis “My Fair Lady”
Best Lead Actor In A Musical – George M. Chavez “Beauty and the Beast”
Best Director of a Family Show – Tamarah Ashton-Coombs “Winnie the Pooh”
Best Director of a Play – Ingrid Boydston “Over the River and Through the Woods”
Best Director of a Musical – Patti Finley “My Fair Lady”
Best Family Show – “Winnie the Pooh”
Carmen Sarro Award for Best Play – “Over the River and Through the Woods”
Best Musical – “Beauty and the Beast”


Canyon Theatre Guild Has One “Hunny” Of Awards Show

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