The Lincoln Theatre Guild was recently honored with nominations from the Metrolina Theatre Association.
MTA, which represents more than 50 theater groups and theatrical artists, directors and producers in the Charlotte region, held its inaugural awards ceremony, the Metrolina Theatre Awards, Sept. 19 at the McGlohon Theatre in Spirit Square.
Nominees included Peggie Boring for outstanding director, Betsy Okonski for costumes and Karin Okonski as outstanding supporting actress for her part of Anne Frank. All nominees were from â€œAnd Then They Came for Meâ€¦ Remembering the World of Anne Frank.â€
The play was produced by the Lincoln Theatre Guild and First Federal Savings Bank in April of 2004. Performances were held at the Lincoln Cultural Center, and the production hit the road for a special performance for Lincoln County eighth-graders at North Lincoln High School. The special school performance was made possible through a grassroots grant from the Lincoln Arts Council.
Nominees were recognized during a black tie event. The red carpet was rolled out for all theater volunteers up for awards.
A committee of more than 30 volunteers from all aspects of the theatrical community worked for more than 18 months to make the Metrolina Theatre Awards possible.
The MTA membership includes organizations such as Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Childrenâ€™s Theatre of Charlotte, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, Theatre Charlotte, BareBones Theatre Group, Off-Tryon Theatre Company, Chickspeare, Epic Arts Repertory Theatre and others.
This season, MTA has organized more than 40 peer nominators and reviewers to see 80 shows and nominate and vote on the best theatrical talent seen on regional stages between September 2003 and August 2004.
Volunteers with the Lincoln Theatre Guild attended the awards ceremony.
â€œIt is quite an honor for the theater guild in little Lincolnton to be recognized in such a prestigious way,â€ said Andrea Tripodi, LTG administrator. â€œWe are so proud of our volunteers, and itâ€™s always nice to be noticed.â€by Diane Turbyfill