BWHS Drama Awards 2012; way better than the Oscars
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
The Oscars? Who needs the stinking Oscars when Big Walnut High School has its very own 2012 Drama Awards, complete with a banquet and costumes ranging from haut couture (really, really nice), to flamboyant (really, really strange), to casual (hey, we got here after the game, right)? And, as an added benefit, Big Walnut’s drama enthusiasts are a wholesome crowd who enjoy their craft, not like Hollywood’s playboys and playgirls who seem to be in the news more often for unsavory behavior than Oscar-winning performances.
Last Thursday evening, Big Walnut High School Drama Coach Erin Gibbons, members of the high school’s 2011-12 drama season casts and crews, parents and friends, gathered at the high school cafeteria for a pot-luck banquet, followed by an awards ceremony in the auditorium.
During the banquet, students voted for their favorite high school drama personalities and performers in a number of categories, Gibbons totaled the results before the award ceremony, and then the fun began.
Many categories were of a more serious nature. Nick Guglielmi was selected as a Rising Star (outstanding freshman), Allison Dawson was the Best Supporting Female Actor in a Play, Kaden Thompson and James Sawyers shared Best Supporting Male Actor in a Play honors, Josh Schirtzinger was selected as the Best Male Actor in a Play and Musical, and Julia Brown was the Best Female Actor in a Play.
Also recognized were Emma Swysgood as a Shooting Star and Best Supporting Female in a Musical, Nate Fagan was selected as the Best Supporting Male in a Musical, and Olivia Beckett was the Best Female Actor in a Musical.
Alexandria Mayhew received the prestigious Shining Star/MVT Award. The MVT is awarded to the drama program member who did his or her part exceptionally well, was helpful to cast and crew, supportive, friendly, gave the shows 110 percent, and was an all-around asset to the program, a true star on and off the stage.
“This year was especially exciting, doing the musical Legally Blonde,” Gibbons said following the ceremony. “It presented the drama students with a new set of challenges, and they rose to the occasion. All in all it was a very good year.
“I love these kids,” Gibbons added. “Big Walnut High School has a great drama program, and the parents and the community are very supportive. They made it the highlight of my year.”