The Geneva Theatre Guild's recent production of Man of La Mancha has received five Merit Awards from the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS).
TANYS Roving Adjudicator Laura Andruski, Clifton Park, noted: “The Geneva Theatre Guild delivered up a solid and engaging performance of Man of La Mancha. The set and light designs, along with the orchestra, supported the production magnificently. The entire company is to be commended for producing such a high quality product.”
Christine Sauter, from Geneva, received an award for Outstanding Music Direction. Sauter, a 10-year veteran of Finger Lakes musical theatre, is director of music for the Geneva Roman Catholic Community and accompanist for the dance department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Special kudos went to the members of the Man of La Mancha Orchestra: Heidi Stobie, Alan Mandel, Steve Jones, Jennifer Ellis, Lorraine Jones, Andy Stobie, Dan Bradley, Mike Witter, Jane McCaffrey, Tim Randall, Sam Caito, James Ralls, Dorothy Mitchell, Dave Pesarek and Bryan Flood.
Geneva resident R. J. Rapoza was honored for Outstanding Light Design. Rapoza has performed, designed and directed shows with many theatre companies and high schools in the Finger Lakes. He teaches communications at Finger Lakes Community College, serves as TANYS vice president for conferences, and is an independent consultant for arts-in-education.
Steve Duprey, from Phelps, the director and set designer of the musical, received an Excellence in Scenic Design Award for the production's impressive unit set. He, his cast and crew also received a Meritorious Achievement in Ensemble Work and Dedication Award. A director of theatre in the Finger Lakes area for 25 years, Duprey teaches Communications at Finger Lakes Community College. He directed last year's award winning production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Genevan Troy Slocum received an Excellence in Vocal Music Direction for his work on the production. An active recitalist and teacher, he is an applied piano instructor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and organist/choir director for Trinity Church, Geneva. Slocum was also honored by TANYS last year for his work on Forum.
The Theatre Association of New York State, which represents non-professional theatre in the State, offers an educational adjudication program to help members evaluate and enhance their work. Trained adjudicators view productions and then discuss the show with the cast and crew.
TANYS adjudicators give Merit Awards to recognize exceptional work by community and educational theatre companies, actors and technicians. The awards will be presented at the annual State Theatre Festival, November 19, 20, 21, in Auburn.
The Guild's next production will be Two Faces of Drama, Sept. 3 and 4 at Anthony Road Winery.