Marcom Masque Award winners take center stage

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Kentwood Players, the community theater group based at the Westchester Playhouse, presented its annual Marcom Masque Awards June 25. This year, a new category “Season Subscriber Favorite Show” was added, allowing Season Subscribers to vote by secret ballot on each show’s production quality as a whole after seeing it.

Best Play – A Raisin in the Sun; Season Subscriber Favorite Show – Man of La Mancha; Best Director –Catherine Rahm and Alison Mattiza – Something’s Afoot; Best Producer – Kathy Dershimer – A Raisin in the Sun.

Lead Actor – Damon Rutledge as Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun; Lead Actress – Elizabeth Bouton as Miss Tweed in Something’s Afoot; Major Supporting Actor – Harold Dershimer as Colonel Gillweather in Something’s Afoot; Major Supporting Actress – Charlotte Williams as Beneatha Younger in A Raisin in the Sun; Minor Supporting Actor – Daniel Kruger as Karl Lindner in A Raisin in the Sun; Minor Supporting Actress – Katie Rodriquez as Laurie Morton in Brighton Beach Memoirs; Minor Actor – Samuel Goldman as Clive in Something’s Afoot; Cameo Actor – Kowalsky Lucien as Bobo in A Raisin in the Sun; and Cameo Actress – Kira Sherman as the Moorish Dancer in Man of La Mancha.

Costume Design – Marie Olivas for Man of La Mancha
Sound Design – Susan Stangl for A Raisin in the Sun
Lighting Design – Richard Potthoff for Man of La Mancha
Set Design – Jim Crawford and Scot Renfro for Man of La Mancha
Set Decoration Design – Sheridan Cole Crawford for Ravenscroft
Original Graphic Design – Andrew Dershimer for A Raisin in the Sun
Special Board Award for Recognition of Outstanding Merit – Jim Crawford

During the run of all six productions in their 2015-2016 season, all Kentwood Players members voted by secret ballot in several artistic categories after seeing each show. The votes were tallied and Kentwood Players presented their annual Marcom Masque Awards to the winners in each category. This year, a new category “Season Subscriber Favorite Show” was added, allowing Season Subscribers to vote by secret ballot on each show’s production quality as a whole after seeing it.

The 2015-2016 season included 4000 Miles, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Ravenscroft, Something’s Afoot, A Raisin in the Sun, and Man of La Mancha.

During the awards ceremony, Certificates of Recognition were presented by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete, Kentwood Players’ Production Manager, to all members who worked behind-the-scenes on two or more productions during the season. Kentwood Players members who have reached their 10th, 15th or 25th membership anniversary were announced by Kathy Dershimer, Kentwood Players’ vice president of membership.

Visit their website at www.kentwoodplayers.org for more information about Kentwood Players including their current production Olive and the Bitter Herbs, a comedy by Charles Busch opened July 8 and auditions for the murder mystery thriller “Wait Until Dark” took place July 9-10. You can also find Kentwood Players information on Facebook and Twitter.
Founded in December 1949 by Jan and Arky Marcom, for whom the group’s annual Marcom Masque Awards are named. The first Marcom Masque Awards were presented for the 1957-1958 season with “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” winning the award for Best Play.

To meet the production teams and learn more about Kentwood Players and what goes on at the Westchester Playhouse, the public is invited to attend our general membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Westchester Playhouse, two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester..