Alton Little Theater
The 15th annual Arts for Life Best Performance Awards were held June 8 at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts in St. Louis and Alton Little Theater’s production of “The Drowsey Chaperone” was nominated in a record number of categories — 14 in all.
Alton Little Theater took home top honors for Diana Enloe for set design and an award for Best Duo/Group Performance given to Eddie Hitcock and Jeff Pruett as the “gangsters” in the “Drowsey” production, which opened the 80th anniversary season at the Theater Showplace. Some 43 musical theater productions competed in 25 categories.
ALT’s former director emeritus, Cliff Davenport, was honored for his contributions to community theater as part of the afternoon’s program and the talented ensemble of The Drowsey Chaperone” had a featured performance of “ I Do, I Do, in the Sky” during the festivities.
Arts for Life encompasses theaters from the Greater St. Louis area and several theaters in Illinois. All musical production submissions are scored by a panel of 12 theater judges. Alton Little Theater is proud of the numerous performance and technical awards received over the last 15 years. Upcoming productions of “9 To 5 The Musical” and “Always Patsy Cline” will be eligible for judging for next year’s competition.
Jeff Pruett, a previous winner for technical lighting design awards, was thrilled with his first performance award, particularly since he stepped into the singing and dancing duo role a week before opening night.
“This means so much because we’ve seen the best of the best this afternoon and I love what we do at Alton Little Theater,” Pruett said.
More information about upcoming productions at the theater can be obtained on the Alton Little Theater website, http://www.altonlittletheater.org/ or by contacting the theater at (618) 462-3205.