The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem Announces 2018 Volunteer Awards
The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem announced its 2017-18 Season Volunteer Awards at an annual volunteer party on Sunday, June 3. The party, which celebrated the end of the theatre’s 83rd Season, was held at the Old Winston Social Club in Winston-Salem. Volunteers gathered to enjoy food, camaraderie, door prizes, and the awards ceremony.
Interim Executive Director Lane Fields welcomed the volunteers and thanked them for their excellent work over the course of the season. Marketing Director Kristina Ebbink, a member of the Volunteer Committee, announced the award recipients:
Mary Cannon received the Doris Pardington Award, which recognizes a volunteer each year who has contributed a lifetime of service to The Little Theatre. This award is in memory of Doris Pardington, who was a charter member of the theatre and served as its executive director for almost two decades. Cannon has volunteered in the theatre’s costume shop for close to 40 years, sewing literally thousands of costumes along the way.
Heidi Shafer received the Charles Babcock, Jr. Award. This award was initiated to honor volunteers who excel in non-technical areas of theatre, and is given in memory of Charles Babcock, Jr., who was an ardent supporter of The Little Theatre. Heidi has volunteered as an actor, usher, and concessions worker for two decades and was a tremendous help in the box office this season.
Patrick Hearn received the Jackie Oerter Award, which was established to recognize a youth volunteer who, through their service, has developed responsibility, leadership and skill in theatre. This award is in memory of Jackie Oerter, a longtime volunteer who had a special passion and interest in young artists. Hearn has been invaluable to The Little Theatre, working on multiple productions as scenic and lighting crew, light board operator, and member of the running crew.
Donna Myers received the Paul Newman Award, a memorial to Paul Newman, an early member who excelled in technical areas of theatre. This award is given each year to a volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in technical areas. Donna has worked backstage as a member of the running crew on multiple productions over the past several years, in addition to helping as a front-of-house volunteer.
The Little Theatre congratulates and thanks these wonderful volunteers for their exceptional service to Winston-Salem’s oldest performing arts organization.