The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem Announces 2019 Volunteer Awards
The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem announced its 2018-19 Season Volunteer Awards at an annual volunteer party on Sunday, June 23. The party, which celebrated the end of the theatre’s 84th Season, was hosted by Tim and Michelle Welborn at The Welborn Farm in Lewisville. Volunteers gathered to enjoy food, camaraderie and the beautiful setting.
Executive Director Lane Fields opened the awards portion of the evening by welcoming the volunteers and thanking them for their hard work and dedication over the course of the 84th Season. After a few announcements, he surprised the crowd by revealing the launch of a new award in 2019: the Executive Director’s Award. “This is an award which recognizes the contributions of an individual in multiple areas of volunteering,” announced Fields. “The recipient shows a dedication to the theatre that includes leadership, engagement and advocacy in The Little Theatre family.” Kristina Ebbink, a long-time volunteer and part-time staff member for The Little Theatre, was given this award, along with a gift from the theatre and its Board of Directors.
Following this unexpected surprise, Ebbink continued the ceremony by announcing the other volunteers who were being honored with awards:
Jim Knight 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 over two decades. Knight has been an integral volunteer to the theatre for over 40 years, working both onstage, as an actor, and off-stage, helping in the box office, with auditions, on the volunteer committee, with the theatre archives, and more.
Paul & Harriet Couture 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. Paul & Harriet have worked as front of house volunteers for many years, both as ushers and concessions workers, and have also been very helpful with the costume shop moves that have taken place over the past season.
Jacob Greene 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. Greene has displayed each of this award’s traits; he has not only worked in scenic construction, running crew, lighting and sound, but also been adept at trouble-shooting technical problems and solving them.
Michael Hastings received the Paul Newman Award, a memorial to Paul Newman, an early member of The Little Theatre 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. Mike has worked on the sets for every show during the 2018-19 season, helping both in the scene shop and with the load-in process. On the non-technical side, Mike has also volunteered as show photographer for most of the productions this season.
The Little Theatre congratulates and thanks each of these valued volunteers for their exceptional service to Winston-Salem’s oldest performing arts organization.