The Oscars? Who needs the stinking Oscars when Big Walnut High School has its very own 2017 Drama Awards, complete with a banquet and costumes ranging from haut couture (really, really nice), to flamboyant (really, really strange), to casual (hey, we got here after the game, right)?
And, as an added benefit, Big Walnut’s drama enthusiasts are a wholesome crowd who enjoy their craft, not like Hollywood’s playboys and playgirls who are in it for the money and who seem to be in the news more often for unsavory behavior than Oscar-winning performances.
Last Monday evening (May 1), Big Walnut High School Drama Coach Erin Gibbons, members of the high school’s 2016-17 drama season casts and crews, parents, and friends gathered at the high school cafeteria for a pot-luck banquet, followed by a peer-nominated awards ceremony in the auditorium.
Gibbons said everyone, cast and crew, did an awesome job during this year’s Drama Department season.
“We had some unique challenges this year,” Gibbons said. “There was a lot of hard work involved in our productions; and we had some new bodies and some experienced students, but they all came together. The year was full of surprises. I enjoyed every second of it.”
Members of the high school Drama Department’s 2017 awards were based on participation in the school year’s two productions – A Christmas Carol, a dramatization of the Charles Dickens novella; and the musical comedy/drama Annie.
Before and during the banquet, students voted for their favorite high school drama personalities, performers, and crew members in a number of categories. Gibbons totaled the results before the award ceremony, and then the fun began.
Following the award presentations, Gibbons reminded the students that it was they who had recognized each other’s achievements.
“Throughout the year, you became a family,” Gibbons told the students. “You’ve treated each other that way. We’ve seen a lot of growth in this group, and that’s a great thing to see. Your hard work challenged all of us to work harder. In many ways, we grew up together.”
Gibbons also recognized the many parents who supported the students during the season’s productions.