Jefferson’s Opera House Theatre Players

Courtesy of Marcia Thomas

awardsOHTP held the annual membership meeting and Ynot Awards on Tuesday evening at Lamache’s Italian Restaurant in downtown.

President Evie Mims welcomed members to the dinner and introduced board members including Marcia Thomas, Vice- President and Artistic-Managing Director; Cherry Fisher, Secretary; Dian Beaird, Treasurer who was out of town; Penny Mann, Nancy Cleere, Scott Imhof, Robbie Fortune, as well as Jennifer Dean and Lewie Howard who were unable to attend. She also introduced a new board member, Mary “Sis” Owens who was elected to fill a vacancy that occurred only within the past two weeks.

Marcia Thomas gave a report on the past 28th season and stated that a grant from the Schluter Foundation and the Marshall Regional Arts Council had helped fund the season that included a musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes Act 1 in December, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in March and a continuation of the Marvelous Wonderettes Act 2 in July. She stated that the season was one of the most critically successful seasons even though it had proved an exceedingly expensive one. She also announced that the group had applied for a grant from the Texas Arts Commission to sponsor a showband, the Texas Gypsies, who play swing music of the 20s-40s and dress like mobsters, in town during the Labor Day weekend as a membership kickoff event.

Following a delicious dinner of Chicken Fettuccini, salad, warm bread, sauce and dessert. The award ceremony began with the announcement of the selection of the Sherry’s Big Heart Award. The award was won by board member Robbie Fortune, a member of many years who was chosen because of her dedication to the projects of the Players and willingness to help at any turn. The Dorothy Award was presented to Stephen Joseph owner of Riverport Restaurant who the board felt attracted an enormous wide variety of attention to the city with his excellent barbeque menu and his free offering of time and supplies as needed for many events in the city over the years.

The most prestigious…

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