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HOLLYWOOD COMES TO LIFE AT PACKY AWARDS CEREMONY

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by Bill Schlichting

The glitz of Hollywood was apparent during Saturday night's Packy awards ceremony at the Chetco Playhouse in Brookings.

Not only did Hollywood stars and producers present thespian awards for the best actors and plays of the Chetco Players' 2004 season, but one movie actor was the recipient of two Packys.

The stage was adorned with two cardboard cutouts of Oscar, the coveted Academy Award statue, but a real Oscar was present with two-time Academy Award-winner Elmo Williams when he presented the Packys for best actor and actress in a leading role in comedy or drama.

Receiving the Packys in this category were Leanne McCurley for her role as Opal in andquot;Everyone Loves Opal,andquot; and Ron Lewis, for his role as Andre in andquot;The Dinner Party.andquot;

When Mike Vest presented the awards for best actor and actress in a bit role in a musical, he made a pitch for the remake of the movie andquot;The Longest Yard.andquot; Vest spent the summer working on the film. He plays a peanut vendor in the football stadium in the game between prison inmates and guards.

Vest presented Packys to Tarah Dougherty for her role as Panacea in andquot;A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,andquot; and King Price, who played a Roman soldier in the same play.

Vest also made trips to the stage to receive awards for best actor in a supporting role in a comedy or drama - for his role as Claud in andquot;The Dinner Partyandquot; - and for best actor in a leading role in a musical. He played Pseudolus in andquot;A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.andquot;

The musical was the only one performed in 2004. A total of eight Packys were awarded to thespians participating in this play. The production received four awards - best costumed play, best set design, best directed play and best overall play of 2004.

andquot;A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forumandquot; was directed by Bill Smith; the set was designed by Mike Moran and costumes were designed by Dori Frost.

Frost costumed all five plays during the year.

Other awards presented for andquot;A Funny Things Happened on the Way to the Forumandquot; included:

?Best actress in a leading role - Mandy Hefner as Philia;

?Best actor in a supporting role - Lon Goddard as Hysterium;

?Best actress in a supporting role - Judy Hansen as Domina;

?Best actor in a character role - Carl Rovainen, who played Erronius;

?Best actress in a character role - Crissy Cooper as Gymnasia.

Cooper was not available to receive her award. It was announced that she was in Denver trying out for the Broncos cheerleading squad.

Kaitlin Lawrence, who carried a sign saying which award was being given, had to leave her sign backstage for best actress in a character role in a comedy or drama when she came forward to receive s Packy for her role as Gloria in andquot;Everybody Loves Opal.andquot;

The play had a cat in the cast. Apollo Smith won best performance by a feline.

Packys for best actor and actress in a bit role in a comedy or drama were awarded to Rebecca Brickley for her role as Candy Sprinkles in andquot;The Great Ice Cream Scheme,andquot; and Bryan Holm for his role as Jeffery in andquot;The Curious Savage.andquot; In the same play, Curt Rose was awarded best actor in a character role in a comedy or drama for his role as Hannibal.

Best actress in a supporting role in a comedy or drama was awarded to Lyn Rogers. However, presenter Marjorie Woodfin was placed in a quandary when asked by the audience, andquot;for which play?andquot; Woodfin insisted she didn't know, and even showed the award announcement to the audience. Rogers played Lilly Belle in andquot;The Curious Savageandquot; and Sally Ann in andquot;Everybody Loves Opal.andquot;

Rogers told the Pilot Tuesday that she won the award for andquot;Everybody Loves Opal.andquot;

Winning this year's Steven Stevens Award, honoring someone who has worked diligently behind the scenes, was presented to Nancy Carson.

The Moran Family Award was given to the Trailor family. Mary Anne Trailor and her daughter, Jennifer, have been participants in many plays together. However, Mary Anne also credited her husband Mark, rarely seen around the theater, for loaning his tools.

Young thespians were presented participation awards by Susan Brickley and Allison Irving.

Bringing awards onto the stage was Claire Willard.

In addition to the awards, Chetco Pelican Players President Dori Frost thanked the volunteers who made the move from the Performing Arts Center in Harbor to the new Chetco Playhouse possible.

She announced that the theater company is going to be financially secure this year, adding that the playhouse is being used for other purposes.

Clips from each play were shown on the theater's new digital projector. Events shown included a radio production of andquot;It's a Wonderful Lifeandquot; and andquot;The Haunting.andquot; These two productions helped raise money for the move.

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