Chetco Pelican Players present Packy Awards at gala event
Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer   
January 22, 2013 08:56 pm

Teri McGregor looks on as Steven Scruggs talks about his role in “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Teri McGregor looks on as Steven Scruggs talks about his role in “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
“Annie Get Your Gun” proved “There’s No Business Like Show Business” when the musical production won Chetco Pelican Players’ Best Overall Production of 2012.

The trophy was presented during the annual Packy Awards ceremony Saturday night at the Chetco Playhouse.

The audience nearly filled the house. Those in attendance donned formal attire as they socialized while munching on hors d’oeuvres and sipping champagne or sparkling cider.

Following the introduction of the Chetco Pelican Players’ board of directors, President Mary Anne Trailor gave a speech about the success of the 2012 season. Between the presentations of the various awards, one set for musicals and another for comedy or drama, video clips were presented of each of the six plays as well as “Hotel Hell,” the Players’ annual haunted house.

The year’s productions were “Cupid and Psyche,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Clankers” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Wait Until Dark” and “A Christmas Carol.”

“Annie Get Your Gun” received eight awards, more than any other production. The other musical, “A Christmas Carol, received two. Among all the comedy or drama productions, “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Wait Until Dark” tied for the most awards received. The plays won three each.

Special awards were also presented, including the Moran Family Award, an honor that predates the existence of the Chetco Pelican Players. According to Mike Moran, the award goes back to when he was in high school and added that last he heard the award is still given at his high school.

The award honors a family that has been involved in the theater during the year. This year’s award was presented to the Eckersley/Kaufman family — Chris Eckersley, his daughter Amaya Eckersley and his sister Michelle Kaufman.

Leanne McCurley, a Chetco Pelican Players founding member and former Brookings resident, came from her new home in Cottage Grove to present the Steve Stevens Award.

The award was named in honor of a man who came to the theater and asked if there was anything he could do to help. He admitted he couldn’t act, sing, work backstage, but he could paint — and paint sets is what he did.

This year’s award was presented to newcomer David Jones for his behind-the-scenes support of the theater.