ABBY FITCH: Abby has participated in several Playshop shows in the past including “Seussical the Musical” and “Wizard of Oz” in 2012, “The King and I” and “Oliver’ in 2014, “Aladdin Jr in 2015, “Elf Jr” and “High School Musical” in 2016. Abby appeared in three Playshop shows in 2017 which were “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Lion King Jr” and “Once Upon a Mattress”. Abby has also helped back stage as stage crew, co-stage manager and she has helped with set construction. Abby will continue her studies in the fall at Kent State as a sophomore where she will be pursuing a nursing degree. Abby has received scholastic awards for the last three years having achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher. For these reasons, we feel Abby is deserving of a scholarship of $600 in memory of Gary Waugh.
WESTON MATLOW: Weston’s first appearance with Waterville Playshop was in “Aladdin Jr” in 2015 and he had the starring role of Buddy in “Elf Jr” in 2016. He also appeared in “High School Musical” that same year. Weston has received district and state recognition for band solo and ensemble events. He was also a state competition qualifier for BPA and DECA. He was awarded the opportunity to participate in the international DECA competition in Nashville, TN, but unfortunately, he was unable to attend due to the pandemic. Weston recently graduated from Bedford High School and plans on attending Western Michigan University in the fall. To help Weston with his college career, we want to award Weston a $600 scholarship in memory of Roy Heinz.
MAGGIE WEBBER: Maggie has also been in several Playshop shows including “Seussical the Musical” in 2012, “Wizard of Oz” in 2013 and “King and I” in 2014. Maggie’s extra-curricular focus moved in 2014 from theater to cheer competitions with Ohio Cheer Academy and Midwest Cheer Elite Toledo. Her cheer team has earned an invitation to compete at ESPN at Disney in Florida four times. Maggie has been very involved with her church for the last six years by helping with their children’s programs. Maggie recently graduated from Anthony Wayne High School and will be attending Bowling Green State University. She plans on majoring in Early Childhood Education. We are pleased to award Maggie a $600 scholarship in memory of Jan Macera.
Spirit Award Winner
TOM GRAY: Tom was nominated for the Waterville Playshop 2020 Spirit Award due to his backstage contributions for many years. Even though most of the accolades go to the actors and musicians, we could not do our shows without our backstage crew. Although Tom has runs lights for many of our shows, we feel his expertise is in running the sound board. He is responsible for setting up the microphones for the actors and also setting up and playing the sound effects. He has even added his own squawking sounds free of charge. Tom helps with tearing down all of the equipment and has helped with set deconstruction. We rely heavily on Tom for making us sound good. Congratulations on this award.
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
KRIS FREDERICKSON: Since 1992, Kris has had a busy career with Waterville Playshop. She’s appeared in 21 shows, and had a lead in several of these shows. She played Hattie in “Kiss Me Kate” in 1994, Mrs. Paroo in “Music Man” in 1999 and 2010, Agnes Gooch in “Mame” in 2007 and Ida in “70 Girls 70” in 2011. She also performed in the Christmas Concerts that were held in 2012, 2014 and 2017. Kris has also benefitted Playshop with her special art contributions. She created a massive town square set that covered the entire AWHS stage for “Music Man” and it also included a small beautiful flower for the town square. She finished the set during dress rehearsal. For her special art work, Kris has received two Mad Tony Awards, One was for the 1993-94 season and the other for the 1994-95 season. Most recently Kris did some specialty art work for “Spamalot” in 2018 and “Addams Family” in 2019. For her work both onstage and offstage, Kris received the Spirit Award in 2011. Since Kris has now continued to contribute for over 27 years, we feel she is deserving of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.