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Fourth annual Pine Island Playhouse awards presented

August 9, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Nearly 50 people filled the hall at United Methodist Church Saturday night for the 4th annual Pine Island Playhouse (PIPy) awards.

Following an opening number, Play-house president and artistic director Nichole Pichon served as master of ceremonies by welcoming everyone to the awards. For the first time the event was "live-streamed" on Facebook.

"The purpose of the PIPy awards is to recognize those layhouse members for their participation in the 4th season of Pine Island Playhouse," Pichon said.

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Best Supporting Male winner Paul Pichon reads his list of people to thank for the award.


The award winners were:

* Best Male Lead: Neil Kerr

* Best Female Lead: Tonya Player

* Best Supporting Male: Paul Pichon

* Best Supporting Female: Jennifer Overbaugh

* Up and Coming: Lilly Overbaugh

For the second time, the Pine Island Playhouse awarded a scholarship.

"This scholarship was completely funded with private donors," Pichon said. "Applicants must be in their senior year and have participated in a Playhouse show during their senior year. They must also be going to school in pursuit of a theater degree. The winner two years in a row was Jessica Hill."

A special "Giving the Playhouse a Home" award was given to former Pine Island United Methodist Church Pastor Edward Kellum.

"Pine Island Playhouse wishes to give this award and to thank Edward for giving us a home for the Playhouse," Pichon said. "Unfortunately Edward couldn't be here tonight, he has a sermon to give tomorrow morning and as you know he's two hours from here. I'd also like to thank Fishers of Men Lutheran Church for giving the Playhouse their first space to perform."

In the previous three seasons Pine Island Playhouse has performed some outstanding plays including "Little Women," "Miracle Worker," "Franken-stein" and "Miracle on 34th Street."

The planned plays for the 2017/2018 Season are: "Middle School Crohnies" - Aug. 25, 26 and 27; "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr." - Oct. 20, 21 and 22; "A Christmas Carol" - Dec. 15, 16 and 17; "Pine Island's Got Talent" - Jan. 19; "The Diary of Anne Frank" - March 2, 3, and 4; "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" - May 11, 12 and 13 (sponsored by CW Fudge); and "Hans Christian Anderson Collection" - July (dates TBA).

Pine Island Playhouse was founded by Nichole Pichon four years ago and operated under the Beacon of HOPE until March of this year when the organization incorporated as a 501c3. The new designation allows the company to operate as a federal tax exempt non-profit.

All shows are free, with voluntary donations being accepted at the end of each performance.



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