The first event of the Picketwire Players 50th anniversary year took place at the Picketwire Center of Performing and Visual Arts Saturday night when they announced recipients of the annual Mickie Awards. The evening was full of historical references about the fifty year old community theatre and its WPA building.

The first event of the Picketwire Players 50th anniversary year took place at the Picketwire Center of Performing and Visual Arts Saturday night when they announced recipients of the annual Mickie Awards. The evening was full of historical references about the fifty year old community theatre and its WPA building.
 
Emcee Grant Elliott said: “There are plenty of memories in this old building – beginning with Mickie Miller herself and continuing with all the directors, all the players, all the costumers, technicians, Patrons and audience members throughout our long history.”
 
In carrying on Mickie’s tradition of theatre excellence, performers and technicians who brought wonderful performances to our Picketwire stage in 2017 were honored.
 
Awardees included the following categories:
 
June Miles Spirit Award, presented to those individuals who went above and beyond to help the director bring the production to the stage. These awards were chosen by each director. Director Brenda Erwin of “The Great Gatsby” presented Jayden Martinez with her award;   John Pollmiller received director Tracey Salzbrenner’s thanks for “Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical”; Kelly Jo Smith recognized Alex Sonnier for her contribution to “Agnes of God”; and Barbra Hjelmstad and Jennifer Jackson were thanked by director Susie Sarlo for their extraordinary assistance with “A Christmas Carol”.
 
Performance and Technical awards were as follows:
 
§  The Ken Schroll Memorial Award for Best Technician went to Aubrey Krengel (orchestra director for “Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical”)
§  Best Supporting Actress, Katie Lagergren (Blanche in “Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical”)
§  Best Supporting Actor, James Lind ( in “Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical”)
§  Best Actresses, Desiree’ Goheen (Agnes in “Agnes of God”and Abigail Wallner (Bonnie in “Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical”)
§  Best Actor, Tom Seaba (Ebeneezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”)
§  Best Director, Tracey Salzbrenner (“Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical”).
 
Eric Lagergren was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year for his assistance in setting up the new sound system. And the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Barbra Hjelmstad. Barbra first got involved with the Picketwire Players in 1980, doing technical work for Mary Poppins. Many may not know this, but she even acted on the stage in three productions.  She went on to play in the orchestra for nearly twenty productions, serving as either the musical director or vocal director for about half of those productions. Barbra has served on the Board of Directors for 15 years and has been the Treasurer for 8 years. 
 
Also announced were the newly elected board members for the 2018 through 2021 term: Brenda Erwin, Scott Goheen, Heather Pidcock-Reed, and Zach Zamora.
 
The last announcement was the 2018 Season of Shows. This season of revivals includes shows that had previously been produced by Picketwire in previous years, some with a twist.
 
Kicking off our season is the Neil Simon comedy: The Odd Couple – but with a twist – this production is the female version. Directed by Susie Sarlo, production dates are April 19, 20, 21.
 
To celebrate our 50th year, we will present 50 Fabulous Years: A Retrospective Show, July 13th. Directed by Tracey Salzbrenner.
 
The summer musical is: My Fair Lady, directed byTracey Salzbrenner. It will premiere during the 50th Anniversary weekend, July 14th. Additional production dates are: July 19, 20 and 21.
 
Dracula is directed by Ashley Jo Kelley. Production dates are October 25, 26 & 27.
 
And, completing our year is Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Show. Desiree’ Goheen directs this show which will run December 13, 14 & 15th.