BOILING SPRINGS, NC- The Gardner-Webb University Theatre Program won multiple awards at the much-anticipated Metrolina Theatre Awards (MTA) in Charlotte, NC this week. GWU made an outstanding showing by winning six awards (13 nominations) including key awards for “The Crucible”.
The awards won by Gardner-Webb were:
- Outstanding Production- “The Crucible”
- Outstanding Lead Actor- Male -Ron Houser (John Proctor)- “The Crucible”
- Outstanding Lead Actor- Female – Amy Elliot (Elizabeth Proctor)- “The Crucible”
- Outstanding Choreography- Kenzie Conner- “Li’l Abner- The Musical”
- Outstanding Lighting Design- Nicholas Laughridge- “The Crucible”
- Outstanding Set Design- Christopher Keene- “The Crucible”
Ron Houser, the Gardner-Webb University MTA winner for Outstanding Male Lead Actor, said, “The fact that Gardner-Webb was able to win so many of the awards is proof that Christians can compete and succeed with the ‘lions’ of theatre.” He also said, “The behavior and conduct of the Gardner-Webb nominees at the MTA awards were very professional and they were a good representation for the university.”
The MTA organizes more than 80 peer nominations; this year, MTA nominators attended 105 adjucated shows, submitting thousands of nominations. The MTA represents more than 50 organizations, along with hundreds of theatrical artists, directors, and producers in the Charlotte region. The MTA also votes every year on performances and creative elements in seven categories: dramas, comedies, musicals, companies in the northern region, companies in the southern region, colleges and universities, and special events.