Theater Works, McMillin receive council recognition

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer

Photo by Carolyn Dryer
Constance McMillin  was recognized Oct. 2 by Peoria City Council for her constributions to the arts community. She recently received the Arizoni Max McQueen Distinguished Service Award for her arts advocacy.

Peoria City Council honored Theater Works during the Oct. 2 meeting for the 12 awards it won Sept. 17 at the 20th Annual AriZoni Awards ceremony, which also honored Constance McMillin with the Max McQueen Distinguished Service Award for her service to the arts in the Valley.

“Theater Works was honored in front of over 800 in attendance during the annual ceremony and was honored with 56 nominations and 12 awards for the 2017-18 season,” Arts & Theater Manager Marylou Stephens said. “They also recognized Constance McMillin with the Max McQueen Distinguished Service Award.”
 
The Max McQueen Distinguished Service Award honors an individual, corporation or organization outside the established theater community that has contributed either financially or non-traditionally in support of local theater, and its further recognition, security and growth in the Valley.
 
“(McMillin) is a true patron of the arts and was instrumental in raising funds to have Theater Works move into Peoria Center for Performing Arts where the Black Box Theater is named after her,” Stephens said.
 
Theater Works was honored with 12 awards out of the 58 nominations garnered at the annual ceremony that promotes the visibility, cooperation and growth of theater in the Valley. The AriZoni awards are dedicated to recognizing excellence in theatrical performances, as well as individuals who produce exceptional work in all aspects of theater.
 
“I would like to say congratulations to all of the winners and thank you for making Peoria so proud,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said. “With 56 nominations and 12 awards, that is crazy. Plus, to have (McMillin) as our lucky No. 13, the city is so proud and we thank you for all of your hard work.”
 
Here is the full list of awards received by Theater Works during the 20th annual AriZoni Awards Sept. 17.

Actor in a Major Role
Theater Works’ Youth Works, “The Little Prince,” Noah Clark
 
Actress in a Supporting Role
Theater Works, “A Christmas Carol,” Shandi Ilyse
 
Actress in a Supporting Role, Youth
Theater Works’ Youth Works, “The Little Prince,” Lindsay Gagnon
 
Musical Direction
Theater Works, “Forever Plaid,” Steve Hilderbrand
 
Choreography, Youth
Theater Works’ Youth Works, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Paul Pedersen
 
Lighting Design
Theater Works, “Frankenstein,” Jeff A. Davis
 
Lighting Design, Youth
Theater Works’ Youth Works, “The Little Prince,” Jeff A. Davis
 
Property Design, Youth
Theater Works’ Youth Works, “The Little Prince,” Michelle Barry
 
Media Design, Youth
Theater Works’ Youth Works, “The Little Prince,” Bobby Sample
 
Original Score
Theater Works, “Frankenstein,” Wesley Skinner
 
Scenic Design, Youth
Theater Works’ Youth Works, “The Little Prince,” Dori Brown
 
Excellence in Stage Management Award
Courtney Stevens
Max McQueen
 
Distinguished Service Award
Constance W. McMillin
 

 

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