HAYS, KS -- Several Fort Hays State University students have been announced as recipients of the 2003 Players Awards.
Recipients are Melissa Miller, Hudson freshman, as Newcomer of the Year; Scott Rader, Hays sophomore, as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Johnnypateenmike in The Cripple of Inishmaan; Kathryn Affentranger, Hays junior, as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Fern Edwards in Return Engagements; Harrison Ford Rindt, Salina freshman, as Best Contribution by a Technician; Rachel Hogwood, Hays community member, as Best Guest Actor for her performance in Return Engagements; Pete Hardy, Overland Park junior, as Best Actor for his performance as Cripple Billy in Inishmaan; and Michelle Lippert, Hays junior, as Best Actress for her performance as Daisy Lawrence in Return Engagements. The Alpha Psi Omaga Award went to Cody Hughes, Leoti junior.
Any student who has acted in any of the year's productions was eligible for an award. According to Dr. Steve Shapiro, professor of communication, many criteria were considered when making nominations, including the actor's technical proficiency, talent, dedication and stage presence.
Nominees for best performance by an actor were David Krasky, Mulvane senior, as Charlie Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Rader as Raymond McKay in Return Engagements, Chris Peavey, Plainville sophomore, as Jack in The Movie Game, and Hardy as Cripple Billy in Inishmaan.
Nominees for best performance by an actress were Charlotte Moore, Victoria sophomore, as Lucy in Charlie Brown, Lippert as Daisy Lawrence in Return Engagements, and Jill Seib, Munjor sophomore, as Sam in Movie Game.
Nominees for best performance by a supporting actor were Hardy as Snoopy in Charlie Brown, Hughes as Oliver Edwards in Return Engagements, Hughes as Dr. Seuz in Movie Game, and Rader as Johnnypateenmike in Inishmaan.
Nominees for best performance by a supporting actress were Lindsee Wilson, Hugoton senior, as Sally Brown in Charlie Brown, Affentranger as Fern Edwards in Return Engagements, Miller as Francine in Movie Game, and Sarah Rogers, Augusta graduate student, as Kate in Inishmaan.
The nominations were made by the directors of the plays, and audience members who had attended all four productions were eligible to vote.
The awards were presented at the annual Players Awards banquet on May 10 in Felten-Start Theatre in Malloy Hall on the FHSU campus.