Photo by Anjolina Fantaroni. Pictured: Billy Bolster and Patrick Bracken entertain the audience at Gateway’s annual Twizzler Awards.

By Anjolina Fantaroni, The Citizen Chronicle Contributing Writer

SOUTHBRIDGE -With anticipation, friends and family of Gateway Players Theater awaited the winners of the Twizzler Awards, even with the news of a troubling storm approaching.

The 7th Annual Twizzler Awards was held the evening of Saturday, Jan. 19  at The Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center. Gathered there were actors, producers, directors, set builders and more, hoping to win a Twizzler in their category. Another award given out, called a NEAT Award, (Not Exactly A Twizzler), was handed out to recipients, with the purpose of honoring funny and delightful memories from the last season.

The night was hosted by Billy Bolster and Patrick Bracken, with extremely funny jokes characteristic of both men’s sense of humor. They made the night enjoyable for everyone, and presented many funny moments. The hosts found ways to weave the title of every show done at Gateway in 2018 into their act. The President of Gateway Players, Lou-Ellen Corkum gave a speech about what Gateway means to her, and the many memories that she has had with her theatre family.

This year’s recipient of the Bill Mastro Memorial Scholarship was Sydney Campbell, who is studying Theatre Performance. She read the closing paragraph from an essay she wrote when applying to programs, stating that Gateway has been her second home for seven years, and that this crazy, silly family, will forever be in her heart.

Entertainment for the night consisted of Robyn Spain sharing one-liners from shows in Gateway’s 2018 season. Spain then led the audience into a number from The Rocky Horror Show, called “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me”. After intermission, cast members from The Rocky Horror Show led the dance from “Time Warp”, and the whole room was up on their feet. The last act were the ladies from the winner of Outstanding Production, Sex Please We’re Sixty, with a musical number, about the “perks” of menopause, and how they want to be young again.

I’d like to thank all the families and friends who attended. It was such a wonderful awards ceremony. Congratulations, and best of luck next year as well! Make sure to come and see Gateway’s upcoming performances to have the chance to vote for your favorite nominee next year! The next show is coming up, in just two short weeks, called The Butler Did It, which will runs February 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th at 7:30 and 17th at 2:00! (Click here for ticketing information).See you there!

And finally, what you have all been waiting for.

And the winners are…

Outstanding Set Design: TIE

John Turpin – Sex Please, We’re Sixty

Cynthia Keane – It’s A Wonderful Life

Outstanding Performance – Youth Female Supporting Role:

Anjolina Fantaroni – Multiple Roles – Brothers Grimm Spectacularthon

Outstanding Costume Design:

Sierra Trudel – Rocky Horror Show

Outstanding Performance – Youth Male – Supporting Role:

Sam Pelligrino -Multiple Roles – Brothers Grimm Spectacularthon

Outstanding Performance – Male Supporting Role:

Billy Bolster – Bud Davis – Sex Please, We’re Sixty

Outstanding Performance – Female Supporting Role:

Joni Metras – Mrs. Stancliffe – Sex Please. We’re Sixty

Outstanding Performance – Male Lead:

Rom Portwood – Henry Mitchell – Sex Please, We’re Sixty

Outstanding Performance – Female Lead: TIE

Lynn Boucher – Charmaine Beauregard – Sex Please, We’re Sixty

Robyn Spain – Magenta – Rocky Horror Show

Outstanding Director:

Lou Ellen Corkum – Sex Please, We’re Sixty

Outstanding Production (Producer):

Sex Please, We’re Sixty – Kathi Grenier

NEAT AWARDS:

Sam Zilliac: Most Enthusiastic Ticket Seller

Patrick Bracken and Cynthia Keane: Life Imitating Art Onstage

Lou-Ellen Corkum: Outstanding Kung-Fu Onstage

Edward Lindem: Most Likely To Strip Into His Tighty-Whities

Joe Sawyer: Most Likely To Be Late For Everything

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