Constantine presents Sassy Awards 2015

Deanna EvansJournal-Capital
Constantine presents Sassy Awards 2015

Constantine Arts Council set the stage for glitz and glam last Thursday evening for the 6th Annual Sassy Awards at the Constantine Center.

Named for Helen Sappho Constantine Brown, nicknamed “Sassy” by her family, this year’s awards began at 7:30 p.m. with Laurie O’Driscoll serving as Master of Ceremonies.

Entertainment was provided by Kyla Radacre and Serena Jeffers, both students of D’Lynn Everett’s Music Studio in Bartlesville.

Radacre performed “If I Were A Bell” and “Beyond My Wildest Dreams.”

Jeffers sang “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie “Titanic.” After performing the song a cappella, due to a technical difficulty with the music, Jeffers received a standing ovation from the crowd.

The Sassy Awards recognize, honor and support the cast and crew, performers and contributors, who have participated in Constantine productions during the past year.

“Our awards are voted on by everyone who was part of the productions,” said Garrett Hartness, president of the Constantine Arts Council board of directors and the director of the Constantine Center.

After the vote, the ballots are counted and the winners’ names are sealed in an envelop. Hartness writes the script for the evening’s program and he said, “No one knows who the winners are until that evening.”

And the 2015 winners were …

Hartness and Penny Adair presented the Constantine Medal of Merit for the production of “The Timid Dragon” to Ryleigh Steelman. The medal recognizes the outstanding ticket sales. Nominees included Grace Adair, Aoife O’Driscoll, Emmett Finn, Grace Hedglen, Shaylea Howell, Emily Potts and Bryanna Swan.

Announced by Alma Hull and Ryleigh Steelman, the Medal of Merit for “Seven Wives for Dracula” was awarded to Emmett Finn. Nominees included Katie Adair, Penny Adair, Newton Cass, Vada Cass, Vin Cass, Misty Hull, Nicoah Hyslop, Serena Jeffers, Jewel Santini and Samuel Shaw.

Leah Strahm presented the award for Technical Achievement to Jennifer Adair.

Best Cameo Performance went to Grace Adair and was announced by Vincent Santini.

Anthony Adair the Best Supporting Actor was welcomed to the stage by Katie Adair and Emmett Finn.

Lori Loftis and Fletcher Warmington announced both the Patron of the Year and the Youth Patron of the Year awards, given to Jennifer Adair and Jewel Santini, respectively.

Vada Cass and Samuel Shaw received Best Child Performance in a Leading Role, presented by Jewel Santini and Andrew Williams.

Cinda Potts and Emily Potts introduced Kimberly Cass as the winner of Best Artistic Design.

Best director went to Garrett Hartness, announced by Jennifer Adair.

Newton Cass had the honor of announcing Vanessa Rouse for the CAC Present Board Member of the Year.

Leah Strahm and Andrew Williams were awarded Best Child Performance in a Supporting Role, according to Misty Hull and Harry Robinson.

Earning the honor of Best Supporting Actress was Alma Hull. Vada Cass and Aoife O’Driscoll announced the award.

Vanessa Rouse awarded the Best Actor award to Newton Cass.

Presenting the Best Actress award was Chris Broadwell and the award went to Lori Loftis.

Special thanks to Raye Ann Gibson; Judi Sorci; Abigail and Anna Veit, trophy girls; Katie Woodhams, sound; and Nancysu Herron, program design and printing.

In addition to Hartness, Constantine Arts Council Board Members are: Lori Loftis, vice president; Alma Hull, treasurer; Linda Stieninger, secretary; along with members, Nancysu Herron, Linda Hubbard, Brian Jeffers, Nicki Lorenzo, Laurie O’Driscoll, Vanessa Rouse, Barbara Strahm, Josh Williams and Ellen Weigant.

Gold Sponsors for the evening included Dr. and Mrs. Linda Priest and Ashlee and Rod Hartness.

Silver Sponsors were Alma and Jody Hull; American Heritage Bank; Buffalo Joe’s; First National Bank of Sedan, Kan., Loan Production Office, Ben Allen, Manager; For A Better Pawhuska; Handy’s Grocery & Moore’s Hardware; Hometown Foods; JL & Associates; McCartney Johnson Funeral Home; Barbara Strahm; The Prairie Dog; Venturi Law Office.

Bronze Sponsors were Benson Lumber Company; Brazee Tire & Automotive; Steve Lippitt’s Farmer’s Insurance; Karen King; Stanley McKenney; Monger Brothers Auto Parts; Cathy and Richard Morris; Osage Outfitters; Simple Simon’s; Leah Strahm; Sweeney’s Salon; Triangle Serum; Bobbi, Eleanor, Romey and Trip Walker.

Upcoming events at the Constantine Theater:

• An “Attic Treasure Sale” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. Items for sale include both donated items and “treasures” from the storage spaces of the Constantine.

• “Afternoon on Broadway” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, will feature performances from D’Lynn Everett Music Studio and Pawhuska’s Dancemaker Academy. Constantine provides the costumes and the performers supply the talent. Tickets are $5 per person at the door. The theater doors will open one hour prior to curtain time.

• On Saturday, Oct. 31, the Constantine will host an evening of trick-or-treating, beginning at 5:30. In addition, showings of the movie “ParaNorman” will be available at 1:30 and again at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $2.

• The Children’s Theater production of “Cinderella Cinderella” will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15. Admission is $5 and tickets may be purchased at the theater or from cast members.