2022 QUILTA Awards
After a two-year hiatus, we celebrated the volunteer achievements of the 2020 and 2021 seasons last evening with our annual QUILTA ceremony, this year held at Pointe D’Vine.
Burgundy Hill, our Executive Director, recognized current and former staff and board members for their devotion to QCT as we navigated our way through the changes brought on by the pandemic.
Due to the variety of formats in which productions were presented in 2020 and 2021, the presentation of the customary “outstanding performance” awards was paused, focusing instead on efforts made off the stage.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the organization’s highest honor, the Enid Ireland Award, to long-time volunteer Drew Quintero. Quintero has been a dedicated volunteer at the theatre for many years, starting out in QCT’s Stage Kids. He has served on several committees, choreographed, stage managed, and volunteered enthusiastically on stage and off. Quintero is a positive force and is an important part of QCT’s legacy.
Brandon Thomsen, QCT’s Artistic Director, presented the Ghost Light Award to Julie Schuetz. Just as a ghost light keeps a stage illuminated while it is unoccupied, Schuetz kept the light on, so to speak, after the production of CHICAGO was shut down due to Covid. During the 14-month hiatus, Julie created Facebook posts each day to honor the cast and crew and to lift their spirits as they awaited the go-ahead for their much-anticipated show.
Former Technical Director, Seth Campbell, and Costume Shop Manager, Vicky Vail presented The Paul Denckla Technical Director’s award, honoring individuals who exemplify Denckla’s commitment to the technical aspects of the theatre, was presented to Randy Wolfmeyer. Wolfmeyer lent his crafting and engineering expertise to props, costumes and special effects for FROZEN, JR., THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
Brendan Shea, Head of Education, presented The Rose Lacquement Award (The Rosie), given to a student who exhibits outstanding effort. This year’s recipient was Logan Mulch. Mulch is a shining example of a young person’s commitment to theatre and volunteering, having assisted and performed in many student theatre productions and served as an aide in classes.
We welcome new volunteers onstage and off, with no previous experience necessary! To become involved, contact the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209, check online at 1qct.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to see a video retrospective of the 2020 and 2021 Seasons!