Footlight Players’ Awards Night honorees named


The Footlight Players of Michigan City was forced to cancel the annual Awards Night Celebration — but  nevertheless the awards were presented.

This is the 12th year that the Footlight Players honor those who did an outstanding job in 15 different categories in the productions presented at the theater. The president appoints at least 15 viewers to attend every production and at the close of the evening that they view, they are given a ballot to nominate any individual they feel is deserving to be a winner.

Although the Coronavirus pandemic had caused the group to forego the regular dinner and presentation program this year, the viewers made their decision. Here are the results:

BEST LEAD ACTOR-Dean Johanson/ “Last of the Red Hot Lovers”

BEST LEAD ACTRESS-Brittney Urban/ “Gypsy”

BEST FEATURED ACTOR-Andrew Vendl/“ Doublewide, Texas

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS-Laura Meyer/ “Doublewide, Texas

BEST DIRECTOR-Robert W. Komendera/: “Doublewide, Texas”

BEST NEWCOMER-Danielle Bilderback/ “Doublewide, Texas”



BEST SE DESIGN-Floyd Colosky/ “Doublewide, Texas”

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN-Chris West/ “Doublewide, Texas”

BEST SOUND DESIGN-Declan Rice/ “Doublewide, Texas”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN-Sharon Kienitz/ “Doublewide, Texas”

BEST HAIR/MAKE-UP DESIGN-David Wilkes/ “Doublewide, Texas”

BEST SCENIC ARTIST-Joy Davidson/ “Doublewide, Texas”

BEST SET DRESSER-David Mikolajczyk/ “Last of the Red Hot Lovers”

Chris West, the newly-elected president of Footlight Players, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his years of service and serving as building manager, lighting and sound department manager, as well as serving on many committees.

Thom Nelson was awarded the prestigious President’s Award. Thom had been involved with Footlight since appearing in the 1993 production of Mack and Mable. Since that time he was instrumental in the renovation of the Footlight Theater, served as board member, worked on many committees and made sure that the group was entered in the summer and winter parades in Michigan City. He has appeared in Jake’s Women, Fan Mail, Two by Two, Moonglow and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.


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