There was laughter; there was crying; there was cheering and there was recognition in a night full of emotions at the Aiken Community Playhouse annual awards show.
The two biggest winners came from the two biggest ACP undertakings of last season – “Chicago” and “Twelfth Night.” Both shows swept outstanding lead and director for the musical and non-musical categories on Tuesday night.
Bob Franklin, fighting back emotions, accepted the award for best non-musical show and best non-musical director. For his lead in “Twelfth Night,” Brad King won outstanding male lead in both the musical and non-musical categories.
King’s father, Bob King, recently passed away. A theater man himself, the father and son duo’s last show together was “Twelfth Night.”
“Honestly, a lot of it hasn’t set in yet,” Brad King said, still holding back tears following the show.
Franklin added about the late Bob King, “He was a theater man, you just couldn’t help but love him.”
Karla Fischbach took home outstanding female lead in a non-musical for her role as Viola in “Twelfth Night.”
“I’ve never played a guy before ... ever,” Fishbach joked about the role which saw her play a female castaway who goes disguised as a young man.
Devon Hampton won for outstanding female lead for her role as Roxie Hart in “Chicago.”
The supporting role awards also all went to “Twelfth Night” and “Chicago.”
The ACP summer show “W; t” also won several awards, taking home nearly every acting award as well as best director and show of the summer. Dave Howard’s emotional tale was played to perfection on stage thanks to a great script and cast, led by outstanding summer female lead Cherie Moritz.
For a full wrap-up, a look at the night’s events and a complete list of winners check out the Thursday Living On the Go section in the Aiken Standard.
Chris Walsh is the arts and entertainment reporter for the Aiken Standard. He graduated from Valdosta State University and hails from Atlanta.