Actors Guild of Parkersburg wins theater awards

File Photo The award-winning cast of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised)” from the Actors Guild of Parkersburg are, from left, Haley Matthews as Lucy, Tasha Spencer as Sally, Ben Bradley as Linus, Josh Martin as Charlie Brown, C.J. Mowery as Schroeder, Shawn Price as Snoopy and Phillip Essenmacher as Woodstock.

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg recently won two awards for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised)” at the 2018 West Virginia Theatre Association Inc.’s Community Theatre Festival at West Liberty University near Wheeling.

Tasha Spencer won the Outstanding Performance/Outstanding Actress award for her portrayal of Sally Brown and the cast and crew won the Outstanding Production award. “Charlie Brown,” based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, was presented at the Actors Guild theater in September and October.

The state award makes the Actors Guild team eligible to move on to regional competition next year in Knoxville, Tenn., said show director R.J. Lowe.

“We were excited to win and hope to move on to the next level” in the theater competition, Lowe said.

Other cast members, along with Spencer, were Josh Martin as Charlie Brown, Ben Bradley as Linus Van Pelt, Phillip Essenmacher as Woodstock, Shawn Price as Snoopy, Haley Matthews as Lucy Van Pelt and C.J. Mowery as Schroeder.

Josh Woodard was assistant director, Natalie Bradley was choreographer, Charlie Matthews was adviser and Linda Smith was costumer.

Spencer of Marietta said she has participated with the Actors Guild of Parkersburg for 20 years.

“I grew up in the theater. It’s my second home. I’m passionate about my craft and very blessed,” Spencer said. “Winning this award was truly humbling. I give my full gratitude to my Director: RJ Lowe, Assistant Director: Joshua Woodard, and Music Director: Peter Sour who not only pushed me in every aspect with the role, but believed in me that I could bring this character to life on stage.”

Spencer said Lowe and other directorial staff from the Actors Guild have been a huge inspiration and influence in her theater career.

“Their guidance and knowledge have pushed me to be the very best I can be and so much more,” Spencer said.

Spencer said she was also grateful to work with an amazing and talented cast at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg.

“We worked so hard to get here and we deserve this opportunity to shine,” she said. “We push and motivate one another to be the best we can be. This competition was a huge learning experience for me and I can’t wait to see where this journey leads us,” Spencer said.

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