Stuttgart among the best in community theater

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The cast of Stuttgart Theatre Center’s 2016 Stage Door production. Photo Credit: Nicole Soren.

By IMCOM-Europe Public Affairs

The finest praise that any actor or singer can receive is a standing ovation.

Winning a little hardware isn’t bad as well, such as a Topper trophy.

Installation Management Command-Europe recognized its best community theater performances during the annual Topper Awards ceremony held April 24 at Armstrong’s Club on U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz.

Almost 50 awards went to individuals and troupes for their technical, musical, acting, artistic and directing achievements when producing 16 shows at military installations located throughout Belgium, Italy and Germany.

Michael Formica, director of Installation Management Command-Europe, addressed attendees during the annual 2016 Topper Awards ceremony held April 24 at Armstrong's Club on U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, to recognize community theater performances and achievements at military installations located throughout Belgium, Italy and Germany. Photo Credit: Lt. Col. David Yuen

Michael Formica, director of Installation Management Command-Europe, addressed attendees during the annual 2016 Topper Awards ceremony held April 24 at Armstrong’s Club on U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, to recognize community theater performances and achievements at military installations located throughout Belgium, Italy and Germany. Photo Credit: Lt. Col. David Yuen

The Toppers shine a spotlight on those who take the stage as well as many who work behind the scenes, with all involved giving their time freely, whether as a backstage crew member, designer, technician, usher, performer, director or musician. Overall last year, some 3,000 people contributed more than 300,000 volunteer hours in producing plays, musicals and special events held on region installations.
“These folks do so much for our communities,” said Michael Formica, director of IMCOM-Europe. “We cannot thank them enough for providing such quality entertainment for our enjoyment.”

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Stuttgart Theater Center’s Stage Door performance had 14 nominations and walked away with four wins:

Best Make-Up For A Play

Meaghan Rhymer, Stage Door, The Stuttgart Theater Center

Best Hair And Wig Design

Nicole Soren, Stage Door, The Stuttgart Theater Center

Best Youth Performance In A Play

Olivia Carroll (Judith Canfield), Stage Door, The Stuttgart Theater Center

Best Actress In A Play

Tracy Coffey (Terry Randall), Stage Door, The Stuttgart Theater Center

Reserve tickets to Stuttgart Theatre Center performances by visiting Stuttgart.armymwr.com or call DSN: 421-3055/civ.0711-729-3055.