The annual Jeff Walker One-Act Festival in August involved 75 young performers – plus more young people as directors, playwrights and in every other behind-the-scenes roles. There were so many productions – 12 – that they were split for the first time into two days, with a Saturday evening of plays with more mature themes, followed by a Sunday afternoon of plays for the whole family.

Adjudicators critiqued the productions and also handed out awards. The Saturday adjudicators were Joni Gallagher, a Queens schoolteacher who was an active performer at the League in her youth; Kate Stark, a Tatnall French teacher who was also an active performer at the League in her youth; Francesca Vavala, a marketing director and yet another active performer at the League in her youth; and Adam Wahlberg, whose Drama League activities began in the late 1990s. Adjudicating on Sunday were Patrick Flynn, a Maryland playwright and filmmaker who as a young person performed with Jeff at the League; Chris Walker Gourley, Jeff’s mother and a longtime League performer and director; and Ken Mammarella, another longtime League performer and director.

Lizzie Furman, whose Drama League involvement began at age 5, was named the 2019 winner of the Bob Evans Award, given to a young person for their involvement in the League. At the festival, she also directed a showcase production, which was adjudicated but was ineligible for awards.

The following awards were given on Saturday:

Best Period Appropriate Happy Harry’s Reference: Letters to Lotte

Best Set Design: I Am Michelle 

Best Production Design: Letters to Lotte

Best Make-Up Design: The Amazing Stupendous Death Hotel

Best Ensemble: The End

Best Performer in Multiple Roles: Michael Anderson 

Best Original Script: Lines of our Lives, Jordyn Flaherty 

Excellence in Supporting Acting: Lex Bowers

Excellence in Acting: Hannah Moore 

Excellence in Acting: Jake Steltz 

Best Director: Lines of Our Lives

Best Play: Lines of Our Lives

The following awards were given on Sunday:

Excellence in Set: A Twisted Neverland

Excellence in Props: Boxes

Excellence in Costumes: Boxes and Get a Clue

Excellence in Lighting: Mother Goosed

Excellence in Special Effects: Captain Hook’s hand in A Twisted Neverland

Excellence in Script Writing: Lexie Rubincan, The Voices Behind the Choices

Excellence in Ensemble: Boxes

Excellence in Duos: Josh Holden and Nicky Saitz, Dystopia!; and Rylie Wheeler and Carly Hubbard, Boxes

Excellence in Cameo: Django Rosario and Ryder Marks in A Twisted Neverland

Excellence in Character Acting: Alexa Watson, Mother Goosed; Jule Esposito, A Twisted Neverland

Excellence in Supporting Acting: Seamus Clark, A Twisted Neverland; Leo Tuminello, Mother Goosed; andMia Davenport, Get a Clue

Excellence in Acting: Cynthia Weaver and Justin DeStafney, The Voices Behind the Choices

Excellence in Direction: Lexie Rubincan, The Voices Behind the Choices

Excellence in Production: The Voices Behind the Choices

 

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Beginning September 4, 2018 the Wilmington Drama League will have regular office hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 pm. Calls or visits can be made to the main office (side door on Shipley St) (302) 764-3396. Our box office line however will remain fully automated. Questions should be directed to the main office line or sent to kathy@wdleague.org.