Dorset Players names Golden Circle winners

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DORSET — The Dorset Players handed out the Golden Cicle Awards at the annual meeting of members June 28 during a virtual event with members attending online.

The Golden Circle Awards recognize special achievement in acting, direction and production.

Award winners for the Players' 2019-2020 season of shows at the Dorset Playhouse were announced at the meeting by Dan Silver, who also entertained with his humorous lyrics set to popular music.

The Golden Circle Awards for leading actors in a full-length play went to Donna Murray for On Golden Pond and Paul Michael Brinker for Gaslight. Elisabeth Hazelton (On Golden Pond) and Jeff Cox (Gaslight) received awards in the supporting actor category, and Paul Bremel (A Christmas Carol) received the cameo performance award.

On Golden Pond (Richard Grip, director) was named best play. Christopher Restino was recognized for acting in a special event in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

Julian Pirie (On Golden Pond) earned the young male acting award and Molly Harper (A Christmas Carol) received the young female acting award.

Golden Circle Awards were also presented to Suzi Dorgeloh and Cherie Thompson (costumes, Gaslight), Drew Hill and Mona Wightman (set design, Gaslight), and to Leslie Bremner (Gaslight) as debut actor on the Players' stage. Retiring board member Angie Merwin received the Special Production award for her contributions to the organization. No awards were presented this year in the one-act or musical categories because of show cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the uncertainty of resuming live performances in the coming months, the Players are planning virtual performances, workshops, readings and similar events until productions can resume at the Playhouse.

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