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Nick Neddo accepts the Onion for outstanding male in a featured role.
Nick Neddo accepts the Onion for outstanding male in a featured role. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

The McNary High School drama department hosted its annual award show, The Golden Onions, Friday, May 30.

In addition to awards such as Most Disorganized Backstage and Biggest Flirt Backstage, the ceremony honored students for a variety of more serious achievements.

Theater students of merit, students with at least a 3.5 GPA and 4.0 in theatre classes, were: Dylan Bunten, Iris Coffee, Gabriel Elmore, Shyleen Johnson, Madison Valish, Alamjit Nagara, Emma LeDuc, Kelli Thompson, Kendra Smith, Danielle Maass and Michelle Nelson.

Outstanding theatre student awards went to Elmore, Johnson and Valish. Outstanding technical theatre students were: Nagara, Nelson and Maass. Outstanding senior actors were Elmore and Julia Sjakovs.

The Jared C. Miller Expect Excellence Award, given to students who are on the road to great things, went to Nagara. The Dan Hays Heart of the Theatre Award was presented to Jade Rayner.

Outstanding performance in major role Onions went to Johnson as Horatio and Elmore as Hamlet in the Celtic production of Hamlet. Outstanding performances in supporting roles Onions went to Sjakovs as Ophelia in Hamlet and Tanner Purkey for his turns as East and Chad in Almost, Maine. Nick Neddo took home the Feature Role Onion for his performances as Laertes and Player in Hamlet. LeDuc won the female featured role Onion for roles as Sandrine and Marci in Almost, Maine. Minor role Onion winners were Rayner and John Bryant for Urinetown.

Theatre department director Dallas Myers also announced the upcoming slate of plays for the 2014-15 season. Centerpiece shows are Craig Lucas’ Reckless, Legally Blonde, and the Bard’s Measure for Measure. A one-act festival, in which senior theatre students direct the underclassmen, is also planned. Citing an whopping three dozen students interested in a writing for the stage class, Myers also hopes to feature one-acts written by students in the show.

The Ken Collins Award, given to outstanding community supporters of the theatre department, went to Eric Howald for his work in the Keizertimes.

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