YACTA postpones Legends honor ceremony
The inaugural event will take place in 2008.
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YOUNGSTOWN -- Scheduling conflicts have forced Youngstown Area Community Theatre Alliance (YACTA) to postpone the Legends of the Theatre Honors ceremony until February or March of next year. A date will be announced soon
The event was to take place this March.
J.E. Ballantyne Jr., YACTA president, said the window for production of the event is very small because of the large amount of time needed to prepare for the Marquee Awards in August. Therefore, the YACTA board voted to postpone the initial Legends event for one year. The Legends ceremony will be held annually.
Ballantyne said YACTA will not be seeking additional nominees for what would have been year two of the event in 2008. The original list of honorees will remain the same for the rescheduled event.
The Legends event will honor selected members of the performing arts community, with the inaugural ceremony feting Condi Augustine of New Castle, Pa., who was instrumental in the establishment and continued success of the New Castle Playhouse.
Augustine served as board president for many years and played a major role in the success of the theater.
Also being honored is Paul Kimpel, who served as scenic designer for the Youngstown Playhouse throughout much of the theater's heyday. Kimpel returned to the Playhouse in that capacity several years ago. He was also active in other local theaters, having written and directed shows for the Oakland Center for the Arts and Trumbull New Theatre.
The third recipient is Alexandra Vansuch, who was the driving force behind the start of the Oakland Center for the Arts. Vansuch was also managing director of the theater and directed a majority of the productions during her tenure. Her drive and vision played a key role in the Oakland's success.