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Off-Monroe Players Toaster Award

Awarded for outstanding service to OMP Photo of Toaster Award

The Off-Monroe Players Toaster Award can trace its origins to the spring of 1986 and our final rehearsal for Yeomen of the Guard at our erstwhile digs, New Life Presbyterian Church on Rosedale St. This was not a dress rehearsal but a casual run-through, guided by our director, Brian Smith. We had reached the dramatic final scene: the wedding of Elsie (Anne Virgil) and Fairfax (Ron Herman), and the death of heartbroken Jack Point (Bill Hammond).

The mood that evening had grown increasingly lighthearted, so it was not at all inappropriate for Ron to enter bearing a toaster he had picked up in the church kitchen. This he handed to Bill, who, as he sang his agonized farewell ("Oh, thoughtless crew! Ye know not what ye do!"), graciously presented it to Anne. It was a sublime moment.

Since that memorable night it has become an OMP tradition for a toaster to make its appearance at some point in the final rehearsal for every production, as well as, inexplicably, a rubber chicken.

Soon after OMP started in 1977, we began presenting an annual award to some deserving person or persons for outstanding service to OMP. For several years this was the "Friend of OMP" award, then, briefly, the "Somebody please think of a better name for this award" award. Finally, in 1997, someone we have been unable to identify had the nifty idea of calling it the Toaster Award, and so it has remained.

Recipients

2017
Bill Hammond
2016
Ben Hale
2015
Bob Osgood
2014
Penny Fram & Marti St. George
2013
Ken Vary
2012
Marty Nott
2011
Byron Wilmot
2010
Kathleen Holt & Stephen Lurie
2009
Jad Jordan
2008
Sarajane Fondiller
2007
Terry Benedict
2006
Brian Smith
2005
Amanda Lobaugh
2004
Maryanne Lettis
2003
Patti Anne Montrois
2002
Katherine O'Donnell
2001
Tracy Burdick
2000
David Schafer
1999
Jimmie B Lobaugh
1998
Elizabeth Blake, Jim Blake, Lynette Blake & Robert Blake
1997
Bodie McCaffrey
1996
Peter Dunbar
1995
Jim Caffrey & Sarah Freeman
1994
Bob Weeks

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