Awards

EL PHOEBAX AWARD

Each year we honor an actor(s) for outstanding achievement in character. This is not an acting or popularity award. The award was instituted in 2001 as the “PhoeBax” award, named after its two founding winners, Phoebe Minette and Baxley Andresen. These two actresses defined the exemplary kind of character we seek to encourage and nurture. They arrived on time for rehearsals; they were focused on the process; they took direction and worked hard on their notes; they were quiet when they needed to be; respectful to the crew and cast; they were sensitive and generous with their peers; and, most important of all, they brought a special kind of positive energy to the experience.

In 2012, the PhoeBax Award underwent a necessary name change. In a history rich with talented and committed performers, no actor epitomized the SCTG ethos better than Ellie Bensinger. Although Ellie is vividly remembered for her radiant stage presence and deep immersion into roles, her serious dedication to the theatrical process transcended even her talent. Ellie approached every role with intense focus and her methods and attitude energized and inspired her peers. This needed to be acknowledged and thus we changed the name of our award to reflect Ellie’s legacy of consummate professionalism. Hence, “El PhoeBax Award.”

The El PhoeBax Award winner is given an individual trophy as well as having their name engraved on a perpetual trophy. Having your name on this trophy is the highest honor within the SCTG.

EL PhoeBax Award Winners:

Spring 2001
Stay Awake! – Phoebe Minette
Spring 2002
O Lucky Girl! – Baxley Andresen
Fall 2002
Cheyenne – Elizabeth Brightly, Robert Goldberg, Tzara Sidley
Spring 2003
The Puzzle People – Kylie Thompson
Fall 2003
Spamelot – Nastassia Godoy, Lindsey Horowitz, Montana Mills
Spring 2004
Attack of the Killer Kids – Justine Rappaport, Ben Russin
Fall 2004
The Community Producers – Ellie Bensinger, Jamus Hain
Spring 2005
Buy America – Madison Bradfield-Davis, Elizabeth Inkelis, Justine Minette
Fall 2005
The Window – Hannah Davis, Ivy Hammond
Fall 2005
The Rocke – Riley Smith, Sofi Shield, Tess Whittlesey
Spring 2006
Killing Time at the Rothrottens – Yaari Sanderson
Spring 2006
Free Will – Hanna Feldman, Rachel Forman, Mollie Goldberg, Izzy Miller
Fall 2006
Love & Hate – Molly McCracken, Olivia Russin
Fall 2006
Thunderboard – Skye LaFontaine
Spring 2007
Evil Schmeevil – Chloe Casey
Spring 2007
Havana – Amanda Feldman, Josie Glore, Sara Rajo-Miller
Fall 2007
Turbulence – Rebecca Schumacher, Emily Walworth
Fall 2007
Dumb White Crackers – Joshua Jacobson, Liisi LaFontaine, Anna Rajo-Miller
Spring 2008
Teatro Della Morte – Grace Ardolino, Libe Barer, Gala Mendoza
Fall 2008
Hellth Care – Beja Wolf
Fall 2008
The Color and the Noise – Lia Avraham
Spring 2009
Significant Others – Samara Kannike
Spring 2009
The Rogues – Lola Gutierrez, Hannah Jenney, Leo Murphy
Fall 2009
Jackpot – Niall Murphy
Fall 2009
My Man Godfrey – Leah Brady, Noah Brown, Max Messex
Spring 2010
Jail Birds – Madeleine Miller, Max Wilbur
Fall 2010
The Nature of My Game – Shannel Rodriguez, Madeline Stefani
Fall 2010
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Izzy Miller, Leo Murphy
Spring 2011
Frank & Stine – Greta Grisez, Emmett Mathison
Fall 2011
Absolutely Fabulous – Laura Milano
Fall 2011
General Ed – Addie Smith
Fall 2011
Once Again in Eden – Nora Mathison
Spring 2012
Tomorrow… – Lia Avraham, Jessie Davis, Matthew Hammond, Max Wilbur, Beja Wolf
Fall 2012
Arrival/Delayed – Rebecca Schumacher
Fall 2012
Arrival/Departure – Lola Gutierrez
Fall 2012
Cancelled/Departure – Fiona Grey
Fall 2012
Departure/Delayed – Yaari Sanderson
Spring 2013
Havana – Checka Brighty, Diego Chiat, Luna Santaolalla, Walker Smith
Fall 2013
Aloha Kiana / Genevieve / I Do…But I Really Don’t – Jeilani-Rhone Collins
Fall 2013
Aloha Kiana / Genevieve – Nicki Klar
Spring 2014
Deadwood – William Hammond, Darla Lewis
Fall 2014
Ciao, Utah! / Mistake On The Lake / Red Scare – LouLou Brazill Baltz
Fall 2014
Mistake On The Lake – Madison Menendez
Fall 2014
Red Scare – Molly Vendig

IMMACULATE HEART GIRLS AWARD

In the fall of 2004, five newcomers– Lauren Dellara, Josie Glore, Mackenzie Morrison, Sara Rajo-Miller and Kelly Rappleye (okay, Kelly was in Stay Awake! – but that was a long time ago) – infused The Community Producers with extraordinary positive energy. Their impact on the SCTG was so exhilarating, we felt compelled to recognize it. Hence, the Immaculate Heart Girls Award which honors the “Most Inspiring Newcomer.” This is not an automatic award and is only handed out in exceptional instances.

Immaculate Heart Girls Award Winners:

Fall 2004
The Community Producers – Lauren Dellara, Josie Glore, Mackenzie Morrison, Sara Rajo-Miller , Kelly Rappleye
Spring 2005
Buy America – Riley Smith
Fall 2005
The Rocke – Wil Crary
Fall 2007
Turbulence – Bella Gutierrez, Sarah de la Torre
Spring 2008
Teatro Della Morte – Michael Mayo, Sean Murphy, Max Wilbur, Beja Wolf
Fall 2008
Hellth Care – Breanna Davis, Laura Milano
Spring 2009
The Rogues – Noah Brown
Fall 2009
Jackpot – Lucas Bohlinger
Spring 2010
Jail Birds – Mariana Mosca, Madeline Stefani
Spring 2011
Frank & Stine – Lili Cairl, Nicole Klar, Addie Smith
Spring 2011
Once Again In Eden – Diego Chiat
Spring 2011
Absolutely Fabulous / General Ed – Fiona Grey
Spring 2012
Tomorrow… – Jeilani Rhone-Collins
Fall 2012
Cancelled – Morgan Macgowan
Spring 2013
Havana – Salome’ Albright, Darla Lewis, Walker Smith
Fall 2013
The Last 30 Seconds – Rainey Chevako
Fall 2014
Ciao, Utah! – Bear Basha
Fall 2014
Mistake On The Lake – Sarah Satzman
Fall 2014
Red Scare – Isabelle Basha, Rowan O’Bryan

BRIAN DAVIS AWARD

Brian Davis was not just a founding member of the Silver Lake Children’s Theatre Group, he was the heart and soul of the company, making sure the plays happened with his trademark low-key, out-of-the-spotlight efficiency. Brian produced most of our plays and spent hundreds of unseen hours tending to the production details that rarely received the appreciation they deserved. Simply put: there would have been no SCTG without Brian Davis, which is why we honored his retirement with an award in his name. The inscription on the award says it all: “Selfless in Service.”

Brian Davis Award Winners:

Spring 2011
Kelbe Bensinger, Kathleen Nolen
Fall 2011
Bill Schumacher
Spring 2012
Kevin Hunt, Rob Steiner
Fall 2012
Ed Brown, Scott Milano
Spring 2013
Annette Gutierrez, Gustavo Gutierrez, Gwen Miller, Tamar Rosenthal, Harvey Shield, Brian Smith
Fall 2013
Lana Chirco-Baltz, Karen Einstein, Jayne Goldberg, Lisa Keller, Anna Tugnoli
Spring 2014
Mary Kay Harrison, Susan Mathison, Valerie Milano
Fall 2014
Mark Feldman, Paul Jackson