Farmers Alley takes home 4 Wilde Awards!

Farmers Alley Theatre takes home 4 Wilde Awards!

The 13th Annual Wilde Awards, celebrating the best in professional theatre in the State of Michigan were held this month at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield, and once again, Farmers Alley Theatre was well represented among the nominees.  An enthusiastic group from Farmers Alley, led by Artistic Director Jeremy Koch attended the awards on Monday, September 21st.  They did not go home empty handed.  By virtue of winning 4 Wilde Awards, Farmers Alley was recognized as the  most honored theatre in the state for the 2013-14 season.

This past spring’s production of “OLD WICKED SONGS” was a double winner.  Director D. Terry Williams was on hand to accept the award for BEST DRAMATIC PLAY of the year.  “To work on this show with two highly talented artists, Keith Baker and Nich Mueller who could act, play the piano and sing beautifully, was a dream,” said Williams.  Derek Menchinger was also in attendance, and was awarded BEST SOUND DESIGN for his work on this highly successful collaboration between Farmers Alley Theatre and the Irving S. Gilmore Keyboard Festival. 

The accolades for the Williams family didn’t stop there.  D. Terry’s wife, Sharon Williams, was also honored that evening for her performance in last November’s “COLLECTED STORIES”, for which she collected BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA.  In her speech, she thanked her co-star Elizabeth Swearingen, and Director Kathy Mulay.  Another actress directed by Kathy Mulay, Michelle Duffy, won BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL for her portrayal of the bipolar mother, Diana in last summer’s “NEXT TO NORMAL”.  Duffy was recently seen in NYC in the highly acclaimed Off-Broadway musical “HEATHERS”, which has its eye on Broadway.  Mulay was there to accept the award in her behalf.

All in all, it was a very gratifying night for Farmers Alley Theatre.  Koch exclaimed, “To travel to the east side of the state, among all the theatres in the Detroit area, and to be honored as the best of the best, it’s really quite overwhelming.  We are putting on some of the best productions in the state, and we’re so blessed that local audiences are embracing us and filling our theatre for every show.  Thank you West Michigan.

Full list of Farmers Alley winners

BEST DRAMA – “Old Wicked Songs” – D. Terry Williams, Director

BEST SOUND DESIGN – “Old Wicked Songs” – Derek Menchinger

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA  - Sharon Williams, “Collected Stories”

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL – Michelle Duffy, “Next to Normal”