On August, 20, 2017, Circle Players honored the artist members involved in 2016-2017 season at the Annual Circle Awards. This year's event was held at W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville and hosted by Trey Palmer, performing artists and star of the HGTV series Listed Sisters.

More than 50 artists were nominated in 20 categories that were judged by the Critic's Panel, a group of volunteers who do not have direct ties to Circle productions, remain anonymous and attend each production.

(Click here for the Awards Process).

The big winner for the 67th season was Clybourne Park, which won Best Show, Best Director (Daniel DeVault) and other trophies.

Clay Hillwig was honored with the prestigious Bauer-Dunlap Award, which is named after the founders of Circle Players and is given only rarely to a long-time volunteer and supporter who has participated in many ways without complaint and otherwise without formal recognition.

 See the list of all winners (right) and photos from the event (below; click to open photos).

Photography by Cordnie Brown

 

Chamberlin Little (right), Best Actor winner, with his mother Lavy Little

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(L to R) Evan Acklin, Barrett Thomas and Rique Patire

Members of the cast and crew of THE WIZ reunite at the Circle Awards.

(L to R) Daniel DeVault, winner of Best Director for CLYBOURNE PARK and Chandra Walton, winner of Best Actress for her role in CLYBOURNE PARK.

(L to R) Rachel Gallup, costume designer, and Kala Ross, nominee for her role as Dorothy in THE WIZ.

Performers from the cast of BRING IT ON the MUSICAL.

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(L to R) Breanna Williams, winner Best Featured Actress for her role as Glinda in THE WIZ.

Longtime patrons and audience members, Dorit and Don Cochron.

Trophies accumulated by CLYBOURNE PARK during the 67th Season Circle Awards.

Yum!!! Some of the delicious food provided by U-Kno Catering.

Bill Crimm (right), nominee for Best Musical Director for THE WIZ.

(L to R) Evan Acklin, A.J. Harris III and Treston Henderson, nominee for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tinman in THE WIZ.

Barrett Thomas (foreground left) nominee for his role as Dominique de Villepin in STUFF HAPPENS with Sara Shumway, winner of Best Props Manager for THE WIZ.

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CLYBOURNE PARK - "Best Show"
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Cast and crew members of "Clybourne Park" -- winner of Best Show, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Featured Actor and Best Set Designer

Clay Hillwig (center) was presented the Bauer-Dunlap Award given to a long-time volunteer who has participated in many ways without complaint and otherwise without formal recognition. (Left: Brian Jones, Circle Board Preseident; Right: LaTonya Turner, Circle Board member)

CIRCLE AWARD WINNERS
(Season 2016-2017)

 

BEST SHOW
CLYBOURNE PARK

 

BEST DIRECTOR
Daniel DeVault
Clybourne Park

 

BEST ACTOR
Chamberlin Little
as Scarecrow

The WIZ
 

BEST ACTRESS
Chandra Walton

as Francine/Lena

Clybourne Park

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Aaron Roston
as Donald Rumsfeld

 Stuff Happens

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Pauline McGowan
as Addaperle

The WIZ

BEST FEATURED ACTOR
Preston Crowder
as Albert/Kevin

Clybourne Park
 

BEST FEATURED ACTRESS
Breanna Williams
as Glinda

The WIZ
 

BEST MALE VOCALIST
Donald Carter
as The Wiz

The WIZ
 

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST
Erica Patterson
as Mary Magdalene

Jesus Christ Superstar
 

BEST CAMEO (2 awards given)
Riqué Patire
as King Herod (à la Donald Trump)

Jesus Christ Superstar
 

BEST CAMEO
Lillian Ogbuefi
as Kofi Annan/Various Roles

 Stuff Happens

CREW MEMBER OF DISTINCTION
(2 awards given)
Daryl Ritchie
The WIZ

Jim DeVault
Clybourne Park

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER
Dr. Peter Fields
The WIZ

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Dave McGinnis
Jesus Christ Superstar

 

BEST PROPS MANAGER
Sara Shumway
The WIZ

 

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION
Dennis Palmer & Kelsi Fulton
Jesus Christ Superstar