Quintero, Schuetz, Wolfmeyer and Mulch honored for volunteer achievements at QUILTA ceremony

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QUILTA award winners were, from left, Randy Wolfmeyer, Julie Schuetz, Drew Quintero and Logan Mulch. | Photo courtesy of Quincy Community Theatre

QUINCY — After a two-year hiatus, Quincy Community Theatre celebrated the volunteer achievements of the 2020 and 2021 seasons on April 12 with its annual QUILTA ceremony at Pointe D’Vine. 

QCT Executive Director Burgundy Hill recognized current and former staff and board members for their devotion to the theatre as they navigated their way through the changes brought on by the pandemic. 

Due to the variety of formats in which productions were presented in 2020 and 2021, the presentation of the customary “outstanding performance” awards was paused, focusing instead on efforts made off the stage.  

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the organization’s highest honor, the Enid Ireland Award, to long-time volunteer Drew Quintero. He has been a volunteer at the theatre for many years, starting out in QCT’s Stage Kids. He has served on several committees, choreographed, stage managed and volunteered on stage and off.

QCT Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen presented the Ghost Light Award to Julie Schuetz. Just as a ghost light keeps a stage illuminated while it is unoccupied, Schuetz kept the light on after the production of “Chicago” was shut down due to the pandemic. During a 14-month hiatus, she created Facebook posts each day to honor the cast and crew and to lift their spirits as they awaited the go-ahead for their much-anticipated show. 

Seth Campbell, former technical director, and Vicky Vail, costume shop manager, presented the Paul Denckla Technical Director’s award that honoring people who exemplify Denckla’s commitment to the technical aspects of the theatre. This year’s recipient was Randy Wolfmeyer, who lent his crafting and engineering expertise to props, costumes and special effects for “Frozen, Jr.,” “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” and “Beauty and the Beast.”   

Brendan Shea, head of education, presented the Rose Lacquement Award (The Rosie), annually given to a student who exhibits outstanding effort. This year’s recipient is Logan Mulch, who assisted and performed in many student theatre productions and served as an aide in classes.   

QCT welcomes new volunteers with no previous experience necessary. To become involved, contact the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209 or qct@1qct.org

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