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The Barn Players announce Barney Award winners, plus Volunteer of the Year Award

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After winning seven of 12 categories in a contest, The Barn’s Spring Awakening, capturing most of the trophies, The Barn Players conducted their annual Barney Awards and Volunteer of the Year Celebration.

The Barn Players Community Theatre held its annual Barney Awards Celebration Sat. evening, Feb. 1, to a full house despite the weather and colder than average winter temperatures for Kansas City. Founded in 1955 by Earl Altaire, a Kansas City interior designer and theatre devotee, the theatre is nationally recognized and the new 2014 season will be The Barn Players 59 consecutive season.

The Barn Players are located in their own theatre at 6219 Martway in Mission, Kansas. The Barn Players thanked its actors, musicians, production teams and volunteers with appetizers and wine courtesy of Rimann Liquors.

The evening featured spotlight performances from the past season as well as a teaser from Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson the 2014 season’s first show, a Barn Players spokesman said.

The Barney Awards were handed out by Vida Bikales and co-host John Rensenhouse.

“The Barn Players had 278 people who worked on 11 productions in 2013. This evening is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to those who gave their time and talent throughout our 2013 season,” Bikales said. “The Barn Players was named ‘Kansas City Theatre of The Year’ by and our actors and directors won seven of the organizations 12 Kansas City theatre awards.”

The Barn Players named Volunteer of The Year, Michael Ong. Ong is a graphic designer at Hallmark and over the past year led the organization through a re-branding process including new graphics and website, the spokesman said.

Barney Award winners were:
Best Actress – Maggie Gremminger in Spring Awakening
Best Actor – Bobby Turnbough in Spring Awakening
Best Musical Direction – Martha Risser for Chess
Best Direction – Eric Magnus for Spring Awakening
Supporting Actress – Samantha Agron in Chess
Supporting Actor – Kipp Simmons in Chess
Best Technical Design – Chuck Cline for lighting Spring Awakening
Judges Cameo Favorite – Devon Barnes in Dangerous Liaisons
Best Show Spring Awakening

The 59th 2014 season opens Feb. 28. For more information on The Barn Players and their upcoming season, visit their website: