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Butler recognized outstanding theatre students at 35th annual Spelvin Award ceremony

Butler Theatre Students and staff recognized at the 2022 Spelvin Awards
Published: Thursday, May 19th, 2022

Spelvin Award ceremony came back after two years of Covid-19

EL DORADO, Kan. – Students, faculty, staff, and friends gathered at the 35th annual Spelvin Awards ceremony May 12 to celebrate a year of accomplishments.   

The ceremony was hosted by Larry Patton, and awards were presented by Scott McPhail, Butler theatre alumnus and current executive at Paramount Pictures, zoomed in from Hollywood. “The Ballad of Kate the Shrew” won the Outstanding Acting Ensemble award.   

In addition, Joel Knudsen, Butler's instrumental instructor, and Nathan Huyett, Butler's theatre faculty, received the L.W. Nixon Award. The L.W. Nixon award honors several years of outstanding service to the Butler Theatre Department. 

The following students received their individual awards including: 

Christian Watkins of Wichita: Best Actor for TRULY FRANK 

Chelsie Penner of Newton: Best Actress for THE BALLAD OF KATE THE SHREW 

Caden Runnalls of Conway Springs: Best Supporting Actor for THE BALLAD OF KATE THE SHREW, “#Influencer” Award, Best Running Crew for COTTON GIRLS 

Ryan Smith of Bel Aire: Best Supporting Actor for THE PAJAMA GAME 

Hannah Johnson of Potwin: Best Supporting Actress for THE BALLAD OF KATE THE SHREW 

Jacob Phillips of Newton: Best Cameo Actor for THE BALLAD OF KATE THE SHREW 

Braden Ford of Rosehill: Best Male Technician  

Bailey Camien of El Dorado: Best Female Technician 

Jacob Phillips of Newton: Best Male Newcomer 

Bailey Camien of El Dorado: Best Female Newcomer 

Gwen Crank of El Dorado: Best Cameo Actress for THE BALLAD OF KATE THE SHREW 

Kelsi Harris of Newton: Best Cameo Actress for THE BALLAD OF KATE THE SHREW 

Khayliyah Registe of Wichita: Best Cameo Actress for THE BALLAD OF KATE THE SHREW 

Jade Darnell-McCoy of El Dorado: Best Stage Manager for THE BALLAD OF KATE THE SHREW 

Aidan Garrett of Goddard: Best Running Crew for THE RUNNER STUMBLES 

Madilyn Henderson of Derby: Best Running Crew for THE RUNNER STUMBLES 

Braden Ford of Rosehill: Best Running Crew for THE RUNNER STUMBLES 

Emma “Sunflower” Dunn of Wilmore: Greg Bales Award, Best Cameo Actress for THE BALLAD OF KATE THE SHREW, Best Running Crew for COTTON GIRLS 

Bailey Camien of El Dorado: Bob Peterson Theatre Scholarship