Perk Players win awards at 2014 Mississippi Theatre Association festival

Cast members in the award-winning play “The Amazing Imagination Machine" are, front row, from left, MaryAnna Price, Alexis Battaglio, Kaitlyn Clark and Katie Henke; and back row, from left, DeAngelo Vaxter, Abishia Slaton, Curt VanLoveless, Ric LoPiccolo and Caitlin Dalrymple.

Cast members in the award-winning play “The Amazing Imagination Machine” are, front row, from left, MaryAnna Price, Alexis Battaglio, Kaitlyn Clark and Katie Henke; and back row, from left, DeAngelo Vaxter, Abishia Slaton, Curt VanLoveless, Ric LoPiccolo and Caitlin Dalrymple.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Perk Players were awarded the Mississippi Theatre Association (MTA) 2014 Theatre for Youth Festival Overall Production for their performance of “The Amazing Imagination Machine.” The play was written and directed by Daisha Walker, theatre instructor at MGCCC’s Perkinston Campus.

More than 480 people attended the 2014 MTA Festival held in Vicksburg on Jan. 16-19. In the Theatre for Youth Festival, seven high school, community theatre and community college groups competed for the award.  This is the seventh year straight that the Perk Players have been awarded the Theater for Youth Best Overall Production by MTA.

Katie Henke and Ric LoPiccolo were given All-Star Cast Honors, and Abishia Slaton was presented with the Best Overall Actor award.  They competed against performing groups from across the state.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.