By Sonya M. Cosentini
Tony award-winning performer Bernadette Peters was presented with the Musical Theatre Society Award of Distinction in Musical Theatre following the opening night performance of “Fame: The Musical” last night.
“I’m very, very honored tonight because I never went to college so this is like my diploma,” Peters said upon receiving the award.
Peters is a well known woman in Musical Theatre, having been in fims, television, music and theatre for over 40 years. She recently released a new CD and has a lead role in the upcoming made for television movie, “The Odessey.”
“There was such a passion on the stage tonight. Your love and enthusiasm re-inspired me,” Peters said about the cast of “Fame.”
The award, designed by Profesor Leo Nickole, has been presented to numerous notable performers, including Carol Channing, for the past 30 years.
Peters was selected from a list of five other people who were selected during the process which began a year ago.
“The picking of recipients and getting people to come is completely student run and our adviser, Leo Nickole is the only faculty who assists us,” senior Shane Hudson, president of Musical Theatre Society, said.
The recipient of this award of distinction is chosen by the producers of the spring musical. According to Hudson, not only producers and musical theatre stars are considered, but also those who have done a lot in the field.
The Musical Theatre Society is also presenting the Leonidas A. Nickole Alumni Award of Distinction in Musical Theatre to William Miller ’74. Miller does public relations and marketing for Cameron Mackintosh Productions, which has produced Broadway shows including “Les Miserables,” “Miss Saigon,” “Cats” and “Phantom of The Opera.”
“Thank you for letting me watch and feel Emerson’s magic once again,” Miller said.
Both awardees attended a cast and crew reception and a production staff dinner prior to the event. After the “Fame” performance a reception, which was open to the public, was held at the Tremont House or Toe.
“We get up and we’re alive, but the arts feed our souls and our spirits,” Peters concluded.