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College Production:
Talley's Folly

Broadway Series:
Dirty Dancing

Broadway Series:
Original Stars of American Bandstand

School Show:
Four Score and Seven Years Ago

Art Gallery:
America: The Dream of an Artist's Life featuring Emil Holzhauer

School Show:
Charlotte's Web

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School Show:
Nugget & Fang

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Arts Center Volunteer Ushers & Docents Recognized

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


4/13/2011 -

The Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College recently honored the volunteer docents and ushers who served this past arts season. The Art Gallery docents volunteered more than 975 hours in total and served more than 4,500 visitors to the center’s two art galleries. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center ushers volunteered more than 10,000 hours this year and served over 90,000 patrons who attended events scheduled at the center.

Ushers direct patrons to their seats, hand out programs and most importantly, present a warm welcome to patrons of all events held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Art Gallery docents help enhance the viewing experience of visitors to the center's two galleries by offering information and insight about current exhibitions and the college's permanent art collections. Docents also present a traveling art exhibits in local schools.

Ushers and docents normally commit to serve several times each season, September through July, and receive training. Ushers receive complimentary admission to the show occurring the night they serve. Docents who serve in the art galleries prior to a theater performance may also receive complimentary admission on a space available basis. Additional volunteer docents and usher are needed. For information on becoming an usher contact Delores Merrill, House Manager, at 729-6065 and for information on becoming an art gallery docent contact Kate Scanlan at the art galleries at 729-6044.

Recognized for serving as Art Gallery Docents and Volunteers were:

Crestview: Veronica Jones, Audrey Stevens; Fort Walton Beach: Joe Baker, Chester Fleming; Niceville/Valparaiso: Tom Feick, Renata Gauvin, Bob and Audrey Haines, Kelcey Hall, Kay Harter, John Hipp, Cathy Husome, June Jepson, Marilyn Mefford, Elizabeth Shwiller, Janet Scanlan, Karen Valdés, Elizabeth Welch; Shalimar: Ed and Cathy Fox, Nancy Litten, Pat and Vivian Marcus, DiAnn White; Gallery Interns: Lesley Gustafson, Sabrina Hardy and Yazdel Fonseca.

Recognized for serving as Ushers during the 2010-11 arts season were:

Crestview: Margaret Larson, Judy Gansel; Tonya & Eber Nascimento; Lucy & Jim Smith. Destin: Anna & Wayne Leone, Jeanette Moerschel, Carol Phillips, Steve Strauss; Fort Walton Beach: Mary Anne Coil, Gloria Deberry, Pam & Leroy Donald, Betty & Fred Doyle, Don Gates, Una Hevener, Mary-Anne Lovato, Valarie Valade, Nancy & Charley Dyess, Dodie & Dan Glowa, Diana & Don Wade; Astrid & Phil Krajeck. Mary Esther: Diana & Don Wade. Miramar Beach: Mary Ellen Hable; Navarre: Ann Waters; Niceville: Audrey Bailey, Inge Ackerman, Darlene Anderson, Eileen Arpke, Diane Barr, Mindy Barrett, Judi Bernstein, Phil Block, Michele Boles, Joan Bowman, Jane Broestler, Yolanda Byrd, Joy Crimmins, Sammie & Stan Davis, Sharol Durrenberger, Jan & Kurt Eichorst, Tom Feick, Lee Fryer, Katie Furby, Michele Gomez, Marjorie Gray, Dee Gulbranson, Susie Hagwood, Bob & Audrey Hains, Laurie Hardy, Eleanor Harris, Be Hinely, Helen Hooper, Marsha & John Hooten, Sharon Johnson, David Kaplan, Carol Lumsden, Gilbert March, Sue & Lee Marion, Cheryl McDermott, C.V. & Sandra Miller, Dave Miller, Joanne Palm, Janet Pandzik, Lynette & David Pearce, Melissa Pearce, Ali Pfeffer, Marsha Plinski, Vicki Richburg, Roxanne Ruckdeschel, Eve Scarborough, George Sebren, Angela Smith, Anne Smith, RoseLyn Stone, Paul Summitt, Ann Surmiak, Barbara & Bill Thaler, Judy Van Rees, Gary Wendel, Cathy White, Nancy Whitehouse, Liz Williams, Shalimar: Nancy Litten, Kay & Troy Dent, Lynn McCully, Sheila Stetzler, Liz Aylor, Pat & Jim Wood. Valparaiso: Edith Santucci, Jean Smith, Bobbie Holland.

PHOTO: Dr. Cliff Herron (left) Executive Director of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and Dr. Ty Handy (right), president of NWF State College, recognized ushers and docents including (left to right) Marjorie Cox-Gray, Usher, Audrey Bailey, Head Usher and Dee Gulbranson, Usher.