For the 2011 Mary Hamilton Award, the Committee has chosen a young lady who is totally dedicated to the Company and has given 100% support to DMTC even when her health has been less than good. She joined the Company at the instigation of her grandmother in 2001 at the tender age of 13 for our first show at GALA, “Me and My Girl”.
Since then she has appeared in 12 of our productions, singing and dancing in the chorus and more recently performing small roles. During rehearsals for our last show, “Grand Hotel”, she had several periods of illness, but she was determined that rehearsals would not suffer.
She made the effort to attend rehearsals, even though she was unable to sing or dance and she would sit out front watching the rehearsal until her dialogue scene came along. Then she would force herself to get up and play the scene before going back to her seat again. Such dedication is laudable and she should be a role model to us all.
She was upset to discover that she was going to miss Fred’s talk about “42nd Street” as she would be away on holiday, but the fact that her boyfriend proposed to her and they got engaged, lessened the blow!
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2011 Mary Hamilton Award is Karen Gallagher.