ESRY Award Winners Named Maples Repertory Theatre Held an Event Honoring Donors and Volunteers
Macon, MO– Maples Repertory Theatre (MRT) held an event Thursday, Mar 30, 2022 to honor their
Broadwayworld.com Award 2021 winners and to debut a new honor for MRT Donors and Volunteers.
KBIA’s Paul Pepper hosted the evening and the audience was entertained by performances by and
interviews with Trevor Belt, Jane Ann Moots, Melissa Bohon-Webel, Jack Smith, Mike Ekelburg, and
many of the “orphans'' from MRT’s 2021 production of Annie.
Sean Riley Melissa Bohon-Webel Trevor Belt and Jane Ann Moots
2022 First Annual ESRY Awards
The ESRY Awards are named in honor of Earnest and Norma Esry. From the early days of Maples
Repertory Theatre, Earnest and Norma were both great advocates and great supporters of the creation of a
professional theatre in Upstate Missouri. With dedication of their time and resources, the Esrys were
integral to the continued success of MRT. In their honor, the Board of the Directors annually name two
award winners for outstanding financial contributions and volunteer support to the theatre.
2022 ESRY Award for Outstanding Service: Jim and Leigh Simon
A can of paint doesn’t get opened at Maples Repertory Theatre without the help of Jim and Leigh Simon.
Their countless hours of assistance during the 2021 renovation of the theatre as well as their continued
support to the maintenance and upkeep of the facilities is invaluable to both the historic building and to
the longevity of the organization. Leigh also takes special care of our curb appeal, carefully planting and
maintaining the flower boxes in the reception hall windows. Their generous support of the theatre
includes the use of their building on the corner of Vine Street, where our education program can hold
camps, classes, and rehearsals.
2022 ESRY Award for Outstanding Support: Pat and Sharon Winn
Pat and Sharon Winn have long been known as great supporters of the arts at Maples Repertory Theatre.
Each year at Boots and Black Tie, patrons get the chance to bid on unique and exciting items contributed
by the Winns. From autographed guitars to vintage cars, the Winn’s contributions create a lot of buzz and
energetic bidding. Most recently, the donation of a 1947 Plymouth P-15 Special Deluxe automobile
allowed the theatre to raise $25,000 through a very popular raffle. Maples Rep thanks the Winns for their
generosity and commitment to MRT.
The evening was a wonderful way to kick off all of the amazing things to come in the 2022 season! Thank
you to the MRT Board for hosting such a successful event.
All photographs were taken by Joy Young Photography
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