Brenau Theatre Alums Receive Junior Theatre Festival Awards

Recent theatre graduates Carly Berg and Haden Rider, artistic directors of the theatre for youth group Play On Players, won big at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta last month.

The Play on Players’ production of Guys and Dolls was awarded “Outstanding Production” at the festival, with the Brenau alumni receiving the Broadway Junior Spirit Award, which is given to individuals deemed to be the most dedicated and whose contributions to the arts have proven the most inspirational and valuable to young performers.

“Carly and Haden are not only two of the most talented performers we’ve had in our musical theatre productions, but also the most dedicated in their mission to offer arts training opportunities to young people in the community and schools,” said Theatre Department Chair Ann Demling. “As a result of their work with founding Play On Players, they have let both these students and their families and communities know the joy and value of ensemble artistic work.”