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GRCC actors win Grand Awards

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By Justin Dawes
Opinion Editor

Two students from GRCC recently won Grand Awards for last year’s production of End Days, and one student received a scholarship.

The Grand Awards could be compared to local Tony Awards. They are presented to people involved in quality Grand Rapids theater productions. The Grand Awards took place in the Civic Theatre.

Jacob Loader, a former GRCC student, won the award for the best lead actor in a college production. He recalls the anticipation as he waited for the winner to be announced, saying, “It was a gradual progression of my heart racing.” And once his name was called, he says his heart had never beaten faster.

Henry Marcusse won the award for the best supporting actor in a college production. He said he was “very anxious” while awaiting the announcement. Once he heard his name called, he said, “Every thought on my mind was completely wiped.”

Both recipients said they were very honored to even be there at all.

Danielle Slot, who is now at Alma College, applied for the Norma Brink Scholarship last year as a GRCC student. When she was asked about her anticipation leading up to the                       presentation of the gift, she said it was the first scholarship she had applied for, and made it clear she was not expecting to win anything. “I really admire the people who got the awards before me,” she said. “I was really surprised and honored to received the scholarship.”

When Tom Kaechele, the director of End Days, was asked about his reaction to the students winning the awards, he said, “I was happy for them.”

What is most important to Kaechele, however, is not the award, but the work that the students put in to earn them. Referring to the cast of End Days, he said, “I was happy with all the choices I made.”

He is not only proud that Loader and Marcusse performed well and earned awards, but is also proud of them for being hardworking actors in general.

He feels the same way about Slot, who performed with several Grand Rapids theaters, working hard and spreading her name through the theater community.

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