Theatre Guild supports M.A.T.S.
Occasionally they work in cahoots with one another.
Hamblen County is practically famous for its charitable spirit, so it comes as no surprise that not-for-profits have been caught helping each other out when one is in need.
The holidays are especially challenging for the families and individuals who reside at M.A.T.S. So the Morristown Theatre Guild figured its holiday production would be as good a time as any to raise money for the temporary shelter.
The Guild organized a fundraiser to run in conjunction with its November production of “The Red Velvet Cake War,” directed by Joe Powell.
During the shows that were staged Nov. 8-17 at Rose Center’s Prater Hall in Morristown, the Guild sponsored a baking contest featuring, oddly enough, Red Velvet cakes.
“There were some people who were confused and thought we were just hosting a contest, when it’s both a play to see and a baking contest,” Powell said during the production.
The bakers and contestants included Kari Novilla, Lee Akins, Mary Riley and Barbra Crawford. Novilla was crowned the winner during the final matinee and received a handmade red and gold sash, a baker’s crown and a gold spatula scepter that Powell described as “nifty.”
As the contest and production ensued, audience members voted for their favorite cake with $1 cash donations. The resulting $503 was donated to M.A.T.S. board members and staff on Dec. 17.
“We wanted to support an important community service agency and have fun sharing great food with this contest,” Guild Board Chairman Dr. Bill Crawford said.
Novilla was named “Best Overall Baker” by regional judges: Hamblen County General Sessions Court Judge Doug Collins, East Tennessee PBS President Vickie Lawson and Mahon Fritts of Regency Retirement Village.
The cast of “The Red Velvet Cake War” included Sharon Seals, Alex Michael, Sue Wisniewski, Mitzi Akins, Lisa Frith, Carli Rick, Sherri Jacobs, Kellie Ward, Keela Phillips, Doyle Whitmill and Darryl Frith.
- By Glenna Howington, Tribune Staff Writer