DAYTONY AWARDS
MEMBER THEATER 2004 - 2011

BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION
The Waverly Gallery
The Cemetery Club
Southern Comforts

BEST DIRECTION
Shades of Twilight - Fran Pesch
Southern Comforts - Fran Pesch

PROPERTIES
Eighty-Two - Fran Pesch
The Cemetery Club - Fran Pesch

ENSEMBLE ACTING
Eighty-Two - Bert Staub, Harold Fox, Lisa Sadai, Gerry Sadai, and Rich Sommer
Driving Miss Daisy - Virginia Garcia, Garry Pritchett, and Greg Smith
The Waverly Gallery - Barbara Jorgensen, Adam J. Leigh, Alex Carmichal, Susan Robert, and Don Campbell
Shades of Twilight - Barbara Jorgensen, Roger Watson, John Beck, Joan Harrah, Terry Lupp, and Charles Larkowski
The Cemetery Club - Norma Sharkey, Terry Lupp, Barbara Jorgensen, Joan Harrah, and Bert Staub

ACTING
Dutch Waterman - You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running (I'm Herbert)
Bert Staub - You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running (I'm Herbert)
Gayle Smith - Just the Sweet Stuff
Virginia Garcia - Just the Sweet Stuff
Cheryl Mellen - Just the Sweet Stuff
Bert Staub - Visiting Mr. Green
Barbara Jorgensen - The Waverly Gallery
Virginia Garcia - Driving Miss Daisy
Barbara Jorgensen - Shades of Twilight
Charles Larkowski - Shades of Twilight
Barbara Jorgensen - The Cemetery Club
Norma Sharkey - The Cemetery Club
Barbara Jorgensen - The Gin Game
Charles Larkowski - The Gin Game
Barbara Jorgensen - Southern Comforts
Greg Smith
- Southern Comforts

REVIEWS
Well
"Coming to terms with the past in order to embrace a healthier future provides the relatable foundation of Lisa Kron’s fascinating and thought-provoking 2004 autobiographical play Well, terrifically presented by the senior-themed theater troupe Young at Heart Players at the Dayton Playhouse...Like life itself, Well is funny yet cynical, enlightening yet complicated, intriguing yet messy. Just when you have it figured out it veers down a road you didn’t know existed. If you’re looking for a unique theatrical experience, don’t miss this show."
Read more of Russell Florence, Jr.'s Dayton Most Metro review here.

"If you love theater, don't miss this imaginative mind-challenging innovation."
Read more of Burt Saidel's Oakwood Register review here and here.

Tuesdays with Morrie
"Young at Heart Players presents an excellently heartrending production of Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher’s stage adaptation of Albom’s 1997 best-seller 'Tuesdays with Morrie'...Fluidly co-directed by YAH founder Fran Pesch and her daughter Annie Pesch, this effectively scaled down two-hander absolutely thrives on the terrific performances of Patrick Allyn Hayes as sports reporter Albom and a remarkable Jamie McQuinn as Albom’s former sociology professor Morrie Schwartz."
Read more of Russell Florence, Jr.'s Dayton Most Metro review here.

"This production was a testament to the power and reach of theater...Audience members, including me, were wiping tears and elevating the moment of the drama to an unforgettable level. Bravi to all involved."
Read more of Burt Saidel's Oakwood Register review here.

First Kisses
"'First Kisses'...receives a terrific staging courtesy of the senior-themed theater troupe Young at Heart Players...both actors bring impressive nuance and versatility to the proceedings, deftly directed by Young at Heart founder Fran Pesch."
Read more of Russell Florence, Jr.'s Dayton Most Metro review here.

"First Kisses delivered its message...Together they wove a warm and persuasive fabric of life and love. It was a play that drew the audience into this emerging circle...I was quite moved by First Kisses from beginning to end. Isn't this what good theater should do to an audience? It certainly did."
Read more of Burt Saidel's Oakwood Register review here.

"Senior-themed Young at Heart Players delighted with the overdue return of the adorable First Kisses, a 2003 FutureFest finalist."
Read more of Russell Florence, Jr.'s Saluting Dayton's 2016-17 Theater article here.

Circle Mirror Transformation
“This fast-moving premiere, deftly directed with impressive, character-conscious timing by Annie Pesch and incorporating onstage seating, features a first-rate cast...Baker’s acclaimed material is more interesting than engaging, but a worthwhile look at unconventional unity nonetheless.”
Read more of Russell Florence, Jr.'s Dayton Most Metro review here.

“Good acting and good directing let all these forces coalesce...Congratulations to YAHP for adding to our understanding and appreciation of life and theater.”
Burt Saidel, Oakwood Register


OTHER AWARDS
Best Community Theater Production of a Play - Well (Nomination, Most Metro)
Best Supporting Actress in a Play - Barbara Jorgensen, Well (Nomination, Most Metro)
Breakthrough Male Performance in a Play - Jamie McQuinn, Mitch Albom'sTuesdays with Morrie (Nomination, Most Metro)
Additional Acknowledgments - Patrick Allyn Hayes as Mitch Albom in Tuesdays with Morrie and the cast of Well: Annie Pesch, Barbara Jorgensen, Steve Strawser, Bryana Bentley, Kerry Simpson, and Justin Lampkins (Most Metro 2017-18)
Best Community Theater Production of a Play - First Kisses (Nomination, Most Metro)
Additional Acknowledgments - Annie Pesch as Mary and J. Gary Thompson as John in First Kisses (Most Metro 2016-17)
Best Community Theater Production of a Play - Circle Mirror Transformation (Nomination, Most Metro)
Best Supporting Actress in a Play - Megan Cooper, Circle Mirror Transformation (Nomination, Most Metro)