PLYMOUTH, N.H.—Two members of the Plymouth State University community recently received top awards at the 2012 New Hampshire Theatre Awards.
Mervin Enver Marvey of Rustenberg, South Africa, a senior theatre arts major, was selected Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role as Angel, a gay drag queen percussionist with AIDS in Rent, presented by the North Country Center for the Arts last summer.
Jonathan Larson’s Broadway musical based loosely on Puccini’s opera La Boheme follows a year in the lives of seven friends struggling to live and pay their rent in New York’s East Village while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness, and the AIDS epidemic.
At Plymouth State, Marvey has acted, sung and danced in numerous performances including Pippin, Company, Wizard of Oz, Chicago, and most recently Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. He has also been a member of the PSU Chamber Singers and the student a cappella group, Vocal Order.
Marvey says, “I am so honored to be the recipient of the New Hampshire Theatre Award. RENT is a story about community. It’s about how we all can make a difference in each other’s lives and the importance of living positively in every moment. I would like to thank sincerely those special individuals who have been supportive of my talent, hardships and successes throughout my four years at PSU. I am who I am today, because of others.”
Area audiences can see Marvey at the Senior Center in Plymouth April 13 when he presents a cabaret entitled “Grateful,” and this summer at the New London Barn Playhouse.
Barbara Demmett Webb of Plymouth, an alumna from the class of 1965, was named Best Actress in a Comedy/Drama for her role as Violet Weston in the Milford Area Players’ production of August:Osage County. The play is a fraught, densely plotted saga of an Oklahoma clan in a state of near-apocalyptic meltdown in which Violet Weston is described as a pill-popping matriarch, who is scathingly acidic.”
Recently, Webb has performed in The House of Bernarda Alba, Driving Miss Daisy, Steel Magnolias, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Hamlet. She has also appeared in three Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) productions at Plymouth State University.
Webb reminisced that the first show she performed in at Plymouth State (then Plymouth Teachers College) was in 1961 when she appeared as Muriel McComber in Ah, Wilderness! under the direction of Roi White who she says enabled her to “have theatre as a truly fulfilling hobby.”
Additionally, Andrew Freitas, a senior theatre arts major from Acushnet, Mass., was a finalist in the supporting actor category for his role as “Mark” in Rent.