Every year Topeka Civic Theatre hosts a Volunteer Appreciation Night, popularly known as The Rennas, after the Renna Hunter awards that are presented to actors in several categories. It is a great honor just to be nominated for a Renna, and an even greater honor to win one. (In the more than 30 plays I have appeared in I have only been nominated three times.) My first Renna Nomination was in 1996 when I was nominated for best performance by a male in a supporting role for playing Warnie in Shadowlands. That same year my daughter-in-law Tawny was nominated for best performance by a female in a supporting role for her role in I Hate Hamlet.
They announced best performance by a male in a supporting role, and it went to Cliff Alfrey, one of the best actors I have ever known. I was a bit disappointed by not surprised. Cliff deserved the award.
Next, best performance by a female in a supporting role was announced, “And the winner is: Tawny Stottlemire!”
Tawny went to the podium and made a gracious and quite proper acceptance speech, until she concluded with, “At times like this, I’m always reminded of something my old grandma used to say, and well, this is for you Marv: Nyah Nyah Nyah Nyah Nyah Nyah!”
Gotta love that girl.