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Wayside Theater presents LEO Awards

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(From press release) MIDDLETOWN - The Wayside Foundation for the Arts has presented LEO Awards to Herbert W. White, Barbara Swink and John Norton Jr.

Foundation president Stephen Brown and artistic director Warner Crocker presented this year's awards, which were established in 2001 to honor those who have a passion for the theatre and its programs. Each winner receives a medalion cast in pewter with a cut-out of the theatre and a framed plaque.

Herbert White was Wayside Theatre's first producer in 1962. Under his direction in 1968, the Curtain Call was extensively renovated to give it an English Tavern atmosphere. He served on the board of directors after the Wayside Foundation for the Arts was formed in 1966.

Barbara Swink of Winchester has supported the arts in the community for many years. She was hired as an associate director for Wayside Theatre in 1971 by Jerry Slavet. She managed media coverage, scheduled talks to civic groups, and coffees across the region to sell subscriptions. She also ran an in-school program. She became managing director under James Kirkland in 1978. She retired in 1979.

John Norton of Berryville, the vice president of marketing at First Bank, has served on the Wayside Foundation for the Arts Board from 2000 through 2006. He was board president in 2005 and 2006. He has been an avid supporter of the Young Playwrights Festival and has helped promote and supported the capital campaign. He has been instrumental in bringing many donations to the theater.

Wayside Theatre is the second oldest professional theatre in Virginia and is celebrating its 47th season. For information about the theatre and for tickets, call the box office at (540) 869-1776 and visit the Web site: www.waysidetheatre.org.

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