Act4Murder founder Paula Hilton and Act4Murder Ninja Chris Manson hosted the 10th Annual Act4Murder Accolades Saturday, February 4, at “Beachfront Beauty" on Pensacola Beach. The party was attended by the actors and their guests, along with Ms. Hilton's parents, Paulina and Jim Hilton, sister Dr. Julie McNabb, and niece Krista McNabb. Ms. Hilton wore a floor-length metallic-mesh embroidered A-line ballgown by Jessica Howard, and Mr. Manson greeted guests in a black tuxedo with silver bow-tie. Keeping with the theme, “Stick with Act4Murder,” guests were treated to a variety of food “on sticks,” including Chinese Pork Meatballs, Deep-Fried Ravioli, Crispy Orange Beef, Mojo Pork Kebobs, Ground Shrimp, Chicken Satay, Sweet Potato Round, Crab Cake Bites and Wedge Salad. For dessert, a Chocolate Fountain with Marshmallows and Strawberries (on sticks) complimented the delicous selection of cookies from Sundy Schwartz Keichel of Keichel Cookies.
The awards are voted on by Act4Murder's cast and crew. Winners included: Best Show, Pirates, Lies, and Mail-Order Brides; Best Couple (tie) Jessika Kelsh and Mark Clutter, and Kay Yarbrough and Ron Altman; Best Villainess, Mary Ann Troiano; Best Villain, Ken Olson; Best Killer (Actress), Kay Yarbrough; Best Killer (Actor), Joe Chase; Best Sleuth (Actress), Kay Yarbrough; Best Sleuth (Actor), Chris Manson; Best Supporting Actress, Cynthia Bergquist; Best Supporting Actor, Joe Chase; Best Actress, Kay Yarbrough; Best Actor, Joe Chase and Chris Manson (tie). Miss Congeniality was awarded to Jessika Kelsh, and Mr. Congeniality to Ron Altman, for their rehearsal and performance night demeanor. Best "Prop and Costume" work was awarded to Mr. and Mrs. Hilton, Best Supporter to Dr. McNabb, and Best Choreographer to Rochelle Kimball.
In addition to two 15-minute videos created by Ms. Hilton featuring last year’s Accolades and performance highlights of 2016, actors were also recognized for their community service in 2016, including volunteering for several Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation events, volunteer performances for winners of the Pensacola Little Theater and Destin Charity Wine Auctions, volunteer performances for the Arc of the Emerald Coast, and performing during a presentation at the Walton County Coastal Library for their Winter series.
The evening ended with dancing to some of the top pop and country hits of 2016, with a couple of old school Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton songs slipped in for Mr. and Mrs. Hilton.
Act4Murder was founded in 2003. In 2016 they performed for over 2000 guests at public, private and fundraising events. They are entering their 15th performance year and plan to “stick around” for some time. For more information about Act4Murder, call (850) 862-2885 or visit www.act4murder.com.
From left - Best Choreographer Rochelle Kimball, Founder Paula Hilton, Best Couple and Miss Congeniality Jessika Kelsh, Best Costume and Prop Master Paulina Hilton, Best Supporters Krista McNabb and Dr. Julie McNabb. Photo by Bailey Eubanks