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The Bent Nail


“The Nail” has become a TGRC institution. Historically, many actors considered a bent nail from the stage a good luck piece.  In 1999, Peter Pan was the last TGRC production to use nails in set construction.  Two bent nails, found on the stage, were joined together, symbolizing the team spirit of community theatre, and thus began our own tradition.  Just prior to opening night for each production, the director selects a cast or staff member who he/she believes embodies the spirit of the show.  It may be their work ethic, their attitude, or some other special contribution that prompts their selection to wear the charm during each performance. It is then returned to the director at the end of the run, to be passed along to the next production.  The Nail brings both luck and a through-line from show to show, and season to season.  Receiving the nail is a very special honor within TGRC, and the announcement of the recipient is eagerly anticipated by every member of the production.

NAIL RECIPIENTS

SEASON

SHOW

DIRECTOR

NAIL RECIPIENT


1998/1999

Peter Pan

Rose Cutuli Wray

Evelyn Cummo


The Crucible

Dave Wright

Joseph Self


Bye Bye Birdie

Gene Saunders

Brooke Wiley


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Eddie Daniel



1999/2000

King and I

Rose Cutuli Wray

Raymond Blackwell


Diary of Anne Frank

Matt Wells

Ken Schneidmiller


Oklahoma

Rodney Luck

Betsy Pugh


2000/2001

Oliver

Pauline Cobrda

Trish Allen


Miracle Worker

Tim Weist

Barb Young


The Music Man

Jamie Lawson

Perry Medlin


2001/2002

Annie

Rose Cutuli Wray

Ashley Clymer


You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Tim Weist

B.G. Ritts


Glass Menagerie

John Collier

Nail placed on set


Brigadoon

Jamie Lawson

Jon Young


2002/2003

Dracula

Jamie Lawson



Fiddler on the Roof

Rose Cutuli Wray

Bill Clark


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Rodney Luck

Stephen Hale


2003/2004

Dracula

Jamie Lawson



Sound of Music

John Collier

Carmy Price


Big River

Fred Motley

Mike Morrison


2004/2005

Grease

Rose Cutuli Wray

Winston Sims


It's a Wonderful Life

Jonathan Young

Mike Morrison


Cinderella

Stephen Hale

Mike Morrison


2005/2006

A Christmas Carol

Andrew Barker

Mike Perry


West Side Story

Jamie Lawson

Jeff Mericle


Smoke on the Mountain

Stephen Hale

Amy Hewitt


2006/2007

Our Town

Andrew Barker

Ken Schneidmiller


Seussical

Stephen Hale

Carey Anna Blackburn


Wizard of Oz

Stephen Hale

Benny Goodman


2007/2008

Sanders Family Christmas

Stephen Hale

Marcy Pyrtle


Steel Magnolias

Jon Young

Jessica Gray


Children of Eden

Pete Barr

Melissa Mericle


2008/2009

We The People

Rose Cutuli Wray

Dave Morris


Oliver Twist

Jon Young

Tish Owens


Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Jay Smith

Roxanne Hummel


2009/2010

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Jeff & Melissa Mericle

Logan Brown


Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming

Jon Young

Anne Lewis

  The King and I    Rose Cutuli Wray  Trent Pcenicni

2010/2011

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Jeff and Melissa Mericle

Blaze Crouch

  Gypsy  Jay Smith  Melissa Mericle 
  All Shook Up  Pete Barr  Rose Cutuli Wray 

2011/2012  Dearly Departed  Tony Hummel  Tim Wray 
  Little Women  Jon Young  Rose Cutuli Wray 
  Willy Wonka Pete Barr  Justin Marcellus 

2012/2013

Dracula

Tim Wray

Pete Barr

  Seussical  Juan Fernandez   Sophie Wood 


Tom Sawyer

Jon Young

Jax Barham


Annie

Rose Cutuli Wray

 
Katie Clark

 2013/2014 The Dixie Swim Club  Tim Wray Barb Young, Jane McLelland, Tish Ownes, Penny Wasmund, Tanya Willis
  Welcome to Mitford  Jon Young    Tim Wray
  Peter Pan   Rose Cutuli Wray 

Maria Reginaldi 


 2014 / 2015 The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe   Melissa Mericle  Cynthia Zielny  
  It's A Wonderful Life
Tim Wiest
Dale Smith 
   On Golden Pond
Jeff Mericle
 Jon and Barb Young
   Shrek  Justin Bulla
 Kristi Post and Angela Daulton

 2015/2016  The Homecoming Jon Young Maddie Barham
   Odd Couple, Female  George T. Murphy, Jr.  Kristin Cardwell and Claire Murphy
   The Addams Family, Musical  Justin Bulla  MaKia Aikens

 2016/2017 We the People, the Musical  George T. Murphy, Jr.  B.T. Simpson
   Southern Hospitality  Jeff Mericle  Tanya Willis
   The Wizard of Oz  Justin Bulla Christopher Wood & Lucy Tanner 
   


 



CHILDRENS/YOUTH & STORYBOOK THEATRE


SEASON

SHOW

DIRECTOR

NAIL RECIPIENT


2000/2001

Wizard of Oz

Laura Collins

Charles Crumpton


2001/2002

Babes in Toyland

Laura Collins



Cinderella

Laura Collins



2002/2003

Tom Sawyer

Laura Collins



School House Rock

Laura Collins



2003/2004

Secret Garden

Laura Collins



Studio 10-B

Laura Collins



2004/2005

Music Man Jr.

Laura Collins



Give My Regards to Broadway

Laura Collins

Brice Collins


2005/2006

The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast

Rose Cutuli Wray

Megan Mericle


The Jack Tales

Debra Davies



A Little Princess

Susan Simmons

Jessica Wray


2006/2007

Pocahontas

Rose Cutuli Wray

David Wood


Pied Piper

Debra Davies

Jasper Thomas, III


2007/2008

Ghost Chasers

Tony Hummel

Megan Mericle


Rumpelstiltskin

Debra Davies



Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp

Jon Young

Emily Sizemore


2008/2009

Monster in the Closet

Tony Hummel

Derek Hariston


101 Dalmations Kids

Jessica Reed

Rose Cutuli Wray


2009/2010

Disney's Mulan Jr.

Jay Smith

Danae Tucker


Robin Hood

Tony Hummel

Marissa Burchett


2010/2011

Big Bad Musical

Kati Frazier

Megan Watkins


Charlotte's Web

Rachael Downey

The Willis Family


2011/2012

Ramona Quimby

Melissa Mericle

Aaron Boles


2013/2014

Disney's Little Mermaid Jr.

Perry Morgan

Gabriel Patterson


2015/2016

Winnie the Pooh

Melissa Mericle

 Braeden and Colton Seacat


2016/2017  

The Lion King, Jr.

Melissa Mericle

Gabriel Patterson

 

Silver's Secret

Maddie Barham

Amon Griffin


2017/2018

Madagascar, Jr.

Rose Cutuli Wray

Amon Griffin