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‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Katrina’ earn PPAC awards

The Pikes Peak Arts Council honored the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company’s production of  Into the Woods and the FAC MODERN exhibition, Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis, on Sunday night at the Fine Arts Center’s Theatre, during its 7th Annual Awards for Excellence in the Arts ceremony.

Into the Woods earned two awards, including Sally Hybl for “Best Actress” for her portrayal of Cinderella and director Alan Osburn for “Traditional Production.” The FAC’s Roy Ballard also won for “Behind the Scenes: Set Design” for his work on 1940’s Radio Hour and The Last Night of Ballyhoo.

“For someone who was raised on the FAC stage, to be recognized by the arts community in such a meaningful way is an incredible honor,” said Sally. “Truly, being a part of Into the Woods was an honor in itself, and the award is really a testimony to all of those involved in this amazing production.”

The 2007-2008 FAC Theatre Season opens on Oct. 12 with a production of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis earned an award in the Visual Arts category of “Out of Town.” The exhibition was the first in the nation dedicated to the works of internationally respected artists responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, debuting at the FAC MODERN in March.

The current exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray, closes on Sept. 30 and is followed by Faces in the Crowd: Portraiture from the FAC Permanent Collection on Oct. 12.