Henderson wins MAT Award
by Marie Nesmith
Aug 21, 2012 | 1574 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kip Henderson won a Metropolitan Atlanta Award for his portrayal of Raul in “Extremities.”
Kip Henderson won a Metropolitan Atlanta Award for his portrayal of Raul in “Extremities.” SPECIAL
On Sunday, Kip Henderson captured The Pumphouse Players’ first Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Award. A member of the PHP for more than 20 years, the Cartersville resident won the leading actor award in a play category for his portrayal of Raul in “Extremities.”

“We are incredibly proud of the job that Kip did,” said PHP President Mike Harris. “He has been involved with the PHP for many, many years in a lot of different capacities but he is probably best known for his talent as an actor.

“Acting is about telling the truth, of course. The audience has to believe the character and the character that Kip portrayed in ‘Extremities’ is quite frankly a rapist. And as horrific as the story is, Kip found the truth in it, so much so that the story arch involved some of the other characters in the play starting to sympathize with him. As unbelievable as that sounds, Kip made it believable,” he said, adding the next production that the PHP will submit to MAT for its judging consideration is ‘Wit,’ which opens Sept. 21.

Presented at The Roswell Cultural Arts Center in Roswell, MAT Awards recognize plays and individual performances in community and non-union professional theater.

According to www.matawards.com, “The Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards, founded by Russ Ivey, originated in October of 2004 with the intention of recognizing those hardworking individuals that put their time and effort into community and non-union professional theater. There are many aspiring actors that would like to be given recognition for their skills and dedication to the performing arts. Many of those are of the desire to build their resume so that they will be given more audition opportunities.

“Secondly, many theaters have a hard time marketing themselves so they can draw not only an audience, but a lot of the talent to their shows. This is where the MAT Awards come in. The ‘MAT’ is one of [31] different categories that are presented on an annual basis. Each year, an award ceremony is held to present those awards to the individuals/theaters that have put the time and effort into making their productions great.”

Also representing Cartersville at the MAT Awards was StageWorks Inc.. For its production of “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming,” Will Brooks was nominated in the major supporting actor, musical category for his portrayal of pastor Mervin Oglethorpe, and Karen Ruetz was recognized in the major supporting actress, musical category for her take on Oglethorpe’s wife, June Sanders.