The Sioux City Journal recently released their list of the Best Shows of 2010-11. On a list that included Elton John for the �Best Large Scale Concert� and Bill Cosby as �Best Touring Comedian� two awards went to Vermillion talent.
Vermillion singer/actress, Erin Conlon was recognized as �Best Supporting Actress� for her work in �The Great American Trailer Park Musical� presented by Sioux City Community Theatre. Her citation read: �With a resume that includes numerous theater productions, Conlon presented trailer trash character "Betty" better than any woman on Jerry Springer. With a beautiful singing voice that resonated throughout the theater, we hope this Vermillion resident shares her talents with other Siouxland audiences.�
Conlon is the tour manager for the Children�s Theatre Company of South Dakota and a long time employee at the Nook �n Cranny. She has been seen on Vermillion stages since childhood, most recently as Aunt Eller in the 2010 Vermillion Community Theatre production of �Oklahoma!� She can be seen next on stage as Mrs. Higgins in the VCT July production of �My Fair Lady� and is also co-directing �Charlie and the Chocolate Factory� to be presented in August.
The University of South Dakota theatre department received credit as the �Best Local Production� for its presentation of Shakespeare�s �Twelfth Night.� The citation read: �With a set designed by Tim Case that resembled a pop-up story book, Director Chaya Gordon-Bland brought together all the elements necessary for a top-notch production. Students articulated the prose of Shakespeare so even Midwesterners could follow the complicated plot that follows the follies of human beings.�