Garris & Kerner-Arnett Accept Lester Brauser Award

Oct 15, 2016

In celebration of Bradford Little Theatre’s 20th anniversary season, the group decided to do something they have never done before — award the Brauser Award to two individual recipients at the same time. Diane Kerner Arnett and Nanci K. Garris received Bradford Little Theatre’s Brauser Award on October 14th, 2016 at the opening night of their show “Over the River and Through the Woods.”

The Lester Brauser Theatre Appreciation Award, established in 2001, is presented to an individual or individuals whose work makes community theatre possible in the Bradford area. The award is named after theatre enthusiast the late Lester Brauser.

Both Diane’s and Nanci’s contributions to Bradford Little Theatre and performing arts throughout the community are impossible to enumerate.

Diane began participating in theatre in third grade and fell in love with it. She was a charter board member for the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) and served for nearly 10 years. She was a co-writer for Kiwanis Kapers for several years. During her time with BLT she has been involved in every aspect of theatrical production serving in roles both on and off the stage. She was a BLT board member for 11 years and served as board president for two of those years.

Nanci attempted to act in high school, auditioning for every single role she could, but never being cast in a part. After her three children entered college, she auditioned for Kiwanis Kapers and so began her community theatre involvement. She served on the Bradford Little Theatre board of directors for 11 years, four of which she was board president. Both Nanci and Diane have been involved in more that 30 productions for BLT, including both the original and this revival of “Over the River and Through the Woods.”