The Osy Strong Award

The Osy Strong Award is given annually to “any adult Player, past or present, whose service to the organization has been notable … of general benefit to the Players as a group …over and above the normal duties of membership.”

 

Who is Osy Strong?

osy2Dr. Osmond R. Strong’s first appearance on stage in a Players production was in DOUBLE DOOR in 1935 (he played Dr. John Sully). His last stage appearance was in MY FAIR LADY in 1964 as The Prince of Transylvania.

But when “Osy” wasn’t on stage during those 29 years, he worked in some back stage or staff capacity in jobs ranging from Producer, Stage Manager, Carpenter, and Grip, to House Manager, Set Painter and Props Chaser. And for another 8 years until his death in 1976, 0sy continued serving the Players as President, Secretary, Member of the Board of Directors, and as Chairperson for the Play Reading, Policy and Procedures, Membership and various other committees.

Among the more than forty productions in which he appeared on stage were: Grey Meredith in A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT, Senator Lauterback in STATE OF THE UNION, Charles Thorndyke Winton in WINNER TAKE ALL, Lewis Carroll and The King of Hearts in ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Dr. Gibbs in OUR TOWN, Horace Giddens in THE LITTLE FOXES, Seth Lord in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Capt. Brackett in SOUTH PACIFIC, The Heavenly Friend in CAROUSEL, and The Bishop of Lax in SEE HOW THEY RUN. He played romantic leads, doctors, lawyers, clergymen and military men; he was right at home in dramas, musicals, romances and farces.

For over forty years, Osy gave generously of his time, talent and expertise to the Community Players of Concord – and equally generously of his kindness, encouragement and friendship to his fellow members. How better to remember him and keep his name alive in this organization that he loved so much than to present annually to outstanding current members, The Osy Strong Award for achievement above and beyond the expectations of membership?

Past Osy Strong Award Recipients

2013-14
Colleen Schwarz
2012-13
Barbara Woodman
2011-12
Kendra West-Senor
2010-11
Jim Webber
2009-10
Esther Crowley
2008-09
Kathy Hodges
2007-08
Kevin Belval
2006-07
Betty Lent
2005-06
Bill Golding
2004-05
Karen Braz
2003-04
Lacy Long
2002-03
Wayland Bunnell
2001-02
Doris Ballard
2000-01
Bob Pearson
1999-00
Greg Stuart
1998-99
Craig and Mary Walker
1997-98
Douglas Schwarz
1996-97
Sharon Lajoie
1995-96
Lee Lajoie
1994-95
Fritz Sabbow
1993-94
Jean and John Conlon
1992-93
Joseph Dwelley
1991-92
Camie P. Morison
1990-91
Joan Guardino
1989-90
Irene F. Deschenes
1988-89
Wallace J. Pineault
1987-88
Kenneth and Edna Walker
1986-87
Allwynne E. Fine
1985-86
Virginia Dwelley
1984-85
Clara Lemm Brogan
1983-84
Carol Kyne
1982-83
William F. Tiffany
1981-82
Phyllis L. Stuart
1980-81
Francis X. Gardner
1979-80
Betty Abbott
1978-79
Winifred E. Lethbridge
1977-78
Harriet N. Strong
1976-77
Robert A. Stuart