Resident honored with Hollywood actors at festival


Muskogee resident Connie Wetz will receive the the Community Film Education Initiative Citizen Arts Award on Sunday, April 26 during the closing ceremonies of the 10th annual BareBones Independent Film and Music Festival in Muskogee.
Wetz, executive director of the Muskogee Little Theatre, has steered the organization to local and regional recognition, winning the prestigious Octavision Award from the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association and the 2008 Theatre of the Year Award.
Wetz will share the stage with actors Jerry Maren and Randal Malone. Maren, best remembered as the Lollipop Munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz” is a veteran of 99 film and television appearances and will be a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Malone, a veteran of some 50 Hollywood films also made numerous guest appearances on television, will also be recognized for his contributions to the performing arts.

The awards ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. at the Roxy Theatre, 220 W. Okmulgee Ave. The event will proceed with a Red Carpet Walk at 6:30 p.m. The awards ceremony is open to the public. General admission is $5. For more information, call (918) 616-1335.

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