Mitchell Area Community Theatre celebrated its 26th year of entertaining audiences Thursday during the awards ceremony held at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts in Mitchell.

This year's season of productions in the running for awards included "Beauty and the Beast;" "The Mousetrap;" "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus;" "Barefoot in the Park;" "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

Award winners included:

• Best Scenic Design, props and set: Devin Carey and Aaryona Nedved-The Mousetrap

• Best Light Design: (tie) Devin Carey-Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus; and The 25th Annual Putnam County spelling bee.

• Best Sound Production: Andy Menning-The Mousetrap.

• Outstanding youth actor: (tie) Elissa Delehant and Kayleigh Royston-Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

• Best Female Vocals: Aaryona Nedved-Beauty and the Beast

• Best Costumes: (tie) Ruth Sejnoha-Beauty and the Beast and Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus; Vicky Hanson-Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

• Best Choreography: Devin Bassart --The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

• Best male vocals: (tie) Kevin Carroll-Beauty and the Beast; Devin Bassart-The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

• Best Actress in a Drama/Comedy: Kate Ahlers-Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

• Best Supporting Actress in a Drama/Comedy: Laretta McPeek-Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

• Best Actress in Musical: Aaryona Nedved-Beauty and the Beast

• Best Supporting Actress in a musical: (tie) Ashley Reck-Beauty and The Beast; Ashley Evelyn Schroeder-The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

• Best Actor in Drama/Comedy: Eric Van Meter-The Mousetrap

• Best Supporting Actor in drama/comedy: (tie) Benton Schmidt-The Mousetrap; Devin Carey-Barefoot in the Park.

• Best Actor in a musical: Kevin Carroll-Beauty and the Beast.

• Best Supporting Actor in a musical: (tie) Gary Thury-Beauty and the Beast; Devin Bassart-The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

• People's choice: Beauty and the Beast.

• Special awards: Lavern Hedblom.

• Volunteer extraordinaire: Lavern Hedblom.

• Best director: Cat Erickson.