Vicki Crawford called it a "very special" moment and it certainly was that.
The Blue Mountain College teacher and long-standing West Otago Theatrical Society member was awarded a Musical Theatre New Zealand merit award in Dunedin last weekend.
The award touched Mrs Crawford, who has a long history in theatre and music across West Otago and Gore, and who got bitten by the performance bug way back in Mosgiel when she started singing when she was just 5 years old.
"They are very special awards and I am thrilled to have had it bestowed on me," Mrs Crawford said.
Mrs Crawford has been an integral part of West Otago Theatrical Society since 1993 where she has taken on various roles in many productions.
Off stage, she has also been heavily involved as a musical director, a committee member since 1998 and she has also served terms as president and vice-president.
She was involved with the Gore Operatic Society for a number of years.
Now she is playing her part bringing the next generation of performers through as a teacher.
Mrs Crawford is also the head of arts at Blue Mountain College in Tapanui.
- Clutha Leader