Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) opened its doors on Aug. 12 to launch the fifth anniversary season of its Theatre Education Program with a Breakfast and Bonding Open House celebration in ECTC’s performing arts space, upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.

As part of the celebration, ECTC founders Anna and Nathanael Fisher personally presented the company’s annual ECTC Educational Program Awards. Recognition was given to young thespians who have participated in five, 10 and 15 ECTC productions. Other honors awarded were the ECTC Community Award and Most Dedicated Actor Awards.

In addition, Jake Maher, a sixth grader from Destin, was selected as the Grand Prize winner of a Trek bicycle.

“This annual awards ceremony is our turn to honor and thank the dedicated young people who pour their hearts and souls into each and every performance,” said ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “I am humbled and inspired by all that these kids accomplish each season and this is our way of letting them know just how much we admire and appreciate them.”