James Sala directed the fall production in 1961 at McCluer Junior High on Florissant Road.  This was the first season for Hawthorne awards,  and “Picnic” had winners in Arelene Yahnke as Best Supporting Actress, Manny Freedman as Best Supporting Actor, Tim Nadeau won for Best Set Design, Gary Johnson won for Set Construction, and Sally Eaton won for technical direction.