PHOTO: Davis High’s drama students line up on stage for the annual Tony Fields Tribute.
By Joey Voss,
The Davis High School Theatre Department put on the annual Tony Fields Tribute Thursday night in the Brunelle Theatre.
Tony Fields, a 1977 alumnus of Davis High, went onto a successful career in theater, acting and music.
Fields started his career as a dancer with Debbie Reynolds and then transitioned from dancing to acting when he starred in “Trick Or Treat” with Ozzy Osborne.
During his career in Hollywood, Fields was diagnosed with lung cancer and moved back to Davis in 1994, getting help from his relative Patti Miller. In Davis, he directed Dinner Theater at Davis High with the drama program.
“Tony had a hilarious sense of humor,” Miller said. “He was so funny, I always had a great time with him.”
“He was bigger than life,” Field’s niece Andrea Roberts said. “Very loud, very much in the spotlight.”
While battling cancer, Fields still showed bright energy and commitment to the Davis High drama program.
“He was really sick at this time, but he didn’t give up,” Miller said. “For him, it was all about the kids and not about him.”
Fields passed away on Feb. 27, 1995, but his legacy still lives on. The Tony Award, as well as a 500 dollar scholarship, is given every year in his honor. “It represents honor, integrity and truth in acting,” Miller said. “He believed in honesty and integrity while on stage.”
“It was very emotional,” junior Angel Organez said. “[It] really shows how much Tony Fields meant to the people here.”
“I have been coming to the tributes for a long time,” Tony’s great niece and senior Jazmin Roberts said. “Obviously he had a big impact if he is still being recognized, in a way I know him after all of these tributes.”
This year’s Tony Award was given last Saturday (April 27) in the Brunelle Theater at 7 p.m.