David Eller wasn’t at Abbeville Opera House Players Board of Governors 56th Awards Night on Saturday, but the veteran actor of more than 150 shows wasn’t forgotten, nor will he ever be.
Eller died April 13 at MUSC in Charleston, one day after the final production of “The Rainmaker” ended the venue’s 2013-14 winter season. The Board of Governors announced the establishment of the David Eller Award during awards night on the stage at the Opera House.

Eller was the first recipient of the award that recognizes someone’s service behind the scenes and on stage during a number of years. Eller was remembered during a video put together by Shawn Knox, who is Abbeville Opera House photographer. 
He also was named Best Supporting Actor in a Musical in the role of Clyde in “Pump Boys and Dinettes.”
“We’re going to miss him so much,” said Abbeville Opera House executive director Michael Genevie. “He contributed so much. Audience members know his contributions in all of the roles he performed here at the Opera House. So many people don’t know the work he did as treasurer on our Board of Governors. He was at every strike and every building of every set.