Kathy Wheeldon and Bill Hutson won Fonda-McGuire Awards for outstanding performances of the season at the Omaha Community Playhouse awards Monday night.
Wheeldon played Ann Landers in the season-opening one-woman show “The Lady With All the Answers.” Hutson was Morrie Schwartz, a man dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, in “Tuesdays With Morrie.”
Honors for best leads in a musical went to Kirstin Kluver and Seth Shirley, Miss Adelaide and Sky Masterson in “Guys & Dolls.” Named best in a musical supporting role were Jennifer Tritz and Eric Micks, who played Olive Ostrovsky and William Barfee in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
In comedy and drama, best-lead winners were Connie Lee, who was beauty parlor operator Truvy in “Steel Magnolias”; and Chris Shonka for playing Mitch Albom in “Tuesdays With Morrie.” Supporting honors went to Charleen Willoughby, Ouiser in “Steel Magnolias,” and Randy Vest, Arnold Burns in “A Thousand Clowns.”
Cameo honors in a play went to Jennifer McGill, Annelle in “Steel Magnolias”; and Rob Baker, Leo in “A Thousand Clowns.” For musicals, honored cameo players were Bailey Carlson, Rusty in “Footloose”; and Roderick Cotton, Mitch Mahoney in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
Theresa Fuchs and Paul Hanson won honors as the best performers making their debut playhouse appearances. They played Ariel and Ren in “Footloose.”
Other awards included the President’s Award for leadership (longtime supporter Dee Owen), Owen Award for corporate support (HDR), a trustee award to development director Alena Furlong and a special award to Steve Priesman for his 24 years of volunteer stage managing for “A Christmas Carol.”
Honors were also given for volunteers backstage (sound designer Tim Burkhart) and in the box office (Sandra Squires).
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