Kim Jubenville and Dennis Collins have won the Omaha Community Playhouse's Fonda McGuire Award for giving the outstanding performances of the 2011-12 Playhouse season. The awards were presented Monday night.
Jubenville played Becky, a wife swept into a double life by a flirtation in the hit comedy “Becky's New Car.” Collins was Norman Thayer, an elderly father who reconciles with his daughter in “On Golden Pond.”
Kirstin Kluver and Jim McKain won honors as best leads in a musical. Kluver was Roxie Hart in “Chicago,” while McKain was Edna Turnblad in “Hairspray.” Awards for musical supporting roles went to Kathy Tyree as Motormouth Maybelle and David Zenchuk Jr. as Link Larkin, both in “Hairspray.”
Cameo honors for musicals also went to “Hairspray”: Bailey Carlson as Penny Pingleton and Luther Simon as Seaweed Stubbs.
In comedy and drama, best lead actress and actor were Denise Chapman as shotgun-toting homesteader Sophie in “Flyin' West” and Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek as Max in “Lend Me a Tenor.” For supporting players, the honors went to Leanne Hill Carlson as Stella Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and Chad Cunningham as abusive husband Frank Charles in “Flyin' West.”
Laura Leininger and Carl Brooks won cameo honors in comedy and drama. Leininger was the tenor's jealous wife in “Lend Me a Tenor,” while Brooks was protective family friend Wil Parish in “Flyin' West.”
Acting awards for best newcomers to the Playhouse went to Eastin Yates as lead actress Tracy Turnblad in “Hairspray” and Matthew Pyle as widower Steve in “Becky's New Car.”
A special Charles Jones Director's Award, presented only sporadically, went to the five stars of the musical “Altar Boyz”: Roderick Cotton, Paul Hanson, Joseph O'Connor, Quinton Stewart and David Zenchuk Jr. The five coincidentally served as hosts of Monday's award night, playing their characters from the musical.
The Trustees Award went to Rich Juro for his service as a trustee, for serving as development chairman and for being a frequent show sponsor.
Lisa Hagstrom, who served as president of the ACT II fundraising guild for two years, received the President's Award.
An Edward Owen award for corporate, foundation and individual support went to TD Ameritrade.
Honors were also given to volunteers who work backstage and in the box office.
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