"Lend Me a Tenor,” the Omaha Community Playhouse's hit farce, topped the winners Sunday night at the Theatre Arts Guild's annual award night, snagging best comedy and six more awards.
The Playhouse's 1960s integration-themed musical “Hairspray” won six awards, including best musical.
The Blue Barn Theatre's psychological thriller “Bug” won best drama and sound design (Martin Magnuson), and the Blue Barn musical “Spring Awakening” earned four awards, including for director Susan Clement-Toberer, music director Mitch Fuller, youth actress (Kate Johnson, Wendla) and lighting design (Carol Wisner).
Carl Beck was named best comedy-drama director for “Tenor,” which also won best comedy-drama actor (Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek), featured actress (Laura Leininger), the ensemble award, and tied for supporting actor (Dennis Collins) and scenic design (Steve Wheeldon).
“Hairspray” won five acting honors: lead actor (Jim McKain), supporting actor (Luther Simon), supporting actress (Kathy Tyree), featured actor (Jerry Van Horn ) and featured actress (Judy Radcliff).
The Playhouse was the night's overall big winner in 22 of 30 categories. It had led the nominations with 73. The Blue Barn, with 37 nominations, snagged six awards.
Other Playhouse wins for musicals included lead actress (Jennifer Tritz, Luisa, “The Fantasticks”), costume design (Georgiann Regan, “The Fantasticks”), props design (Amy Reiner and Lynne Hazuka Ridge, “The Fantasticks”) and choreographer (Melanie Walters, “Altar Boyz”).
In comedy-drama, Playhouse winners included lead actress (Kim Jubenville, “Becky's New Car”), featured actor (Matthew Pyle, “Becky's New Car”), supporting actress (Leanne Hill Carlson, “A Streetcar Named Desire”), youth actor (Max Hauze, “On Golden Pond”), a tie for supporting actor (Mark Thornburg, “Becky's New Car”) and a tie for scenic design (Steven L. Williams, “A Streetcar Named Desire”).
New-script honors went to Aaron Zavitz for “Intelligentsia” at the Shelterbelt Theatre, while SNAP Productions won best one-act for “Milk Milk Lemonade.” “End Days,” part of the Playhouse's 21 & Over staged reading series, won special event.
The Theatre Arts Guild board gave a lifetime achievement award to backstage volunteer JoAnn Goodhew. Special recognition went to Jim Martin, Joe Basque and Tom Bertino for TAG website work. The board honored Dave Weisser (Omaha South High) for the theater educator award, Geran Ramet for youth technical theater and Al Marcault for backstage work.
The awards, voted by TAG's members, cover shows that opened from late June 2011 to mid-June 2012.
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A complete list of honorees at the Theatre Arts Guild annual award night Sunday:
Musical: “Hairspray,” Omaha Community Playhouse
Drama: “Bug,” Blue Barn Theatre
Comedy: “Lend Me a Tenor,” Omaha Community Playhouse
One-act play: “Milk Milk Lemonade,” SNAP Productions
Special event: “End Days,” 21 & Over staged reading, Omaha Community Playhouse
Director, comedy or drama: Carl Beck, “Lend Me a Tenor,” Playhouse
Director, musical: Susan Clement Toberer, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn
Music director, musical: Mitch Fuller, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn
Choreographer: Melanie Walter, “Altar Boyz,” Playhouse
Lead actor: Jim McKain, Edna Turnblad, “Hairspray,” Playhouse
Lead actress: Jennifer Tritz, Luisa, “The Fantasticks,” Playhouse
Supporting actor: Luther Simon, Seaweed, “Hairspray,” Playhouse
Supporting actress: Kathy Tyree, Motormouth Maybelle, “Hairspray,” Playhouse
Featured actor: Jerry Van Horn, Wilbur Turnblad, “Hairspray,” Playhouse
Featured actress: Judy Radcliff, various roles, “Hairspray”
ACTING, COMEDY OR DRAMA
Lead actress: Kim Jubenville, Becky, “Becky's New Car,” Playhouse
Lead actor: Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek, Max, “Lend Me a Tenor,” Playhouse
Supporting actress: Leanne Hill Carlson, Stella, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Playhouse
Supporting actor: Tie: Dennis Collins, Saunders, “Lend Me a Tenor,” Playhouse; and Mark Thornburg, Joe, “Becky's New Car,” Playhouse
Featured actress: Laura Leininger, Maria, “Lend Me a Tenor,” Playhouse
Featured actor: Matthew Pyle, Steve, “Becky's New Car,” Playhouse
ACTING, ALL SHOWS
Ensemble: Curtain call, “Lend Me a Tenor,” Playhouse
Youth actor: Max Hauze, Billy, “On Golden Pond,” Playhouse
Youth actress: Kate Johnson, Wendla, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn
Scenic design: Tie, Steve Wheeldon, “Lend Me a Tenor,” Playhouse; and Steven L. Williams, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Playhouse
Lighting design: Carol Wisner, “Spring Awakening,” Blue Barn
Costume design: Georgiann Regan, “The Fantasticks,” Playhouse
Props design: Amy Reiner and Lynne Hazuka Ridge, “The Fantasticks,” Playhouse
Sound design: Martin Magnuson, “Bug,” Blue Barn
New script: Aaron Zavitz, “Intelligentsia,” Shelterbelt Theatre
Lifetime achievement: JoAnn Goodhew
Board recognition: Joe Basque, Tom Bertino Sr., Jim Martin
Theatre educator: David Weisser, Omaha South High
Backstage: Al Marcault
Youth technician: Geran Ramet
Scholarships: Natalie Kammerer, Gretna; Bailey Newman, Omaha Central; Brian Williams, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln; Emily Zapotocny, Omaha South