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Night of honors for Omaha Playhouse
By Bob Fischbach / World-Herald staff writer


The Omaha Community Playhouse has honored Susan Baer Collins and Brian Zealand with its Fonda McGuire Award for the outstanding performances of the 2012-13 Playhouse season. The Playhouse's award night was Monday.

Collins played addicted matriarch Violet Weston in the family-dysfunction dramedy “August: Osage County,” while Zealand was Ash, pursued by demons in “Evil Dead: The Musical.”

Awards for best leads in a play went to Moira Mangiameli, who played Violet's daughter Barbara in “August: Osage County,” and Ben Beck as Jules, a young scientist who takes cover in a bomb shelter in “boom.” Best musical leads are Charlotte Hedican, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” and Steve Krambeck, young lawyer Emmett in “Legally Blonde.”

Supporting-role awards for a play both went to “August: Osage County.” Laura Leininger was Violet's daughter, Karen, and Jim McKain was Barbara's husband, Bill. “The Wizard of Oz” claimed musical supporting-role awards for Sally Neuman Scamfer as the Wicked Witch and Noah Diaz as the Scarecrow.

Cameo awards went to Jodi Vaccaro as law student Vivienne in “Legally Blonde”; Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek as the narrator for “All-Night Strut”; Mika Caplan as Heidi in “Recommended Reading for Girls”; and Bill Hutson as the family patriarch in “August: Osage County.”

Winning awards for outstanding newcomers at the Playhouse were Olivia Sather as Barbara's daughter, Jean, in “August: Osage County” and Jared Dailey as gay boyfriend Carlos in “Legally Blonde.”

A longtime Playhouse Board of Trustees member, Jim Eisenhardt, earned a trustees award for distinguished service. President's awards went to Courtney Vacanti Birnstihl, president of the Act II support group; and Karen Casterline, longtime box office volunteer. The Mammel Foundation won an Owen Award for corporate, foundation and individual partners in development.

Honors also went to volunteers who work backstage and in the box office.

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