A tough 'Act' to follow
"Sister Act" won eight Oregon Theatrical Awards Society prizes and "To Kill a Mockingbird" proved its case for six plaques Saturday night when the Lakewood Theatre Company and the Lakewood Center for the Arts celebrated the end of their 65th season.
Nominees for the OTAS awards are reviewed by a panel of judges who attend all of the season's shows. Performers are judged on role conception, vocal/physical interplay and performance impact on the audience. Directors are judged on conception and interpretation of the play, use of performers as groups and overall impact.
All Lakewood Theatre Company members receive ballots. The awards are given each year to honor those involved in productions at the Lakewood Center.
The first awards, which were handed out in 1971, were framed photographs from the shows. Over the years, the award evolved into a free-standing plaque designed by Jim Conway.
Award winners for the 2017-18 season included:
Best Actor in a Musical: Chuck Ketter as The Emcee in "Cabaret";
Best Actress in a Musical: Kristin Robinson as Deloris Van Cartier in "Sister Act";
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical: Ron Daum as Herr Schultz in "Cabaret";
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical: Tracy Chiappone as Mother Superior in "Sister Act";
Best Actor in a Play: Tim Blough as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird";
Best Actress in a Play: Amanda Soden as Helen in "Parnassus on Wheels";
Best Supporting Actor in a Play: Tony Green as Bob Ewell in "To Kill a Mockingbird";
Best Supporting Actress in a Play (tie): Monica Fleetwood as Calpurnia and Mamie Colombero as Mayella Ewell in "To Kill a Mockingbird";
Best Choreography: Michael Snider and Terry Brock for "Sister Act";
Best Costume Design: Berl Dana'y for "Sister Act";
Best Set Design (tie): John Gerth for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Gerth again for "Parnassus On Wheels";
Best Light Design: Kurt Herman for "Sister Act";
Best Sound Design: Marcus Storey for "Sister Act";
Best Musical Direction: Cyndy Ramsey-Rier for "Sister Act";
Best Director of a Play: Brenda Hubbard for "To Kill a Mockingbird";
Best Director of a Musical: Ron Daum for "Cabaret";
Best Play: "To Kill a Mockingbird";
Best Musical: "Sister Act"; and
Betty Kingsbury Heritage Award: Jerry Koll, for exemplary service to the theater.
Past OTAS award winners Alan Shearman, who directed "El Grande de Coca-Cola" this season, and Lisa Knox, who portrayed Sister Mary Lazarus in "Sister Act," served as emcees for the evening.
— The Review