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Theater’s best noted

By LYNNE TURNER FITZGERALD - For The Outpost

“And, the Hammie Award goes to ...”

The Hammie. Sounds a little pejorative for a theater award, but it’s not.  The Hammie is coveted among local actors, directors, set designers, costumers and others involved in staging productions at Billings Studio Theatre.

It’s a People’s Choice award, voted on by audience members who have seen all eight main stage shows in the annual season.

Then, there are the awards that are determined by a secret panel of judges who also attend every show. So secret, says BST Executive Director A.J. Kalanick, that the judges are unknown to each other.

After voting, the ballots are delivered to Nancy Wollenburg, the theater’s office manager.

Ms. Wollenburg is tasked with tabulating the ballots and  sending the winners’ names off to the folks making the plaques and trophies.

It culminates with the annual Awards Ceremony, held this year on June 27. Mr. Kalanick notes that this year’s ceremony was one of the largest, with more than 170 people attending.

So, without further ado, the winners are:

BEST DEBUT: Jubal Rife in “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”

DARK HORSE BEST NON-HUMAN: Mija Fox

BEST ENSEMBLE: The Plaids

BEST CAMEO, MALE: Shoots Veis in “On Golden Pond”

BEST CAMEO, FEMALE: Dee Cates in “A Christmas Carol”

BEST RISING STAR: Keatin Hertz in “A Christmas Carol”

BEST SET DESIGN: Mark Heisenga in “Is He Dead?”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Joyce Evanson for “Forever Plaid”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER: Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld for “Forever Plaid”

BEST CHARACTER ACTOR IN A PLAY: Roland Bach in “Is He Dead?”

BEST CHARACTER ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Kevin Cates in “A Christmas Carol”

BEST CHARACTER ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Renee Sobering in “Legally Blonde”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY: Ryan Smith in “On Golden Pond”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Stephanie Byars in “On Golden Pond”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Zak Kreiter in “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Wendy Carlin in “Legally Blonde”

ED HARRIS EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL DIRECTION – Tie: Darin Niebuhr for “Forever Plaid” and Joe Sullivan for “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY: Kenneth Crouch in “On Golden Pond”

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Rita Heizer in “On Golden Pond”

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – Tie: Dan Jurovich and Bret Weston in “Forever Plaid”

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Megan McClave Dukart in “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”

BEST DIRECTOR FOR A PLAY: Byrl Skovgaard for “On Golden Pond”

BEST DIRECTOR FOR A MUSICAL: Jayme C. Green for “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”

BEST PLAY: “On Golden Pond”

BEST MUSICAL – Tie: “Forever Plaid” and “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”

JANE McINTYRE VOLUNTEER AWARD: Kevin and Dee Cates

BRUCE K. MEYERS AWARD: Jayme C. Green

FREDRICK J. URBASKA “SPIRIT OF BST AWARD”: Jana Stockdale

And the “Hammies” were awarded to:

FAVORITE ACTOR: Jayme C. Green

FAVORITE ACTRESS – Tie: Rita Heizer and Sondra Baker

FAVORITE SHOW: “The 39 Steps”

Billings Studio Theatre’s 2013-14 season begins Sept. 6 with “Les Miserables,” directed by Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld.

 

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