This year is not what any of us expected. Because of the Corona Virus, theater productions were halted in mid-March. Some shows were in the middle of their run and a lot of shows were not allowed to go on. People were asked to stay home in order to try to prevent the spread of the infection.
Not only were local productions cancelled, but the ACT/OCTAfest, OCTA Jr and the OCTA State Conference were all cancelled. So “virtual” has become the word of the day. Thanks to the ACT board, the awards were held online. Dan Maloney, Amanda Emmons Shumate, Fred Hunt, Dennis Murphy, Wayne Kirsch and Gary Rogers worked to make the event happen. (To any one else involved in making this happen, kudos to you as well). So, here is a wrap up of the presentations.
The evening was opened with remarks from President, Dan Maloney. Amanda Emmons Shumate, ACT 1st VP, also contributed opening remarks.
Wayne Kirsch presented the first awards of the evening. The Spirit of Community Theatre awards are presented in each region to a person or persons who have contributed to the promotion of community theatre both on the local as well as the state level. The winners this year were Valeria Amburgey and Joel Lind.
The Rising Star award is the newest award and it is given by the various member theatres to recognize individuals who have exemplified a new level of exceptional dedication and commitment to their theatre or the ACT community as a whole.
Those winners are:
- Acting Up – Kathy Maritato
- CenterStage Players- Trisha Cooper
- Cincinnati Music Theatre – Adrianna Boris
- Footlighters – Katie McCarthy
- INNOVAtheatre – Michael J. Schumacher
- Loveland Stage Company – David Vest
- Mariemont Players – Becky Collins
- Mason Community Players – Jess Braun
- Sunset Players – Ross Hazlett
- The Drama Workshop – Lindsey Pullam
Dan Maloney presented the President’s Award. This award is given annually by the President of ACT to a an Act board member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to the goal’s of the ACT during that particular year. This year’s recipient is Fred Hunt.
Dennis Murphy, the Awards Chair, presented the three big ACT awards. He introduced last year’s winners who have the honor of announcing the various winners. ACT member groups can nominate any person to receive an award based on the attributes attributed to their namesakes. Then a committee meets to select the various winners. This year’s winners are:
- Mario Pitocco Award-this award is presented annually to honor an individual who has shown continuous service and excellence in creative technical theatre-
Jason Cox-The Drama Workshop
- Roger Grooms Award-presented to honor an individual who has demonstrated dedication to raising the artistic quality of community theater production through active teaching and/or by demonstrating sustained excellence in the categories of directing, acting, choreography, musical or vocal direction-
Jerry Wiesenhahn-Beechmont Players
- Art Rouse Award-presented to an individual or couple who has shown exceptional commitments and dedication to community theatre-
Tom & Nancy Ann Storey-Mariemont Players
Fred Hunt, ACT 2nd VP, presented the Orchid Awards throughout the evening.There were 43 shows in this abbreviated season with 882 Nominations and 439 Orchids.
The following are the categories with the number of nominations and orchids in each category.
Category | # of Nominations | # of Orchids
- Sound Design | 28 | 8
- Sound Execution | 17 | 1
- Light Design | 32 | 18
- Light Execution | 20 | 5
- Set Design | 33 | 23
- Set Décor | 33 | 22
- Set Construction | 21 | 15
- Costume Design | 34 | 23
- Makeup | 7 | 1
- Hair/Wigs | 12 | 6
- Photography | 13 | 3
- Video Production Design | 2 | 0
- Video Execution | 1 | 0
- Other | 17 | 6
- PreShow | 4 | 1
- Original Program Art | 27 | 13
- Program | 25 | 9
- Special Effects | 5 | 2
- Lobby Display | 23 | 10
- House | 21 | 9
- Properties | 30 | 8
- Stage Management | 26 | 15
- Stage Combat | 4 | 2
- Dialect Coaching | 3 | 1
- Producing | 36 | 23
- Overall Technical Quality | 16 | 5
- Ensemble | 47 | 16
- Choreography | 10 | 7
- Dance Execution | 11 | 5
- Musical Direction | 13 | 10
- Vocal Direction | 9 | 3
- Orchestral Performance | 13 | 11
- Direction | 39 | 23
- Overall Performance Quality | 11 | 5
- Musical Theatre Performance | 104 | 55
- Acting in a Play | 135 | 75
Here is the breakdown by theatre group
Theatre | # of Shows | # of Nominations | # of Orchids
- Acting Up | 1 | 19 | 10
- Beechmont Players | 4 | 80 | 26
- Center Stage | 2 | 41 | 27
- Cincinnati Music Theatre | 1 | 34 | 18
- Fairfield Footlighters | 3 | 62 | 32
- Footlighters | 3 | 83 | 55
- INNOVAtheatre | 2 | 28 | 20
- Inspiring Arts Productions | 1 | 23 | 12
- Loveland Stage Company | 4 | 79 | 36
- Mariemont Players | 4 | 89 | 44
- Mason Community | 4 | 71 | 25
- Merit | 1 | 23 | 9
- Riverstage Community | 1 | 8 | 2
- Sunset Players | 2 | 44 | 34
- The Drama Workshop | 4 | 93 | 49
- Tri-County Players | 3 | 57 | 23
- The Village Players | 3 | 48 | 17
For information for winners from each theatre, you can visit this blog entry at Behind the Curtain Cincinnati.
Any errors, mistakes or omissions are not intentional.
Thanks to all of you for being a part of Greater Cincinnati theatre.
Please, everyone stay safe. Hope to see you all soon.
Linda Roll, editor