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Update to the 2015-2016 Orchid Awards

ACT_vTo all Association of Community Theaters of Greater Cincinnati member groups, and all of the actors and technical craftsmen who worked on those productions this past season,

At the first ACT Cincinnati Long-Range Judging Committee meeting after the ACT Banquet this year, the LRJC decided that the results for Mariemont Players, Inc production of Noel Coward’s HAY FEVER could not possibly have been correct. As a result, the LRJC went through the raw Orchid nomination data, and determined that HAY FEVER should have received 11 awards.

Obviously, the LRJC was both incredibly embarrassed by this, and was also concerned that there were other awards that may have been missed. Two of the committee members conducted full, independent reviews of the Orchid nomination data, and have identified the following additional Orchid awards for the 2015-2016 Season:

  • Excellence in Musical Direction, Jeanne Bilyeu; Acting Up, GUYS AND DOLLS
  • Excellence in Program, Jen Mielbrecht; Beechmont Players, Inc, THE SMELL OF THE KILL
  • Excellence for Acting in a Play, Abby Bielski, Centerstage Players, ALICE IN WONDERLAND
  • Excellence in Overall Performance Quality, Skip Fenker and Cast; Cincinnati Music Theatre, BIG FISH
  • Excellence in Overall Technical Quality, Kathy Beiting and Catherine Fields Shultz and Crew; Cincinnati Music Theatre, BIG FISH
  • Excellence in Properties, Lizanne Ingram; Cincinnati Music Theatre, BIG FISH
  • Excellence in Ensemble, Skip Fenker and Cast; Cincinnati Music Theatre, BIG FISH
  • Excellence in Acting, Barbara Karol; Mariemont Players, Inc, HAY FEVER
  • Excellence in Acting, Bryce Willson; Mariemont Players, Inc, HAY FEVER
  • Excellence in Acting, Elizabeth Beatty; Mariemont Players, Inc, HAY FEVER
  • Excellence in Acting, Jeanette Tacon; Mariemont Players, Inc, HAY FEVER
  • Excellence in Acting, Lon Nease; Mariemont Players, Inc, HAY FEVER
  • Excellence in Ensemble, jef brown and Cast; Mariemont Players, Inc, HAY FEVER
  • Excellence in Dialect Coach, Ann Nixon; Mariemont Players, Inc, HAY FEVER
  • Excellence in Producing, Wayne Kirsch and Amy Stier; Mariemont Players, Inc, HAY FEVER
  • Excellence in Program, Amy Sullivan; Mariemont Players, Inc, HAY FEVER
  • Excellence in Properties, Pam Kaesemeyer; Mariemont Players, Inc, HAY FEVER
  • Excellence in Set Construction, Bill Pauly and Crew; Mariemont Players, Inc, HAY FEVER
  • Excellence in Acting, Amy Stier; Mariemont Players, Inc, RADIUM GIRLS
  • Excellence in Acting, jef brown; Mariemont Players, Inc, RADIUM GIRLS
  • Excellence in Acting, John Langley; Mariemont Players, Inc, RADIUM GIRLS
  • Excellence in Acting, Laura Berkemeier; Mariemont Players, Inc, RADIUM GIRLS
  • Excellence in Lobby Display, Wes Ledyard; Showbiz Players, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, THE MUSICAL
  • Excellence in Sound Execution, Forrest Goodwin; Showbiz Players, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, THE MUSICAL
  • Excellence in Program, Nancy Anderson; Sunset Players, DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL
  • Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance, Kevin Breslin; The Drama Workshop, I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE

The ACT Long Range Judging Committee sincerely apologizes for these errors. We all feel incredibly badly for those who should have been publicly recognized for their achievements at the awards banquet, and weren’t.

The LRJC not only wants to correct the record, but also to determine exactly how this happened. During the audit, errors were discovered in both the Orchid nomination Google Form and in the software that consolidates the data. Both of these are now in the process of being corrected for the upcoming season. This was a systemic data processing problem, and no one individual was responsible for these errors.

The LRJC also plans to go through archived data from other seasons that have used this process to see if there are any additional Orchid awards from previous seasons that should also have been awarded.

Please rest assured that the LRJC is working hard both to improve the Orchid nomination processing, and to institute procedural changes designed to catch any errors that might occur despite the software improvements and thereby avoid future problems.

We are deeply committed to making this right, and appreciate your understanding as we take steps to do so.

Arlene Borock-Balczo
Amanda Emmons-Shumate
Fred Hunt
Dan Maloney
Dennis Murphy
John Wesseling
Ray Persing, Chair
ACT Cincinnati Long-Range Judging Committee

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2015-2016 Orchid Awards for Sunset Players

SSP_logoCLYBOURNE PARK

  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Fred Hunt
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Linda Callahan
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Robert Brumberg Jr.
  • Excellence Acting in a Play – Joe Wagner
  • Excellence in Ensemble – Michael Burke & Cast
  • Excellence in Direction – Michael Burke
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Jo Rolland-Oba
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Henry Farfsing
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Natasha Boeckman

BONNIE AND CLYDE

  • Excellence in Set Design – Dave Myers & Jerry Yearout
  • Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance – Gregory Good

ALIVE AND KICKING

  • Excellence in Program – Nancy Anderson
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Linda Callahan
  • Excellence in Set Construction – Dave Myers & Crew
  • Excellence in Ensemble – Amanda Borschers and Cast

DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL

  • Excellence in Lobby Display – Sunset Players
  • Excellence in Set Design – Dave Myers
  • Excellence in Stage Management – Dan Hawkins
  • Excellence in House – Cheryl Henkel
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Blake Gehring
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Michael Dean Conley

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2015-2016 Orchid Awards for Stagecrafters

SC_logoTALLEY’S FOLLY

  • Excellence in Set Design – Vicki Rafferty
  • Excellence in Ensemble – Mike Morehead & Cast
  • Excellence in Set Decor – Vicki Rafferty & Sharon Buchtman
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Elizabeth Beatty
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Darren Lee
  • Excellence in Direction – Mike Morehead
  • Excellence in Producing – Vicki Rafferty

VANITIES

  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Mandy Goodwin

TIME STANDS STILL

  • Excellence in Set Construction – Vicki Rafferty & Crew
  • Excellence in Producing – Vicki Rafferty
  • Excellence in Direction – Mike Morehead
  • Excellence in Ensemble – Mike Morehead & Cast
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Glenn Schaich
  • Excellence in Acting in a Play – Peggy Allen

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2015-2016 Orchid Awards for The Drama Workshop

TDW_VERTI LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE

  • Producing: Dennis Murphy and Elaine Volker
  • Stage Management: Janet Wisner
  • Costume Design: Dennis Murphy
  • Set Design: Dennis Murphy
  • Musical Theatre Performance: Jim Curtis
  • Musical Theatre Performance: Jennifer Keith Richardson

DEATHTRAP

  • Set Design: Ray Persing
  • Set Construction: Ray Persing and crew
  • Light Design: Elizabeth Boland and Eric Bardes
  • Stage Combat: Francis Rtm Boyle
  • Producing: Ray Persing
  • Properties: Gretchen Gantner
  • Acting in a Play: Dennis Murphy

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

  • Producing: Gretchen Gantner and Megan Bush Schultheis
  • House: Elaine Volker and Megan Megan Bush Schultheis
  • Stage Management: Wendy Winkler Williams
  • Acting in a Play: Victoria Covarrubias
  • Acting in a Play: Katie Waldfogle
  • Acting in a Play: Sami Williams
  • Acting in a Play: Nora Daley
  • Acting in a Play: Peggy Mcdonald-Allen
  • Costume Design: Karen Doss Vanover
  • Program: Elaine Volker
  • Ensemble: Ivory Mazur and cast

UNNECESSARY FARCE

  • House: Gretchen Gantner and Amy Shaffer Waldfogle
  • Producing: Ray Persing
  • Set Construction: Ray Persing and Crew
  • Costume Design: Gretchen Gantner
  • Properties: Valeria Amburgey
  • Acting as Karen Brown: Meagan Blasch
  • Acting as Billie Dwyer: Ashley Boehm
  • Acting as Mayor Meekly: Joe Ward
  • Acting as Todd: Kevin Noll
  • Acting as Mary Meekly: Mary Benken- Mccauley
  • Direction: Ray Persing
  • Ensemble: Ray Persing and Cast
  • Set Design: Ray Persing
  • Set Decor: Elaine Volker and Ray Persing
  • Overall Production Quality: Ray Persing and Cast
  • Overall Technical Quality: Ray Persing and Crew
  • Sound Design: Jason Cox
  • Sound Execution: Jason Cox
  • Fight Choreography: Francis Rtm Boyle

THE FANTASTICKS 

  • Program Art: Emilie Beck
  • Musical Theatre Performance: Mark Waldfogle
  • Musical Theatre Performance: Russ Derek McGee
  • Musical Theatre Performance: Michael Robb
  • Musical Theatre Performance: Jack Williams
  • Stage Management: Cynthia Mottel
  • Orchestral Performance: Linda Abbott
  • Orchestral Performance: Heather McGrath
  • Ensemble: Dennis Murphy & Cast
  • Direction: Dennis Murphy
  • House: Megan Bush Schultheis, Amy Shaffer Waldfogle, Meagan Blasch
  • Producing: Valeria Amburgey

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2015-2016 Orchid Awards for Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre

GHCT_logoOF MICE AND MEN

  • Excellence in set design, Mary Slocum
  • Excellence in costume design, Gaby Neal
  • Excellence in direction, Rhonda Lucas
  • Excellence in stage management, Brandon Burton
  • Excellence in acting in a play, Tom Dierling
  • Excellence in lobby display, Wanda Chapman
  • Excellence in producing, Barb Winkler & Jane Winkler
  • Excellence in program, Tracy Botos
  • Excellence in acting in a play, Ryan Heinrich
  • Excellence in acting in a play, Jeff Christian
  • Excellence in set decor, Wanda Chapman

SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS

  • Excellence in program, Tracy Botos
  • Excellence in set construction, Brian Smith
  • Excellence in set decor, Mary Slocum
  • Excellence in producing, Brett Sandlin
  • Excellence in direction, Julie Joyce-Smith
  • Excellence in lobby display, Wanda Chapman
  • Excellence in musical theatre performance, Chris Beiser

FATHER OF THE BRIDE

  • Excellence in stage management, Kristina Stoddart
  • Excellence in properties, Melanie Winsted
  • Excellence in direction, Tracy Botos
  • Excellence in acting in a play, Hannah Brown
  • Excellence in acting in a play, Brady Knox
  • Excellence in acting in a play, Joey Schnell
  • Excellence in ensemble, Tracy Botos & cast
  • Excellence in acting in a play, Brent Peebles
  • Excellence in acting in a play, Beth Schnell
  • Excellence in producing, Mandy Gambrell

OKLAHOMA!

  • Excellence in house, Linda Getz & crew
  • Excellence in set construction, Larry Slocum, Mary Slocum & crew
  • Excellence in light design, Bill Balfour
  • Excellence in dance execution, cast
  • Excellence in music direction, Mark Durbin
  • Excellence in chorus, cast
  • Excellence in direction, Rodney Neal
  • Excellence in vocal quality, cast
  • Excellence in musical theatre performance, David Michel
  • Excellence in musical theatre performance, Angie Baker
  • Excellence in musical theatre performance, Matt Neal
  • Excellence in ensemble performance, Rodney Neal & cast
  • Excellence in stage management, Brooke Townsend
  • Excellence in overall technical quality, Kevin Brunck, Carrie Rusche & cast
  • Excellence in producing, Kevin Brunck & Carrie Rusche
  • Excellence in set design, Mary Slocum
  • Excellence in costume design, Jeanne Schindler & Debbie Johnson
  • Excellence in choreography, Emily Brinkman
  • Excellence in orchestral performance, orchestra
  • Excellence in vocal direction, Rodney Neal & Mark Durbin
  • Excellence in musical theatre performance, David Hurt
  • Excellence in musical theatre performance, Chelsey Cavender
  • Excellence in musical theatre performance, Rhonda Lucas
  • Excellence in musical theatre performance, Coby Osborne
  • Excellence in musical theatre performance, Rodney Neal & cast

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