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ON CUE June 2020 – The Electronic Newsletter of ACT of Greater Cincinnati

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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

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2019-2020 Orchid Awards for Village Players

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  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Aubrey Wilson
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY  -BJ Simpson
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Gretchen Schultz
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – jef brown
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Betsy Obermeyer

OF DRAGONS AND DWARVES 

  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Teresa Myers
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT DESIGN – Wayne Kirsch
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Katherine Anderson
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Nathan Henegar
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION – Steve Myers, Freddie Thoman, Teresa Myers, Nathan Henegar
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Steve Myers, Freddie Thoman, Teresa Myers, Nathan Henegar
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Freddie Thoman
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT – Michelle Burdette

ROOM FOR SECONDS 

  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Judy Littlefield
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Katie Jensen
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Meredith Conner
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE COMBAT – Nathan Henegar

 

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2019-2020 Orchid Awards for Sunset Players

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  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – John Wesseling
  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Nicholas Dunker
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN OTHER Original Set Art – Alexis Newman
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Deb Case & Carole Treft
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROGRAM ART – Nancy Anderson
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN SOUND DESIGN – Dan Hawkins
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT – Dan Hawkins

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES 

  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN – Ann Andriacco
  • EXCELLENCE IN DANCE EXECUTION – Clare Hingsbergen and Virginia Pollack
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION – Don Frimming
  • EXCELLENCE IN ENSEMBLE – Don Frimming and The Cast
  • EXCELLENCE IN HOUSE – Cheryl Henkel
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT DESIGN – Dennis Murphy
  • EXCELLENCE IN LIGHT EXECUTION – Helen Swartwout & Ryan Gordon
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL DIRECTION – Allen Lindsey
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Allen Lindsey
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Clare Hingsbergen
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Dan Wolking
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – John Wesseling
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE – Virginia Pollack
  • EXCELLENCE IN ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE – Allen Lindsey, Dan Wolking, Jerry Yearout and John Wesseling
  • EXCELLENCE IN OTHER (Scenic Painting) – Alexis Newman & Tammy Brady
  • EXCELLENCE IN PHOTOGRAPHY – Nancy Anderson
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING – Dan Hawkins
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROGRAM – Nancy Anderson and Deb Case
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROGRAM ART – Nancy Anderson
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROPERTIES – Geri Wesseling and Deb Case
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION – John Wesseling and Set Construction Crew
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR – Geri Wesseling
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN – Dave Myers
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT – Helen Swartwout

 

 

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2019-2020 Orchid Awards for RiverStage Community Theatre

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  • EXCELLENCE IN ACTING IN A PLAY – Steve Phelan
  • EXCELLENCE IN PROGRAM ART – Tina Clyburn

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2019-2020 Orchid Awards for Merit Theatre Company

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  • EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN Benjamin & Kaitlyn Iocco
  • EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION Benjamin & Kaitlyn Iocco
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE Arnie Forman
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE Carter Perry
  • EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE Rachel Scardina
  • EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCING Benjamin & Kaitlyn Iocco
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET CONSTRUCTION Benjamin Iocco, Kaitlyn Iocco & Crew
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DÉCOR Benjamin & Kaitlyn Iocco
  • EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN Benjamin Iocco

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