THEATER

The new Hearth Collective spotlights women playwrights

A new play-reading festival addresses the failure of mainstream theater to include women playwrights

Diversity. Inclusion. Equity. For all of today’s theatermakers, these are pressing issues—or at least they should be, as the art form fights to maintain viability and relevance in contemporary society.

To some folks, addressing these values means shaking things up. The Kilroys, for example, describe themselves as “a gang of playwrights and producers in LA who are done talking about gender parity and are taking action.” Their motto: “We make trouble and plays.”

To others, the key is to create a comforting experience, something that makes theater feel welcoming and warm, even to those who’ve felt left out by it in the past. That’s the ethos of the Hearth Collective, a new Portland theater group formed by Courtney Freed, Megan Kate Ward and Jill Westerby, whose larger interest is the showcasing of new and under-produced plays.

The two approaches come together on Sunday in the Kilroys List: A Festival of Contemporary Plays, at Portland Center Stage’s Ellyn Bye Studio.

Last year, the Kilroys compiled a list of 46 plays, selected through a theater-industry survey, intended as “a tool for producers committed to ending the systemic underrepresentation of female and trans playwrights.” For its first event, the Hearth Collective presents readings of three plays from the list: I Enter the Valley by Dipika Guha at noon, Bliss (or Emily Post Is Dead!) by Jami Brandli at 4 p.m., and The Oregon Trail by Bekah Brunstetter at 8 p.m.

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The journey begins at the ‘Drowned Horse Tavern’

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble launches an 18-month seafaring exploration in an imaginary tavern by the sea

I spent my night at the Drowned Horse Tavern seated beneath a great white whale.

OK, that’s not quite true: I spent opening night of a Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble show called “Drowned Horse Tavern” sitting in the back row at CoHo Theater. Right above me was a great white INFLATABLE whale made of plastic.

But the beauty of the show is that I could imagine I was at a real tavern, even though, yeah, there was no denying that large plastic rendition of a sea mammal (and honestly, who knew you could buy such a thing?). PETE wasn’t attempting to recreate some specific early 1800s inn at all, really, they were just suggesting one. And despite all the hijinks, the silly, audience-interactive play-within-a-play (during which one of the city’s leading actors who was in the audience on opening night blew one of her lines—blame it on the grog), and an equally silly enactment of Baby Gramps’ even sillier lyrics to his 2006 “Old Man of the Sea,” despite all that, somehow, yes, at some moments I felt very close to 19th century seafaring days. Closer than I’ve ever been? Maybe so.

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Drammys: ‘Snowstorm,’ ‘Mary Poppins,’ lots of love

Portland theater's annual awards party turns into a love-in Monday night, with a special award for Miracle Theatre and a lifetime honor for Tobias Andersen

The 37th annual Drammy Awards, Portland’s celebration of the best and brightest in the year’s theater scene, hit the Newmark Theatre Monday night like a roller coaster of love – for stage managers and dressers and designers, for directors and writers, for the whole crazy game of theater and the people who are held happily hostage by it.

The Snowstorm, Eric Nordin and Jessica Wallenfels’ ambitious original combination of theater, music, and dance that came out of this spring’s Fertile Ground new-works festival, took three awards, including the coveted best production Drammy, and by the crowd reaction, was an immensely popular choice. It was produced by CoHo Productions and Many Hats Collaborations.

Beth Thompson as Bear in best-production winner "The Snowstorm"; mask by Tony Fummeler. Photo: Brud Giles

Beth Thompson as Bear in best-production winner “The Snowstorm”; mask by Tony Fummeler. Photo: Brud Giles

But if any single show dominated the evening, it was a musical by a children’s theater company. As it did in the PAMTA musical-theater awards two weeks ago, Northwest Children’s Theater’s high-flying Mary Poppins swept up in the musicals categories, taking seven awards, including best musical production, direction of a musical (Sarah Jane Hardy, who also took the choreography award), and actor in a musical (John Ellingson, who also won for his Mary Poppins prop design). The show’s large cast and crew stayed in shape hustling onstage multiple times, to loud applause. Hardy spoke passionately about the Portland way of doing children’s theater, which, she said, is to have lots of children as opposed to all adult actors in the shows, and Ellingson gave moving tribute to his husband for his support, remarking that he hoped it would be the last time such a comment would be viewed as a political statement.

Northwest Children's Theatre's "Mary Poppins" dominated the musical-theater awards. Photo: David Kinder

Northwest Children’s Theater’s “Mary Poppins” dominated the musical-theater awards. Photo: David Kinder

After years at the Crystal Ballroom and, before that, at the Benson Hotel, the Drammys moved uptown into the 870-seat Newmark, a hall that provided a touch of class and put the theater awards in an actual theater. If the atmosphere cut back on some of the evening’s trademark rowdiness, it also made hearing from the audience much easier, and gave the evening a grown-up feel. Emcee Dan Murphy kept the crowd titillated with a dizzying succession of costume changes, each time emerging from the wings like a Cher impersonator in a bargain Nevada casino lounge. At one point he and presenter Olga Sanchez, artistic director of Miracle Theatre, showed up onstage in nearly identical electric-blue evening gowns. Sanchez took the style award, Murphy the comedy crown.

Matthew B. Zrebski won the directing Drammy for Theatre Vertigo’s Bob: A Life in Five Acts, and gave an eloquent acceptance speech – so eloquent that ArtsWatch stopped taking notes and just listened. The major acting awards went to a clutch of popular veterans. Luisa Sermol won best actress for her distressed mother in Badass Theatre’s Sans Merci, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival regular Michael Elich took the top-actor prize for Arthur Miller’s The Price at Artists Rep. Todd Van Voris won for supporting actor in Northwest Classical’s Macbeth; Dana Green took the supporting actress trophy for her double turn as a wisecracking mistress and an ice-skating wife in Profile’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone; and Rebecca Lingafelter won for solo performance for Grounded at CoHo. Elisha Henig took the young-performer trophy for The Snowstorm, and brought the house down by profusely thanking his parents, then noting that they had written his acceptance speech.

Luisa Sermol took top actress honors for her harrowing performance in "Sans Merci." Photo: Russell J Young

Luisa Sermol took top actress honors for her harrowing performance in “Sans Merci.” Photo: Russell J Young

Top musical acting awards went to Ellingson in Mary Poppins and Dru Rutledge for Lakewood’s sweet and lovely version of She Loves Me; Cassi Q. Kohl won best supporting musical actress, also for She Loves Me; and Eric Little scared up the best supporting actor in a musical award for his Riff Raff in Live On Stage’s The Rocky Horror Show.

Yussef El Guindi won the original script award for Threesome, his volatile blend of skin and politics, at Portland Center Stage.

Rusty Tennant helped set the scene early on with his acceptance speech for best scenic design, which he won for Post5’s zombiepocalype The Last Days. Racing onstage late from the lobby – he really hadn’t been expecting to win – he noted that he’d worked at big-budget theaters that tossed out whole sets after a run, and made the case for working small and cheap and smart instead. “Seriously, 275 dollars?” he said. “I thought I had no chance. What you’ve honored is sustainability in the theater!”

Miracle Theatre Group won a Special Achievement Award for three decades of presenting Latino theater and other arts, including its innovative Spanish-language touring program. (ArtsWatch’s participant-observer note: I presented the award to Miracle, and was pleased to do so.)

And veteran actor, director, and producer Tobias Andersen, who was also nominated for best director of a musical for Lakewood’s She Loves Me, won this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Introduced movingly by his longtime friend and colleague Allen Nause, Andersen talked briefly of his days in Los Angeles and hanging in Milton Berle’s dressing room and working with science fiction giant Ray Bradbury on a one-man show, The Illustrated Bradbury. He quoted “my hero,” Clarence Darrow, on the beneficial necessity of unions, which, he said, have made it possible for him to do the work he does. Then he got down to his abiding love for the Portland theater community that has made him feel at home. Accepting his award, he noted, “You realize, everyone, that this arrives at the pinnacle of my career, having just closed as Scratch the Cat.” Then he gave what amounted to a benediction for the entire evening: “I cherish this as I cherish all of you. Thank you so much.”

Tobias Andersen accepts his lifetime achievement award beneath a giant photo of himself at ease. Photo: Laura Grimes

Tobias Andersen accepts his lifetime achievement award beneath a giant photo of himself at ease. Photo: Laura Grimes

The winners, in boldface, with other finalists listed below them:

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Todd Van Voris, Macbeth, Northwest Classical Theatre Company

Mujahid Abdul-Rashid, The Piano Lesson, Portland Playhouse

Joseph Costa, The Price, Artists Repertory Theatre

Chris Harder, Intimate Apparel, Artists Repertory Theatre

BEST SCENIC DESIGN

Rusty Tennant, The Last Days, Post5 Theatre

John Ellingson, Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theater

Peter Ksander, The Three Sisters, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE)

Alan Schwanke, The Piano Lesson, Portland Playhouse

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Cassi Q. Kohl, She Loves Me, Lakewood Theatre Company

Carmen Brantley-Payne, Show Boat, Lakewood Theatre Company

Signe Larsen, Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theater

Danielle Purdy, tick, tick…BOOM!, triangle productions!

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Em Gustason, The Sweatermakers, Playwrights West

Richard E. Moore, The Turn, The Reformers

Mark Valadez, Grounded, CoHo Productions

Matt Wiens, The Other Place, Portland Playhouse

BEST YOUNG PERFORMER

Elisha Henig, The Snowstorm, CoHo Productions + Many Hats Collaboration

Thom Hilton, Columbinus, Oregon Children’s Theatre, (Young Professionals)

Agatha Olson, The Turn, The Reformers

Haley Ward, Ivy and Bean: The Musical, Oregon Children’s Theatre

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Eric Little, The Rocky Horror Show, Live On Stage

Andrés Alcalá, Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theater

Paul Harestad, Grease, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Salim Sanchez, Parade, Staged!

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Sarah Jane Hardy, Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theater

Kemba Shannon, The Rocky Horror Show, Live On Stage

Jacob Toth, Grease, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Jessica Wallenfels, The Snowstorm, CoHo Productions + Many Hats Collaboration

BEST PIT ENSEMBLE

The Rocky Horror Show, Live On Stage

The Music Man, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

The World Goes ‘Round, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

tick, tick…BOOM!, triangle productions!

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Mary Rochon, Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theater

Alison Heryer, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Darrin J. Pufall, The Rocky Horror Show, Live on Stage

Mary Rochon, The Jungle Book, Northwest Children’s Theater

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS  IN A PLAY

Dana Green, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Profile Theatre

Sofia May-Cuxim, ¡O Romeo!, Milagro

Rebecca Ridenour, ¡O Romeo!, Milagro

Olga Sanchez, Learn to be Latina, Milagro

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Daniel Meeker, Lizzie, Portland Center Stage

Don Crossley, Grounded, CoHo Productions

Daniel Meeker, The Other Place, Portland Playhouse

Peter West, ¡O Romeo!, Milagro

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION

Jeffrey Childs, The World Goes ‘Round, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

James Beaton, Lizzie, Portland Center Stage

Jonathan Quesenberry, She Loves Me, Lakewood Theatre Company

Darcy White, The Rocky Horror Show, Live On Stage

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Sarah Jane Hardy, Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theater

Tobias Andersen, She Loves Me, Lakewood Theatre Company

John Oules, The Rocky Horror Show, Live On Stage

Jacob Toth, Grease, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

John Ellingson, Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theater

Drew Harper, tick, tick…BOOM!, triangle productions!

Brian Demar Jones, Bat Boy: The Musical, Funhouse Lounge

Joe Theissen, La Cage aux Folles, Pixie Dust Productions

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Dru Rutledge, She Loves Me, Lakewood Theatre Company

Chrissy Kelly-Pettit, Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theater

Chrissy Kelly-Pettit, The Music Man, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Mary Kate Morrissey, Lizzie, Portland Center Stage

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL

Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theater

Grease, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

The Rocky Horror Show, Live On Stage

The World Goes ‘Round, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY

Bob: A Life in Five Acts, Theatre Vertigo

Learn to be Latina, Milagro

¡O Romeo!, Milagro

The School for Lies, Theatre Vertigo

BEST ORIGINAL SCRIPT

Yussef El Guindi, Threesome, Portland Center Stage

Sean Doran, The Turn, The Reformers

Eric Nordin, The Snowstorm, CoHo Productions + Many Hats Collaboration

C.S. Whitcomb, The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock, Lakewood Theatre Company

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Matthew B. Zrebski, Bob:  A Life in Five Acts, Theatre Vertigo

Bobby Bermea, Wait Until Dark, Northwest Classical Theatre Company

Olga Sanchez, ¡O Romeo!, Milagro

Jessica Wallenfels, The Snowstorm, CoHo Productions + Many Hats Collaboration

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY

Michael Elich, The Price, Artists Repertory Theatre

Chris Harder, The Snowstorm, CoHo Productions + Many Hats Collaboration

Heath Koerschgen, The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock, Lakewood Theatre Company

Damon Kupper, The Night Alive, Third Rail Repertory Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Luisa Sermol, Sans Merci, Badass Theatre Company

Amy Newman, Tribes, Artists Repertory Theatre

Vana O’Brien, 4000 Miles, Artists Repertory Theatre

Jamie Rea, The Snowstorm, CoHo Productions + Many Hats Collaboration

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theater

Grease, Broadway Rose Theatre Company

She Loves Me, Lakewood Theatre Company

The Rocky Horror Show, Live On Stage

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

The Snowstorm, CoHo Productions + Many Hats Collaboration

The Piano Lesson, Portland Playhouse

The Price, Artists Repertory Theatre

The Three Sisters, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE)

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Devised work: ¡O Romeo!Milagro

Puppet design: Jason Miranda, When Animals Were People, Tears of Joy

Original music: Amir Shirazi¡O Romeo!, Milagro

Properties design: John Ellingson, Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theatre

Solo performance: Rebecca Lingafelter, Grounded, CoHo Productions

Music performance: Eric Nordin, The Snowstorm, CoHo Productions + Many Hats Collaboration

Fight choreography: Sam Dinkowitz, Wait Until Dark, Northwest Classical Theatre Company

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Miracle Theatre Group, El Centro Milagro

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Tobias Andersen, actor, director, producer

ARTSLANDIA AWARD

Award for emerging theater company, Post5 Theatre

SPOTLIGHT AWARDS

Presented by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance

– Stage Manager, Jenn Lindell

– Crew Member, Jake Newcomb

– Other, Cindi Kinder, school house manager at Northwest Children’s Theatre

PORTLAND CIVIC THEATRE GUILD AWARDS

– PETE (Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble), $4,000 for a mobile professional sound system

Theatre Vertigo, $4,000 for renovations to its new venue, The Shoebox Theatre

Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship: Kristen Mun, $5,000 to create an armory of theatrical weaponry

Mary Brand Theatre for Youth Award: Playwrights West, $2,000 for the Teen West Project at Wilson High School

Ready, set, go: It’s Drammy time

Portland's annual theater awards ceremony is Monday night. It's in the Newmark Theatre, and it's – gasp! – air-conditioned.

Dear Greater Portland,

On this Friday before the Monday, ArtsWatch shamelessly purloins the home page of the Drammy Awards web site to list all of the candidates for outstanding achievement in the 2014-15 theater season. We feel good about this, because we’ve gone straight to the source, and are sucure in the happy knowledge that we’ll be making no mistakes in transcription. Also, the Drammy Committee has cleverly included photographs of all the candidates, which we consider a Good Thing.

Tobias Andersen (with Robynn Hayek), who opens tonight at Clackamas Repertory Theatre as Big Daddy in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Drammy celebration Monday night. Photo: Travis Nodurft

Tobias Andersen (with Robynn Hayek), who opens Friday night at Clackamas Repertory Theatre as Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Drammy celebration Monday night. Photo: Travis Nodurft

Things to remember:

– For the first time, the awards ceremony will be in the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, which has a capacity of 870.

– Time is 7 p.m., with bar open beforehand, Monday, June 29. Admission is free.

– Given Oregon’s unseasonable Heat Wave (Martha & the Vandellas, 1963, N. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart), ArtsWatch is pleased to point out that the Newmark is air-conditioned.

– Wear what you want: It’s Portland. But wear something: no leftovers from Saturday’s Naked Bike Ride, please.

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The 2014-2015 Drammy Awards Celebration, the 37th of that ilk, will be held at 

THE NEWMARK THEATRE

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015

The ceremony will begin at 7 pm (bar and lobby open beforehand)

Entrance is free, ticketless, and open to the public.

Our fabulous MC at this year’s Drammys is the wonderful Dan Murphy! We couldn’t be happier!

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Click here to read Dan’s bio. But better yet, come on June 29 to read all about him in the artslandia program, and best of all, to see him in action!

Here are this year’s Finalists! Please note that, in addition, PATA will be presenting Spotlight Awards as usual, and our parent company, PCTG, will be offering  the Fulton Fellowship for an established artist, the Portland Civic Theatre Award in support of a theatre company,  and the Mary Brand Award for support of theatre education for young people.

2015 Drammy Awards – FINALISTS

Click here for the link to the video announcement organized and recorded by our partner artslandia, so you can watch it again and again (because these two lovely ladies in PJs are simply too cute! Thank you Susannah Mars and Merideth Kaye Clark!)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Mujahid Abdul-Rashid
The Piano Lesson
Portland Playhouse
Mujahid, The Piano Lesson, Drammy 2015

Joseph Costa
The Price
Artists Repertory Theatre
Joseph Costa, Supporting

Chris Harder
Intimate Apparel
Artists Repertory Theatre
Chris Harder, Supporting

Todd Van Voris
Macbeth
Northwest Classical Theatre Company
Todd Van Voris NWCTC Macbeth Russel J. Young Photography

BEST SCENIC DESIGN

John Ellingson
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
John E, NWCT, MP

Peter Ksander
The Three Sisters
Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE)
PETE - Drammy Finalist - Peter Ksander

Alan Schwanke
The Piano Lesson
Portland Playhouse
set, Piano Lesson

Rusty Tennant
The Last Days
Post5 Theatre
The Photography of Russell J Young

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Carmen Brantley-Payne
Show Boat
Lakewood Theatre Company
Carmen Brantley-Payne, best supporting finalist actress musical

Cassi Q. Kohl
She Loves Me
Lakewood Theatre Company
Cassi Q. Kohl

Signe Larsen
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Signe Larson NWCT

Danielle Purdy
tick, tick…BOOM!
triangle productions!
Triangle_TTB_Danielle

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Em Gustason
The Sweatermakers
Playwrights West
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Richard E. Moore
The Turn
The Reformers
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Mark Valadez
Grounded
CoHo Productions
Rebecca L, Grounded

Matt Wiens
The Other Place
Portland Playhouse
The Other Place, sound, Drammy finalist 2015

BEST YOUNG PERFORMER

Elisha Henig
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
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Thom Hilton
Columbinus
Oregon Children’s Theatre
(Young Professionals)
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Agatha Olson
The Turn
The Reformers
agatha olson the turn YP Finalist 2015

Haley Ward
Ivy and Bean:  The Musical
Oregon Children’s Theatre
Ivy and Bean, Haley Ward, Finalist 2015

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Andrés Alcalá
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Andres A, supporting, NWCT, MP

Paul Harestad
Grease
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Grease  Broadway Rose 4/16/15 Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Eric Little
The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Supporting Actor in a Musical - Eric Little

Salim Sanchez
Parade
Staged!
Salim Sanches, Drammy Finalist, Parade, Staged!

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Sarah Jane Hardy
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Sarah Jane Hardy, Chor, NWCT, MP

Kemba Shannon
The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Choreography - Kemba Shannon

Jacob Toth
Grease
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Grease  Broadway Rose 4/16/15 Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Jessica Wallenfels
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
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BEST PIT ENSEMBLE

The Music Man
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC Music Man Pit Ensemble

The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Pit Ensemble-2 Drammy Finalist rocky

The World Goes ‘Round
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC World Goes Round Pit Ensemble

tick, tick…BOOM!
triangle productions!
trianngle best pit finalist 2015

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Alison Heryer
The Mystery of Irma Vep
Third Rail Repertory Theatre
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Darrin J. Pufall
The Rocky Horror Show
Live on Stage
Best Costumes - Darrin J. Pufall rocky horror, finalist 2015

Mary Rochon
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Costumes NWCT MP Mary Rochon

Mary Rochon
The Jungle Book
Northwest Children’s Theater
Costumes, NWCT, Jungle, Mary Rochon

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS  IN A PLAY

Dana Green
Dead Man’s Cell Phone
Profile Theatre
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Sofia May-Cuxim
¡O Romeo!
Milagro
Sophia, supporting, Milagro

Rebecca Ridenour
¡O Romeo!
Milagro
Milagro, Ridenour

Olga Sanchez
Learn to be Latina
Milagro
Olga, supporting, Milagro

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Don Crossley
Grounded
CoHo Productions
Rebecca, best lighting, CoHo

Daniel Meeker
Lizzie
Portland Center Stage
Best Lighting, D Meeker, PCS, Lizzie

Daniel Meeker
The Other Place
Portland Playhouse
The Other Place, lighting design, 2015

Peter West
¡O Romeo!
Milagro
O romeo, best lighting

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION

James Beaton
Lizzie
Portland Center Stage
Best Music Direction, James Beaton, PCS, Lizzie

Jeffrey Childs
The World Goes ‘Round
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC World Goes Round Jeffery Childs Music Director

Jonathan Quesenberry
She Loves Me
Lakewood Theatre Company
Jon Quesenberry

Darcy White
The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Musical Direction - Darcy White

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Tobias Andersen
She Loves Me
Lakewood Theatre Company
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Sarah Jane Hardy
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Director, SJH, NWCT

John Oules
The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Director of a Musical - John Oules (1)

Jacob Toth
Grease
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC Grease Jacob Toth Director Musical

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

John Ellingson
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
John E, actor, NWCT, MP

Drew Harper
tick, tick…BOOM!
triangle productions!
Triangle_TTB Drew finalist 2015

Brian Demar Jones
Bat Boy:  The Musical
Funhouse Lounge
BB Brian finalist 2015

Joe Theissen
La Cage aux Folles
Pixie Dust Productions
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BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Chrissy Kelly-Pettit
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Chrissy Kelly Petit NWCT MP

Chrissy Kelly-Pettit
The Music Man
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC Music Man Chrissy Kelly-Pettit Actress Musical

Mary Kate Morrissey
Lizzie
Portland Center Stage
Best Actress, Musical, lizzie, PCS

Dru Rutledge
She Loves Me
Lakewood Theatre Company
Dru Rutledge

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL

Grease
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Grease  Broadway Rose 4/16/15 Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
ensemble, NWCT, MP

The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Ensemble in a Musical

The World Goes ‘Round
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC World Goes Round Ensemble in Musical

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY

Bob: A Life in Five Acts
Theatre Vertigo
BobEnsemble

Learn to be Latina
Milagro
Learn to be Latina, Drammy finalist 2015

¡O Romeo!
Milagro
ensemble, O Romeo

The School for Lies
Theatre Vertigo
LiesEnsemble

BEST ORIGINAL SCRIPT

Sean Doran
The Turn
The Reformers
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Yussef El Guindi
Threesome
Portland Center Stage
Best Original Script, PCS, Threesome

Eric Nordin
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
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C.S. Whitcomb
The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock
Lakewood Theatre Company
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BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Bobby Bermea
Wait Until Dark
Northwest Classical Theatre Company
Wait Until Dark Drammy photo credit Jason Maniccia-2

Olga Sanchez
¡O Romeo!
Milagro
Olga, best director, o romeo

Jessica Wallenfels
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
DrammyBestDirectorofaPlay_JessicaWallenfels_CoHo_Snowstorm_creditRachelleMacmac

Matthew B. Zrebski
Bob:  A Life in Five Acts
Theatre Vertigo
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BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY

Michael Elich
The Price
Artists Repertory Theatre
Best Actor, Michael Elich, ART, The Price

Chris Harder
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
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Heath Koerschgen
The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock
Lakewood Theatre Company
Heath H in Seven Wonders, Finalist

Damon Kupper
The Night Alive
Third Rail Repertory Theatre
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BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Amy Newman
Tribes
Artists Repertory Theatre
Best Actress, Amy Newman, Tribes, ART

Vana O’Brien
4000 Miles
Artists Repertory Theatre
Best Actress, Vana, 4000 Miles, ART

Jamie Rea
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
DrammyBestActress_CoHo_Snowstorm_JamieRea_creditRachelleHacMac

Luisa Sermol
Sans Merci
Badass Theatre Company
Best Actress, Luisa, Sans Merci, Badass

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

Grease
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Grease  Broadway Rose 4/16/15 Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Production, MP, NWCT

She Loves Me
Lakewood Theatre Company
She Loves Me, Ensemble

The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Production of a Musical

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

The Piano Lesson
Portland Playhouse
The Piano Lesson, best production of play finalist 2015

The Price
Artists Repertory Theatre
Artists Rep The Price finalist 2015

The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
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The Three Sisters
Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE)
PETE - Drammy Finalist - Best Production

In addition, individual awards will be given in the following categories for outstanding achievement:

DEVISED WORK

PUPPET DESIGN

ORIGINAL MUSIC

PROPERTIES DESIGN

SOLO PERFORMANCE

MUSIC PERFORMANCE

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY

And as previously announced:

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Miracle Theatre Group

Milagro corner

El Centro Milagro

Please click on this link to read Milagro’s story

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Tobias Andersen

Tobias headshot

Photo by Riley Caton

You can read all about Tobias’s FIFTY years in theatre by clicking on this link!  Please join us on Monday, June 29, to celebrate both this remarkable actor and Milagro, the little theatre that could!

Click on this link to view all productions considered  for this year’s Drammys.

Click here to view all eligible productions, with links to production photographs! 

We are grateful to Portland’5 for sponsoring this event

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A little noir at Coho’s Summerfest 2015

Deanna Fleysher's 'Butt Kapinski' will put you in darkly comic space

I missed the first weekend of CoHo Productions’ Summerfest 2015, but I was determined to make Weekend #2, even though it came with that dreaded tag, “audience participation.” Or, as they said as we in the audience filed into the theater, “no seat is safe.” CoHo’s summer shows have an informal spirit that nurtures the wilder edges of performance practice these days, the theater is air conditioned, and the selections are reliably “interesting” at the very least.

Deanna Fleysher plays noir hero Butt Kapinski.

Deanna Fleysher plays noir hero Butt Kapinski.

Friday night, Deanna Fleysher, an East Coaster (Amherst) transplanted in Los Angeles, performer her one-woman show, Butt Kapinski< . The show riffs hard on Film Noir, and Fleysher, who is also a teacher, even provides a little rundown on the elements of a good noir story. She does it in character, so the r’s and l’s become w’s, some consonant blends default to “th”, and it’s all in tough-guy, private detective hard-boiled sentences. The conceit is that we are all producing a film noir of our own in the theater. One woman was enlisted to supply the vocal musical score, which sounded entirely too peppy for film noir until she located her inner saxophone. (Butt asked to her come back anytime at one point—she was good!) And then we all became characters in the plot, except for one guy who had to play “rottweiler,” two guys who played internal organs, and another fellow who played blood spilling over his “dead” girlfriend.

Honestly, we weren’t very good, which put a big improvisational onus on Fleysher. She didn’t seem to mind, even though, yeah, we were a challenge. She obviously had some set-pieces in mind ahead of time, and then she reacted to us, making lemonade out of our lemons. I don’t want to give away too much specific information about the details, but Fleysher is really good at this—meeting us where we are, probing into some political and sexual places that you wouldn’t necessarily expect, finding the humor in our clumsiness, keeping things going with some fast talking and the occasional “re-load.”

Butt Kapinski has only two more shows, at 7:30 pm Saturday and Sunday nights, but the Summerfest continues along for another three shows after this one: Wonderheads (Kate and Andrew Phoenix) perform their theater-mask show Loon (June 25-28); Matthew Kerrigan and Samantha Van Der Merwe join forces for The Dissenter’s Handbook: A Collection of Riotous Tales by Dario Fo, a show that will partially correct the abysmal lack of Fo productions in Portland (July 2,3;5); and Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble‘s Drowned Horse Tavern (A Sea Shanty Cabaret), which kicks off the company’s exploration of Moby-Dick the next 18 months (July 9-12).

All abuzz about the next room

Profile's "In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play" brings a little jolt to its Victorian characters' lives

In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play has buzzed into town for the second time in the past couple of years, and you know what they say about a good thing: you can’t get too much of it. Nor, in Sarah Ruhl’s witty, brittle, and eventually compassionate 2009 comedy, can the frustrated Victorian wives in the orbit of the stiffly scientific Dr. Givings get too much of the good doctor’s marvelous electrical vibrating machine, which, when applied to certain delicate portions of the body, induces “hysterical paroxysms” that ease stress and bring a youthful flush to the cheek. Daily applications seem advisable. Sometimes, multiple daily applications work best.

Foss Curtis, Beth Thompson and Leif Norby in the next room. Photo: David Kinder

Foss Curtis, Beth Thompson and Leif Norby in the next room. Photo: David Kinder

Profile Theatre’s new production at Artists Rep is crisper and more decidedly shaped than the one that played at Triangle Productions in spring 2013, but both capture the spirit of Ruhl’s appealingly off-center humor: her brain works a little differently from most people’s, gravitating naturally to an off-angle approach to things, and as a result her plays are heady, ticklish, exploratory things, little adventures into outlandish territory that surprise you by ending up somewhere near the center of the heart. Profile is in the midst of its season of Ruhl plays, with In the Next Room following a sterling production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone and leading up to a fall production of Passion Play.

I find myself in a bit of an awkward position in regard to The Vibrator Play, because as much as I admire it and Ruhl, it’s not a play I especially needed to see twice in two years. Other than to note differences in directing and acting styles, I found no hidden insights, no unexplored depths, the second time around: then again, like all of the men in the play, I can be a little dense. It remains a good, solid play, and Profile gives it a good, solid, enjoyable production. Better than solid, really. If at times it seems a little clipped and calculated, that approach makes metaphorical sense, and it leads to a couple of genuine emotional climaxes that are honestly touching: an impulsive kiss that shocks and confuses two people; a stripping-down and starting-over by a husband and wife.

In the Next Room runs the risk of being a one-joke play: Victorian ladies discover vibrators, and like the way they make them feel, even though they don’t seem to make the connection between the treatment and sex. It’s a bit like the Meg Ryan fake-orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally, on continuous loop. And, granted, it’s a good joke. But as Ruhl writes it, and Adriana Baer directs it for Profile, and her sparkling cast acts it, the joke’s a lead-in to some more probing explorations of gender, tenderness, emotional fulfillment, and the dawning of women’s rights. Were the medical profession and their clients of the 1880s as innocent of the vibrator’s sexual implications as the play makes them out to be? I’m not quite old enough to give a first-hand report from the scene, but I have my doubts. Still, I’m more than willing to suspend my disbelief for the sake of a well-told tale.

Foss Curtis and Lauren Bloom discuss the mysteries of life. Photo: David Kinder

Foss Curtis and Lauren Bloom discuss the mysteries of life. Photo: David Kinder

At the center of the story is Catherine Givings (Lauren Bloom), wife of the scientifically preoccupied Dr. Givings (Leif Norby) and a woman who is both intensely curious about what goes on behind the closed door of her husband’s treatment room (she keeps hearing strange sounds) and intensely distressed because she can’t get her milk to let down so she can feed her newborn child. Her curiosity leads her into untoward relationships with a couple of the patients: Sabrina Daldry (Foss Curtis), who is married to the genially insufferable Mr. Daldry (Karl Hanover), and Leo Irving (Mattew Kerrigan), a dreamy-eyed artist who is one of the rare male patients to benefit from the wonders of the electrical vibrator, albeit in a different anatomical zone. The little group is completed by Annie (Beth Thompson), Dr. Givens’ efficient nurse, who on occasions when the machine doesn’t seem to be sufficient to the task, expertly applies the old-fashioned manual-manipulation method of stress reduction to the patients; and by the nursemaid Elizabeth (Ashley Nicole Williams), who, a little disconcertingly, given the long history of stereotyping in American culture, is both the only black character in the play and the only one who is Wise to the Ways of Nature (she understands it’s about sex). It’s a good, well-balanced cast, sparked by Bloom’s nervous drive of curiosity and Curtis’s sly hint of humor. Norby, given the unenviable task of playing an eminent man of science who is in emotional matters pretty much an idiot, lets Dr. Givens be the butt of some jokes but also imbues him with a genuine dignity.

Profile’s In the Next Room is quite lovely to look at, with an ornate yet open set by Stephen Dobay and some ravishing period costumes by Sarah Gahagan. And, just because you almost never get to list a credit like this, here’s a credit like this: “Vibrators provided by Alley Repertory Theater in Boise, Idaho. www.alleyrep.org.” Alley, thanks for the buzz.

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Profile Theatre’s In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play continues through June 28 on the Morrison Stage of the Artists Repertory Theatre complex. Ticket and schedule information are here.

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‘Mary Poppins’ chimney-sweeps PAMTAs

Portland's eighth musical-theater awards ceremony puts on a rouser of a show; new R&B musical 'Soul Harmony' also scores big

A funny thing happened on the way to the grand wrap-up of the PAMTAs: a helluva show broke out.

The Portland Area Musical Theater Awards ceremony pretty much packed the Dolores Winningstad Theatre to the rafters Monday night, and at times the cheering approached Timbers Army volume. Amid a whole lot of big, grown-up possibilities – Dreamgirls, Parade, She Loves Me, Young Frankenstein, La Cage aux Folles, Carousel, the debut of the new rhythm & blues musical Soul Harmony, and others – that supercalifragilistic bumbershoot-carrying wondernanny Mary Poppins, from Northwest Children’s Theatre, hauled off the biggest chunks of hardware, including the award for best production.

"Mary Poppins" sweeps the night: Sarah Jane Hardy, Chrissy Kelly-Pettit, and John Ellingson Beard,  for Outstanding Production & Director, Female Lead, and Set Design. Photo: David Kinder

“Mary Poppins” sweeps the night: Sarah Jane Hardy, Chrissy Kelly-Pettit, and John Ellingson Beard, for Outstanding Production & Director, Female Lead, and Set Design. Photo: David Kinder

Mary Poppins also took top prizes for lead actress (Chrissy Kelly-Pettit), director (Sarah Jane Hardy), costume design (Mary Rochon), set design (John Ellingson), and a quartet of outstanding young performers (Kaylee Bair, Libby Rouffy, Austin Emmett, Kieran Gettel-Gilmartin). Ellingson, who was also nominated for best actor as the Cockney chimney sweep Bert, fairly popped off the stage with enthusiasm. “I grew up watching Mary Poppins,” he said. “I loved Mary Poppins. I wanted to be Mary Poppins.”

Stumptown Stage’s Soul Harmony was a big winner, too, taking the prize for best original musical. The story of R&B songwriter Deborah Chessler and the hit-making group Sonny Til and the Orioles also took top awards for best original score (Michael Allen Harrison, Alan Berg, Janet Mouser), best original song (The Music Inside, same trio), orchestrations (Harrison), and a special award for outstanding debut performance (De’Sean Dooley, who is Sonny Til’s grandson). Pianist and composer Harrison, in one of his several gracious acceptance speeches, noted the story’s importance in the history of American popular music: “Sonny Til and the Orioles were the bridge between Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.”

"Soul Harmony": from left, Kirk Mouser for Janet Mouser, Alan Berg, Michael Allen Harrison; for Outstanding Original Musical, Score, Song, and Orchestration. Photo: David Kinder

“Soul Harmony”: from left, Kirk Mouser for Janet Mouser, Alan Berg, Michael Allen Harrison; for Outstanding Original Musical, Score, Song, and Orchestration. Photo: David Kinder

Joe Thiessen, resplendent onstage in a bristling bow tie, pulled off an acting double, tying with Drew Harper in Triangle’s Tick, Tick … BOOM! for best leading actor his performance in Pixie Dust’s La Cage aux Folles, and winning the supporting-actor nod outright for Stumptown Stages’ It’s a Wonderful Life.

But for all the suspense about who the winners would be, the hardware almost played second fiddle to the show itself, which for two hours and forty-five minutes was pretty much dazzle-dazzle spectacular. Who would’ve guessed that an awards ceremony could actually be entertaining? And yet, entertaining it was, from Leah Seligman’s opening breathy, broken, crisp and yearning rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little to the final unveiling of the best-show winner.

Return emcee Darius Pierce, who probably should just get a lifetime contract for this sort of thing, kept things clipping and puckish without being cocky or nasty (Oscar and Tony hosts, take note). And the show was dotted with some knockout musical performances (after all, it’s about musical theater), among them Don Mason’s bluesy, ’50s-cool Down with Love; Dru Rutledge’s lounge-diva country-blues Willow, Weep for Me; Collin Carver’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed anthem from The Book of Mormon; Kelly-Pettit’s Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) from Mary Poppins; Lauren Steele and Haley Ward’s comic-kickin’ on-the-road duet Freedom; and Dooley and Monica Rodrigues’s stomping-sweet duet on the title number from Soul Harmony. Cassi q Kohl, looking like a punk polka-dot Carmen Miranda, sashayed onstage waving a kazoo, barked “Hit it, Reece,” to pianist Reece Marshburn, who led the sharp onstage trio, and launched into a roof-rattling comic version of Baby, I’ve Got a Screw Loose for You. The youthful ensemble from Northwest Children’s Theatre’s The Jungle Book performed a vivid Indian-inspired dance; the cast from Staged!’s Parade – the Alfred Uhry/Jason Robert Brown musical tale of the 1917 murder trial of in Atlanta of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank that won the important ensemble-acting award – sang a stirring group number; and eloquent remembrances of dancer/choreographer Elizabeth Erickson and the great actor Ted Roisum, both of whom died earlier this year, brought notes of seriousness and purpose to the evening.

Emcee Darius Pierce, with the Reece Marshburn Trio. Photo: David Kinder

Emcee Darius Pierce, with the Reece Marshburn Trio. Photo: David Kinder


Corey Brunish, the longtime Portland actor/singer and, more recently, successful Broadway producer, was on hand at key moments, and surely his Broadway experience had something to do with the evening’s polished and entertaining sheen. He did miss on one thing: He underestimated the size of the crowd, and didn’t print enough programs to go around. At one point he waved his own program from the stage and offered it for ten bucks. Then he reconsidered, and declared he was going to put it on eBay. If the PAMTAs get any more popular, they’ll have to move upstairs next year to the bigger Newmark Theatre – where, for the first time, the larger Drammy Awards ceremony for  Portland theater of all sorts will be held this year, on June 29.

The cast of Staged!'s "Parade": Outstanding Ensemble winners. Photo: David Kinder

The cast of Staged!’s “Parade”: Outstanding Ensemble winners. Photo: David Kinder

This year’s PAMTA winners, with the nominees. Winners, including multiple winners in some categories, are listed in boldface. Additional event photos by David Kinder are here; he grants permission to right-click and save for your personal use:

Outstanding Male Actor in a Lead Role:

Drew Harper, tick, tick….BOOM!, Triangle Productions

Joe Thiessen, La Cage aux Folles

Nartan Woods, The Rocky Horror Show
John Ellingson, Mary Poppins
Evan Howells, Young Frankenstein

Outstanding Female Actor in a Lead Role:

Chrissy Kelly-Pettit, Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theatre

Nattalyee Randall, Dreamgirls
Monica Rodrigues, Soul Harmony
Dru Rutledge, She Loves Me
Cassi Q Kohl, She Loves Me

Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

Joe Thiessen, It’s a Wonderful Life, Stumptown Stages

Burl Ross, Young Frankenstein
Eric Little, The Rocky Horror Show
Jonathan Quesenberry, Carousel
Collin Carver, Grease

Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Jennifer Goldsmith, WHODUNIT, Broadway Rose

Claire Rigsby, Grease
Lisa Knox, Young Frankenstein
Emily Sahler, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Annie Kaiser, The Music Man

Outstanding Ensemble:

Parade, Staged!

La Cage aux Folles, Pixie Dust
Dreamgirls, Portland Center Stage
tick, tick…BOOM!, Triangle
The Music Man, Broadway Rose

Outstanding Young Performer:

Kaylee Bair, Mary Poppins
Libby Rouffy, Mary Poppins
Austin Emmett, Mary Poppins
Kieran Gettel-Gilmartin, Mary Poppins

Josiah Bartell, The Music Man
Alexa Kelly Shaheen, Ruthless!

Outstanding Director:

Sarah Jane Hardy, Mary Poppins
Greg Tamblyn, La Cage aux Folles, Pixie Dust Productions

Chris Coleman, Dreamgirls

Paul Angelo, Parade
Tobias Andersen, She Loves Me

Outstanding Choreographer:

Peggy Taphorn, The Music Man, Broadway Rose

Sarah Jane Hardy, Mary Poppins
Anita Menon & Sarah Jane Hardy, The Jungle Book
Jacob Toth, Grease
Laura Hiszcynskiyj, She Loves Me

Outstanding Musical Director:

Jeffrey Childs, The World Goes ‘Round, Broadway Rose

Alan D. Lytle, The Music Man
Cyndy Ramsey-Rier, Young Frankenstein
Rick Lewis, Dreamgirls
Darcy White, The Rocky Horror Show

Outstanding Costume Designer:

Mary Rochon, Mary Poppins

Sydney Roberts, Dreamgirls
Pat Rohrbach, She Loves Me
Shana Targosz, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Darrin J Pufall, The Rocky Horror Show

Outstanding Set Designer:

John Ellingson, Mary Poppins

John Ellingson, The Little Mermaid
G.W. Mercier, Dreamgirls 
Owen Walz, Grease
John Gerth, She Loves Me

Outstanding Light Designer:

Robert M. Wierzel, Dreamgirls

Chris Whitten, Carousel
Carl Faber, Mary Poppins
Kurt Herman, Young Frankenstein
Jeff Woods, She Loves Me

Outstanding Sound Designer:

Casi Pacilio, Dreamgirls

Rodolfo Ortega, Mary Poppins
Duane Rodakowski, La Cage aux Folles
Gordon Romei, Parade
Rory Breshears, The Rocky Horror Show

Outstanding Production:

Mary Poppins, Northwest Children’s Theatre

Dreamgirls, Portland Center Stage
Parade, Staged!
La Cage aux Folles, Pixie Dust
Young Frankenstein, Lakewood

Outstanding Playbill Cover Design:

WHODUNIT, Emily Dew

The Rocky Horror Show, Jim Parker
Grease, Emily Dew
110 in the Shade, Lisa Johnston-Smith
Iolanthe, Rachel Barry-Arquit, Joe Ercegg, Matt Erceg, Larry Larsen

Outstanding Original Orchestrations:

Soul Harmony, Michael Allen Harrison

The Jungle Book, Rodolfo Oretega and Archana Mungara
The Babes are Back!, Jonathan Quesenberry

Best Original Musical:

Soul Harmony, Michael Allen Harrison, Alan Berg, Janet Mouser

The Jungle Book, Anita Menon, Sarah Jane Hardy, Rodolfo Ortega, Archana Mungara
The Little Mermaid, Milo Mowery, Rodolfo Ortega
The Babes are Back!, Donald Horn, Teddy Deane

Best Original Song:

The Music Inside, Michael Allen Harrison, Alan Berg, Janet Mouser

Soul Harmony, Michael Allen Harrison, Alan Berg, Janet Mouser
Don’t Get In That Car, Teddy Deane
Sisters in the Ocean, Rodolfo Ortega

Best Original Score:

Soul Harmony, Michael Allen Harrison, Alan Berg, Janet Mouser

The Little Mermaid, Milo Mowery, Rodolfo Oretga
The Jungle Book, Rodolfo Ortega, Archana Mungara
The Babes are Back!, Teddy Deane

Special Awards:

De’Sean Dooley for Outstanding Debut, in Soul Harmony
Kelly Jung for Breakthrough Performance, in The Little Mermaid
Portland Opera for Nurturing Musical Theatre
Benjamin Scheuer for Outstanding One-Man Show, The Lion

 

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