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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY - Award winners include, back row from left, Margaret Louise Chapman, Greg Tamblyn, Jeff Gorham, Chris Berreth, Brandon Weaver, Lisa Knox; and front row, from left, Rani Lightle, Alex Mitchell, Heather Taylor, Barbara Irvin and Joe Theissen.

Lakewood Theatre Company/Lakewood Center for the Arts recently held its annual meeting and OTAS (Oregon Theatrical Awards Society) presentation to celebrate the closing of its 60th season of plays and its 42nd annual OTAS Awards.

The OTAS Awards are given each year to honor those involved in productions at Lakewood Theatre Company. They originated in 1971.

Emcee for the evening was Alan Shearman, a frequent Lakewood stage director and past OTAS Award winner.

Artists recognized during the evening included:

Best actress, musical: Stephanie K. Leppert as Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific”

Best actor, musical: Joe Theissen as Albert/Zaza in “La Cage aux Folles”

Best supporting actress, musical: Barbara Irvin as Bloody Mary in “South Pacific”

Best supporting actor, musical: Kevin Cook as Jacob/Claudia in “La Cage aux Folles”

Best actress, play: Pam Mahon as Claire in “Rumors”

Best actor, play: Jeff Gorham as Lenny in “Rumors” and Leif Norby as Marc in “ART”

Best supporting actress, play: Rani Lightle as Cookie in “Rumors”

Best supporting actor, play: Brian Williams as Glenn in “Rumors”

Best musical direction: Alan D. Lytle for “La Cage aux Folles”

Costume design: Margaret Louise Chapman for “La Cage aux Folles”

Best set design: Chris Whitten for “South Pacific” and Glenn Gauer for “La Cage aux Folles”

Best light design: Drew Flint for “La Cage aux Folles”

Best choreographer: Cherie Price for “La Cage aux Folles”

Best director musical: Greg Tamblyn for “La Cage aux Folles”

Best director play: Joe Theissen for “Rumors”

Best musical: “La Cage aux Folles”

Best play: “Rumors”

Receiving judges awards were Lisa Knox, Brandon Weaver and Alan King.

Chris Berreth received the Betty Kingsbury Heritage Award for exemplary service to the theater.

Other special awards in recognition of outstanding service were given to Marcus Storey, sound technician; Heather Taylor, stage manager and crew; Mark Daniels, assistant stage manager and crew; Alex Mitchell, spotlight and crew; and Trevon Jensen, crew.During the annual meeting held June 28, the nonprofit organization’s president, Fred Baldwin, recognized and thanked retiring board members Linda Kerl and Lorri Kehoe for their many years of service to Lakewood.

In official business, Michelle Dorman was elected president and Don Irving elected treasurer for one-year terms. Members elected to serve three-year board terms were Fred Breuer, Linda Brown, Michelle Dorman, Joann Frankel, Cyndie Glazer, Jeff Kantor, Ramzan Magomedov and Gail Pemble. For two-year terms, Michael C. Dotten and Bridget Smith were elected and for a one-year term, Barbara Kehoe was elected.

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