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Awards end Lakewood's 63rd season

'Man of La Mancha' named Best Musical; 'Bullshot Crummond' wins Best Play


PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY - Award winners for Lakewood Theatre Company's 63rd season include Spencer Conway (kneeling); Jeanne Denton (first row, from left), Pam Mahon, Kay Vega, Alan Shearman, Kelly Stewart, Malia Tippits, Joey Cote and Stephanie Heuston; and Leif Norby (back row from left), Kurt Herman, Burl Ross, Sara Mishler Martins, Margaret Louise Chapman and Greg Tamblyn. Lakewood Theatre Company and the Lakewood Center for the Arts celebrated the end of their 63rd season of plays with the presentation last week of the Oregon Theatrical Awards Society prizes.

Nominees for the OTAS awards are judged by a panel of judges who attend all of the season’s shows. Performers are judged on role conception, vocal/physical interplay and performance impact on the audience. Directors are judged on conception and interpretation of the play, use of performers as groups and overall impact.

All Lakewood Theatre Company members receive ballots. The awards are given each year to honor those involved in productions at the Lakewood Center.

The first awards, which were handed out in 1971, were framed photographs from the shows. Over the years, the award evolved into a free-standing plaque designed by Jim Conway.

PHOTO COURTESY OF TRIUMPH PHOTOGRAPHY - Spencer Conway and Kelly Stewart starred in 'Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bride of Death,' which was named Best Play at the 2016 OTAS Awards. Conway won Best Actor in a Play and Stewart won Best Actress in a Play. Artists recognized during the evening included:

— Best Actress-Musical: Pam Mahon as Aldonza in “Man of La Mancha”

— Best Actor-Musical: Leif Norby as Cervantes/Quixote in “Man of La Mancha”

— Best Supporting Actress-Musical: Malia Tippets as Antonia in “Man of La Mancha”

— Best Supporting Actor-Musical: Joey Côté as Sancho in “Man of La Mancha”

— Best Actress-Play: Kelly Stewart as Rosemary Fenton in “Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bride of Death”

— Best Actor-Play: Spencer Conway as Bullshot Crummond in “Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bride of Death”

— Best Supporting Actress-Play: Stephanie Heuston as Lenya VonBruno in “Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bride of Death”

— Best Supporting Actor-Play: Burl Ross as Rashid/Aunt Charlotte in “Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bride of Death”

— Best Choreographer: Sara Mishler Martins for “Anything Goes”

— Best Costume Design: Margaret Louise Chapman for “Man of La Mancha”

— Best Set Design: Glenn Gauer for “Man of La Mancha”

— Best Lighting Design: Kurt Herman for “Man of La Mancha”

— Best Musical Direction: Alan D. Lytle for “Man of La Mancha”

— Best Director-Musical: Greg Tamblyn for “Man of La Mancha”

— Best Director-Play: Alan Shearman for “Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bride of Death”

— Best Musical: “Man of La Mancha”

— Best Play: “Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bride of Death”

— The Betty Kingsbury Heritage Award for exemplary service to the theater: Kurt Herman and Jeanne Denton for their outstanding volunteerism in theater projects.

— A special Audience Award went to the stage crews of “Golden Boy” and “Bullshot Crummond: The Evil Eye of Jabar and The Invisible Bride of Death” for their agility in managing quick set changes.

— The Review