Lakewood Theatre Company OTAS Award Winners 2017

Award Winners pictured:(left to right): Joann Frankel, Grant Byington, Kurt Raimer, Jessica Carr, Darius Pierce, Lisa Knox, Max Ward, Sarah Jane Fridlich, Nancy McDonald, Kurt Herman, Mark Pierce, Alec Cameron Lugo, Kelly Sina, Clara-Liis Hillier, Jeremy Sloan, Amanda Pred, Cyndy Ramsey-Rier, Michael Snider, Megan Misslin, Matthew Sepeda.

On Friday, June 30, 2017, Lakewood Theatre Company held the OTAS (Oregon Theatrical Awards Society) presentation at the Lakewood Center to celebrate the closing of its 64th season of plays and its 46th annual OTAS Awards. Emcee for the evening was Alan Shearman, a past OTAS award winner and director of Lakewood’s upcoming 2017/18 season production of El Grande de Coca Cola. Artists recognized by Lakewood Theatre Company at the annual OTAS (Oregon Theatrical Awards Society) included:

Best Actor – Musical: Darius Pierce as John Adams in 1776
Best Supporting Actress – Musical: Dru Rutledge as Abigail Adams in 1776
Best Supporting Actor – Musical: Mark Pierce as Benjamin Franklin in 1776
Best Actress – Play: Sarah Jane Fridlich as Jacqueline De Severac in Murder On the Nile
Best Actor – Play: Grant Byington as Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors
Best Supporting Actress – Play: Lisa Knox as Miss folliet-ffoulkes in Murder On the Nile
Best Supporting Actor – Play: Burl Ross as Alfie in One Man, Two Guvnors
Featured Actor Award : Chrissy Kelly-Pettit for her standout role as Luisa Contini in Nine and Kelly Sina for her captivating performance as Martha Jefferson in 1776.
Best Choreographer: Michael Snider for Godspell
Best Costume Design: Jessica Carr for 1776
Best Set Design: Max Ward for 1776
Best Light Design: Kurt Herman for 1776
Best Musical Direction: Jon Quesenberry and Bruce McDonald for 1776
Outstanding Ensemble Award: the casts of Nine and Godspell
Best Director – Musical: Kurt Raimer for 1776
Best Director – Play: Don Alder for One Man, Two Guvnors and Nancy McDonald for Murder On the Nile
Best Musical: 1776
Best Play: Murder On the Nile

Additional awards included:
The Betty Kingsbury Heritage Award for exemplary service to the theatre went to Joann Frankel.
Volunteer Service Award: Gary Hardie and Dan & Mary Prosland

The O.T.A.S. Story ...
    The O.T.A.S. (Oregon Theatrical Awards Society) Awards were originated in 1971 by the board of directors of the theatre. Each year these awards are given to honor those involved in productions at Lakewood Theatre Company. The first actual awards were framed photographs from the shows. Over the years the award has evolved into a professional looking free standing plaque designed by Jim Conway. Each one is engraved with the name of the winner, year and name of production.    
    Nominees for O.T.A.S. Awards are evaluated by a panel of judges who attend all shows. Performers are judged on role conception, vocal/physical interplay, and performance impact on an audience. Directors are judged on conception and interpretation of the play, use of performers as groups, and overall impact. All contributing members of Lakewood Theatre Company receive ballots which are tabulated by Jerry R. Woods, Attorney at Law. Winners are then announced at our Annual OTAS Awards party on June 30th of each year.

The OTAS Awards have been presented annually since the 1971-72 season to recognize outstanding performances, productions and directors at Lakewood Theatre Company. All LTC members vote in the OTAS Selections. Nominees for OTAS awards are judged by a panel of five judges who attend all shows. Performers are judged on role conception, vocal, physical interplay and performance impact on audience. Directors are judged on conception and interpretation of play, use of performers as groups, and impact.

The ballots are tabulated by an attorney at law and from 1972- 2008 David Berentson was the tabulator. Since 2009 the tabulator has been Jerry Woods.