June 30, 2014: OTAS Award winners announced
Lakewood's 61st season concluded with a season-end party and the 43rd annual OTAS Awards
2014 OTAS AWARDS & ANNUAL MEETING UPDATE
2014 OTAS Award Winners pictured: (left to right): Robin Woolman, Richie Bowen, Jay Pevney, Jennifer Davies, Margie Boulé, Laila Murphy, Geffery Simmons, Steve Knox, Ron Daum, and Laura Laura Hiszczynskyj. Photo courtesy of Lakewood Theatre Company
On Monday, June 30, 2014, Lakewood Theatre Company/Lakewood Center for the Arts held its annual meeting and OTAS (Oregon Theatrical Awards Society) presentation at the Lakewood Center to celebrate the closing of its 61st season of plays and its 43rd annual OTAS Awards. 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
Jennifer Davies as Magnolia in Show Boat
BEST ACTOR - MUSICAL
Jay Pevney as King Arthur in Monty Python's SPAMALOT
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - MUSICAL
Laila Murphy as Julie LaVerne in Show Boat
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - MUSICAL
Jay Pevney as Captain Andy Hawks in Show Boat
BEST ACTRESS - PLAY
Margie Boulé as Zorah Block in Inspecting Carol
BEST ACTOR - PLAY
Gary Powell as Larry Vauxhall in Inspecting Carol
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - PLAY
Robin Woolman as Ms. Casewell in The Mousetrap
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - PLAY
Richie Bowen as Giles Ralston in The Mousetrap
BEST FEATURED PERFORMER
Geoffery Simmons as Joe in Show Boat
Carmen Brantley-Payne as Queenie in Show Boat
BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION
Jon Quesenberry for Show Boat
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Marychris Mass for Show Boat
BEST SET DESIGN
Sean O’Skea for Show Boat
BEST LIGHT DESIGN
Jonathan Hart for Show Boat
Laura Hiszczynskyj for Show Boat
BEST DIRECTOR MUSICAL
Ron Daum for Show Boat
BEST DIRECTOR PLAY
Steve Knox for Greater Tuna
Tyson Stephenson for The Mousetrap
BETTY KINGSBURY HERITAGE AWARD (for exemplary service to the theatre)
Steve Knox and Toni Tringolo
SPECIAL AWARDS (in recognition of outstanding service)
Zach Peak, running crew
Addie Underwood, running crew
In the business/annual meeting earlier on June 30th, President Michelle Dorman recognized and thanked retiring board members Rocky Johnson, Barbara Kehoe and Lois Mitchell for their many years of service to Lakewood.
President Michelle Dorman updated the membership about the recent progress in constructing the new artist training facility building at Lakewood. This project has completed the review process with the City and permits have been secured. Lakewood Development Director Peter Jurney noted that fundraising has been proceeding rapidly and enjoined the audience to help complete the campaign so that construction can begin in the spring. The new building, a component of Lakewood’s renovation project entitled Phase One, will be built in a portion of the playground area adjacent to the current north wing of the Center. It is designed to enhance educational opportunities for artists and provide space for production rehearsals. Executive Director Andrew Edwards proudly announced that the board of directors unanimously decided to name the new building in honor of the Bill & Barbara Warner family for their many years of leadership and support of Lakewood and its programs. It will be known as Warner Hall.
Bill and Barbara Warner have been strong supporters of, and contributors to, Lakewood Center for many years. Barbara has been an active volunteer with Lakewood Associates, Lakewood’s auxiliary; and Bill has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1994. In addition to making significant financial contributions to Lakewood over the years, Bill and Barbara have actively participated in leading fund drives for the Stagehouse and other projects, including the current Capital Campaign for the new rehearsal hall and artist training facility.
In official business, the non-profit organization elected Don Irving as President and Don Plumb as Treasurer for one-year terms. Members elected to serve three-year board terms were Fred Baldwin, Jeanne Denton, Kelly Giampa, Jerry Koll, Dr. Ricky Korach and Bill Warner. For a one-year term, Tina Cauthorn was elected.
The O.T.A.S. Story
The O.T.A.S. Awards are given each year to honor those involved in productions at Lakewood Theatre Company. They originated in 1971.
Nominees for the O.T.A.S. Awards (Oregon Theatrical Awards Society) are judged by a panel of judges who attend all Lakewood Theatre Company 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. Ballots are tabulated by Jerry R. Woods, Attorney at Law.