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2016-17 Lofty Award Winners

2016 – 2017 Lofty Winners

PERFORMANCE

Cameo Performance in a Play

Jamie Figgins as the Guard in Twelve Angry Men

Cameo Performance in a Musical

Gene Bates as Fakir in The Secret Garden

Featured Performance Female in a Play

Leah Daley as Gertrude Deuter in The Underpants

Featured Performance Male in a Play

Joseph Bersack as Herr Klinglehoff in The Underpants

Joshua Vest as Benjamin Cohen in The Underpants

Featured Performance Female in a Musical

Ivy Elizabeth as Louise Seger in Always, Patsy Cline

Featured Performance Male in a Musical

Danny Waldman as Dickon Sowerby in The Secret Garden

Lead Performance Female in a Play

Lori Brooks as Louise Maske in The Underpants

Lead Performance Male in a Play

Gregory Leggott as Juror 3 in Twelve Angry Men

Lead Performance Female in a Musical

Katy Benko Miner as Patsy Cline in Always… Patsy Cline

Lead Performance Male in a Musical

Ken Wayne as Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden

TECHNICAL

Set Design – Walter Loope and Ivy Elizabeth for The Secret Garden

Set Construction – Walter Loope for The Secret Garden

Set Painting – The Cast of The Secret Garden

Set Decoration or Dressing – Ivy Elizabeth, Susan Larsen, Hillary Pierce and Walter Loope for The Secret Garden

Properties – Diane King, Ramona Richardson for The Sanders Family Christmas

Light Design – Kurt Gustafson for The Secret Garden

Sound Design – Ryan Miner, Isaac Ballinger for Always… Patsy Cline

Special Effects – Kurt Gustafson for The Secret Garden

Costumes – Teena Stevic for The Secret Garden

Make Up – Cast of Always… Patsy Cline

Hair – Cast of The Sanders Family Christmas

 

PRODUCTION

Choreography – Mariana Constable for The Secret Garden

Music Direction – Katy Benko Miner and Julie Longmire for Always… Patsy Cline

Direction of a Play – Scott J. Strasbaugh for The Underpants

Production of a Play – April Bridgeman, Producer and Evelyn Rice, Stage Manager for The Underpants

Direction of a Musical – Ken Wayne for Always… Patsy Cline

Production of a Musical – Don Richardson, Producer and Susan Larsen, Stage Manager for The Sanders Family Christmas

JUDGES AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

Chris Noe’

Alyssa Kiffer as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden

Patrick Caradine as Colin Craven in The Secret Garden

Dominique Herring as Elle in Legally Blonde

Krista Poole as June Sanders in The Sanders Family Christmas

2016-2017 Lofty Nominations

2016 – 2017 Lofty Performance Nominations

Nominations for Cameo Performance in a Play
Zachary Dwyer as the King in The Underpants
Jamie Figgins as the Guard in Twelve Angry Men

Nominations for Cameo Performance in a Musical
Ariel Friendly as Ayah in The Secret Garden
Yvette Wheeler as Aunt Blanche in The Sanders Family Christmas
Gene Bates as Fakir in The Secret Garden

Nominations for Featured Performance Female in a Play
Leah Daley as Gertrude Deuter in The Underpants

Nominations for Featured Performance Male in a Play
Alexander Smith as Juror # 2 in Twelve Angry Men
Ricardo Padilla as Frank Versati in The Underpants
Joseph Bersack as Herr Klinglehoff in The Underpants
Joshua Vest as Benjamin Cohen in The Underpants

Nominations for Featured Performance Female in a Musical
Ivy Elizabeth as Louise Seger in Always, Patsy Cline
Barbara Szady as Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden
Krista Poole as June Sanders in The Sanders Family Christmas
Katy Benko Miner as Martha Sowerby in The Secret Garden
Emily Hibl as Lily Craven in The Secret Garden
Brianna Williamson as Rose in The Secret Garden

Nominations for Featured Performance Male in a Musical
Walter Loope as Ben Ben Weatherstaff in The Secret Garden
Danny Waldman as Dickon Sowerby in The Secret Garden
Michael Price as Joe Bob (Guitar) in Always, Patsy Cline
Rod Lowery as Bob Bob (Drums) in Always, Patsy Cline

Nominations for Lead Performance Female in a Play
Lori Brooks as Louise Maske in The Underpants

Nominations for Lead Performance Male in a Play
Michael Mehaffey as Juror 11 In Twelve Angry Men
Gene Schmiel as Juror 9 in Twelve Angry Men
Gregory Leggott as Juror 3 in Twelve Angry Men
Zachary Thaler as Theo Maske in The Underpants

Nominations for Lead Performance Female in a Musical
Katy Benko as Patsy Cline in Always, Patsy Cline
Dominique Herring as Elle in Legally Blonde
Sherry Bendt as Vera Sanders in The Sanders Family Christmas
Alyssa Kiffer as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden

Nominations for Lead Performance Male in a Musical
Brandon Leatherland as Emmett in Legally Blonde
Carlton Yelle as Rev Mervin Oglethorpe in The Sanders Family Christmas
Joel Saunders as Burl Sanders in The Sanders Family Christmas
Ken Wayne as Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden

Upcoming Auditions

 Upcoming Auditions: Greater Tuna and Fruitcakes

Auditions for Greater Tuna

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 Audition Dates
Friday, August 25 at 7 pm
Saturday, August 26 at 1 pm
Callbacks August 27 at 3 pm

Location to be determined.

Greater Tuna has 2 male characters that play 10 roles each. With lightening fast costume changes the characters are portrayed seamlessly to make the show an uproaring comedy. The setting is 1980’s in Texas.  The play is notable in that two men play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of both genders and various ages. 

Performed by Williams
  • Charlene Bumiller – Daughter of Hank and Bertha Bumiller, and sister to Stanley and Jody
  • Jody Bumiller – Youngest child of Bertha Bumiller, followed constantly by “eight to ten dogs”
  • Stanley Bumiller – fresh from reform school; twin to Charlene, and he later talks to the dead judge gloating how he killed him
  • Vera Carp – Town snob and vice president of the Smut-Snatchers of the New Order
  • Petey Fisk – Employee of the Greater Tuna Humane Society
  • Didi Snavely – Owner of Didi’s Used Weapons (“If we can’t kill it, it’s immortal”)
  • Arles Struvie – A disc jockey at radio station OKKK
  • Chad Hartford- A reporter from Houston who comes to interview Bertha
  • Phinas Blye- A politician from Indiana who runs for City Council every election
  • Harold Dean Lattimer- OKKK’s weatherman
  • Helen Bedd – waitress, Tastee Kreme Diner
Performed by Sears
  • Bertha Bumiller – wife of Hank and mother to Jody, Stanley, and Charlene; member of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order
  • Hank Bumiller- Husband of Bertha
  • Pearl Burras – Aunt to Bertha, who is, as Petey Fisk claims, addicted to killing dogs (in the play, called canicidal thumbitus)
  • Leonard Childers – Station Manager of OKKK for his talk show, “Leonard on the Line”
  • Sheriff Givens- Believes in old-fashioned jails
  • Elmer Watkins, head of the local chapter of the KKK, dedicated to making the town safe “for the right kind of people”
  • Yippy the dog- Pet of the month for five weeks in a row, yips a lot, and no one wants to adopt him
  • R.R. Snavely – UFOlogist, town drunk, and husband to Didi
  • The Reverend Spikes, president of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order
  • Thurston Wheelis – A disc jockey at radio station OKKK
  • Inita Goodwin – cook, Tastee Kreme Diner20

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Audition Dates
Friday, September 8 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 9 from 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Callbacks Sun., Sept 10 from 2:00-5:00 pm

Be Prepared
Prepare a monologue that is no more than 3 minutes long. There will be cold readings from the script. Prepare to read more than one scene if necessary and multiple parts. Please bring a headshot that you do not mind parting with, a completed Audition Form – Fruitcakes, and a resume of shows you have been in.  Children: If you are choosing to audition for Jamie – please read the description carefully and choose a monologue that fits that description. All other children roles: you can choose any monologue – it does not have to fit character description. 

Performance Dates
December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

ADULTS

Men

Mack Morgan – age 45 – 70 Sells Whirligigs and Christmas trees, kind, and stoic, quiet, strong and very well known and admired in community. Plays the Innkeeper in Christmas pageant

Beebo Dantzler – age 30 – 60 only policeman in small town decorates home outside very festively at Christmas. Well known, liked and depended on in town. Plays Caesar in Christmas pageant

Skeeter – age 30- 60 Fisherman and a poet, a very good poet and a genius. Loves his community and fishing most of all. Plays Joseph in Christmas pageant.

Rick Morgan – age 20 – 45 – Mack Morgan’s estranged son, walk – on role at end of play

Women

Miss Alice – age 50 – 80 – gentle and kind, loves to bake, especially special recipe fruitcakes for the whole town at Christmas time. Open and warm to all who meet her, plays an angel in Christmas pageant. Sister to Miss Sarah.

Miss Sarah – age 50 – 80 – grouchy and stubborn, will not engage unless she wants to. Loves to bake though, especially special recipe fruitcakes for the whole town at Christmas time. Plays an angel in Christmas pageant. Sister to Miss Alice.

Betty Jane – age 30 – 50 – Strong community mother and wife, PTO mom, volunteer, organizer of children’s activities year round. Directs and organizes the annual town Christmas pageant that includes Children and adults. Decorates home very festively at Christmas, very well known and liked. Married to Beebo Dantzler, town’s only policeman. Narrator of Christmas pageant

Mattie Sue – age 30 – 70 – Vibrant neighbor, has been married 6 times. Plays Mary in Christmas pageant.

Children

Boys

Jamie – age 12-17 – Runaway from city, ends up in small town and has to repay certain members of small town community for something he has done wrong. Suburban/urban teenager with jaded edge. 

Little Beebo – age 10 – 15 – son to Betty Jane and Beebo. Play’s Caesar’s servant in Christmas pageant rehearsal.

Sammy – age 10 – 14 – Plays Joseph in rehearsal for town Christmas pageant

Little Skeeter – age 10 – 14 – plays Innkeeper in rehearsal for town Christmas pageant

Little Larry – age 7- 13 – plays Wiseman in rehearsal for Christmas pageant

Little Billy – age 7 – 13 – shepherd or Wiseman in rehearsal for Christmas pageant

James (also plays Little Billy) – age 7-13 – Mac Morgan’s grandson, Rick Morgan’s son at the end of play

Girls

Sally – age 7 – 10 – Betty Jane and Beebo Dantzler Daughter, angel in Christmas pageant rehearsal

Meredith – age 10-14 – Plays Mary in Christmas pageant rehearsal

Pam – age 13-17 – Betty Jane and Beebo’s teenage daughter, friend to Jamie and helps mom with Christmas pageant

Frances – age 10 – 14 – plays narrator in Christmas pageant rehearsal

Amy – age 7 – 10 – plays angel in Christmas pageant rehearsal

Marybeth – age 7 – 10 – plays angel in Christmas pageant rehearsal

Joanie – age 7 – 10 – plays sheep in Christmas pageant rehearsal

Laura – age 7 – 10 – plays sheep in Christmas pageant rehearsal

 

 

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