Drammy awards

Drammys: a night for Misbehavin’

Portland Center Stage's Fats Waller musical sweeps up six trophies at Portland's annual theater awards; "Orlando" wins big; actor Gavin Hoffman hits a double

Ain’t Misbehavin’, Portland Center Stage’s bold large-scale rethinking of the intimate Fats Waller musical revue, swept up much of the hardware Monday night at the Drammy Awards, sharing the spotlight with Orlando, Profile Theatre’s brash adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s time-traveling, gender-bending adventure novel.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ dominated the evening with six awards, including best production of a musical, director of a musical (Chris Coleman), music direction (Rick Lewis), ensemble performance in a musical, scenic design (Tony Cisek), and costumes (Alison Heryer, who was also nominated for Orlando).

Portland Center Stage's "Ain't Misbehavin'": best ensemble in the best musical on the dest-designed stage. (Photo by Patrick Weishampel/blankeye.tv)

Portland Center Stage’s “Ain’t Misbehavin'”: best ensemble in the best musical on the best-designed stage. (Photo by Patrick Weishampel/blankeye.tv)

Orlando, which was part of Profile’s season of plays by Sarah Ruhl, won the coveted award for best production of a play, plus two other major categories: best actress in a play (Beth Thompson, who was also nominated for best supporting actress in Profile’s In the Next Room, or the vibrator play) and director of a play (Matthew B. Zrebski).

The Drammy Awards ceremony, Portland’s annual celebration of top achievements in theater, jammed the downtown Newmark Theatre of Portland’5 Centers for the Arts with a mixed crowd of theater fans and stage professionals, from actors and directors to designers and stagehands. In all, 117 productions were considered for awards by the 16-member Drammy committee. Late-season shows that were still running in June, such as Portland Playhouse’s hit Peter and the Starcatchers, Corrib’s Our New Girl, Triangle’s American Idiot, defunkt’s The Udmurts, and Artists Rep’s Grand Concourse and The Skin of Our Teeth, will be considered for 2016-17 awards.

Actor and director Beth Harper, founder and artistic director of the professional-training Portland Actors Conservatory, won this year’s lifetime achievement award, and it was a popular choice: when she walked onstage she was greeted with a standing ovation by the crowd, several of whom had graduated from the Actors Conservatory, and several more of whom have worked with her in shows. “For a girl from Pea Ridge, Tennessee, Miss Beth, you have done all right,” actor and director Brenda Hubbard said in introducing her. Harper thanked her own mentor, the legendary late Portland teacher and director Jack Featheringill, and commented, “It really does feel quite lovely to be appreciated.”

Gavin Hoffman scored a rare double victory in the acting categories, taking home the best actor Drammy for his performance as a desperate actor juggling life and art in The Understudy at Artists Repertory Theatre, and the supporting actor award for his performance in Great Expectations at Portland Center Stage. David Bodin shared the supporting-actor award for his Malvolio in Portland Shakespeare Project’s Twelfth Night. “I’m not greedy, really I’m not,” Hoffman said disarmingly in the second of his two acceptance speeches.

Best actress Beth Thompson in best play production "Orlando" at Profile Theatre. Photo: David Kinder

Best actress Beth Thompson in best play production “Orlando” at Profile Theatre. Photo: David Kinder

Other major acting awards went to Brian Demar Jones for best actor in a musical (Under the Influence, Fuse Theatre Ensemble), Malia Tippets for actress in a musical (Heathers: The Musical, Triangle Productions and Staged!), Jamie Rea for supporting actress in a play (A Doll’s House, Shaking the Tree), Cassie Q. Kohl for supporting actress in a musical (H.M.S. Pinafore, Mock’s Crest Productions), James Sharinghousen for supporting actor in a musical (Oklahoma!, Broadway Rose), and Kai Tomizawa for young performer (Junie B. Jones: The Musical, Oregon Children’s Theatre).

Among several special awards, the Portland Civic Theatre Guild gave out $17,000 for several projects, including $2,000 to the Rex Putnam High School theater department for children’s theater programs, $4,000 to CoHo Theatre for an exterior sign, $5,000 to John Ellingson to study puppet design in England, and $6,000 to Shaking the Tree for lighting and sound equipment. And the group Age and Equity for the Arts awarded $30,000 – $10,000 to Profile Theatre, $20,000 to CoHo – to support equity programs. Imago Theatre won the Artslandia Award of $5,000 in advertising and publicity.

The evening’s hosts were the seven members of The 3rd Floor comedy troupe, and what might have been a logistical disaster turned out instead to be a smooth, sometimes surprising, and often very funny addition to a show that ran a little over two and a half hours. The group’s quick wits and easy teamwork made the evening run like a machine – the sort of machine that includes spatters of blood, a cranked-up Carmina Burana soundtrack, an 8-foot-tall Sasquatch helping to announce the best-costume nominees, and at least one close-to-the-bone running gag. The troupe’s performance was refreshing and bittersweet: after 20 years onstage, it’ll call it quits after a July 9 reunion/retirement show at Artists Rep.

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The complete list of 2015-16 Drammy winners and nominees. Winners are listed in boldface at the top of each category:

 

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Brian Demar Jones
Under the Influence
Fuse Theatre Ensemble

Max Artsis
Dogfight
Staged!

Jared Miller

Oklahoma!
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Joel Walker
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY

Gavin Hoffman
The Understudy
Artists Repertory Theatre

Bobby Bermea
The Set-Up
Cygnet Productions

Allen Nause

Chapatti 
Corrib Theatre

Seth Rue
Blue Door
Profile Theatre

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Malia Tippets
Heathers: The Musical
triangle productions! & Staged! 

Claire Avakian
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Courtney Freed
Falsettos
Live On Stage

Kailey Rhodes
Chicago
Metropolitan Community Theatre Project

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Beth Thompson
Orlando
Profile Theatre

JoAnn Johnson
Mothers And Sons
Artists Repertory Theatre

Val Landrum
The Miracle Worker
Artists Repertory Theatre

Kayla Lian
Davita’s Harp
Jewish Theatre Collaborative

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Jessica Wallenfels
H.M.S. Pinafore
Mock’s Crest Productions

Maija Garcia
Cuba Libre
Artists Repertory Theatre

Maria Tucker
Oklahoma!
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Kent Zimmerman
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Portland Center Stage 

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Alison Heryer
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Portland Center Stage

Sarah Gahagan
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play
Profile Theatre

Alison Heryer
Orlando
Profile Theatre

Ashton Hull
Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
Portland Playhouse

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Chris Coleman
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Portland Center Stage

Diane Englert
Heathers: The Musical
triangle productions! & Staged!

Bruce A. Hostetler
H.M.S. Pinafore
Mock’s Crest Productions

Sharon Maroney
Oklahoma!
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

 

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Matthew B. Zrebski
Orlando
Profile Theatre

Michael Mendelson
The Understudy
Artists Repertory Theatre

Louanne Moldovan
The Set-Up
Cygnet Productions

Pat Patton
Waiting For Godot
Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative

 

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Portland Center Stage

Cuba Libre
Artists Repertory Theatre

In the Heights
Stumptown Stages

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

 

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY

The Set-Up
Cygnet Productions

Cock
defunkt theatre

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
Portland Playhouse

Orlando
Profile Theatre

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Don Crossley
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Oregon Children’s Theatre

Kristeen Willis Crosser
The Understudy
Artists Repertory Theatre

Carl Faber
Orlando
Profile Theatre

Diane Ferry Williams
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Portland Center Stage

 

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION

Rick Lewis
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Portland Center Stage

Tracey Edson
H.M.S. Pinafore
Mock’s Crest Productions

Jonathan Quesenberry
Heathers: The Musical
triangle productions! & Staged!

Jeffrey Childs
Oklahoma!
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

 

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

Ernie Lijoi, Kevin Laursen, Lawrence Rush
Under the Influence
Fuse Theatre Ensemble

Adrian Baxter
The Set-Up
Cygnet Productions

Rory Stitt
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Oregon Children’s Theatre

Matthew B. Zrebski
Chrysalis
Oregon Children’s Theatre (Young Professionals)

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCRIPT

Noah Dunham
How to Stop Dying
Action/Adventure Theatre

Ernie Lijoi
Under the Influence
Fuse Theatre Ensemble

Sacha Reich + Jamie Rea
Davita’s Harp
Jewish Theatre Collaborative

Claire Willett
Dear Galileo
Playwrights West

 

BEST PIT ENSEMBLE

Cuba Libre
Artists Repertory Theatre

Chicago
Metropolitan Community Theatre Project

Mame
Lakewood Theatre Company

Oklahoma!
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

 

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

Ain’t Misbehavin’
Portland Center Stage

H.M.S. Pinafore
Mock’s Crest Productions

Heathers: The Musical
triangle productions! & Staged!

Under the Influence
Fuse Theatre Ensemble

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

Orlando
Profile Theatre

Cock
defunkt theatre

The Set-Up
Cygnet Productions

The Understudy
Artists Repertory Theatre 

 

BEST SCENIC DESIGN

Tony Cisek
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Portland Center Stage

Stephen Dobay
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play
Profile Theatre

Tal Sanders
Orlando
Profile Theatre

Tim Stapleton
Waiting For Godot
Northwest Classical Theatre Collaborative

 

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Rodolfo Ortega
Blue Door
Profile Theatre

Richard E. Moore
The Drunken City
Theatre Vertigo

Seth Nehil
Time, A Fair Hustler
Hand2Mouth

Scott Thorson
Sex With Strangers
Portland Center Stage

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

James Sharinghousen
Oklahoma!
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Troy Pennington
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Blake Stone
Heathers: The Musical
triangle productions! & Staged!

Joe Theissen
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

David Bodin
Twelfth Night
Portland Shakespeare Project

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Gavin Hoffman
Great Expectations
Portland Center Stage

Matthew Kerrigan
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play
Profile Theatre

Todd Van Voris
The New Electric Ballroom
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Cassi Q. Kohl
H.M.S. Pinafore
Mock’s Crest Productions

Amanda Pred
Heathers: The Musical
triangle productions! & Staged!

Danielle Purdy
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Emily Sahler
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Jamie Rea
A Doll’s House
Shaking the Tree

Crystal Ann Muñoz
Twelfth Night
Portland Shakespeare Project

Anne Sorce
Time, A Fair Hustler
Hand2Mouth

Beth Thompson
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play
Profile Theatre

 

BEST YOUNG PERFORMER

Kai Tomizawa
Junie B. Jones: The Musical
Oregon Children’s Theatre

Annabel Cantor
Ramona Quimby
Oregon Children’s Theatre

Morgan Fay
The Wrestling Season
Oregon Children’s Theatre (Young Professionals)

Agatha Olson
The Miracle Worker
Artists Repertory Theatre

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Beth Harper

 

SPECIAL AWARDS: 

Best Properties Design: Kaye Blankenship, In the Next Room,” or The Vibrator Play, Profile Theatre

Best Scenic Artist: Mindy Barker, The Drunken City, Theatre Vertigo

Best Solo Performance: Matthew Kerrigan, The Dissenter’s Handbook, Shaking the Tree Theater

Special achievement by a producer: Adriana Baer (Profile) and Samantha van der Merwe (Shaking the Tree), Passion Play

 

PATA SPOTLIGHT AWARDS:

The following Spotlight awards were presented by Portland Area Theatre Alliance (PATA):

  • Other: Kate E. Ortolano, sign language
  • Crew: Crew of The Skin of Our Teeth at Artists Repertory Theatre
  • Stage Manager: Karen Hill
  • Stage Manager: D Westerholm

 

PORTLAND CIVIC THEATRE GUILD AWARDS:

  • Mary Brand Award: $2,000 to Rex Putnam High School Theatre Department Children’s Theatre Program to bring theater to elementary school audiences that otherwise could not afford to attend.
  • Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship: $5,000 to John Ellingson for travel to England to study at the Beverly Puppet Festival in July, following which he will connect and interact with several prominent puppet companies in England.
  • Portland Civic Theatre $4,000 Award  to CoHo Theatre to pay for the creation and installation of an exterior sign marking the building and increasing the visibility of the theatre.
  • The Portland Civic Theatre $6,000 Award to Shaking the Tree to upgrade their lighting and sound equipment.

 

AGE AND GENDER EQUITY AWARDS:

  • $10,000 to Profile Theatre
  • $20,000 to CoHo Productions

ArtsWatch Weekly: Hello Drammys, farewell Conduit, back to Bach

A look at the week that was in Oregon arts. A glimpse ahead at the week that's going to be.

GET ON YOUR TUX AND YOUR EVENING GOWN (or, this being Portland, your jeans and flannels and Doc Martens): It’s Drammy Time. The 2016 Drammy Awards ceremony, the 38th annual celebration of outstanding work on the city’s theater stages, is ready to rock the Newmark Theatre on Monday, June 27. This year’s festivities will be emceed by a gaggle of hosts – the legendary sketch comedy troupe The 3rd Floor, coming out of retirement for the night.

drammyslogo_printcmykThe Drammys always include a little backstage drama, and this year’s nominations have generated some heat among theater insiders, both for shows that were nominated and shows that weren’t: some shows have fierce partisans. That’s not unusual, though the temperature might be a little higher this year. The fireworks might add some spice to the ceremony, or everything might burst into daffodils and roses. Enthusiasm usually runs high. One thing bound to spike interest is the addition this year of an awards-ceremony-in-the-awards-ceremony: the equity advocacy group Age & Gender Equity in the Arts will announce $30,000 in grants for equity projects. Jane Vogel, AGE’s founder, reveals the whys and hows in this story for ArtsWatch.

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Drammys: ‘Snowstorm,’ ‘Mary Poppins,’ lots of love

Portland theater's annual awards party turns into a love-in Monday night, with a special award for Miracle Theatre and a lifetime honor for Tobias Andersen

The 37th annual Drammy Awards, Portland’s celebration of the best and brightest in the year’s theater scene, hit the Newmark Theatre Monday night like a roller coaster of love – for stage managers and dressers and designers, for directors and writers, for the whole crazy game of theater and the people who are held happily hostage by it.

The Snowstorm, Eric Nordin and Jessica Wallenfels’ ambitious original combination of theater, music, and dance that came out of this spring’s Fertile Ground new-works festival, took three awards, including the coveted best production Drammy, and by the crowd reaction, was an immensely popular choice. It was produced by CoHo Productions and Many Hats Collaborations.

Beth Thompson as Bear in best-production winner "The Snowstorm"; mask by Tony Fummeler. Photo: Brud Giles

Beth Thompson as Bear in best-production winner “The Snowstorm”; mask by Tony Fummeler. Photo: Brud Giles

But if any single show dominated the evening, it was a musical by a children’s theater company. As it did in the PAMTA musical-theater awards two weeks ago, Northwest Children’s Theater’s high-flying Mary Poppins swept up in the musicals categories, taking seven awards, including best musical production, direction of a musical (Sarah Jane Hardy, who also took the choreography award), and actor in a musical (John Ellingson, who also won for his Mary Poppins prop design). The show’s large cast and crew stayed in shape hustling onstage multiple times, to loud applause. Hardy spoke passionately about the Portland way of doing children’s theater, which, she said, is to have lots of children as opposed to all adult actors in the shows, and Ellingson gave moving tribute to his husband for his support, remarking that he hoped it would be the last time such a comment would be viewed as a political statement.

Northwest Children's Theatre's "Mary Poppins" dominated the musical-theater awards. Photo: David Kinder

Northwest Children’s Theater’s “Mary Poppins” dominated the musical-theater awards. Photo: David Kinder

After years at the Crystal Ballroom and, before that, at the Benson Hotel, the Drammys moved uptown into the 870-seat Newmark, a hall that provided a touch of class and put the theater awards in an actual theater. If the atmosphere cut back on some of the evening’s trademark rowdiness, it also made hearing from the audience much easier, and gave the evening a grown-up feel. Emcee Dan Murphy kept the crowd titillated with a dizzying succession of costume changes, each time emerging from the wings like a Cher impersonator in a bargain Nevada casino lounge. At one point he and presenter Olga Sanchez, artistic director of Miracle Theatre, showed up onstage in nearly identical electric-blue evening gowns. Sanchez took the style award, Murphy the comedy crown.

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Ready, set, go: It’s Drammy time

Portland's annual theater awards ceremony is Monday night. It's in the Newmark Theatre, and it's – gasp! – air-conditioned.

Dear Greater Portland,

On this Friday before the Monday, ArtsWatch shamelessly purloins the home page of the Drammy Awards web site to list all of the candidates for outstanding achievement in the 2014-15 theater season. We feel good about this, because we’ve gone straight to the source, and are sucure in the happy knowledge that we’ll be making no mistakes in transcription. Also, the Drammy Committee has cleverly included photographs of all the candidates, which we consider a Good Thing.

Tobias Andersen (with Robynn Hayek), who opens tonight at Clackamas Repertory Theatre as Big Daddy in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Drammy celebration Monday night. Photo: Travis Nodurft

Tobias Andersen (with Robynn Hayek), who opens Friday night at Clackamas Repertory Theatre as Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Drammy celebration Monday night. Photo: Travis Nodurft

Things to remember:

– For the first time, the awards ceremony will be in the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, which has a capacity of 870.

– Time is 7 p.m., with bar open beforehand, Monday, June 29. Admission is free.

– Given Oregon’s unseasonable Heat Wave (Martha & the Vandellas, 1963, N. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart), ArtsWatch is pleased to point out that the Newmark is air-conditioned.

– Wear what you want: It’s Portland. But wear something: no leftovers from Saturday’s Naked Bike Ride, please.

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The 2014-2015 Drammy Awards Celebration, the 37th of that ilk, will be held at 

THE NEWMARK THEATRE

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Photo:Michael Dahlstrom

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015

The ceremony will begin at 7 pm (bar and lobby open beforehand)

Entrance is free, ticketless, and open to the public.

Our fabulous MC at this year’s Drammys is the wonderful Dan Murphy! We couldn’t be happier!

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Click here to read Dan’s bio. But better yet, come on June 29 to read all about him in the artslandia program, and best of all, to see him in action!

Here are this year’s Finalists! Please note that, in addition, PATA will be presenting Spotlight Awards as usual, and our parent company, PCTG, will be offering  the Fulton Fellowship for an established artist, the Portland Civic Theatre Award in support of a theatre company,  and the Mary Brand Award for support of theatre education for young people.

 

2015 Drammy Awards – FINALISTS

Click here for the link to the video announcement organized and recorded by our partner artslandia, so you can watch it again and again (because these two lovely ladies in PJs are simply too cute! Thank you Susannah Mars and Merideth Kaye Clark!)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Mujahid Abdul-Rashid
The Piano Lesson
Portland Playhouse
Mujahid, The Piano Lesson, Drammy 2015

Joseph Costa
The Price
Artists Repertory Theatre
Joseph Costa, Supporting

Chris Harder
Intimate Apparel
Artists Repertory Theatre
Chris Harder, Supporting

Todd Van Voris
Macbeth
Northwest Classical Theatre Company
Todd Van Voris NWCTC Macbeth Russel J. Young Photography

BEST SCENIC DESIGN

John Ellingson
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
John E, NWCT, MP

Peter Ksander
The Three Sisters
Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE)
PETE - Drammy Finalist - Peter Ksander

Alan Schwanke
The Piano Lesson
Portland Playhouse
set, Piano Lesson

Rusty Tennant
The Last Days
Post5 Theatre
The Photography of Russell J Young

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Carmen Brantley-Payne
Show Boat
Lakewood Theatre Company
Carmen Brantley-Payne, best supporting finalist actress musical

Cassi Q. Kohl
She Loves Me
Lakewood Theatre Company
Cassi Q. Kohl

Signe Larsen
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Signe Larson NWCT

Danielle Purdy
tick, tick…BOOM!
triangle productions!
Triangle_TTB_Danielle

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Em Gustason
The Sweatermakers
Playwrights West
sweatermakers sound design drammy

Richard E. Moore
The Turn
The Reformers
richard moore the turn

Mark Valadez
Grounded
CoHo Productions
Rebecca L, Grounded

Matt Wiens
The Other Place
Portland Playhouse
The Other Place, sound, Drammy finalist 2015

BEST YOUNG PERFORMER

Elisha Henig
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
DrammyBestYoungPerfomer_CoHo_Snowstorm_ElishaHenig_creditBrudGiles

Thom Hilton
Columbinus
Oregon Children’s Theatre
(Young Professionals)
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Agatha Olson
The Turn
The Reformers
agatha olson the turn YP Finalist 2015

Haley Ward
Ivy and Bean:  The Musical
Oregon Children’s Theatre
Ivy and Bean, Haley Ward, Finalist 2015

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Andrés Alcalá
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Andres A, supporting, NWCT, MP

Paul Harestad
Grease
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Grease Broadway Rose 4/16/15 Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Eric Little
The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Supporting Actor in a Musical - Eric Little

Salim Sanchez
Parade
Staged!
Salim Sanches, Drammy Finalist, Parade, Staged!

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Sarah Jane Hardy
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Sarah Jane Hardy, Chor, NWCT, MP

Kemba Shannon
The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Choreography - Kemba Shannon

Jacob Toth
Grease
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Grease Broadway Rose 4/16/15 Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Jessica Wallenfels
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
DrammyBestChoreography_CoHo_Snowstorm_JessicaWallenfels_creditRachelleHacmac

BEST PIT ENSEMBLE

The Music Man
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC Music Man Pit Ensemble

The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Pit Ensemble-2 Drammy Finalist rocky

The World Goes ‘Round
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC World Goes Round Pit Ensemble

tick, tick…BOOM!
triangle productions!
trianngle best pit finalist 2015

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Alison Heryer
The Mystery of Irma Vep
Third Rail Repertory Theatre
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Darrin J. Pufall
The Rocky Horror Show
Live on Stage
Best Costumes - Darrin J. Pufall rocky horror, finalist 2015

Mary Rochon
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Costumes NWCT MP Mary Rochon

Mary Rochon
The Jungle Book
Northwest Children’s Theater
Costumes, NWCT, Jungle, Mary Rochon

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS  IN A PLAY

Dana Green
Dead Man’s Cell Phone
Profile Theatre
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Sofia May-Cuxim
¡O Romeo!
Milagro
Sophia, supporting, Milagro

Rebecca Ridenour
¡O Romeo!
Milagro
Milagro, Ridenour

Olga Sanchez
Learn to be Latina
Milagro
Olga, supporting, Milagro

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Don Crossley
Grounded
CoHo Productions
Rebecca, best lighting, CoHo

Daniel Meeker
Lizzie
Portland Center Stage
Best Lighting, D Meeker, PCS, Lizzie

Daniel Meeker
The Other Place
Portland Playhouse
The Other Place, lighting design, 2015

Peter West
¡O Romeo!
Milagro
O romeo, best lighting

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION

James Beaton
Lizzie
Portland Center Stage
Best Music Direction, James Beaton, PCS, Lizzie

Jeffrey Childs
The World Goes ‘Round
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC World Goes Round Jeffery Childs Music Director

Jonathan Quesenberry
She Loves Me
Lakewood Theatre Company
Jon Quesenberry

Darcy White
The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Musical Direction - Darcy White

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Tobias Andersen
She Loves Me
Lakewood Theatre Company
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Sarah Jane Hardy
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Director, SJH, NWCT

John Oules
The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Director of a Musical - John Oules (1)

Jacob Toth
Grease
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC Grease Jacob Toth Director Musical

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

John Ellingson
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
John E, actor, NWCT, MP

Drew Harper
tick, tick…BOOM!
triangle productions!
Triangle_TTB Drew finalist 2015

Brian Demar Jones
Bat Boy:  The Musical
Funhouse Lounge
BB Brian finalist 2015

Joe Theissen
La Cage aux Folles
Pixie Dust Productions
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BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Chrissy Kelly-Pettit
Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Chrissy Kelly Petit NWCT MP

Chrissy Kelly-Pettit
The Music Man
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC Music Man Chrissy Kelly-Pettit Actress Musical

Mary Kate Morrissey
Lizzie
Portland Center Stage
Best Actress, Musical, lizzie, PCS

Dru Rutledge
She Loves Me
Lakewood Theatre Company
Dru Rutledge

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL

Grease
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Grease Broadway Rose 4/16/15 Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
ensemble, NWCT, MP

The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Ensemble in a Musical

The World Goes ‘Round
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
BRTC World Goes Round Ensemble in Musical

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY

Bob: A Life in Five Acts
Theatre Vertigo
BobEnsemble

Learn to be Latina
Milagro
Learn to be Latina, Drammy finalist 2015

¡O Romeo!
Milagro
ensemble, O Romeo

The School for Lies
Theatre Vertigo
LiesEnsemble

BEST ORIGINAL SCRIPT

Sean Doran
The Turn
The Reformers
sean doran the turn

Yussef El Guindi
Threesome
Portland Center Stage
Best Original Script, PCS, Threesome

Eric Nordin
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
Drammy_BestOriginalScript_CoHo_Snowstorm_JamieRea,EricNordin_creditBrudGiles

C.S. Whitcomb
The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock
Lakewood Theatre Company
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BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Bobby Bermea
Wait Until Dark
Northwest Classical Theatre Company
Wait Until Dark Drammy photo credit Jason Maniccia-2

Olga Sanchez
¡O Romeo!
Milagro
Olga, best director, o romeo

Jessica Wallenfels
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
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Matthew B. Zrebski
Bob:  A Life in Five Acts
Theatre Vertigo
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BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY

Michael Elich
The Price
Artists Repertory Theatre
Best Actor, Michael Elich, ART, The Price

Chris Harder
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
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Heath Koerschgen
The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock
Lakewood Theatre Company
Heath H in Seven Wonders, Finalist

Damon Kupper
The Night Alive
Third Rail Repertory Theatre
Damon Kupper.The Night Alive.Third Rail Rep4

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Amy Newman
Tribes
Artists Repertory Theatre
Best Actress, Amy Newman, Tribes, ART

Vana O’Brien
4000 Miles
Artists Repertory Theatre
Best Actress, Vana, 4000 Miles, ART

Jamie Rea
The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
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Luisa Sermol
Sans Merci
Badass Theatre Company
Best Actress, Luisa, Sans Merci, Badass

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

Grease
Broadway Rose Theatre Company
Grease Broadway Rose 4/16/15 Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Mary Poppins
Northwest Children’s Theater
Production, MP, NWCT

She Loves Me
Lakewood Theatre Company
She Loves Me, Ensemble

The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage
Best Production of a Musical

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

The Piano Lesson
Portland Playhouse
The Piano Lesson, best production of play finalist 2015

The Price
Artists Repertory Theatre
Artists Rep The Price finalist 2015

The Snowstorm
CoHo Productions
+ Many Hats Collaboration
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The Three Sisters
Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE)
PETE - Drammy Finalist - Best Production

In addition, individual awards will be given in the following categories for outstanding achievement:

DEVISED WORK

PUPPET DESIGN

ORIGINAL MUSIC

PROPERTIES DESIGN

SOLO PERFORMANCE

MUSIC PERFORMANCE

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY

And as previously announced:

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Miracle Theatre Group

Milagro corner

El Centro Milagro

Please click on this link to read Milagro’s story

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Tobias Andersen

Tobias headshot

Photo by Riley Caton

You can read all about Tobias’s FIFTY years in theatre by clicking on this link!  Please join us on Monday, June 29, to celebrate both this remarkable actor and Milagro, the little theatre that could!

Click on this link to view all productions considered  for this year’s Drammys.

Click here to view all eligible productions, with links to production photographs! 

We are grateful to Portland’5 for sponsoring this event

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Drammy Awards: a Playhouse double play

Portland Playhouse's 'Light in the Piazza' and 'A Christmas Carol' take both top production trophies

Portland Playhouse pulled off a tough double play at Monday night’s Drammy Awards, taking top honors in both major production categories – best play of the season for its stripped-down version of A Christmas Carol, and best musical play for The Light in the Piazza. 

The crowd gets into the action for the opening puppet-show strut to "The Circle of Life." Photo: Henk Pander

The crowd gets into the action for the opening puppet-show strut to “The Circle of Life.” Photo: Henk Pander

The celebration of the best achievements in Portland theater during the 2013-14 season packed the house at the Crystal Ballroom with theater folk and theater fans, many dressed to the nines and others to the twos or threes. The mood was convivial verging on rowdy, punctuated during one long stretch by the drone of a punk band playing loudly somewhere downstairs, and hosted with wit and dash by actor Isaac Lamb, who occasionally ceded the spotlight to his vigorously tap-dancing wife-to-be, Amy Beth Frankel. If anyone caught their act on videotape, it could go viral.

Dapper Isaac Lamb, the Drammys' emcee. Photo: Owen Carey

Dapper Isaac Lamb, the Drammys’ emcee. Photo: Owen Carey

Piazza was the evening’s closest thing to a runaway, walking off with five prizes: best production, actress in a musical (Meredith Kaye Clark), supporting actress in a musical (Jennifer Goldsmith), supporting actor in a musical (David Meyers), and musical direction (Eric Nordin). A Christmas Carol took top awards for ensemble in a play and director in a play (Cristi Miles) in addition to best production.

Well Arts Institute's Youth Program accepted the Mary Brand Award. Photo: Ann Singer

Ann Singer, Well Arts Institute’s youth program coordinator, accepted the $2,000 Mary Brand Award from Julie Accuardi of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild.

Oregon Children’s Theatre took four awards for its sweet and funny high school outcast musical Zombie in Love, and Kristeen Willis Crosser was a double individual winner, taking home the hardware for scenic design (Gidion’s Knot) and lighting design (A Bright New Boise), both at Third Rail Rep. One category, best actress in a play, ended in a tie vote. Amy Newman (Gidion’s Knot) and Maureen Porter (Crooked, CoHo Productions) shared the prize.

After an hour of drinking, preening, and general hobnobbing, the ceremony got off to a rousing start with a long Irish yowl of a song from Chris Murray, who’s starring as the not-quite-murderous Irish lad Christy in The Playboy of the Western World at Artists Rep, followed by a Lion King-style puppet show threading rambunctiously through the crowd. Among the costumed paraders were a donkey, a latke, a fish, a teapot, a snake, and several bottles of booze. They set the tone for much of the rest of the evening: congenial, creative, a little outrageous, fun, and quite long. At the end of the ceremony, Lamb performed a hilarious Portlandified riff on the “River City” song from The Music Man that would’ve made a knockout opening number. By the time it finally came, much of the crowd was already heading for the bars or home – a shame, but an understandable one.

Horsing around at the opening puppet parade. Photo: Henk Pander

Horsing around at the opening puppet parade. Photo: Henk Pander

The 17-member Drammy Committee of writers and theater professionals considered almost 120 productions from the awards’ 36th season. Several current shows opened too late for consideration. This year, after several years of choosing multiple winners in each category, the committee returned to picking a single winner from a pre-announced list of finalists in each category, making the Drammys feel more like the Oscars or Tonys. The finalists in each category are listed here.

The cast of Portland Playhouse's "A Christmas Carol" celebrate their best-production Drammy. Photo: Owen Carey

The cast of Portland Playhouse’s “A Christmas Carol” celebrate their best-production Drammy. Photo: Owen Carey

Grant Turner, founder of Northwest Classical Theatre,  drew appreciative nods during his acceptance speech for his Special Achievement Award. “Take the time to hone your craft,” he advised, “and don’t take (a play) on until you’re able.” He continued: “Believe in your authors, and your audience will believe in you.”  Turner, who started the Shakespeare-centric classical company more than 15 years ago, is moving to eastern Oregon but will return to Portland for specific projects.

Van Voris (left) and Hoffman indulge in some interpretive oratory. Photo: Owen Carey

Van Voris (left) and Hoffman indulge in some interpretive oratory. Photo: Owen Carey

Actors Todd Van Voris and Gavin Hoffman sent titters racing around the room with their dramatic readings of “actual posts on PDX Backstage.” And when the Light in the Piazza company gathered onstage to accept the best-musical award, Susannah Mars drew extended cheers and a couple of boos when she proudly announced, “We did a musical without microphones!

It was that kind of night.

 

2014 DRAMMY AWARD WINNERS

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Michael Fisher-Welsh
The Quality of Life
Artists Repertory Theatre

 

BEST SCENIC DESIGN

Kristeen Willis Crosser
Gidion’s Knot
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

 

BEST PROPERTIES DESIGN

Drew Dannhorn
The Giver
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

BEST DESIGN AND FABRICATION AWARD

John Ellingson
James and the Giant Peach
Northwest Children’s Theater

 

SPECIAL THEATRICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Atomic Arts
Trek in the Park
2009-2013

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Jennifer Goldsmith
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

 

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Annalise Albright Woods
pool (no water)
Theatre Vertigo

 

BEST YOUNG PERFORMER

Blake Peebles
Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

David Meyers
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY 

Dan Murphy
Plaid Tidings
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

 

BEST PIT ENSEMBLE

9 to 5: The Musical
Stumptown Stages

 

PATA SPOTLIGHT AWARDS

Stage Manager: Emma Lewins
Crew Member: Don Crossley
Ballyhoo (formerly known as “Other”): Val and Jim Liptak

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Jen LaMastra
James and the Giant Peach
Northwest Children’s Theater

 

BEST MAKE UP DESIGN

Caitlin Fisher-Draeger
The Revenants
The Reformers

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Meghan Chambers
Crooked
CoHo Productions / Philip Cuomo and Maureen Porter

 

BEST PROJECTION DESIGN

Jeff Kurihara
The Giver
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Kristeen Willis Crosser
A Bright New Boise
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

 

Catherine Egan accepts her award for movement design for Push Leg's "Nighthawks." Photo: Owen Carey

Catherine Egan accepts her award for movement design for Push Leg’s “Nighthawks.” Photo: Owen Carey

BEST MOVEMENT DESIGN

Catherine Egan
Nighthawks
Push Leg

 

BEST DEVISED WORK

Nighthawks
Push Leg

 

Special Achievement Award winner Grant Turner. Photo: Owen Carey

Special Achievement Award winner Grant Turner. Photo: Owen Carey

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 Grant Turner
Founding Artistic Director
Northwest Classical Theatre Company

 

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION

Eric Nordin
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

 

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Marcella Crowson
Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

David Studwell
Fiddler on the Roof
Portland Center Stage

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Merideth Kaye Clark
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

 

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL

Plaid Tidings
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

 

Solo performance winner Damon Kupper in front of an image from his show, "Last November." Photo: Owen Carey

Solo performance winner Damon Kupper in front of an image from his show, “A Night in November.” Photo: Owen Carey

BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE

Damon Kupper
A Night in November
corrib theatre

 

BEST ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY

 A Christmas Carol
Portland Playhouse

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCRIPT

Michelle Elliott
Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE    

Danny Larsen, Music
Michelle Elliott, Lyrics
Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

 

PORTLAND CIVIC THEATRE GUILD AWARDS 

Mary Brand Award $2,000
Recipient: Well Arts Institute

Portland Civic Theatre Award in Support of Theatre $3,000
Recipient: Action/Adventure Theatre

The Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship $5,000
Recipient: Jill Westerby Gonzales

 

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Cristi Miles
A Christmas Carol
Portland Playhouse

 

Best actor winner Allen Nause," "The Caretaker" at Imago. Photo: Owen Carey

Best actor winner Allen Nause,” “The Caretaker” at Imago. Photo: Owen Carey

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY

Allen Nause
The Caretaker
Imago Theatre

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY (tied)

Amy Newman
Gidion’s Knot
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Maureen Porter
Crooked
CoHo Productions / Philip Cuomo and Maureen Porter

 

Best actress co-winner Maureen Porter, "Crooked," CoHo Productions. Photo: Owen Carey

Best actress co-winner Maureen Porter, “Crooked,” CoHo Productions. Photo: Owen Carey

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

 

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

A Christmas Carol
Portland Playhouse

 

 

 

Drammy Awards and Janice Scroggins benefit tonight; Oregon at the Tonys

With two major events in Portland, it's a Monday night to step out

No staying home Monday: It’s a big night out.

Drammy host Isaac Lamb, from his "Defending the Caveman" days. Photo: Jenni Girtman

Drammy host Isaac Lamb, from his “Defending the Caveman” days. Photo: Jenni Girtman

The 36th annual Drammy Awards, celebrating the best in Portland’s theater during the past season, take over the Crystal Ballroom (1332 West Burnside Street) starting at 6 o’clock, with the ceremony at 7 p.m. Actor Isaac Lamb will be master of ceremonies, and he promises surprises. This is traditionally the biggest theater bash of the year in Portland, and it’s open to everyone: free at the door, buy your own drinks. This year, for the first time in several years, the Drammy jurists are choosing a single winner in each category from a pre-announced list of finalists (see the nominees on the Drammy link above), making the awards more in the tradition of the Oscars and Tonys.

For a taste of what’s to come, read Marty Hughley’s profile for ArtsWatch of Grant Turner, who’ll be receiving this year’s Special Achievement Award.

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Janice Scroggins: a joyful noise in her memory.

Janice Scroggins: a joyful noise in her memory.

Another big event tonight is For the Love of Janice: An All-Star Benefit for the Family of Janice Scrogginsstarting at 7 p.m.  (doors open at 6) at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 Northeast Alberta Street. The concert’s sold out, demonstrating both the quality of the lineup and the love and respect Portlanders feel for Scroggins, the pianist and keyboardist who’s been a leading figure in the city’s blues, jazz, and other scenes for decades, died in late May of a heart attack. She was 58. You can read ArtsWatch’s remembrance here. Tonight’s benefit will feature a mighty gathering of musical talent, people who were Janice’s friends and colleagues: Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester, Julianne Johnson, Mary Flower, Linda Hornbuckle, Thara Memory, Lyndee Mah, Duffy Bishop, Lloyd Jones, Patrick Lamb, Michael Allen Harrison, Peter Damman, Terry Robb, Reggie Houston … the list goes on and on.

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Congratulations, meanwhile, to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for last night’s Tony Award wins for best play for Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way, and best actor for Bryan Cranston, who stars in All the Way as Lyndon Baines Johnson. Festival actor Jack Willis originated the role when Schenkkan’s play premiered in Ashland as an OSF commission in 2012. David Stabler has the scoop on OregonLive.

Congrats, also, to the Portland producing team of Brisa Trinchero and Corey Brunish, whose shows pulled in 22 Tony nominations and went home with six, scoring with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and others. Here’s the complete list of winners and nominees, via The Hollywood Reporter.

Great shakes: a Drammy tribute to Grant Turner

NW Classical Theatre's departing leader will take home a special award from Monday's Drammy ceremony

Grant Turner’s career epiphany came during his freshman year of college, but not within the halls of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Instead it was at the movies. While back in his native Portland for the winter break, Turner went to Cinema 21 to see Kenneth Branagh’s 1989 film version of Shakespeare’s Henry V.

And Turner had no idea what was going on.

He’d encountered the Bard before. In grade school, he’d seen the famous Franco Zeffirelli film of Romeo and Juliet. He’d even faked his way through a small part in a middle-school Hamlet and, a few years later at Centennial High, a class about Shakespeare. He says he never understood a word of it.

Turner (left) as Iachimo in "Cymbeline," with Tom Walton

Turner (left) as Iachimo in “Cymbeline,” with Tom Walton

Soon, the young theater major switched his focus from musical theater to classics. In the years since Branagh turned the light of understanding on for him, Turner’s become so adept at illuminating Shakespeare for others — actors and audiences alike —that he’s earned the 2014 Drammy Award for Special Achievement in Portland theater.

Turner and dozens of other theater artists will be honored Monday night at the Crystal Ballroom in the 36th annual Drammy Awards ceremony. Isaac Lamb – he of the world’s most famous marriage-proposal viral video, but more importantly a marvelous Portland actor and singer – will host the event, which starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for drinks, socializing and a slideshow of images from the 2013-’14 theater season.

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