Acclaim Hall of Fame

Acclaimed Productions for 09-10 Theatre Season
33 Variations

33 Variations

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Dale Hodges
Supporting Performance, Equity

7 (X1) Samurai

7 (X1) Samurai

Cincinnati Fringe Festival
David Gaines
Solo Performance

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Outstanding Alternative 2010

Brian Issac Phillips
Direction

Michael Bath
Supporting Performance, Equity

The Cast
Ensemble, Non Equity

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Covedale Center for the Performing Arts
Joshua Steele
Supporting Performance, Non Equity

Bury the Dead

Bury the Dead

Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
Bennett Bradley, Michael Carr, Brian Emond, Claron Hayden, Kevin Macku, Kevin Malarkey, Catherine Prevett, Hope Shangle, Jordan Shramka, Mikayla Stanley and John Ware
Principal Ensemble, University

Michael Burnham
Direction

Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie

NKU Theatre and Dance
Jane Green and Sarah Peak
Choreography, University

Jeff Shearer
Costume Design, University

Ken Jones
Direction

Kieran Cronin
Musical Supporting Performance, University

Sara Kenny
Musical Supporting Performance, University

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Megan McGinnis
Musical Lead Performance, Equity

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
Charlie Clark
Musical Lead Performance, Equity

Equus

Equus

New Edgecliff Theatre
Alan Patrick Kenny
Direction

Cary Davenport
Lead Performance, Non Equity

Glen Goodwin
Lighting Design, Non Equity

Paul Lieber
Sound Design, Non Equity

The Cast
Ensemble, Non Equity

Falsettos

Falsettos

UC College-Conservatory of Music
Mia Gentile
Musical Supporting Performance, University

Gravesongs

Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Rachel Christianson, Emily Eaton, Lauren Shiveley, Rebecca Whatley & Elizabeth Worley
Ensemble, Fringe

Liz Maxwell
Direction

I Love a Piano

I Love a Piano

Commonwealth Theatre Company
Matt Bohnert, Sarah Drake, Roderick Justice, Edwin Large, Rachel Perin & Laura Wacksman
Musical Ensemble, Non Equity

Orpheus Descending

Orpheus Descending

UC College Conservatory of Music
Ashton Byrum
Direction

Justin Barisonek
Set Design, University

Othello

Othello

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Kelly Mengelkoch
Supporting Performance, Equity

Picnic

Picnic

UC College Conservatory of Music
Tammy Honesty
Set Design, University

Poe

Poe

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Giles Davies
Theatrical Special Event

Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

NKU Theatre and Dance
Jeff Shearer
Wig Design, University

Sideways Stories From Wayside School

Sideways Stories From Wayside School

Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Darnell Benjamin, Breona Conrad, Annie Kalahurka Joshua Murphy, Kim Popa, Catherine Prevett, Dylan Shelton, Alison Vodnoy, Liz Vosmeier and Chris Wesselman
Ensemble, Non Equity

Jason Ballweber
Direction

Lindsey Jones and Kim Popa
Choreography, Non Equity

Sleuth

Sleuth

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Paul Shortt, Manager Anna C. Goller, Ingrid Heithaus Scott Hubert and Thomas C. Nader, Jr.
Set Design & Décor, Equity

The Edge

Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Karen Wissel
Supporting Performance, Fringe

The Fall of Heaven

The Fall of Heaven

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
David Gallo
Set Design, Equity

Donald Holder
Lighting Design, Equity

Esau Pritchett
Lead Performance, Equity

Jenifer Morrow
Stage Management, Equity

Marion McClinton
Direction

Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen
Sound Design, Equity

The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Ron Bohmer
Lead Musical Performance, Equity

Dale Hodges and Joneal Joplin
Outstanding Duo

The History of Invulnerability

The History of Invulnerability

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
David Deblinger
Lead Performance, Equity

David Gallo and Steve Channon
Scenic Design, Equity

Joseph Parks
Supporting Performance, Equity

Michael Haney
Direction

The Human Comedy

UC College Conservatory of Music
Aubrey Berg
Direction in a Collegiate Production

Anthony DeAngelis
Music and Vocal Direction

Carlyn Connolly
Musical Supporting Performance, University

The Cast
Collegiate Vocal Performance

The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Bruce Cromer
Lead Performance

Sherman Fracher
Lead Performance

The Marvelous Wonderettes

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Brooke Rucidlo
Musical Supporting Performance, Non Equity

Mia Gentile
Musical Supporting Performance, Non Equity

The Musical of Musicals - The Musical

The Musical of Musicals - The Musical

Showboat Majestic
Mark Femia, Lesley Hitch, Brooke Rucidlo, Michael Shawn Starks & Mike Sherman
Musical Ensemble, Non Equity

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Ann Hould-Ward
Costume Design, Equity

Corey Stoll
Supporting Performance, Equity

Dan Moses Schreier
Sound Design.Composer, Equity

Frank Wood
Supporting Performance, Equity

Jane Cox
Lighting Design, Equity

John Doyle
Direction

Laila Robins
Supporting Performance, Equity

Sarah Ruhl
Adapted Script

Scott Pask
Set Design, Equity

The Cast
Ensemble, Equity

Titanic The Musical

Titanic The Musical

NKU Theatre and Dance
Jamey Strawn
Vocal Direction, University

The Cast
Vocal Performance, University

Victoria Musica

Victoria Musica

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Stephen Caffery, Drew Cortese, Judith Hawking Mariann Mayberry, Thom Rivera, Tommy Schrider
Ensemble, Equity

You Can't Take It With You

UC College Conservatory of Music
Hope Shangle
Supporting Performance, University

Kayleigh Baird and Thomas Umfrid
Properties, University

Peter Van Wagner & Evan Zes
Scenic Design, University

Most Valuable Players for 09-10 Theatre Season
Brooke Rucidlo

Brooke Rucidlo

Brooke Rucidlo has had a very, very busy year lighting up Cincinnati’s musical stages and winning applause and acclaim everywhere she goes, including “Musical of Musicals” aboard Showboat Majestic, then to the Covedale for “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” then finally to ETC as the bubble-gum chewing sweetheart Suzie Simpson in extened and extended and extended “The Marvelous Wonderettes."

Josh Steele

Josh Steele

As the Theatre and Facility Manager at the Carnegie Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Josh Steele has been a determined, innovative and hard working leader who has not only kept the lights on at the renovated Carnegie but has also been successful in his co-production model.

He’s made it possible to bring exciting productions like “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Oliver!” (collaborating with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra) and “Bury The Dead” (co-produced with CCM Drama) to the stage, at the same time creating a financially sound theatre program.

Liz Vosmeier

Liz Vosmeier

There was no missing the onstage anchor to the 2009-2010 Know season. Liz Vosmeier demonstrated her comic gifts as an apocalyptic museum curator in Boom; and in Sideways Stories from WaysideSchool; she did heartbreak in Adding Machine: A Musical; and closed the season as the Angel in Angels in America.

That range of roles deserves an MVP – but that’s just the beginning. She choreographed Know’s national tour of Calculus: The Musical!, performed in education productions The Brothers Grimm and Slapstick Sound.

And then there’s the gruntier side of low-budget indie theater – Liz was wardrobe mistress for the entire season maintaining and repairing costumes and doing hundreds of loads of laundry.

Mark Halpin

Mark Halpin knocked Acclaim out of its shoes and socks for his work on CCM’s HAIR, adapting (and riffing) his scenic design from Paul Shortt’s original in 1989.

He followed up with so much more terrific work this season – his gymnatorium for NKU’s BYE BYE BIRDIE, that morphed onto a quirky world of Fifties Americana; With BURY THE DEAD, his raked set completely reinvented the performing space at The Carnegie, lifting the graves - and the stories - of the dead soldiers into the lap of the audience.

Patti James

Among her stand-out work this year: putting some marvelous moves on Ensemble’s Wonderettes, teaching CCM Drama’s Picnic cast how to do some swoony swing and jitterbug, providing the ooomph to the CCM’s glam Transatlantic sailing of Anything Goes.

Patti was also at The Carnegie, putting two Dirty Rotten Scoundrels through their paces then going back to the 19th century and Charles Dickens with Oliver Twist.

Behind that fierce work ethic is a deep personal investment in the people around her, which more often than not creates a bond of friendship and loyalty that endures long after closing night curtain call or final exams.

Steve Goers

Music and Vocal Director, Composer and Arranger, Accompanist and Musician – it seems like Steve Goers’ has been everywhere on the Cincinnati theater scene this season.

In addition to his CCM work directing, supervising and writing the arrangements for the Freshman Musical Theatre students’ annual showcase; he rocked audiences conducting, playing and music directing last fall’s ‘Hair’ and this winter’s ‘Falsettos’.

For Cincinnati Landmark Productions, Steve’s musical work appeared in all three of their venues (The Covedale, The Showboat Majestic and Cincinnati Young Peoples’ Theatre) in productions of ‘Godspell’, ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Singin’ in the Rain.’

Rising Stars for 09-10 Theatre Season
Lauren Sprague

Lauren Sprague

Lauren Sprague has been making an impression on Cincinnati audiences since, as a Lakota West High School student, she stole Cincinnati Music Theatre's "42nd Street" playing a gonna-be-a-star ingénue.

Equally adept at playing an ingénue, a musical comedienne or a siren, as a junior at CCM Sprague was a show-stopper as Hedy LaRue in "How to Succeed in Business"; she won an Acclaim Award for her lead musical performance in "Two Gentlemen of Verona."

"Lauren is a great all-around performer who sings, dances and acts with equal aplomb," applauds Roger Grodsky, associated professor of musical theater at CCM. "It has been a pleasure to have her in class and she is a delight to work with in a show. And she's from Cincinnati!"

Matt Bohnert

Matt Bohnert

Matt Bohnert has been a stand-out in musicals (including "Cats") and dramas (George in "Of Mice and Men" at Northern Kentucky University.

Ken Jones, chair of NKU's theater and dance department, says, "I first met Matt Bohnert when he was a child, and I cast him as Winthrop in the Downtown Theatre Classics version of "The Music Man," which starred, a then out-of-town actor, Mark Hardy.

"Matt was a spunky, overly-energetic, hilarious 10-year-old kid, and, except for his age, that description has not changed in 11 years!

"Matt's determination to succeed and his over-achiever work ethic will help him to make it in this crazy business of theater…Matt is definitely a rising star, but he might be better classified as a fireball meteor rocketing toward Broadway!"

Stephanie Bratt

Stephanie Bratt

Stephanie Brait has been a stand-out on the CCM Drama stage since her freshman year. CCM Music Drama chair Richard Hess calls her "a devoted, hard working, talented actress who always creates characters that are complex, well crafted, and entertaining.

"She has had a distinguished four-year career at CCM and has embraced the artistic life in Cincinnati with relish." Brait has appeared in Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Know Theatre and Cincinnati Playwright's Initiative, as well as in many locally shot films and commercials. She also played Rosalind in "As You Like It" in Eden Park last summer.

"She has played a huge range of roles in CCM Drama, from Wendla in "Spring Awakening" to Calista in "Anon(ymous)" to Carol Cutrere in "Orpheus Descending."

Theatre Educator Awards for 09-10 Theatre Season
Michele Mascari

Michele Mascari

St. Xavier High School
"Michele Mascari," writes nominator Joe Markesbery, "is the heart and soul of Theatre Xavier."

The St. X program is known for the challenging work it takes on, for cast crew and audiences, and, Joe tells us, "She has an incredible gift of being able to see how every facet of a show should look and feel."

Michele is known just as much for "the welcoming and accepting community" she has built over almost three decades, even as she has built the theater program.

"To be a community, Ms. Mascari teaches us, we must collaborate with the other students and with the adults who guide us. Her leadership makes sure that this happens every day, every rehearsal, every performance. ... She draws us together and brings us to excellence."

Trailblazer Awards for 09-10 Theatre Season
Dee Anne Bryll and Ed Cohen

Dee Anne Bryll and Ed Cohen

Synonymous with Cincinnati theatre for a long time as play-makers, educators, volunteers and visionaries, what makes them Acclaim’s 2010 Trailblazers is their commitment to connecting theater with community, dreaming big dreams about a community embracing theater, and making a lot of those dreams reality.

Dee Anne, who recently left her role as longtime head of College-Conservatory of Music’s Prep Department theater program also works with area high schools and universities including Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University and Thomas More College.

Dee Anne has instilled passion and professionalism in literally thousands of kids throughout the region; most recently Ed Cohen has been a key player in helping establish Madisonville Community Arts Center.

“In the 18 years I have worked with them,” says Diane Carr of Educational Theatre Association, “I have watched Dee Anne and Ed serve a models of vision, ethics, and positive role models for thousands in the Greater Cincinnati area.

“They live each day "paying it forward." Whether putting their own money into creating an arts center in Madisonville, to volunteering at theatres and schools, to serving a role models to youths and young adults, Dee Anne and Ed have made the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area a better place to live, work, and play.”

 

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