Youngstown Community Theater Award | Nominations


BEST PLAY “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” New Castle Playhouse. “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Weathervane Community Playhouse. “Biloxi Blues,” Youngstown Playhouse. “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” Weathervane.

BEST MUSICAL “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” Youngstown Playhouse. “Once on this Island,” Top Hat Productions. “Ragtime: The Musical,”, Weathervane. “The Earth Trembled,” Top Hat Productions. “Forever Plaid,” New Castle Playhouse.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY Christopher Fidram as Father Brian Riverd in “The Runner Stumbles,” Oakland Center for the Arts. John Holt as George in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” New Castle Playhouse. Tom O’Donnell as Toomey in “Biloxi Blues,” Youngstown Playhouse. Keith Foster as Worthing in “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Weathervane. Terry Burgler as George Hay in “Moon Over Buffalo,” Weathervane. Ben Solomon as Eugene in “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” New Castle Playhouse.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL Stephanie Ottey as Belle in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” Youngstown Playhouse. Nikita Jones as Ti-moune in “Once on this Island,” Top Hat Productions. Stephanie Newport as Mother in “Ragtime,” Weathervane. Cheryl Kekel as Vera Sanders in “Smoke on the Mountain,” Salem Community Theatre. Rosalyn Pratt as Mother Shaw in “Crowns,” Carnation City Players.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY Laura Phillips as Sister Rita in “The Runner Stumbles,” Oakland Center for the Arts. Stephanie Holt as Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” New Castle Playhouse. Connie Cassidy as Hedda in “Hedda Gabler,” Victorian Players. Brandy Johanntges as Lotty Wilton in “Enchanted April,” Youngstown Playhouse. Molly Galano as Rose Arnott in “Enchanted April,” Youngstown Playhouse.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL Russell Lewis as Daniel in “Once on this Island”, Top Hat Productions. Tom C. Barnes as Coalhouse Walker in “Ragtime,” Weathervane. Brian Palumbo as Jesus in “The Earth Trembled,” Top Hat Productions. Anthony Villa as Aladdin in “Aladdin,” Top Hat. Jacob Ward as Horton in “Seussical, The Musical,” Stage Left Productions.

BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY Christopher Fidram, “The Runner Stumbles,” Oakland Center. Marlene Menaldi Strollo, “Sandbag Stage Left,” Move Over Broadway Productions. John Pecano, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” New Castle Playhouse. Melanie Y.C. Pepe, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Weathervane. David El-Hatton for “Enchanted April,” Youngstown Playhouse.

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL Kenneth Brown, “Once on the Island,” Top Hat Productions. Liz Rubino, “Musical of Musicals,” Oakland Center for the Arts. Terry Burgler, “Ragtime,” Weathervane.

BEST SWING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL OR PLAY Brianne Kochunas, “The Musical of Musicals,” Oakland Center. Henry C. Bishop, “Ragtime,” Weathervane Community Playhouse. Kenneth Brown, “The Colored Museum,” Oakland Center. Lois Thornton, “The Colored Museum,” Oakland Center. Carla Gipson, “The Colored Museum,” Oakland Center.

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY OR MUSICAL “Man of LaMancha,” New Castle Playhouse. “The Wizard of Oz,” New Castle Playhouse. “Enchanted April,” Weathervane. “Crowns,” Carnation City Players. “Moon Over Buffalo,” Weathervane.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY Candace DiLullo as Honey in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” New Castle Playhouse. Denise Sculli as Abby in “In the Moonlight Eddie,” Oakland Center. Roz Walker as Anna in “Curse You, Jack Dalton,” Victorian Players. Emily West as Lady Caroline Bramble in “Enchanted April,” Weathervane. Carol Belfance as Mrs. Graves in “Enchanted April,” Weathervane.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL Paul Sauline as Lefou in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” Youngstown Playhouse. John Pecano as Lumiere in “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” Youngstown Playhouse. Greg Emannuelson as Tateh in “Ragtime,” Weathervane. Gary Shackleford as Ethan Girard in “The Full Monty,” Oakland Center. Kenneth Brown as Noah in “The Full Monty,” Oakland Center. Nick Opritza as The Genie in “Aladdin,” Top Hat Productions.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY John Cox as Nick in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” New Castle Playhouse Cheney Morgan as Selridge in “Biloxi Blues,” Youngstown Playhouse Joey Monda as Epstein in “Biloxi Blues,” Youngstown Playhouse Terry Shears as Ellert in “Hedda Gabler,” Victorian Players David El-Hatton as Kendrick in “A Few Good Men,” Youngstown Playhouse.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL Brittany Myhal as Fantine in “Les Miserables,” Boardman Community Theatre. Amanda Myhal as Eponine in “Les Miserables,” Boardman Community Theatre. Brandy Johanntges as Kate McGowen in “Titanic, the Musical,” Youngstown Playhouse. Connie Baer as June Sanders in “Smoke on the Mountain,” Salem Community Theatre.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL Marqueese Shine as Papa GE in “Once on this Island,” Top Hat Productions. Johnnie Herbert as Agwe in “Once on this Island,” Top Hat Productions. Shawn Lockaton as Frederick in “Titanic, the Musical,” Youngstown Playhouse.

Ansley Valentine as G. Washington Carver in “Ragtime,” Weathervane.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY Terry Shears as Markinson in “A Few Good Men,” Youngstown Playhouse. Brandon Acosta as Squirrel in “Pocahontas,” New Castle Playhouse. Timothy Champion as Richard in “Moon Over Buffalo,” Weathervane.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL Brandy Johanntges as Madame Bouche in “Beauty and the Beast,” Youngstown Playhouse. Roz Chapman as Mama Euralie in “Once on this Island,” Top Hat Productions. Lois Thornton as Asaka in “Once on this Island,” Top Hat Productions. Rachell Joy as Erzulie in “Once on this Island,” Top Hat Productions. Julie Palumbo as the Woman in “The Earth Trembled,” Top Hat Productions.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY Lori Broderick as Erna Prindle in “The Runner Stumbles,” Oakland Center for the Arts. Amanda Morrow as Gwendolyn in “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Weathervane. Emily Weingartner as Raven in “Pocahontas,” New Castle Playhouse . Maureen Johnson as Ethel in “Moon Over Buffalo,” Weathervane.

BEST CHARACTER PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY Molly Galano as Mrs. Appleby in “Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart,” Victorian Players & J&B Production Arts Services. Nick Opritza as Gus Swenson in “Sandbag Stage Left,” Move Over Broadway. Stephanie Holt as Costanza in “Enchanted April,” Youngstown Playhouse.

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR Michael J. Moritz, Jr. for “Beauty and the Beast,” Youngstown Playhouse. John Ebner for “Ragtime,” Weathervane. Michael J. Moritz, Jr. for “Titanic, The Musical,” Youngstown Playhouse. Gary Kekel for “Smoke on the Mountain,” Salem Community Theatre.

BEST SCENIC DESIGN Ken Brown, Martin Moore for “Once on this Island,” Top Hat Productions. Jack Hanna, Sindy Hanna for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” New Castle Playhouse. Alan Scott Farrall for “Ragtime,” Weathervane. Jim Lybarger for “Enchanted April,” Youngstown Playhouse. Jim Lybarger for “A Few Good Men,” Youngstown Playhouse.

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN Ellen Licitra for “Titanic,” Youngstown Playhouse. Jeffrey Chann for “The Earth Trembled,” Top Hat Productions. Leslie Brown for “Beauty and the Beast,” Youngstown Playhouse. Jeffrey Chann for “Once on This Island,” Top Hat Productions. Ellen Licitra for “The Runner Stumbles,” Oakland Center. Scott Sutton for “Strangers on a Train,” Salem Community. Theatre

BEST COSTUME DESIGN Patricia Petaccio for “Beauty and the Beast,” Youngstown Playhouse. Kenneth Brown for “Once on this Island,” Top Hat Productions. Sandra Harding for “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Weathervane. Patricia Petaccio for “Titanic,” Youngstown Playhouse. Pam Sacui for “An Evening of One-Acts,” Victorian Players. Patricia Petaccio for “Enchanted April,” Youngstwon Playhouse.

BEST PROPERTIES DESIGN Beverly Cwynar, Sylvia Ewen, Bergen Reemer for “Quilters,” New Castle Playhouse. Erin Bennett for “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Weathervane Pamela Parks Costa for “Ragtime,” Weathervane. Pam Sacui, Tom Copeland, Marilyn Higgins for “An Evening of One-Acts,” Victorian Players.

BEST LIGHTBOARD OPERATOR Kenneth Brown for “Once on this Island,” Top Hat Productions. Joyce Jones for “A Few Good Men,” Youngstown Playhouse. Julie Palumbo for “Aladdin,” Top Hat Productions. Jeffrey Chann for “The Earth Trembled,” Top Hat Productions

BEST STAGE MANAGER Joey Monda for “Beauty and the Beast,” Youngstown Playhouse.

Denise Sculli for “The Runner Stumbles,” Oakland Center.

Patricia Petaccio for “Biloxi Blues,” Youngstown Playhouse.

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Thomas Copeland for “Movies of the Mind,” Victorian Players.

J.E. Ballantyne, Jr. for “The Tell Tale Heart,” Victorian Players and J&B Production Arts Services.

Dan Jankura for “Ragtime,” Weathervane.

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