2014 Tpography.com Recognitions:

(TPOG) Theatrical Performance Of Greatness

By: Kevin Joseph Kelly

So, here we are. My first year of observing theatre from a reviewer standpoint. It has been an amazing journey. But, what I enjoyed most about this year is going to new theatres and experiencing new actors. It turned out to be quite a beautiful year. So, in the tradition of year-end acknowledgements, here are the highlights for 2014.

NOTE: “Rising to the Top” denotes the top recognition for each award.


ACTOR

Andrew Gombas (Seminar, Love in Pieces, A Civil War Christmas)

Geoff Knox (Twelfth Night, Kin)

Joe Pine (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Glass Menagerie, The School for Wives)

Tom Kondilas (The Pillowman)

Dana Hart ( Heartbreak House, St Nicholas, Terminus)

Perren Hedderson (One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Brian Pedaci (Spirits to Enforce)

Robert Hawkes (The Pillowman)

Aaron Elersich (The Great Gatsby)

Ray Caspio (Code)

Rising to the Top:

Dramatic – Matt O’Shea (Belleville, The Aliens)

Comedic – David Bugher (Spirits to Enforce)

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ACTRESS

Anne McEvoy (August: Osage County, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Carly Germany (Voodoo Macbeth, Belleville)

Chris Sebert (American Falls, Ancestra)

Llewie Nunez (Love in Pieces, Bus Stop, Belleville)

Colleen Longshaw (Made in America)

Tess Burgler (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, The School for Wives)

Valarie Kilmer (Huck Finn, Code, Tingle Tangle)

Sally Groth (Ancestra)

Lora Knox (The Norwegians)

Laura Perotta, Dorothy Silver (night’ Mother)

Bernadette Clemens (Woman and Scarecrow)

Rising to the Top:

Dramatic – Derdriu Ring  (Woman and Scarecrow)

Comedic – Dede Klein (Don’t Dress for Dinner, The Glass Menagerie)

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MUSICAL ACTOR

Eric Van Baars (Oliver)

Greg Violand (My Fair Lady)

Matthew Ryan Thompson (Mary Poppins, Forever Plaid)

Pat Miller (Title of Show, High Fidelity, Titus)

Matt O’Shea (Titus, A Civil War Christmas)

Brian Altman (South Pacific, Forever Plaid)

Dan Folino (The Frogs)

Ian Atwood (Company)

Pat Ciamacco (High Fidelity)

Eric Fancher (The Frogs)

Dana Hart (Titus, Ring of Fire)

Rising to the Top:

Dramatic: Andrew Gombas (A Civil War Christmas)

Comedic and Vocally: Shane O’Neill (High Fidelity, Forever Plaid, and the vocally stunning Light in the Piazza)

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MUSICAL ACTRESS

Caitlin Houlihan (Carrie)

Alison Garrigan (Titus)

Genna-Paige Kanago (Carrie)

Juliette Regnier (A Civil War Christmas)

Katherine DeBoer (Carrie, Mary Poppins)

Nicole Sumlin (A Civil War Christmas, The Frogs)

Sally Groth (A Civil War Christmas)

Sandra Emerick (The LIght in the Piazza)

Leslie Andrews (High Fidelity, Young Frankenstein)

Sara Masterson (Carrie)

Rebecca Pitcher (Mary Poppins)

Rising to the Top:

Dramatic: Helen Todd (Sunset Boulevard)

Comedic: Amiee Collier (Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, Titus, and the all-encompassing performance in Sunday in the Park with George)

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YOUNG ACTOR 

Rising to the Top:

Caris Collins (A Civil War Christmas)

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MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Jordan Cooper

Brad Wyner

Lawrence Wallace

Bryan Bird

Nathan Motta

Rising to the Top:

Larry Goodpaster 

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CHOREOGRAPHER

Greg Daniels

Mary Ann Black

Jessica Atwood

Rising to the Top:

Martin Cespedes

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TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

David Tilk

Patrick Ciamacco

Rising to the Top:

Joseph Carmola

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SCENIC DESIGN

Jeff Herrmann

Ron Newell

Cameron Caley Michalak

Aaron Benson

Patrick Ciamacco

Laura Carlson Tarantowski

Rising to the Top:

Trad A Burns

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LIGHTING DESIGN

Marcus Dana

Ben Gantose

Terrii Wachala

Robert Peck

Russ Borski

Corey Molner

Rob Wachala

Rising to the Top:

Trad A Burns

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SOUND DESIGNER

Carlton Guc

Eric Simna

Patrick Ciamacco

Rising to the Top:

Richard B. Ingraham

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STAGE MANAGER

Megan Mingus

Libby White

Brittany Gaul

Joel Rathbone

Curt Arnold

Rising to the Top:

Sarah Lynne Nicholas

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VIDEO/PROJECTION DESIGNER

Tom Kondilas

Ian Hinz

Rising to the Top:

Mike Tujaj

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SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE-UP

Rising to the Top:

P.J. Toomey

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COSTUME DESIGNER

Aimee Kluiber

Inda Blatch-Gieb

Tesia Dugan Benson

Luke Scattergood

Rising to the Top:

Jenniver Sparano

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WE’RE GOING DOWNTOWN!!!!!!!! 

BEST DOWNTOWN PLAY

The Little Foxes at the Cleveland Play House directed by Laura Kepley

BEST DOWNTOWN MUSICAL

Les Miserables at Great Lakes directed by Victoria Bussert

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SPECIAL PROJECT RECOGNITION

Christine Howey (Exact Change)

Ray Caspio (Tingle Tangle)

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MEMORABLE SCENES

From Love in Pieces (David Hansen and Carrie Williams in the bedroom wrestling for power)

From The Frogs (Mitchell Fields and Michael Regnier in a face off between Shakespeare and Shaw)

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THINGS NOT TO MISS IN 2015

OBERLIN SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL (IT’S FREE!)

TALESPINNER CHILDREN’S THEATRE (IT’S REASONABLY PRICED!)

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BEST PLAY AND DIRECTOR OF PLAY

Jeremy Paul (Code)

Nancy Cates (The Glass Menagerie)

Pandora Robertson (Woman and Scarecrow)

Patrick Ciamacco (One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Scott Plate (night’, Mother)

Terry Burgler (The School For Wives)

Alison Garrigan (Talespinner)

Clyde Simon (Terminus)

Sarah May (Life with Father)

Nathan Motta (The Aliens)

Geoffrey Hoffman (The Pillowman)

Raymond Bodkin (American Falls)

Martin Friedman (August: Osage County)

Rising to the Top:

Director of Play 

Matthew Wright (Spirits to Enforce) written by Mickle Maher performed at Cleveland Public Theatre

Best Play

Kin at Dobama, written by Bathsheba Doran and directed by Shannon Sindelar

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BEST MUSICAL AND DIRECTOR OF MUSICAL

Martin Cespedes (Forever Plaid)

Kristin Netzband (Guys and Dolls)

Patrick Ciamacco (Hair)

Scott Plate (Mary Poppins)

Terry Kent (Oliver, My Fair Lady)

Pierre-Jacques Brault (Sunset Boulevard)

Martin Friedman (The Light in the Piazza, The Frogs)

Scott Spence (Title of Show)

Craig J George (Titus: A Grand and Gory Rock Musical)

Rising to the Top:

Best Musical

TITUS: A GRAND AND GORY ROCK MUSICAL  performed at Cleveland Public Theatre

Conceived and Directed by Craig George
Music by Dennis Yurich and Alison Garrigan
Musical Director: Brad Wyner
Choreographer: Martin Cespedes

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Martin Friedman for The Light in the Piazza at Lakeland Civic Theatre

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It has been an incredible year of talent and versatility for all the Cleveland artists. I look forward to a new year of WOW.

Regards,