Playhouse Honors Volunteers and Red Theater is Under the Radar

            - Awards Season kicked off last week when the Omaha Community Playhouse held its annual volunteer awards night.

            The night was highlighted by Carl Beck and Susie Baer Collins receiving the Trustees’ Award for their many years of service to the Playhouse. The award was followed by a surprise video featuring several Omaha theatre figures wishing the two directors all the best in their future endeavors.

            The biggest award of the evening, the Fonda/McGuire Award, was given to Camille Metoyer Moten for her performance in Having Our Say and Joe Dignoti for his performance in Les Miserables.

            The Mary Peckham Featured Actor Award in the musical category went to Angela Jenson-Frey for Next to Normal and Ablan Roblin for Young Frankenstein. The play category went to Lanette Metoyer Moore for Having Our Say and Monty Eich for Boeing, Boeing.

            The Barbra Ford Award for supporting acting in a musical went to Abigael Stewart and Cork Ramer for Les Miserables as well as Spencer Williams for Young Frankenstein. The play awards went to Jonnique Peters and Andre McGraw for Race as well as Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek for Boeing, Boeing.

            The Elaine Jabenis Cameo Award for musicals went to Megan McGuire and Noah Jeffrey for Les Miserables while the play awards went to MaryBeth Adams for Boeing, Boeing and Noah Diaz for Sirens.

            The Bill Bailey Debut Awards went to Regina Palmer for Sirens and Tyler Buglewicz for Les Miserables.

            The Charles Jones Award from the directors went to Jason Delong.

            A very poignant moment came when Beck and Collins announced the recipients of the Dick Boyd Lifetime Achievement Awards. Longtime Playhouse staples Jim McKain and Judy Radcliff each received thunderous standing ovations as recognition for their years of contributions to the Playhouse’s stages.

            Several Staff Awards were given out in recognition of years of Playhouse service, most notably was Jim Othuse for 40 years as a designer at the theatre.

            For a complete breakdown of awards from the night, visit

            - Red Theater Omaha will close its latest season with their upcoming show Red is the New Black, presented as part of the Omaha Under The Radar Festival. The show will feature the usual Red Theater format of 30 plays in 60 minutes but the focus for this show will be on social and gender politics.

            The lone performance of the show will be on Sunday, July 13th at 3pm at the Bancroft Street Market on 10th and Bancroft St. Tickets are $10. Colloquy, a jazz inspired improvisation band, will open the show.

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posted at 02:21 pm
on Monday, July 07th, 2014


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