Thirsty Thursday: Theater Tampa Bay Awards

The fourth annual Theater Tampa Bay Awards ceremony was held last Monday night at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg and freeFall Theatre was basically running laps up the steps to accept awards, then backstage for a quick photo before joining the audience just long enough to be called on stage again!  St. Pete’s powerhouse of productions scored 15 out of 19 awards given out for the main categories and a special award for Eric Davis and Matthew McGee for their lyrics for The Mikado.

Special awards were also given to Gary Allan Bruel noting his decade of work raising funds for AIDS patients as well as Anna Brennan, who retired from StageWorks after thirty years of plays celebrating the underdog and minorities, as well as Rene Gonzalez who ran the Spanish Lyric Theatre for 55 years!

Read lots more about the event in Julie Garisto’s review from Creative Loafing here.

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Outstanding Featured Actor, Play
ranney, Two Trains Running, American Stage Theatre Company

Outstanding Featured Actor, Musical
Jim Sorensen, The Burnt Part Boys, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Featured Actress, Play
Roxanne Fay, The Normal Heart, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Featured Actress, Musical
Whitney Drake, Little Shop of Horrors, New Stage Theatre & Conservatory

Outstanding Sound Design
Eric Davis, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Costume/Wig/Makeup Design
Eric Davis/Scott Daniel,The Mikado, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design
Mike Wood, The Burnt Part Boys, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Set Design
Matt Davis, The Burnt Part Boys, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Choreography/Fight Direction
Cheryl Lee, West Side Story, The St. Pertersburg Opera

Outstanding Lead Actor, Play
Michael Nichols, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor, Musical
Matthew McGee, The Mikado, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress, Play
Cassandra Small, A Raisin in the Sun, Stageworks Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress, Musical
Katie Berger, The Burnt Part Boys, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Musical Director
Emi P. Stefanov, The Mikado, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Director, Musical
Eric Davis, The Burnt Part Boys, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Director, Play
Ami Sallee, An Iliad, Gorilla Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble, Musical
The Burnt Part Boys, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble, Play
The Normal Heart, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Production, Musical
The Burnt Part Boys, freefall Theatre

Outstanding Production, Play
The Normal Heart, freefall Theatre

Judges’ Special Citations:
Brendan Ragan: Solo Performance

An Iliad requires a single actor of tremendous power and versatility. Ragan, lean and agile, is convincing in every role he plays, from the fearsome warrior Achilles to the mischievous, slightly fey god Hermes. His storytelling benefits from a mercurial, I-just-thought-of-this-other-thing delivery and a graceful economy of gesture. The performance hits home with force and raises haunting questions about the persistence of war.

Eric Davis, Matthew McGee: Revised Lyrics for freeFall Theatre’s The Mikado

For precise, varied, nuanced and perfectly accented lyrics that skillfully update KoKo’s “Little List” with contemporary political and cultural insights–including zingers that would make W.S. Gilbert proud.

Garry Allan Breul: Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project
The ebullient founder has kept the project alive for 12 years co-writing plays and directing over 35 fun, whirlwind productions and concerts raising thousands for cash-strapped HIV/AIDS charities–all this despite his own serious health issues. But SATP is not just about good deeds.  It’s about good theatre.  Very good theatre.

TTB Board of Director’s Special Citations:
Anna Brennen: Visionary Leadership
In a field dominated by men, the creatively combative, combatively creative producing artistic director led Stageworks for 30 years and produced “dangerous” plays and educational outreach championing themes for audiences often underserved—women, LGBT, religious minorities, people of color and youth at risk.

Rene Gonzalez: Visionary Leadership
After founding Spanish Lyric Theatre in 1959, Rene presided over its growth and expansion for 55 years, producing shows in both Spanish and English and touring from Miami to Alabama. SLT is, proudly, the longest running Hispanic theatre company in the United States.