SPRING HILL — The history-based musical 1776 and the zany comedy The Foreigner were the big winners in the 2008-09 Stage West Community Playhouse HAMI Awards presentations on Saturday.
The HAMIs are the Stage West version of Broadway's Tony Awards.
1776 won 10 HAMIs, including Favorite Show Main Stage, and The Foreigner won seven, including Favorite Show Forum Stage. The directors of those shows also won Favorite Director: Barbara Everest (her seventh) and Roberta Moger for 1776, and David Stenger for The Foreigner.
A total of 30 HAMIs were given out in 28 categories, including two ties, one dual award and two in the youth category. A plaque and a plate were given for the prestigious Founders Award to Evelyn Stock for longtime service to the theater.
Other winners in the Main Stage division were The Man Who Came to Dinner (five); The King and I (three); and Epic Proportions (one). The fifth show of the season, The Odd Couple, won no trophies.
In The Forum, The Uninvited won two, while the drama Driving Miss Daisy went home empty-handed.
2008-09 HAMI winners
Favorite Show Main Stage: 1776
Favorite Show Forum Stage: The Foreigner
Favorite Director Main Stage: Barbara Everest (director) and Roberta Moger (music director/conductor), 1776
Favorite Director Forum Stage: Dave Stenger, The Foreigner
Lead Actor Musical Male: Wayne Raymond as John Adams in 1776
Lead Actor Musical Female: Lynn Yarbrough as Anna in The King and I
Supporting Actor Musical Male (tie): Dalton Benson as Benjamin Franklin in 1776; Mitchell Gonzalez as Lun Tha in The King and I
Supporting Actor Musical Female: Victoria Primosch as Tuptim in The King and I
Featured Actor Musical Male: Jim Hansen as John Hancock in 1776
Featured Actor Musical Female: Morgan Burburan as Martha Jefferson in 1776
Lead Actor Straight Play Male: W. Paul Wade as Benny in Epic Proportions
Lead Actor Straight Play Female: Jeanine Martin as Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner
Supporting Actor Straight Play Male: W. Paul Wade as Bert Jefferson in The Man Who Came to Dinner
Supporting Actor Straight Play Female: Cheryl Roberts as Miss Preen in The Man Who Came to Dinner
Featured Actor Straight Play Male: Juan Triana as Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner
Featured Actor Straight Play Female: Mollie Lutz as Harriet Stanley in The Man Who Came to Dinner
Lead Actor Male: Juan Triana as Charlie Baker in The Foreigner
Lead Actor Female: Lynda Dilts-Benson as Betty Meeks in The Foreigner
Supporting Actor Male: Devin Devi as Ellard Simms in The Foreigner
Supporting Actor Female (tie): Jessica Virginia as Catherine Simms in The Foreigner and Toni Berlinger as Stella Meredith in The Uninvited
Featured Actor Male: Chris Hubner as the Rev. Lee in The Foreigner
Featured Actor Female: Leslee Starz as Wendy in The Uninvited
Set Design: Todd Everest, 1776
Choreographer: Toni Berlinger, 1776
Costumes: Eileen Bernard, 1776
Rising Star Male: Nicholas Martinez
Rising Star Female: Lauren Ballard
Founders Award: Evelyn Stock