Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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'Producers' wins big at Stage West's HAMI Awards

SPRING HILL — It didn't come as much of a surprise when The Producers walked away as the big winner at this year's annual Stage West Community Playhouse HAMI Awards.

The awards were announced Saturday evening during a banquet at the Palace Grand.

The musical comedy won seven awards, including favorite musical, director and costumes. Sweeney Todd came in second for Main Stage honors with four awards, including lead actor and actress.

The Miracle Worker swept the Forum Stage awards with six honors, including favorite play, costumes, set design and director.

The HAMIs are Stage West's version of the Tony Awards given for Broadway productions.

Most winners — for both the Main Stage and the Forum Stage — are chosen by popular vote of theater members.

Main Stage winners

FAVORITE SHOW-MUSICAL: The Producers

DIRECTOR-MUSICAL: Lynda Dilts Benson and Steven Schildbach, The Producers

LEAD ACTOR-MUSICAL: George Dwyer in Sweeney Todd

LEAD ACTRESS-MUSICAL: Julie Neel Fickley in Sweeney Todd

SUPPORTING ACTOR-MUSICAL: Mitchell Gonzalez in The Producers

SUPPORTING ACTRESS-MUSICAL: Miranda Griffin in The Producers

FEATURED ACTOR-MUSICAL: Jeff Germann in The Producers

FEATURED ACTRESS-MUSICAL: Tie — Miranda Griffin in A Little Night Music and Patty Villegas in Sweeney Todd

CHOREOGRAPHY: Jeanine Martin and Jessica Virginia, The Producers

SET DESIGN: Lynda Dilts-Benson, Sweeney Todd

COSTUMES: Gabby Napolitano, The Producers

Forum Stage winners

FAVORITE SHOW-PLAY: The Miracle Worker

DIRECTOR-PLAY: George Dwyer, The Miracle Worker

LEAD ACTOR-PLAY: Dan Brijbag in Love, Sex and the IRS

LEAD ACTRESS-PLAY: Jessica Virginia in The Miracle Worker

FEATURE ACTOR-PLAY: W. Paul Wade in Bus Stop

FEATURE ACTRESS-PLAY: Cheryl Roberts in Bus Stop

SUPPORTING ACTOR-PLAY: Jeff Germann in The Miracle Worker

SUPPORTING ACTRESS-PLAY: Betsy Glasson in Love, Sex and the IRS

COSTUMES: Leanne Germann, The Miracle Worker

SET DESIGN: Jeff Germann and George Dwyer, The Miracle Worker

Other awards

FAVORITE SHOW-SUMMER SPECIAL: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

RISING STAR-MALE: Jamie Smeriglio in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

RISING STAR-FEMALE: Rylie Nelson in Gypsy

FOUNDERS AWARD: Dalton M. Benson

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