NEW PORT RICHEY — The musical Spamalot and the comedy/farce The Amorous Ambassador were the big winners at the annual Charlie Awards celebration of the 2013-14 season at Richey Suncoast Theatre on Saturday. The awards are named in honor of the late Charlie Skelton, who, along with his wife Marie, is credited with reviving the theater over the past 15 years. Winners are chosen by a vote of the people who attended each show.
Spamalot won seven out of the eight award categories — one of them a four-way tie — in the Musical Division, with Camelot winning one. Ambassador won four out of six — one a two-way tie — in the Comedy Division, with the farce There's a Burglar in My Bed getting two.
Two actors won top honors in both divisions: Bob Marcela, who won the Best Lead Male in a Musical for his depiction of King Arthur in Spamalot and for his rendition of Ambassador Harry Douglas in The Amorous Ambassador in the Comedy Division; and Jesslyn Kostopoulos, who won Best Lead Female in a Musical as Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and as Buffy in There's a Burglar in My Bed in the Comedy Division.
Graphic artist and Web designer Jody Lamb was given a special award for her years of providing Web designs, program drawings, outside marquee posters and other publicity designs for the theater. The award was presented by Marie Skelton, who was master of ceremonies.
Five members were given "Special Thank You Awards" by the theater's board of directors for "dedication to the Richey Suncoast Theatre": Jane Case, Garrett Case, Sara Bergin, Dandy Blethroad and Carol Corson, who participated in a special summer cleanup and organization of the theater costumes and back stage areas and other projects.
Stage Crew Awards were given to Emmy Brazier and Emily Greene for their "work behind the scenes."