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Richey Suncoast Theatre gives out Charlie Awards

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."

Winners for performances were

MUSICALS

Lead Male: Bob Marcela, King Arthur in Spamalot

Lead Female: Jesslyn Kostopoulos, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot

Supporting Male (tie): David Bethards as Dennis and Galahad in Spamalot; Patrick Moran as Robin and Brother Maynard in Spamalot; Patrick Gonzalez as Lancelot, French Taunter, and Knight of Ni in Spamalot; and George Brazier as Patsy in Spamalot

Director: Marie Skelton, Spamalot

Music Director: Steve Schildbach, Spamalot

Choreographer: Amanda Witt, Spamalot

Male Newcomer: Brian Moran as Historian, Not Dead Fred and Prince Herbert in Spamalot

Female Newcomer: Vicky Stinnet as Guenevere in Camelot

COMEDIES

Lead Male: Bob Marcela as Ambassador Harry Douglas in The Amorous Ambassador

Lead Female: Jesslyn Kostopoulos as Buffy in There's a Burglar in My Bed

Supporting Male: Rich Aront as Joe in The Amorous Ambassador

Female (tie): Heather Clark as Faye in The Amorous Ambassador; Natalie Pozdol as Debbie in The Amorous Ambassador

Male Newcomer: Michael Miller as William Davis in There's a Burglar in My Bed

Director: Robin New, The Amorous Ambassador

Richey Suncoast Theatre gives out Charlie Awards 08/27/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:57pm]
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