Advertisement
  1. News
  2. /
  3. Hernando

Stage West presents HAMI Awards

Musicals were favorites at Spring Hill community theater
Paris Seaver, as Little Red, runs into the Big Bad Wolf, played by Jay Garcia, in the Stage West production of Into the Woods. The musical took nine awards, including Favorite Show (Main Stage) at Stage West Community Playhouse's annual HAMI Awards. [Photo by Carol Ballard]
Published Aug. 21

SPRING HILL — Into the Woods and Disney’s Beauty & the Beast were the obvious favorites at Stage West Community Theater’s recent “Fire & Ice” HAMI Awards gala. The two musicals won all the awards for the Main Stage shows, with Into the Woods taking nine awards, including Favorite Show; and Beauty & the Beast winning five.

There was more of a mix of favorites for the Forum Stage plays. Steel Magnolias was a clear favorite, winning nine awards, including Favorite Show. Of Mice and Men and Duets & Vignettes each won three awards.

The awards were presented in recognition of the 2018-19 theater season.

The HAMI Awards, which have been given out since 1992, are Stage West’s version of the Tony Awards. Since Stage West couldn’t call theirs “Tony” awards, they playfully decided to name the award for the “hams” they all were. That’s according to Vince Vanni, who was among the first HAMI winners for his portrayal of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof during Stage West’s 1991-92 season.

This year’s winners include:

Main Stage (musicals)

Female Lead: Jennifer Garcia, Into The Woods

Male Lead: Mitch Gonzalez, Beauty & The Beast

Female Support: Paris Seaver, Into The Woods

Male Support: Matt Moore, Into The Woods

Featured Female: Nicki Poulis, Beauty & The Beast

Featured Male: Anthony Agneli, Into The Woods

Director: Lynda Dilts-Benson/Carol Ballard/Dixie Lay, Into The Woods

Choreographer: Jarrett Koski, Beauty & The Beast

Costumes: Eileen Bernard/Cindy Smith, Beauty & The Beast

Lighting Design: Nicole Moore/Chazz Kleber, Into The Woods

Set Design: Lynda Dilts-Benson, Into The Woods

Sound Design: Nicole Moore/Tom Capelle, Beauty & The Beast

Set Construction: Tim Rooney, Into The Woods

Favorite Show: Into The Woods

Steel Magnolias won nine awards, including Favorite Show (Forum Stage) at Stage West Community Playhouse's annual HAMI Awards. From top and going clockwise: Angela Gluchowski (Shelby, first weekend), Sue Richards (M’Lynn), Danielle Clark (Shelby, second weekend), Jeanene MacLean (Truvy), Lynda Dilts-Benson (Ouiser), Jennifer Scalf (Annelle) and Chris Venable (Clairee). [Mark Burdette]

Forum Stage (plays)

Female Lead: Jessica Richards, Steel Magnolias

Male Lead: Dennis Duggan, Of Mice & Men

Female Support: Jennifer Scalf, Steel Magnolias

Male Support: Mark Burdette, The Underpants

Featured Female: Chris Venable, Steel Magnolias

Featured Male: Jay Ingle, Of Mice & Men

Director: Mark Burdette, Steel Magnolias

Choreographer: Jeanine Martin-Rogers, Duet & Vignettes

Costumes: (tie) Eileen Bernard/Jennifer Scalf, Steel Magnolias; Tori Rooney/Savannah Smith, Duets & Vignettes

Lighting Design: (tie) Nicole Moore/Chazz Kleber, Steel Magnolias; Ellen Hutt/Nicole Moore, Of Mice & Men

Set Design: Mark Burdette, Steel Magnolias

Sound Design: Tom Capelle, Duets & Vignettes

Set Construction: Tim Rooney, Steel Magnolias

Favorite Show: Steel Magnolias

Other winners

Favorite Special: Singing in the Rain, Jr.

Rising Star, Female: Annette Harper

Rising Star, Male: Robert Kordon

Belle, played by Evy Poulis, tends over Beast, played by Mitch Gonzalez, after Gaston's attack on Beast in the Stage West Production of Beauty and the Beast. The musical won five awards at Stage West's annual HAMI Awards. [Carol Ballard]


ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Hernando County sheriff’s sergeant  Louis “Lou” Genovese died Saturday after struggling for weeks with an undisclosed medical condition, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was 41. HERNANDO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  |  Hernando County Sheriff's Office
    Sergeant Louis “Lou” Genovese, a deputy since 2006, was 41.
  2. Hernando County community news Tara McCarty
    News and notes from Hernando County
  3. Dr. Manjusri Vennamaneni (center) was awarded Businesswoman of the Year by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce. With her are Matt Romeo, President of PrimeCare (left), and Dr. Pariksith Singh, CEO, Access Health Care Physicians. Vince Vanni
    News and notes on local businesses
  4. Spring Hill First United Methodist Church treasurer Theresa Smith and her daughter, Chelsea, hand out treats to children last October during the church’s Trunk or Treat event. First United Methodist Church Spring Hill
  5. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2018) Hernando County School District office, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville
    Hernando County debates the pros and cons of superintendent John Stratton’s recommendation.
  6. The 53rd-annual Rattlesnake Festival will be held Oct. 19-20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. The weekend event, kicks off with a prelude concert featuring the Bellamy Brothers on Friday, and raises money for the Thomas Promise Foundation. The foundation provides meals for Pasco County school children who do not have regular access to nutritional meals on weekends when school is not in session. "LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The annual festival offers a family-friendly outing while raising money to feed school children in need.
  7. Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel momma with two girls and works full time as a marketing manager. Courtesy of Lynn Cristina
    Dad’s car is a spotless, no-fun zone. As primary chauffeur, my car is the kitchen, playroom, storage container and sometimes even the minute clinic.
  8. Mama is available for adoption. Hernando County Animal Services
    Hernando County shelter pet offerings
  9. Hernando County School District
    Local officials’ requests for legislators also include sewer project funding and teacher bonus reforms.
  10. Kathleen Hudak, historian with the Brooksville Cemetery, tells the story of William Henry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Quitman Varn during a walking tour of the historic Brooksville Cemetery on Tuesday as part of Brooksville's Founders' Week celebration. The boy died from appendicitis in 1913 at the  age of 9. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement