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Freefall Theatre sweeps Theatre Tampa Bay Awards

Freefall Theatre swept the Fourth Annual Theatre Tampa Bay Awards, doled out to the top talents in the local professional theater scene at a ceremony Monday in St. Petersburg.

Freefall's summer production of the The Burnt Part Boys, a coming-of-age musical set in a West Virginia coal mining town, took home seven awards including Outstanding Production, Musical and Outstanding Ensemble, Musical. Freefall's productions of The Normal Heart and The Mikado also took home three awards each, including Outstanding Lead Actor for The Mikado's Matthew McGee, who co-hosted the awards show at the Palladium Theater with Jonelle Meyer.

Ami Sallee took home Outstanding Director, Play for Gorilla Theatre's one-person show, An Iliad. Cassandra Small won Outstanding Lead Actress, Play for her role in Stageworks Theatre's A Raisin in the Sun. Michael Nichols won Outstanding Actor, Play for playing the Chief in Freefall's long-running season closer, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Whitney Drake, a newcomer who made a splash on the theater scene this year after a former life singing on cruise ships, won Outstanding Featured Actress, Musical for her role in Little Shop of Horrors at New Stage Theatre & Conservatory.

Theatre Tampa Bay is an alliance of professional artists with more than 200 members and 19 theaters. The awards are selected by a panel of judges named by artistic directors of the participating theaters.

For a full list of nominees and winners, visit the Theatre Tampa Bay Facebook page.