The Polls have closed and the winners of the 2018 Carolina Curtain Call Awards are here. And while, our critics’ choices would have been slightly different in a few categories (i.e “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” was shut out), CCC thanks all of our Upstate theatres, our readers and our voters – 416 registered voters and 360 actual voters.
While this system is imperfect and does require some “campaigning” and support from theatres and production personnel to win, we have confidence in our theatre industry’s selections.
Musical of the Year goes to IN THE HEIGHTS – Glow Lyric Theatre, with MAMMA MIA! – Centre Stage just a few votes behind. counting 7 write-in votes.
BEEHIVE: THE 60s MUSICAL – Mill Town Players barely edged out ROCK OF AGES – Spartanburg Little Theatre, while CABARET – The Market Theatre Company won by a landslide, as it should have.
In the biggest upset of the year, WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING, the Fringe Series play at Centre Stage edged out some stiff competition from SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE at Greenville Little Theatre in the Play of the Year category. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – Mill Town Players also takes the prize easily for Large Community Theatre with DEATH OF A SALESMAN – The Market Theatre Company winning in the small/medium community theatre division.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – Upstate Shakespeare Festival and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – The Warehouse Theatre are TIED in the Shakespeare category with Hamlet: Shakespeare in the Park Anderson showing a strong write-in campaign
Musical Revue of the Year goes to the Mill Town Players for CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’, with ROCKIN’ THE KEYS at Centre Stage close behind. Clearly, “I’m Every Woman” at Centre Stage should have also been nominated with such a robust write-in presence.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – 24 Hour Musical won for One-Night-Only show and 40 YEARS AND THEN SOME at Cafe And Then Some won Best Original Play/Musical, followed by MOVEMENT: A Gay Pride Fantasia by the Proud Mary Theatre Company.
Only one vote, separated Christopher Rose for CABARET, The Market Theatre Company and Jenna Tamisiea Elser for IN THE HEIGHTS, Glow Lyric Theatre as Director of a Musical, with third place going to John Fagan – MAMMA MIA!, Centre Stage.
Christopher Rose also won in the Play Directing category for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Mill Town Players.
Also TIED were Musical Direction by Tim St. Clair, II for RAGTIME and Christian Elser for IN THE HEIGHTS, Glow Lyric Theatre with string showings by Julia West – CABARET, The Market Theatre Company and LeRoy Kenedy – LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL, Spartanburg Little Theatre in third and fourth place, respectively.
LIVE ORCHESTRA/BAND OF THE YEAR goes to IN THE HEIGHTS – Glow Lyric Theatre, while MUSICAL ENSEMBLES OF THE YEAR are the casts of IN THE HEIGHTS – Glow Lyric Theatre and CABARET, The Market Theatre Company.
Choreographer of the Year is Michelle Morast for IN THE HEIGHTS, Glow Lyric Theatre and in second place, Michael Cherry – MAMMA MIA!, Centre Stage.
Male Actor in a Musical is Ediberto Ortega – IN THE HEIGHTS, Glow Lyric Theatre and in second place, Dave LaPage – CABARET, The Market Theatre Company, with Katerina McCrimmon – IN THE HEIGHTS, Glow Lyric Theatre edging out Meghan Cole – CABARET, The Market Theatre Company for Female Actor.
Supporting category winners are Andrew Coleman – IN THE HEIGHTS by Glow Lyric Theatre just ahead of Craig Smith – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Greenville Little Theatre and Jessica Eckenrod – RAGTIME, Greenville Little Theatre edging out Michele Colletti – MAMMA MIA!, Centre Stage. And Yesenia Rodriguez received a number of write-in votes for “In the Heights.”
In the Play categories, the Ensemble award goes TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – Mill Town Players.
In an especially competitive category, Rob Gentry – DEATH OF A SALESMAN, The Market Theatre Company topped Reed Halvorson – TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Mill Town Players, with Josh Wilson – ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, Spartanburg Little Theatre and Dave LaPage – I AM MY OWN WIFE, Proud Mary Theatre Company not far behind.
Sara Tolson – THE TIN WOMAN, Center Stage is Female Actor of the Year with Sarah Hurley – ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, Spartanburg Little Theatre just on her heels.
Brian Reeder and Beverly Clowney both won for their supporting roles in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Mill Town Players.
John Fagan – MAMMA MIA!, Centre Stage and Will Lowry – IN THE HEIGHTS, FIDELIO and HMS Pinafore, Glow Lyric Theatre TIED for scenic design for a musical, while Jayce Tromsness – TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Mill Town Players took home the prize for play scenic design.
In another highly competitive category, Thomas Brooks won Costume Designer of the Year for the musical RAGTIME, Greenville Little Theatre and Stacy Hawks – TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Mill Town Players was the winner in the play division.
Victor DeLeon – MAMMA MIA!, Centre Stage and Will Luther – STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Spartanburg Little Theatre won in the Hair and Make-Up categories.
For lighting, Kevin Frazier won first place for MAMMA MIA!, Centre Stage and second place for IN THE HEIGHTS, Glow Lyric Theatre.
John King won lighting design for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Mill Town Player, followed closely by Maranda DeBusk– THE CAKE, The Warehouse Theatre.
For sound design, the clear winners are Cory Granner – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Greenville Little Theatre and Stephanie Ibbotson for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Mill Town Players.
ROCK OF AGES – Spartanburg Little Theatre won for video design and Greenville Little Theatre’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST won ARIEL CHOREOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR.
The complete Voting Results are available at http://carolinacurtaincall.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018-Results.pdf