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
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 August 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
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
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


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