proclaimed best show of the 2003 season by the theater's panel of
judges, sharing top honors with another golden oldie, "Mister
Roberts," directed by Gigi Fusco Meese, chosen as the favorite show
of the playhouse's patrons.
Topping the individual performance field were Fred Griffith, voted
best actor in a drama or mystery, for "Mister Roberts"; David Farkas,
best actor in a musical or comedy, for "Heaven Can Wait"; Christy
Sweeney, best actress in a drama or mystery, for "Ten Little
Indians"; and Louise Marie Cornillez, best actress in a musical or
comedy, for "West Side Story."
Taking home Bobbi awards in the supporting performance ranks were
Ryan Abraham, musical or comedy, for "Don't Dress for Dinner"; Shaun
McNamara, drama or mystery, for "Mister Roberts"; Jessica Jewett,"
drama or mystery, for "Picnic"; and Jasmine Curry, musical or comedy,
Other actors cited at the awards celebration were Tori Vollmer of
"Quilters" for best juvenile role, Sheb Alahmari of "Mister Roberts"
for best first-time performance and Richard Little of "Ten Little
Indians" for best cameo role.
James W. Gruessing Jr., director of the playhouse's current
production of "Proposals," was a double winner. He was honored as
best director of the year for "Don't Dress for Dinner" and also for
best set design on "Ten Little Indians."
Bill Wolfe captured the best musical director trophy for "West
Side Story," while Michael Lopez took home the best choreographer
award for his work on "Quilters."
Other technical awards went to the Enchanted Attic / Fern & Paula
for best costumes ("As You Like It"), Melissa Clouse, best lighting
design and effects ("Picnic"), Ron Wyand, best sound design and
effects ("Ten Little Indians") and Catherine Stip and Jonna
Hutchison, best set decoration and properties ("Picnic"). Hutchison
also was named best stage manager for her work on both "Picnic" and
"Heaven Can Wait."
Two president's awards for outstanding service in the 2003
campaign were presented -- to Lloyd Skaggs for facilities and B.J.
O'Rourke-Smith for fundraising. The playhouse's special Roberta
Lehman Award went to longtime volunteer Ed McGee, with Jennie McGee
receiving a special "thank you" award for her support.
Concluding the awards list were three service awards voted on by
the playhouse's board of directors. They went to Dawn Conant, B.J.
O'Rourke-Smith and Ana Fluck.
The Bobbi Awards are presented annually in honor of Bobbi Murphy,
a pioneer volunteer with the Huntington Beach Playhouse from its
inception in 1963 through the 1970s.
* TOM TITUS reviews local theater for the Independent.