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On Theater: Highlights of 2013 at local venues

December 23, 2013|By Tom Titus | By Tom Titus

Westminster Community Theater: Best production — "Picnic," directed by Lenore Stjerne; runner-up — "Same Time, Next Year," directed by Karla Franklin. Best performances — Chris McClary in "Picnic" and Cleta Cohen in "Southern Hospitality"; runners-up — Richard DeVicariis in "Picnic" and Tara Golson in "Same Time, Next Year."

Orange Coast College: Best production — "The Elephant Man," directed by William Mittler; runner-up — "Rhinoceros," directed by Rick Golson. Best performances — Michael Canas in "The Elephant Man" and Isabella Chaez in "Rhinoceros"; runners-up — Devon Suraco in "Rhinoceros" and Abel Diaz in "The Elephant Man."

Golden West College: Best production — "Moby Dick," directed by Tom Amen; runner-up — "White Christmas," directed by Martie Ramm. Best performances — Lawrence Hemingway in "Moby Dick" and Nina Ramos in "Legally Blonde"; runners-up — Brock Joseph in "Moby Dick" and Jeannine Barba in "White Christmas."

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Vanguard University: Best production — "The Pajama Game," directed by Vanda Eggington; runner-up — "Development," directed by Susan Berkompas. Best performances — Jordan Laemmien in "Development" and Bretlyn Schmitt in "The Pajama Game"; runners-up — Tony Sutera in "Development" and Preston Butler III in "The Comedy of Errors."

These shows and performers were the cream of the local crop over the last 12 months. But two individuals in particular stood out. They will be honored next week as the Daily Pilot's man and woman of the year in theater for 2013.

TOM TITUS reviews local theater for the Daily Pilot, Coastline Pilot and HB Independent.

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