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Jefferson Has My Vote: The 2016 Hitting The Stage Awards

Jefferson Has My Vote: The 2016 Hitting The Stage Awards

Out of 157 completed surveys these were the top positions in each of the categories and sub-categories. Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to those recognized!

KEY
DHT = Diamond Head Theatre, HPU = Hawaii Pacific University, HSF = Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, HTC = Hawaii Theatre Center, HTY = Honolulu Theatre for Youth, KKT = Kumu Kahua Theatre, LT = The Leeward Theatre, MVT = Manoa Valley Theatre, PKU = Paliku Theatre, TAG = The Actors’ Group, UHM = University of Hawaii at Manoa, WCC = Windward Community College

Hitting The Stage Awards 2016

SET DESIGN (Play)
#1— The Mousetrap (DHT), Equus (MVT)
#2— Not One Batu (KKT)
#3— Pelicans (KKT), In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (MVT), H2O: The Story of Water in Hawaii (HTY)

SET DESIGN (Musical)
#1— Sunday in the Park with George (UHM)
#2— A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (MVT)
#3— Camelot (DHT), Mamma Mia! (DHT)

LIGHTING DESIGN (Play)
#1— Equus (MVT)
#2— The Mousetrap (DHT)
#3— Subali-Sugriwa: Battle of the Monkey Kings (UHM)

LIGHTING DESIGN (Musical)
#1— The Who’s Tommy (MVT)
#2— Sunday in the Park with George (UHM)
#3— Mamma Mia! (DHT)

SOUND DESIGN (Play)
#1— H2O: The Story of Water in Hawaii (HTY), Harold and Maude (MVT)
#2— The Mousetrap (DHT), Equus (MVT)
#3— #iambadatthis (KKT), Merry Men (LT)

SOUND DESIGN (Musical)
#1— Mamma Mia! (DHT)
#2— A Christmas Story, The Musical (DHT), Camelot (DHT), Sunday in the Park with George (UHM)
#3— The Who’s Tommy (MVT)

PROPERTIES DESIGN (Play)
#1— In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (MVT)
#2— Harold and Maude (MVT)
#3— Anime Alice and Her Adventures in Wonderland (HTY)

PROPERTIES DESIGN (Musical)
#1— Camelot (DHT)
#2— A Christmas Story, The Musical (DHT), The Who’s Tommy (MVT)
#3— A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (MVT), Sunday in the Park with George (UHM)

COSTUME DESIGN (Play)
#1— In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (MVT)
#2— Othello (HSF)
#3— H2O: The Story of Water in Hawaii (HTY)

COSTUME DESIGN (Musical)
#1— Camelot (DHT)
#2— Sunday in the Park with George (UHM)
#3— Mamma Mia! (DHT)

WIGS/HAIR/MAKEUP DESIGN (Play)
#1— In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (MVT)
#2— The Mousetrap (DHT)
#3— Anime Alice and Her Adventures in Wonderland (HTY)

WIGS/HAIR/MAKEUP DESIGN (Musical)
#1— Mamma Mia! (DHT)
#2— Camelot (DHT), Promises, Promises (DHT), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (MVT)
#3— Sunday in the Park with George (UHM)

SUPPORTING MALE (Plays)
#1— Jim Aina, Joker (KKT), Will Ha‘o, Not One Batu (KKT)
#2— Jeff Brackett, Equus (MVT)
#3— LeGrand Lawrence, The Mousetrap (DHT)

SUPPORTING FEMALE (Plays)
#1— Therese Olival, In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (MVT)
#2— Lelea‘e “Buffy” Kahalepuna Wong, Not One Batu (KKT)
#3— Sharon R. Garcia Doyle, Othello (HSF)

SUPPORTING MALE (Musicals)
#1— Zachary Linnert, The Who’s Tommy (MVT)
#2— LeGrand Lawrence, Mamma Mia! (DHT)
#3— David Heulitt, The Who’s Tommy (MVT)

SUPPORTING FEMALE (Musicals)
#1— Liz Stone, Mamma Mia! (DHT)
#2— Lelea‘e “Buffy” Kahalepuna Wong, Lysistrata Jones (MVT)
#3— Nicole Brilhante Shepard, Lysistrata Jones (MVT), Stacey Pulmano, Mamma Mia! (DHT)

LEADING MALE (Plays)
#1— Ari Dalbert, Harold and Maude (MVT)
#2— Matthew Mazzella, Equus (MVT)
#3— Brandon DiPaola, Pelicans (KKT)

LEADING FEMALE (Plays)
#1— Danielle Zalopany, Not One Batu (KKT)
#2— Ashley Nakanishi Shankles, Roberto Zucco (WCC)
#3— Victoria Gail-White, Harold and Maude (MVT)

LEADING MALE (Musicals)
#1— Kyle Malis, Tommy (MVT)
#2— Reyn Halford, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (MVT)
#3— Timothy Antoine Callais, Sunday in the Park with George (UHM)

LEADING FEMALE (Musicals)
#1— Alison Aldcroft, Mamma Mia! (DHT)
#2— Leiney Rigg, Sunday in the Park with George (UHM)
#3— Sarah Halford, Mamma Mia! (DHT)

BEST ENSEMBLE (Play)
#1— #iambadatthis (KKT)
#2— Aloha Las Vegas (KKT)
#3— Much Ado About Nothing (HPU)

BEST ENSEMBLE (Musical)
#1— Promises, Promises (DHT)
#2— Honu by the Sea — The Musical (HTC)
#3— Side by Side by Sondheim (PKU)

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
#1— Melina Lillios, The Who’s Tommy (MVT)
#2— Phil Hidalgo, Mamma Mia! (DHT)
#3— Megan Mount, Sunday in the Park with George (UHM)

CHOREOGRAPHER
#1— Mark Kanemura, Mamma Mia! (DHT)
#2— John Rampage, Promises, Promises (DHT)
#3— Christine Yasunaga, A Christmas Story, The Musical (DHT), Ahnya Chang, Camelot (DHT)

DIRECTOR (Play)
#1— Harry Wong III, Not One Batu (KKT)
#2— Taurie Kinoshita, Pelicans (KKT)
#3— R Kevin Doyle, Othello (HSF)

DIRECTOR (Musical)
#1— Kimme Balmilero, Mamma Mia! (DHT)
#2— Ahnya Chang, Camelot (DHT)
#3— Paul T. Mitri, Sunday in the Park with George (UHM)

OVERALL PRODUCTION (Play)
#1— Not One Batu (KKT)
#2— Equus (MVT)
#3— Othello (HSF)

OVERALL PRODUCTION (Musical)
#1— Mamma Mia! (DHT)
#2— The Who’s Tommy (MVT)
#3— Sunday in the Park with George (UHM)

BEST POSTER/FLYER DESIGN: “Merry Men’s flier was designed to look like a female version of Robin Hood, so much fun!” — “Equus, because it was kinda creepy at the same time” — “Anything at Kumu. Always awesome” — “Michael “Donut” Donato”

BEST STAGE MANAGER: Nai’a Aguirre, Harold and Maude (MVT)

BEST “TURN OFF YOUR CELLPHONES” SPEECH: “Much Ado” — “Much Ado About Nothing” — “Much ado about nothing, Rebecca Hamburg”
HONORABLE MENTION: “Kemuel DeMoville in Merry Men made the best turn off your cell phone speech. The cast hid every time he would speak.”

BEST KISS: “Matthew Mazzella and Haley Adamic in Equus” — “Matthew Mazzella and Haley Adamic, Equus” — “Matthew Mazella and Haley Adamic (Equus)” — “Much ado about nothing, Alan shepherd and Andrea Valencia” — “Much Ado – Alan and Andy” — “Much Ado About Nothing”
HONORABLE MENTION: “Maid Merian making out with herself as Robin was hilarious in Merry Men.” — “Nikki Namsen and Kirk Lapilio in Merry Men” — “Dark and stormy knight – Brandon and Euclid the wolf faced girl” — “A Dark and Stormy Knight the ending scene where they two leads gets engaged and she dips him was awesome!”

BEST FIGHT/STAGE COMBAT: “Not one Batu fight scene with homeless man and shopping cart , Pelicans mom beating boy with bat” — “Not One Batu. Best looking “Real” local scrap!” —“Pelicans (Nick Logue)” — “Nicholas Logue in Pelicans” — “Johanna and Hunter in Battle of the Monkey Kings” — “Subali-Sugriwa” — “The Sword Fight in Merry Men was hilarious! How the Actor that plays the sheriff pretended it was a lightsaber was really fun!”
HONORABLE MENTION: “Tommy – fight scene with a slap to the wife and a shot to the lover…after a few moments the wife forgets the lover completely and heads back to her long lost husband… ;)” — “Slo-mo fight in Much Ado” — “The friar tuck and Nursie fight” — “Garrett Hols and Ahnya Chang in The Mousetrap”

HOTTEST ACTOR (Plays): Moses Goods, Duke (HTY)
HONORABLE MENTION: “Jason Mother-Fucking Quinn Reb Mother-Fucking Allen” — “ADAM BRADING LIKE OMG” — “Adam Gabriel Brading as Richard. He was sexy in a psycho kind of way.”

HOTTEST ACTRESS (Plays): Therese Olival, In The Next Room, or the vibrator play (MVT)
HONORABLE MENTION: “Ashley Shackles” — “Ashley Nakanishi Shankles” — “Maile (HTY)” — “Maile Holck (H2O)” — “Talisha Acevedo she had spunk, spice, and attitude”

HOTTEST ACTOR (Musicals): Reyn Halford, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (MVT)
HONORABLE MENTION: “Zachary Linnert” — “Jeff Brackett” — “Timothy Callais”

HOTTEST ACTRESS (Musicals): Sarah Halford, Mamma Mia! (DHT), Lelea’e “Buffy” Kahalepuna Wong, Lysistrata Jones (MVT)
HONORABLE MENTION: “Jody Bill – Lysistrata” — “Lea Almanza” — “Annette Aga”

BEST AUDIENCE INTERACTION: “Tommy – house band jamming out at the end of the show Mamma Mia – dance jam at the end of the show” — “Mamma Mia curtain call dance party” — “The whole audience singing along on their feet with the finale of Tommy”
HONORABLE MENTION: “In Merry Men during the morning kids shows when the Sheriff would do his “evil laugh” all the kids did it with him. it was adorable.” — “the kids who saw Merry Men”

MOST FABULOUS DRAG PERFORMANCE: “Brandon Hagio in Dark and Stormy Knight” — “Dark and stormy knight – Brandon”
HONORABLE MENTION: “Neil as Hysterium in Forum”

BEST CURTAIN CALL: “Mamma Mia!” — “Mamma Mia Dance Mix” — “Tommy”
HONORABLE MENTION: “Merry Men had the best Curtain call. They recognized all the actors. My favorite play.” — “Much Ado About Nothing”

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