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Actors win top awards for performances in ‘Murder,’ ‘Mockingbird’ at Omaha Community Playhouse

Actors win top awards for performances in ‘Murder,’ ‘Mockingbird’ at Omaha Community Playhouse

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Mackenzie Dehmer and Thomas Becker won top honors at the Omaha Community Playhouse Awards Night on Monday.

The Playhouse has the ceremony each year to celebrate volunteers who make productions possible. Actors, backstage workers, staff members and other community supporters received awards.

Dehmer won for her performance as the narrator in “Murder Ballad,” a rock musical held in the Howard Drew Theatre in November. Becker won for his portrayal of lawyer Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which opened in August in the same theater.

Both received the Fonda-McGuire Award for the most outstanding performance of the season, which ended Sunday. The award is named for Henry Fonda and Dorothy McGuire, Playhouse alumni who went on to success in Hollywood.

Omaha Community Playhouse award winners

Fonda/McGuire Award for outstanding performance of the season

Mackenzie Dehmer as narrator, “Murder Ballad”

Thomas Becker as Atticus Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Mary Peckham Award for a memorable performance in a feature role, musical

Zhomontee Watson as Deloris Van Cartier, “Sister Act”

Tim Vallier as Beast/Prince, “Beauty and the Beast”

Mary Peckham Award for a memorable performance in a feature role, play

Sydney Readman as Hallie Jackson, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

Kevin Barratt as Arthur Przybyszewski, “Superior Donuts”

Barbara Ford Award for outstanding performance in a supporting role, musical

Dawn Buller-Kirke as Mrs. Potts, “Beauty and the Beast”

Steve Krambeck as Lumiere, “Beauty and the Beast”

Barbara Ford Award for outstanding performance in a supporting role, play

Rusheaa Smith-Turner as Calpurnia, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Jeremy Estill as Luther Flynn, “Superior Donuts”

Elaine Jabenis Cameo Award for a memorable performance in a small role, musical

Sally Neumann Scamfer as Sister Mary Lazarus, “Sister Act”

Joey Galda as Madame de la Grande Bouche, “Beauty and the Beast”

Elaine Jabenis Cameo Award for a memorable performance in a small role, play

Sue Mouttet as Florence Snyder, “Leading Ladies”

Ben Beck as Actor One, “Around the World in 80 Days”

Bill Bailey Debut Award for outstanding performance in a first appearance on a Playhouse stage, musical

Mallory Vallier as Sherrie, “Rock of Ages”

David Ebke as Drew, “Rock of Ages”

Bill Bailey Debut Award for outstanding performance in a first appearance on a Playhouse stage, play

Catherine Vazquez as Audrey, “Leading Ladies”

Aaron Winston as Franco Wicks, “Superior Donuts”

Outstanding Youth Debut Award for outstanding performance in a first appearance on a Playhouse stage

Ella Coombs Walker as Fan/Angel/Children’s Ensemble, “A Christmas Carol”

Jude Glaser as Walter Cunningham Jr. , “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Outstanding Youth Award for the most outstanding performance by a youth in the season

Chloe Irwin as Jean Louise (Scout) Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Danny Denenberg as Jeremy (Jem) Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Charles Jones Award to recognize excellence in performance at the discretion of the directors

Leanne Hill Carlson

Dick Boyd Award awarded periodically in recognition of exceptional contribution on stage

Don Harris and Don Keelan-White

Echo Ellick Award in recognition of outstanding backstage work

Angela Leuschen

Trustees’ Award to recognize special distinguished service to the Omaha Community Playhouse

Georgiann Regan, costume designer, retiring after 23 years of service

Edward F. Owen Award for corporations, foundations and individuals whose partnership and contribution have nurtured and sustained ongoing development of the Playhouse

Gerry and Bruce Lauritzen

Staff service awards

Jim Boggess – 20 years

Darrin Golden – 10 years

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