New Voice Play Festival 2019
The Old Opera House's 19th Annual New Voice Play Festival came to a close on Sunday, June 23 after a weekend full of exciting new plays by some very gifted playwrights and performed by some very talented actors. Here are the final results:
Winning the Golden Curtain Award (1st place):
Yard Sale (2019)
by Charlie Perkins – Charles Town, WV
Directed by Jen George
FEATURING: Sheree Cipicchio, Geronimo “Jerry” Miranda, Caitlyn Mitchell, Kevin Udy, Katie Wilson
Winning the Silver Stage (2nd place) was a play that told the naked truth:
When All is Revealed
by Carl Williams, Houston, TX
Directed by Meaghan Whitney
FEATURING: Thomas Bricker, Autumn Carver, Glenn Frail, Donna Hamstead
Winning one of the two Spotlight Awards (3rd place) was the chilling comedy:
Frozen in Time
By Mike Sockol, Holmdel, NJ
Directed by Z. Gilbert
FEATURING: Jeff Elkins, Richard Hamstead, Dominic Massimino, Kelly Pannill, Linda Romero
Winning the second Spotlight Award was the hard-hitting drama:
Tempting the Hand of Fate
by Chuck Smith – Woodbridge, VA
Directed by Val Phillips
FEATURING: Charles Boyce, Liz McCormick & Elizabeth Egan
Lighting by Danielle Dodd
Sound by Enrico Massimino
Pin Rail by John-Michael Rolnick
Stage Managed by Christine Brewer
Photographs by Alexis Davies, Jackson Avenue Photography
The "Toohny" Award
A Brief History
For several years, Mr. Bill Morgan, the Manager and Artistic Director of the Old Opera House, would celebrate the accomplishments of the technical crew at the OOH with the Annual Golden Duckie Awards. The best technical achievements of the past year were honored with a golden (plastic) duck perched high upon a roll of silver duct tape.
In 2005, Bill and Winky Francis suggested crossing the Golden Duckie Awards with a slightly more recognizable award that is presented each year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (commonly known as OSCAR) and tossing in the element of a fund-raising event (clever idea huh) to form the OOHSCARS.
The OOHSCAR Award had to be special and something that would be meaningful to the recipient. A roll of silver duct tape (borrowed from the Golden Duckie Award) was turned on its side to form a perfect “O” and mounted atop a small stage of shinny black wood to create the OOHSCAR Award.
The “O” symbolizes the Os in Old Opera, the never-ending friendship with one another and the endless hours spent working in circles while attempting to get a show mounted at the Old Opera House. The “O” and platform are held together by one nut, one bold and two washers that represent the OOH technical staff’s talent, strength, and love of hardware.
In 2016 the Old Opera House changed its schedule to run from July to June each year (rather than January to December). This change made it possible for the 2017-18 OOHSCAR Awards to be scheduled for the same weekend that the prestigious Tony Awards would be presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. So, it seemed appropriate that the OOHSCAR change its name to the TOOHNY and from then on to be scheduled on the same weekend as the award ceremony in NYC; connecting the OOH with our friends in the performing arts on the Great White Way.
AND THE WINNER IS...
the winners of the 2017-18 Toohny Awards:
Director/Producer: Karen Martin
Stage Manager: Amy Hebb
Set Design: Lee Hebb
Hair and Makeup: Jill Harner
Set Painter: Julie Smith
Lighting Design: Patrick Wallace
Above the Stage: Tim Phillips
Sound Design: Rico Massimino
Stage Crew: Andy Williford
Song and Dance: Ed Conn
Costume Design: Christine Brewer
Properties: Donna Hamstead
Set Foreman: Lee Hebb
Set Construction: Bert Whetstone
Congrats to everyone who attended!!
The 2015 OOHSCARS were held on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Celebrating a very successful 2015 Season, the coveted OOHSCAR awards were presented to the following technicians and artists for their contributions:
Above the Stage: Will Heyser-Paone
Costume Designers and Crew: Sue Brownsmith
Director: Glenn Frail
Lighting Design: Travis Fouche
Properties: Katie Kennedy
Set Construction: Scott Tatina
Set Design/Scenic Artist: Lee Hebb
Set Foreman: Bobby Cline
Set Painting: Christine Brewer
Song & Dance: Ed Conn
Sound Design: Rico Massimino
Stage Crew: Kelly Pannill
Stage Management: Tonja Hirst
And the Master Chief’s apron for the favorite chili of the evening was transferred from Rick Harner (the 2015 winner) to Christine Brewer (our 2016 winner) for her Buffalo Chicken Chili.