2019 Nominees & recipients
33rd Annual Zenon Awards
*The recipients are underlined and denoted by an *asterisk.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Bea Walsh & Helen Curcio – Godpsell
Tom Staik – I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Tammie Pollard & Kristin Diefenthaler – Nana’s Naughty Knickers
*Kris Juve – Mamma Mia!
Tammie Pollard – 9 to 5 The Musical
BEST SET DESIGN
Darin MacNeill & Kathy MacNeill – Godspell
Amanda Mercer – I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Jillian Febres & Kevin Hacker – Nana’s Naughty Knickers
*Jen Westergom – Mamma Mia!
Frank Oberhausen – 9 to 5 The Musical
BEST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Art Harriman — Godspell
Erika Weaver-Coleman — Nana’s Naughty Knickers
*Johanna Johnston & Jaime Gallo — Mamma Mia!
Art Harriman – 9 to 5 The Musical
BEST STAGE MANAGER
Stan Epling — Godspell
*Mike McMillian — I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Steve Lundey — Nanna’s Naughty Knickers
Kevin Hacker — Mamma Mia!
Mac Byron — 9 to 5 The Musical
BEST SOUND DESIGN
Stan Epling — Godspell
Larissa Meagher & Benton Hughes — l Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Larissa Meagher – Nana’s Naughty Knickers
*Jen Westergom — Mamma Mia!
Robert Jarvis – 9 to 5 The Musical
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Heidi Hoffman — Godspell
Frank Oberhausen — l Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Thor Knutson – Nana’s Naughty Knickers
*Thor Knutson – Mamma Mia!
Tom Staik & Frank Oberhausen – 9 to 5 The Musical
OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL PRODUCTION
Patty Young: Assistant Director — Godspell
*Joe LaCotti, Mike McMillian, Dewayne Mercer: Rotating Stage Engineering — I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
*Frank Oberhausen and Robert Jarvis: Engineering Lighted Walls — l Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Bob Hippchen: Special Effects — Nana’s Naughty Knickers
Kevin Hacker: Assistant Director — Mamma Mia!
Debbi Burnett: Wardrobe Assistant — Mamma Mia!
Mac Byron & Mike McMillian: Construction Of Fly System Rig — 9 to 5 The Musical
Glenn Fowler: Props — 9 to 5 The Musical
OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC PRODUCTION
The Godspell Band: Live Music — Godspell
Sharon & Tony Jones: Live Music — I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Margaret Macbeth: Music Director — I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
*Cassidy Hitt, Nancy McDuffee, & Jen Westergom: Choreography — Mamma Mia!
Tracy Schucknecht: Music Direction — Mamma Mia!
*Kristen Diefenthaler: Seamstress — I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, 9 to 5 The Musical, & Mamma Mia!
Hannah Summer: Set Art — Mamma Mia!
Candice Anders: Music Direction — 9 to 5 The Musical
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Margaret Macbeth — Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Marcia Ward as Sylvia Charles — Nana’s Naughty Knickers
*Dawn Smith as Donna Sheridan — Mamma Mia!
Dawn Smith as Violet Newstead — 9 to 5 The Musical
Margaret Macbeth as Judy Bernly — 9 to 5 The Musical
Hannah Summer as Doralee Rhodes — 9 to 5 The Musical
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
*Isaac Hernandez as Jesus — Godspell
Andrew Macbeth — I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Dylan Ross as Tom O’Grady — Nana’s Naughty Knickers
Gary Johnson as Sam Carmichael — Mamma Mia!
Andrew Macbeth as Franklin Hart — 9 to 5 The Musical
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Johanna Johnston — l Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Brenda Hippchen as Vera Walters — Nana’s Naughty Knickers
*Sydney Hitt as Sophie Sheridan — Mamma Mia!
Kate Mc’nttyre as Roz Keith – 9 to 5 The Musical
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Paolo Pineda as John/Judas — Godspell
Marcus Conerly — I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Bill Farmer as Gil Schmidt — Nana’s Naughty Knickers
*Isaac Hernandez as Sky — Mamma Mia!
Anthony Tolar as Joe — 9 to 5 The Musical
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR OR ACTRESS IN A CAMEO ROLE
Benton Hughes — Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Pete Pollard — I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Tanya Turner as Heather Van Pree — Nana’s Naughty Knickers
Dean Lundey as Fed Ex Guy — Nana’s Naughty Knickers
*Paolo Pineda as Pepper — Mamma Mia!
Tammie Pollard as Margaret Pomerance — 9 to 5 The Musical
Kathy MacNeill – Godspell
Amanda Mercer – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Jillian Febres – Nana’s Naughty Knickers
*Jen Westergom – Mamma Mia!
Peter Hall Pollard – 9 to 5 The Musical
I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Nana’s Naughty Knickers
9 to 5 The Musical
BOARD SERVICE AWARD NOMINEES
*NELLY FORD — As the chair of the Play Service Committee this person has done an excellent job of handling a variety of personalities as the committee proceeds through the play selection process and meeting with the board of directors, This person also has been timely in developing contracts with the various theater companies. She is organized, professional, and unselfishly gives her time to HLT.
JAKE & ANN ROHEM — This couple are wonderful Highlands Little Theater Ambassadors for through their performances with the Glad Hatters and the leadership they provide to this Reader’s Theater traveling group they have made an impact on the community, You will also find them ushering at every show, Jake passes Out programs while Ann assists Our patrons with their seating. For many years you would find Jake and Ann in the box office as well.
MELODI POWELL — Chairman of both the Building Maintenance Committee and the coordinator of ushers, this person is rarely away from HLT. She has Organized theater improvement days and consistently has volunteers come in to do various repair projects. She has also been instrumental in ensuring that all ushers are property trained in current safety standards and procedures. She always gives her all to HLT.
FRANK & JANET OBERHAUSEN — Frank & Janet have dedicated themselves to continuing to lead the development and improvements to our deck facility, dedicating countless hours. Without fanfare, they have created individual lighting schemes for the space during every show this season. They are also responsible for the installation of decorative fencing, tiki torches, and new safety equipment.
THOR KNUTSON – Thor just recently served on the board of directors. He has also chaired Anthony’s lounge and recently has been very helpful in beefing up security in the building by installing much needed cameras Thor has also served as the committee chair for lighting for many years. He is always there to solve a problem or get a task done.
*CAROL SCHAFMEISTER — Carol stepped up to join the membership committee recently and has been a great asset. She has been a pivotal member on that committee by assisting with it’s reorganization, new policies, and planning the volunteer banquet. She has also been a great contributor on the MMM committee.
ROSEMARIE TIPPINS BARRINGER — Rose is always volunteering in some capacity at HI-T. She works n wardrobe, does set construction, works in the bar, and is a member Of the Clad Hatters. She is always willing to assist and has a very positive attitude.
ROBERT JARVIS — Bob has taken on several projects in sound and lighting including new LED lights in the pavilion and mainstage and improving the sound system in the pavilion. He has also pitched in on several facility improvements.
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL EVENT
Under the Big Top
Spring Into Broadway
*Dancing At Lughnasa
Summer Theatre Institute: Seusical Jr.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
*MICHAEL MCMILLIAN – Mike is one of the most giving people at HLT. He is one of those people who gets the work done with little fuss and never asks for recognition. He sees a need, fills the need, and then finds something else to work on. He has served on the board of directors, built numerous sets, directed shows, worked stage crew, has been an actor on stage, and has served on the play selection committee. He shows his love of theatre and HI-T by doing the work. That is a rare gift. Mike served on the Board of Directors as our most recent outgoing Vice President. Because Mike consistently puts the needs of HI-T first, he is a most deserving nominee for the Jane Lou Buck Lifetime Achievement award.
ART HARRIMAN – This gentleman arrived at Highlands Lakeside Theater during the 2001-2002 season in Peter Pan and wasted no time before diving right into set construction, stage crew. He performed in principle roles in three productions the first year he was with us. By the 2003-2004 season, he was serving on the HI-T Board of Directors and then as Vice President and President. He continues to perform on stage and directs shows on both the main stage and the Thakkar Pavilion. He created the Travelers acting group, which traveled to events and performs short skits. Most recently, he is the chair of the membership committee and works with the Thakkar Volunteer Banquet, which recognizes our theater members, and volunteers for the front of the “house” activities. For close to 20 years this man has been contributing his time and talents to Highlands Lakeside Theater and has earned the Jane Lou Buck Lifetime Achievement Award.
KRISTIN TAYLOR – This person first stepped on the Highlands Lakeside Theatre Stage during the 2004-2005 season as Frieda in the Allergists wife and during that season she went on to assist with set construction and wardrobe and earned a Zenon for the Best Supporting Actor in a female roe for her performance as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret. This delightful woman continued as an actor, a director, and behind the scenes. She has earned Zenons for the many accomplishments as a director and costume designer throughout her years with HLT. This individual is often asked to preview a show and assist the director with details needed to maintain the time period of the show. This talented director brought a delightful play, Second Samuel, to the Thakkar Pavilion and a few years later the same play was performed on the main stage and earned a Zenon for the Best Play of the Season. She was one of the original directors to bring the Summer Theatre Institute to HLT many years ago which introduced theater to many children that went on to become active on stage at HLT. This multi-talented lady chaired Anthony’s Lounge for a while and displayed her skills as a mixologist behind the bar. As you can see, for her years at Highland Lakeside Theatre, she has been happy and very gracious in sharing her many abilities and deserves the Jane Lou Buck Significant Achievement Award for her many contributions. She is a wonderful supporter, champion, and ambassador for our theater, and for these reasons and many more, she deserves to be bestowed with the honor of this award.