The 2001 Chetco Pelican Players? ?Hello, Dolly!? was the stage stealer Saturday night taking nine of the 14 PACKY awards.
This caused some people to go to the stage so many times that it was evident they should have been seated at the end of the row.
Meanwhile, the winner of the best actor in a leading role wasn?t in attendance because it was too far to commute from Italy.
Stefano Tani, who spent a year in Brookings as an American Field Service exchange student, won best leading actor for his role as Charlie in ?The Foreigner.?
The PACKY was presented by Victoria Weller who was ecstatic after she read his name.
PACKY stands for Performing Arts Center Krazy Year. It is called the Academy Awards of Brookings-Harbor theater.
Mary Trailor won the best leading actress for her role as Dolly Levi in ?Hello, Dolly!?
The musical ? directed by Leanne McCurley with music directed by Marcia Hootman, set designed by McCurley and Larry Bacon, and costumed by Dori Frost ? won best overall technical production, best directed play, best costumed play and best set design.
Frost was nominated for best costumes for six of the seven productions. When accepting the award, she thanked Lyda Atwood, Diana Voight and Dianna Cartwright for their help with the costumes needed for ?Hello, Dolly!? She also thanked her daughter, Lauren, for her work with make-up.
Other awards garnered by the musical include Frost winning best supporting actress for her role as Irene Malloy; Jane-Ann Phillips as Mrs. Rose, best bit actress; Bill Smith, Horace Vandergelder, best actor in a singing role; and Trailor, best actress in a singing role.
Winning three awards was ?The Foreigner,? which came in second for the number of PACKYs. In addition to Tani, Rick DeHaven won best supporting actor for playing Froggy and Josh Michlitsch, who played Ellard, won best character actor.
The classic Neil Simon play, ?The Odd Couple,? was recognized when Weller, who played Gwendolyn, was awarded best character actress. Burl Stonum, who played Roy, was presented the best bit actor award.
The Jim Moran Family Award, which is presented to a family that provides outstanding help around the theater, was awarded to Dori and Lauren Frost.
This year the board decided to present two Steve Stevens awards for faithful support to the theater. Receiving the award was Nancy Carson, who is often working behind the scenes, and Helen Griffin, who was on stage once and vowed she will never be again, but can be seen regularly running the snack bar.
Hootman was given the Stan Weisenborn Music Award.
2001 had a higher number of young thespians than previous years.
The 36 students who were under 18 when they performed included Kaitlin Lawrence, Tani, Kelli Carpenter, Michlitsch, Brianna Rose, Austin Rose, David Atwood, Christa Atwood, Tarah Dougherty, April Kinney, Cameron Shaff, Adam Van Cleave, Brandon Phillips, Justin Cartwright, Brandon Calkins, Brighton Hall, Dylan Wise, Dylan Boye, Lauren Frost, Debra Hirjak, Christina Voight, Jason Cartwright, Charisa Atwood, Brieanna Wilson, Ross Morgan, Jeanne Joe Perrone, Kylie Johnson, Jamie Sanders, Mary Kraynak, Ryan Brickley, Jeremy Field, Rebecca Brickley, Shane Lucier, Jamison Rose, Skyler Shuford and Gabe Bornaman.
The evening began with cast members singing ?There?s No Business Like Show Business.? Following intermission, Joan Corey, Bill Smith, Pam Carrier and Bill Gibson performed ?Songs to Remember.?
Hosting the show was Carson and Shuford.
The youngster entertained the crowd by ad libbing that Carson failed to give him a script, standing on a podium so he could reach the microphone and dressing up with a mustache, thick eyebrows and a skin-head wig to imitate Tom Hammel, who usually co-hosts the show.
Highlighting this year?s ceremony were clips from the plays performed during the year.
Michael S. Fox and Tony Kasday performed a clip from ?The Odd Couple? where Felix is annoying Oscar with his routine to unstuff his sinuses.
The clip from ?Sleuth? had James Phillips and Cliff Robison playing the part of when the plot thickens.
In the absence of the lead actor, Tani, Michlitsch played Ellard speaking to the audience on how to use a knife from ?The Foreigner.?
?Hello, Dolly!? was highlighted by Dolly telling Vandergelder that he should propose to her when they were in the restaurant.
Ross Morgan, who played Charlie Brown in ?You?re a Good Man, Charlie Brown? played the scene where he was sitting on a bench eating his lunch wondering if the little red haired girl ever notices him. When she looked his way, he put a bag over his face. About that time, Lucy and Sally (Perrone and Johnson respectively) walk by and draw on the sack.
Jamie Shown and Kasday performed a scene where Anita is reading to the blind Ravenswaal in ?Wrong Turn at Lungfish.?
Wrapping up the list of plays for 2001 was ?Miracle on 34th Street.? The clip showed the lead girl sitting on Santa?s lap asking for a real house.