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Thursday, July 5, 2001


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GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Yvonne Filius and Katie Shriver are nominated together for
leading female in a musical for their roles as Siamese twins
Daisy and Violet Hilton in the Manoa Valley Theatre
production of "Sideshow."



And the Po‘okela
award nominees are . . .

By John Berger
jberger@starbulletin.com

Manoa Valley Theatre is the frontrunner this year as the Hawaii State Theatre Council announces the nomination list for the 18th Annual Po'okela Awards. MVT is up for 35 awards including two nominations in both the "Overall Musical" and "Overall Play" categories.

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa Kennedy Theatre program -- which presented productions of "Faust I/Faust II," "La Bete" and "Umbuik Mudo and the Magic Flute" this season -- is second with 19 nominations. Diamond Head Theatre is third with 17 nominations.

MVT's productions of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" and "Side Show" lead the field with eight nominations each. Another MVT show, "Grace & Glorie," has seven. Kennedy Theatre's "No One Will Marry A Princess With A Tree Growing Out of Her Head" has six nominations as is Hawaii Pacific University's "Kiss Me Kate."

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARBULLETIN.COM
Diamond Head Theater's "Steel Magnolias" is nominated
in the Ensemble and Featured Female in a Play (for
Sharon Adair, back row, right) categories.



Awards in 20 categories will be presented to honorees selected from eligible productions staged by participating HSTC theater groups on Oahu and the Kona Association of Performing Arts on the Big Island. (Two HSTC members on Oahu, Honolulu Theatre for Youth and Kumu Kahua, chose not to participate).

The adjudicators shelved the anemic "Best Original Script" category this year due to the dearth of original shows staged by participating theater groups.

Nominations for such perennial favorites as Jo Pruden, John Rampage, and Joyce Maltby, are balanced by a sprinkling of new names in some categories as well. Julia Ogilvie ("The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"), Danel Victoria Verdugo ("Faust I"), and Stefanie Okuda ("Evita"), are noteworthy first-time nominees. Jason Taglianetti is in the unique position of having three nominations in a single category (sound design). Sandra Finney, Cathy Foy, Lew Lappert, and Russell Motter are also competing against themselves with two nominations in one category.

Yvonne Iverson-Filius and Katie Leiva Shriver, who portrayed Siamese twins in "Sideshow," are considered a single entity for adjudication purposes and will or won't win based on the strength of their combined performance.

Recipients of adjudicated special excellence awards, excellence in service awards, and the Pierre Bowman Award, named after the late Star-Bulletin theater critic, will be announced at the ceremony on July 23.

Here is the list of nominees:


THEATER KEY:
ACT: Army Community Theatre
DHT: Diamond Head Theatre
HPU: Hawaii Pacific University
KAPA: Kona Association of Performing Arts
LCC: Leeward Community College
MVT: Manoa Valley Theatre
TAG: The Actors Group
UH: University of Hawaii


Leading male in a play

Moses William Goods III, "Faust II," UH
Richard MacPherson, "Gross Indecency," TAG
Eric Nemoto, "Oleanna," TAG
Richard Pellett, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," MVT
Sam Polson, "Harvey," TAG

Leading female in a play

Shari Lynn, "Grace & Glorie," MVT
Jo Pruden, "Grace & Glorie"
Betty Sanchez, "As You Like It," TAG
Sheilah Sealey, "As Bees In Honey Drown," MVT
Dorothy Stamp, "Oleanna," TAG

Leading male in a musical

Emerson Green, "Side Show," MVT
Greg Howell, "Victor Victoria," DHT
Guy Merola, "Chess," DHT
John Mount, "State Fair," ACT
Douglas S. Scheer, "Side Show," MVT
Steve Wagenseller, "Kiss Me, Kate," HPU

Leading female in a musical

Mary Chesnut, "Evita," ACT
Kathy Cullis, "Mame," KAPA
Yvonne Iverson Filius & Katie Leiva Shriver," Side Show," MVT
Cathy Foy, "Kiss Me, Kate," HPU
Cathy Foy, "Victor/Victoria," DHT
Tara Melia Hunt, "Brigadoon," ACT

Featured male in a play

John D'Auria, "Dark of the Moon," HPU
Braddoc De Caires, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," MVT
Lew Lappert, "As You Like It" TAG
Lew Lappert, "Dark of the Moon," HPU
Russell Motter, "As Bees in Honey Drown," MVT
Russell Motter, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," MVT

Featured female in a play

Sharon Adair, "Steel Magnolias," DHT
Blossom Lam, "Talking With...," TAG
Julia Ogilvie, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," DHT
Anne-Marie Russo, "An Evening of One Acts," TAG
Danel Victoria Verdugo, "Faust I," UH
Zenia Zembrano, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," MVT

Featured male in a musical

Joe Abraham, "No One Will Marry A Princess With a Tree Growing Out of Her Head," UH
Ryan Lympus, "Victor/Victoria," DHT
Scott Moura, "Side Show,' MVT
Brad Powell, "Kiss Me, Kate," HPU
David Starr, "South Pacific," ACT
Jim Tharp, "Kiss Me, Kate," HPU

Featured female in a musical

Nan Asuncion, "South Pacific," ACT
Stephanie Curtis Conching, "Carousel," DHT
Tara Melia Hunt, "Victor/Victoria," DHT
Stefanie Okuda "Evita," ACT
Stephanie Sanchez, "No One Will Marry A Princess With a Tree Growing Out of Her Head," UH
Katie Shriver, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," MVT

Choreography

Sandra Christensen-Brace, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," KAPA
Derek Daniels, "Evita," ACT
John Rampage, "Victor/Victoria," DHT

Director of a play

Dennis Carroll, "Faust I," UH
Phyllis S.K. Look, "Sisters Matsumoto," MVT
Lurana Donnels O'Malley, "La Bete," UH
John Perry, "Oleanna," TAG
Brad Powell, "Gross Indecency," TAG
Vanita Rae Smith, "Grace & Glorie," MVT

Director of a musical

Jonathan Hagans, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," KAPA
Tamara Hunt, "No One Will Marry A Princess With a Tree Growing Out of Her Head," UH
Linda Johnson, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," MVT
Joyce Maltby, "Kiss Me, Kate," HPU

Musical director

John Alexander, "South Pacific," ACT
Mary Chesnut, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," MVT
Lina Jeong Doo, "Evita," ACT
Melina Lillios, "Side Show," MVT
Donald Yap, "Carousel," DHT

Set design

Stephen Crowell, "La Bete," UH
Stephan Doi, "Sisters Matsumoto," MVT
Mary E. Lewis, "Grace & Glorie," MVT
Kimo Moore, "No One Will Marry A Princess With a Tree Growing Out of Her Head," UH
Lloyd S. Riford III, "I Love You You're Perfect Now Change," MVT
Storm Stafford, "Umbuik Mudo and the Magic Flute," UH

Costume design

Ann Asakura, "Sisters Matsumoto," MVT
Karen Brilliande, "I Love You You're Perfect Now Change," MVT
Sandra Finney, "La Bete," UH
Sandra Finney, "No One Will Marry A Princess With a Tree Growing Out of Her Head," UH
Cathie Valdovino, "Side Show," MVT
Karen G. Wolfe, "Steel Magnolias," DHT

Lighting design

Cathie Anderson, "Dark of the Moon," HPU
Stephen Clear, "Chess," DHT
Stephen Crowell, "No One Will Marry A Princess With a Tree Growing Out of Her Head," UH
Wayne Kischer, "Grace & Glorie," MVT
Dawn Oshima, "Carousel," DHT
Sarah Y. Whitehead, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," LCC

Sound design

Stephen Crowell, "Faust II," UH
Josh Fanene, "La Bete," UH
Jason Taglianetti, "Grace & Glorie," MVT
Jason Taglianetti, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," MVT
Jason Taglianetti, "Side Show," MVT
Kurt Yamasaki, "Chess," DHT

Non-resident artist

Musra Dahrizal (choreography), "Umbuik Mudo and the Magic Flute," UH
Hasanawi (musical direction), "Umbuik Mudo and the Magic Flute," UH
Dian Kobayashi, Grace in "Sisters Matsumoto," MVT
Kathy Kohl (costume design), "Brigadoon," ACT
Joseph Ricci, Billy Bigelow in "Carousel," DHT
Jo Scheder (lighting design), "Sisters Matsumoto," MVT

Ensemble

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," MVT
"Steel Magnolias, "Talking With ...," TAG
"The Sisters Matsumoto," MVT

Overall musical

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," KAPA
"Brigadoon," ACT
"Carousel," DHT
"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," MVT
"Kiss Me, Kate," HPU
"Side Show," MVT

Overall play

"Faust," UH
"Grace & Glorie," MVT
"Harvey," TAG
"La Bete," UH
"Oleanna," TAG
"Sisters Matsumoto," MVT

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