New Castle News

August 19, 2013

Playhouse wins big at 10th Marquees

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle Playhouse took home high honors from the 10th Annual Youngstown Area Community Theatre Alliance awards banquet.

The Playhouse was a surprise winner at the event, held Saturday at St. Michael’s Family Fellowship Hall in Canfield, Ohio. Its production of “The Best Little Whore House in Texas” took home the highly coveted Best Musical of the Season Marquee Award as one of its two winnings.

This marks the first time in the 10-year history of the Marquee Awards that New Castle has taken home the best musical award, considered by many to be the most prestigious of the night.

 Best musical was the final award presented that evening.

The win also marks the first time that longtime New Castle Playhouse musical director Michael Cavalier has taken home a Marquee Award as well.

Cavalier received a trophy as director of the show, along with stage managers Corina Dougherty and Anne McConnell.

None of the three was able to attend the event, so Ed Phillips accepted the awards on behalf of the Playhouse, saying he was sure the participants would be surprised and pleased to have won.

Earlier in the evening, “Best Little Whore House” also took home the award for best choreography, for Julia Garda who choreographed the show.

The third award of the evening won by the Playhouse was for best performance by a featured actor in a musical,  taken by Rodger Jones for his performance as the herald in the Playhouse’s production of “Cinderella.”

Along with the winners from the Playhouse, a couple of other Lawrence County residents received awards for productions done at other theaters.

Long time Playhouse regular and former New Castle resident John Pecano won a Marquee for best sound design for his work on a production of “The Normal Heart.”

 New Bedford resident and New Castle News writer Sam Luptak Jr. garnered two awards, one as part of the team for best scenic design for The Victorian Theatre’s production of “The Rainmaker,” which he also directed.

Luptak’s second award was for best theatrical special event as the director of “Mr. Lincoln,” a show he produced through his own Centaur Stage Productions.

The Marquee awards are presented in August each year to celebrate the best in area wide community theater.