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3rd Annual OC Theatre Guild award winners get their rewards

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Taken from the press release:

Productions of “Ride the Cyclone,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,”
“Clybourne Park,” “Yellow Face,” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

Garner Top Nominations.

May 14, 2024 – Anaheim, California – The spirit of live theater was once again honored on
Monday night at the third OC Theatre Guild Awards ceremony held at the Samueli Theater at
Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The venue was packed to capacity with artists hailing from all
corners of the county.

This year, a total of 20 categories were recognized, an increase of two from the previous year.
Among these, four gender-neutral acting categories were featured, with two deserving
recipients acknowledged in each, bringing the grand tally of OCTG Awards bestowed
throughout the evening to 24.

Breaking it down by theater company, Chance Theater emerged with nine awards for their
productions of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ride the Cyclone, and
Matinicus: The Story of Abigail Burgess. Following closely, Curtis Theatre secured seven awards
for their rendition of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, while Costa Mesa Playhouse
clinched five awards for Clybourne Park. Ophelia’s Jump Productions earned recognition with
two awards for Nevermore, and American Coast Theater Company received one award for
Forever Plaid.

The ceremony was directed by Shinshin Tsai. It featured Brooke Aston Harper as the host and
Kim Le as the musical director and pianist. OCTG Theatre Awards Program Managers are Katie
Chidester and Kristin Campbell Coyne. OCTG President is Amanda DeMaio. Projection design
was by Kristin Campbell. Production stage manager was Bebe Herrera.
The event featured musical performances and insights from members of the nominated
musicals and plays. Presenters and speakers included Kelsie Blackwell, Jocelyn Brown, Matt
Caballero, Kristin Campbell, Beatrice Casagran, Katie Chidester, Jenny Connell Davis, Shelly Day,
Amanda DeMaio, Andrea Freeman, Jon Gaw, Kalinda Gray, Amanda Hallman, Brooke Aston
Harper, Ron Hastings, Darryl Hovis, Jenny Jacobs, Mia Josimovic, Scott Keister, Yong Kim, Darri
Kristin, Lizzy McCabe, Aung Khine Min, Austin Nation, Rob Salas, Michael Serna, Christopher
Spencer, Nicholas Thurkettle, Craig Tryl, Shinshin Tsai, Amanda Zarr, & Stephen Zygo.

The OC Theatre Guild was founded in 2015 and officially organized in 2019 as a not-for-profit
501(c)3 to serve Orange County’s vital artistic community with a mission to nurture, support
and promote live theatre in greater Orange County. That stated goal is supported by the
long-held beliefs of the guild’s founders and leaders that theatre and the performing arts are
an essential part of what creates a healthy, passionate, and multicultural society that enriches
communities while providing opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment. Through the
last several years, the guild has made a commitment to answer the question “What can we do
together that we cannot do on our own?

2024 OC Theatre Guild award recipients are:

Outstanding Production of a Play
Clybourne Park, Costa Mesa Playhouse

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Nevermore, Ophelia’s Jump Productions

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Darryl B. Hovis, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Chance Theater

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Jonathan Infante & Tara Pitt, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Curtis Theatre

Outstanding New Play
Jenny Connell Davis, Matinicus: The Story of Abigail Burgess, Chance Theater, Playwright

Outstanding Ensemble of a Play
Clybourne Park, Costa Mesa Playhouse

Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Curtis Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in Play (two recipients)
Aaron Lipp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Chance Theater
Cody Hanify, Clybourne Park, Costa Mesa Playhouse

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical (two recipients)
Chris Russo, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Curtis Theatre
Paul Zelhart, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Curtis Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play (two recipients)
Peter Hilton, Clybourne Park, Costa Mesa Playhouse
Taj Young, Clybourne Park, Costa Mesa Playhouse

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical (two recipients)
Em Flosi, Ride the Cyclone, Chance Theater
Wyatt Hatfield, Ride the Cyclone, Chance Theater

Outstanding Scenic Design
Antonio Beach & Bradley Kaye, Ride the Cyclone, Chance Theater

Outstanding Costume Design
Michael Mullen, Nevermore, Ophelia’s Jump Productions

Outstanding Lighting Design
Andrea Heilman, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Chance Theater

Outstanding Sound Design
Darryl B. Hovis, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Chance Theater

Outstanding Choreography
Hannah Simmons & Susan K. Berkompas, Forever Plaid, American Coast Theater Company

Outstanding Music Direction
Stephen Hulsey, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Curtis Theatre

Outstanding Projection Design
Nick Santiago, Ride the Cyclone, Chance Theater

Outstanding Wig Design
Susan Gonzales & Laarnie Barcelon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Curtis Theatre

Outstanding Properties Design
Kerri Hellmuth & Cari Noel, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Curtis Theatre

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