Congratulations to our own Eric Huffman and Katie Johannigman for earning Acclaim Award nominations for their work on Out of This World, the 2011 offering of CCM’s Musicals Redux series, which resurrects forgotten theatre gems. The show also earned an overall recommendation from Acclaim Award panelists.
When a theater educator succeeds, it’s usually the students who get the applause. But once a year the Cincinnati theater community gives a great big standing ovation to a few area teachers who inspire excellence on and off their school stages. Working long hours, out of the spotlight, these committed men and women foster collaborative creativity in all its forms, maintain vibrant educational theater programs in tough budgetary times, and produce graduates with a lifelong love of the performing arts — and the skills and values they’ll need to succeed in any field they choose.
CCM’s own Diane Kvapil received one of two Enquirer/Fifth Third Bank Theater Educator Awards presented this year; the other went to Lisa Bodollo of Mother of Mercy High School (Theater Educator Award Winner). The Acclaim Educator Winner, Kvapil has taught at CCM since 1977. Both Kvapil and Bodollo will receive a financial award for their schools’ theater programs.
Congratulations to sophomore Ty Olwin, who has earned an Acclaim Award nomination for his role in Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter. Olwin, who portrays Matt, was singled out in the category of leading performance by a non-Equity actor. Red Light Winter tells the story of college pals Matt and Davis, who hope to rekindle their friendship by spending a wild night together in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. But when the beautiful, young prostitute they meet there surprisingly returns to their lives a year later, a bizarre love triangle ensues, revealing harsh, emotional truths and the dangers of romantic obsession.
Congratulations to Hope Shangle, who earned an Acclaim Award nomination for her performance as Mrs. Gibbs in CCM’s recent production of Our Town. Shangle, a junior from Grand Rapids, Mich., was recognized in the category of supporting performance by a non-Equity actress. Among her previous CCM credits, Shangle counts roles in Bury the Dead (in which she earned a 2009-10 Acclaim Award as part of the show’s principal ensemble), You Can’t Take It With You (in which Shangle offered another Acclaim Award-winning supporting performance as family matriarch Penny Sycamore), Blood Wedding and The Matchmaker.
Earlier this month, additional performers and productions received nominations from the Acclaim Awards. These nominations included the following CCM performers and productions:
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- Choreography: Diane Lala
- Lead Performance by a Non-Equity Actress: Alaina Mills as Eva Peron
Our congratulations go out to all of the additional nominees! You can view the full list of additional Acclaim Awards nominees here.