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'Over the River' is big winner at Stage West's HAMI Awards

Over the River and Through the Woods won six HAMI Awards at Stage West Community Playhouse’s event. From left are: Ernie Rowland, Gary Kopitzke, Betsy Glasson and Barbara Santoro.

Carol Ballard | Special to the Times

Over the River and Through the Woods won six HAMI Awards at Stage West Community Playhouse’s event. From left are: Ernie Rowland, Gary Kopitzke, Betsy Glasson and Barbara Santoro.

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The warm comedy Over the River and Through the Woods won the most HAMI Awards at the 2016-17 Stage West Community Playhouse ceremony, taking home six of the 10 given out in the Forum division, including the coveted Favorite Show trophy.

On the Main Stage, the musical Fiddler on the Roof won five HAMI honors out of 11 in that division, though the biographical musical Always . . . Patsy Cline was voted Favorite Show. The musical Evita was a close second in number of awards, taking home four, including three of four top acting awards.

HAMI Awards are the Stage West version of the Tony Awards and are chosen by a vote of the membership. They have been given out since 1992, when shows were presented in high school auditoriums and a permanent theater was just a dream.

Back then, Fiddler on the Roof won four out of the five awards given that night, including one for Vince Vanni as Best Actor for his performance as Tevye in Fiddler. Since then, Stage West has built two theaters in its complex on Forest Oaks Boulevard and presents eight shows during its regular season, plus several specials and youth shows throughout the year.

Main Stage HAMI Awards

Favorite show: Always . . . Patsy Cline

Director/music director: Brady Lay/Dixie Lay, Fiddler on the Roof

Lead male: Jay Garcia as Che in Evita

Lead female: Jennifer Agnelli, title role in Evita

Supporting male: Brady Lay as Juan Perón in Evita

Supporting female: Kerri Lalane as Patsy in Always . . . Patsy Cline

Featured male: Chay Nott as Mendel in Fiddler on the Roof

Featured female: Nicki Poulis as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof

Set design: Lynda Dilts-Benson, Fiddler on the Roof

Costume design: Eileen Bernard and Jennifer Agnelli, Fiddler on the Roof

Choreographer: Sydney Campo, Evita

Forum Stage HAMI Awards

Favorite show: Over the River and Through the Woods

Director: Sandy Penwarden, Over the River and Through the Woods

Lead male: Sam Petricone as Juror #8 in Twelve Angry Men

Lead female: Betsy Glasson as Aida Gianelli in Over the River and Through the Woods

Supporting male: Dennis Duggan as Juror #3 in Twelve Angry Men

Supporting female: Barbara Santoro as Emma Cristano in Over the River and Through the Woods

Featured male: Ernie Rowland as Frank Gianelli in Over the River and Through the Woods

Featured female: Savannah Smith as Caitlin O'Hare in Over the River and Through the Woods

Set design: Jay Ingle and Dave Stenger, Always a Bridesmaid

Costume design: Eileen Bernard and Terri Stenger, Always a Bridesmaid

Other awards

Favorite special show: The Music You Grew Up With

Founders Award: Norma Martinez

Rising star, male: Chat Nott

Rising star, female: Savannah Smith

The season also included the musical I Do! I Do! and the comedy The Butler Did It, neither of which received an award.

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