Saturday, June 21, 2008

final list of nominees for the 2007-08 Spokies

The Spokane-area theater award winners will be announced in *The Pacific Northwest Inlander* on Thursday, June 26.

Limited to four nominees per category (with three exceptions).
Some categories have fewer nominees.
In nine of the 19 categories, Bobo had five to eight nominees on his short list. Those categories include four of the six acting categories (featured actor, actor-musical, actress-play and actress-musical); three of the technical categories (choreography, set-play and costumes-musical); and two others (ensemble and local musical).
Apologies in advance for any misattributions or misspellings – and please post some comments helping out Bobo on some character names -- and perhaps other, missed details. (Not to mention all the “How could you possibly leave out X, Y and Z?!?” comments.)

Ross Cornell for Thoroughly Modern Millie, CdA Summer Theater
Troy Nickerson for Man of La Mancha, Civic
Roger Welch and Andrew Start for The Full Monty, CdA Summer Theater WINNER
Michael Wasileski for Kiss Me, Kate, CdA Summer Theater

Peter Hardie for South Pacific, Civic
David Baker for Man of La Mancha, Civic WINNER
David Baker for The Christmas Schooner, Civic

Michael McGiveney for Kiss Me, Kate, CST
Peter Hardie for South Pacific, Civic
David Baker for The Christmas Schooner, Civic WINNER
David Baker for Man of La Mancha, Civic

Peter Hardie for The Night of the Iguana, Civic
John Hofland for Rabbit Hole, Actors Repertory Theatre of the Inland Northwest WINNER
William Rosevear for The Rainmaker, Spokane Interplayers Ensemble
Maynard Villers for Rounding Third, Interplayers

Susan Berger and Jan Wanless for The Christmas Schooner, Civic
Susan Berger and Jan Wanless for Man of La Mancha, Civic
Judith McGiveney for Kiss Me, Kate, CST WINNER

Dee Finan for Tour de Farce, CenterStage
Jessica Ray for Souvenir, Actors Rep WINNER
Jessica Ray for Rabbit Hole, Actors Rep

Kathie Doyle-Lipe as Nat in Rabbit Hole, Actors Rep
Caryn Hoaglund as Izzy in Rabbit Hole, Actors Rep
Marianne McLaughlin as Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Civic WINNER
Manuela Peters as Hannah Jelkes in The Night of the Iguana, Civic

Luke Barats as Barnett in Crimes of the Heart, Civic
Carter J. Davis as Jamie in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Actors Rep
Patrick McHenry-Kroetch as Tyler in Laughing Stock, Civic
Jimmy-James Pendleton as Jason in Rabbit Hole, Actors Rep
Jonathan Rau as Buddy "Keno" Walsh in The Full Monty, CST WINNER

Dennis Craig as the grandfather in The Christmas Schooner, Civic
Robby French as Jamie in The Last Five Years, Civic Studio
Patrick McHenry-Kroetch as Cervantes/Quijana/Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Civic WINNER
Michael Muzatko as Emile deBecque in South Pacific, Civic
Curt Olds as Pete in Pete ‘n’ Keely, Actors Rep

Tony Caprile as Don in Rounding Third, Interplayers
Patrick Treadway as the Professor in All the Great Books (abridged), Actors Rep WINNER
Michael Weaver as Howie in Rabbit Hole, Actors Rep

Olivia Brownlee in “Rodeo” and “Handler,” Talking With, CenterStage
Page Byers as Becca in Rabbit Hole, Actors Rep
Piper Gunnarson as Carol in Oleanna, Interplayers
Karen Nelsen as Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Actors Rep WINNER
Kelly Quinnett as Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Interplayers

Krystle Armstrong as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, CST
Abbey Crawford as Keely in Pete ‘n’ Keely, Actors Rep WINNER
Andrea Dawson as Cathy in The Last Five Years, Civic
Tami Knoell as Aldonza/Dulcinea, Man of La Mancha, Civic

Tralen Doler for Rabbit Hole, Actors Rep WINNER
Ellen Crawford for Grace & Glorie, Interplayers
Todd Jasmin for The Rainmaker, Interplayers and Lake City Playhouse
Maynard Villers for Rounding Third, Interplayers

Maria Caprile for The Christmas Schooner, Civic
Yvonne A.K. Johnson for The Last Five Years, Civic
Troy Nickerson for Man of La Mancha, Civic
Michael Weaver for Pete ‘n’ Keely, Actors Rep
Roger Welch for The Full Monty, CST WINNER

All the Great Books (abridged), Actors Rep
Rabbit Hole, Actors Rep WINNER
Man of La Mancha, Civic
Crimes of the Heart, Civic

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels WINNER
High School Musical
The Wedding Singer

The Full Monty, CST WINNER
The Last Five Years, Civic
Man of La Mancha, Civic
Pete ‘n’ Keely, Actors Rep

Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Actors Rep
The Night of the Iguana, Civic
Rabbit Hole, Actors Rep WINNER

All the Great Books (abridged), Actors Rep WINNER
Laughing Stock, Civic
Tour de Farce, CenterStage

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At June 21, 2008 5:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bobo thankyou for nominations preview.Only one question how can you nominate a musical or play and not nominate the director?

At June 21, 2008 8:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bobo, your prejudices are showing.

At June 22, 2008 2:25 PM , Blogger Bobo the Theater Ho said...

Kinda hard for me to correct or justify my prejudices unless you point them out and specify them.

At June 22, 2008 2:35 PM , Blogger Bobo the Theater Ho said...

Interesting issue, that director/play mismatch. Happens every year at the Oscars: Almost like clockwork, one of the five directors of Best PIcture nominees is shut out of the Best Director race. That doesn't justify the practice; it's just to say that it happens when people (or just one person) consider two categories separately.
Conditions under which the production deserves kudos but the director, not quite as much;
1. The production was ambitious, innovative, thought-provoking (but also, for example, poorly cast, moved slowly, had too intrusive a concept, was noticeably lacking in some areas like set concept or scene transitions or in a particular characterization). As far as nominations go, you'd want to reward the show but not that director.
2. Design and acting elements rise above the director's meddling: In other words, everyone else brought their A game while the director plodded around at the B level. (It should go without saying that these speculations are hypothetical: I DO NOT have particular shows or directors in mind here.)

Bobo has actually heard the argument that if Actress A won a Leading Actress award and Actor B was in support of her, then naturally it's unfair if Actor B fails to win the Best Supporting Actor award. Except that's hogwash.

At June 22, 2008 2:35 PM , Blogger Bobo the Theater Ho said...

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At June 22, 2008 4:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? Nice attempt to justify Bobo.You contradict yourself abd the pity is you don't see it.To nominate the director and not the show is equally as absurd.You don't have a clue, any way you try and spin it.Don't ever direct because you obviosly have no conception of what is involved.I don't know why I'm wasting my time telling you.I promise to never try again.

At June 22, 2008 6:37 PM , Blogger Bobo the Theater Ho said...

Bobo regrets not seeing any of this past season's productions at Lake City Playhouse. Brian Doig, the executive artistic director there, is a wonderful man. It's a question of time and space and logistics. Years ago, Bobo reviewed nearly all their shows. He's especially looking forward to A Few Good Men and Big River there next season.

At June 22, 2008 6:42 PM , Blogger Bobo the Theater Ho said...

Some of the director/production mismatch in nominations for plays (not musicals) MAY (I'm not sure, but possibly) derive from the fact that, by Bobo's count, the five local theaters (ARt, CenterStage, Civic, CST and Interplayers) produced nine comedies and 12 dramas (all non-musical) last year. Hence just three nominees in each. Since some shows (in my opinion, just one guy talking here) didn't merit nominations -- and other productions were better than the directorial choices made in them (again, only my opinion), that situation might explain the mismatch in the Outstanding Comedy and Drama categories.

At June 22, 2008 6:44 PM , Blogger Bobo the Theater Ho said...

But then there were only about a dozen local musicals, too. So I guess there goes that theory.

At June 22, 2008 7:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm confused, isn't it the director's choices and vision that advance the show one way or another.The actors you enjoyed did not get their alone.For you to choose a show means that as a whole you must have liked the show otherwise why choose it.All those things you like spring from the collabrative relationship the director has with everyone involved with the show.If you choose the show you choose the directors vision from the lights,sound ,performances,costumes,set pieces and on and on.There is no way for you to know unless you have extra sensory perception ,choices the actors or anyone else makes without the help and vision of the director.If you choose the show you choose the director.It's very involved and definitly not as simplistic as you are trying to make it.I attended almost all the shows you saw and the ones you nominated would in no way have drawn your attention without the excellent direction involved wether you agreed with it all the time or not.You need to re-think Bobo.

At June 22, 2008 9:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To use Movies as an example:

Baz Luhrman for the hideously over-directed Moulin Rouge. The direction got in the way of telling an excellent story. The movie was good in spite of his choices.

Michel Gondry for Be Kind Rewind. His own take on in-camera special effects are amazing. His sense of comedy... atrocious.

Schindler's List. Spielburg got his own stamp on one of the more engaging holocaust stories ever put on film. The Pianist on this list, too.

I think sir that to go balistic over this is making too much of awards for artistic merit. Even Bobo says that this is only "one guy talking".

Every actor has been in a play that was good in spite of the director and a play that was saved by a brilliant one. It happens. Sometimes the actors pull together. sometimes the crew pulls together. And sometimes the actors and crew rally around a gifted leader. The director doesn't make a great any more than the writer, the actors, the lights or the sound. Get over yourself.

And since you obviously care so passionately about this, I should ask, which one did you direct, The Night of the Iguana, Long Day's Journey, All the Great Books (abridged), Laughing Stock, or Tour de Force?

In the future I'd try not to voice your disappointment to your audience.

At June 23, 2008 8:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

None ,it's just my opinion.Your talking apples and oranges.But I respect you opinion and won't tell you to get over it.

At June 23, 2008 6:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Becuase I've got nothing to get over. And neither do you. I'm just tired of the egos around this blog writing in whining about awards. Since you are doing neither, I respectfully apologize for my snippy comments... even if I do stand by the bulk of what I said.

Now let's rip Bobo a new asshole over his Choreography choices. I mean Good God, right?


At June 24, 2008 4:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know they don't do much but this was a good show for CenterStage so please correct the name to Tour de Farce which is the correct spelling of this show. Thank you so much!

At June 24, 2008 5:13 PM , Blogger Bobo the Theater Ho said...

No, thank YOU. My mistake entirely -- got it right on Dee Finan for Costumes, but not here in the Best Comedy category. Thanks.

At June 27, 2008 1:51 AM , Blogger Ross Cornell said...

I am so glad that you made that joke. It is funny that no one ever complains about the choreography choices. If the choreography is good and appropriate, it has a huge effect on a musical. It should tell the story as much as the direction of the show. That being said, this is another way that a show could be considered the best show overall, when maybe the direction was the best of the bunch.
I am very sad that I was not able to be a part of anything at CST or in Spokane this year. I really enjoy working in the area but am currently working at a theatre in Minneapolis. I am very proud to say that I have been nominated several times for a Spokie and will be extremely sad to not have the opportunity next year.

At June 29, 2008 6:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you want specifics on how your prejudices are showing, well here you go.

1. you have gone out of your way to ignore the other very talented theaters in this area.

2. you obviously have some harsh feeling towards Spokane civic theater. this is shown by the lack of nominations that they deserve. and the fact that you completely ignored center stage. but why are you jealous? is it because you cant perform or do half as good as these talented people that put all these shows together, or are you just trying to stir up drama like you are 16 or something. or are you just determined to have all the supporters of the other theaters in this area hate you?

3. from your reviews this past year you have shown no class or knowledge of what theater is all about. i suggest to you to shut up and let the people who can appreciate real art do their jobs. because you cant.

so please get a clue and either really do your job or go away.

At June 30, 2008 10:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anon" who spewed so much venom in the last comment; So, are you seriously invalidating those who did win, and saying they didn't deserve to win? That's what it sounds like to me. Go over the list again of the nominees and look to see that indeed all of the theatres did get nominated and recognized.

Here's my suggestion to you. Shut the hell up and try harder next year. This is, after all, one man's opinion and you are fighting too hard for something that will make no difference to you in the long run. You are giving a bad name to your peers and showing how petty you really are.

What sucks is, you're giving Civic Theatre a bad name. All we see, from you, is that Civic is never happy. Didn't you win a NATIONAL award last year? Was that NOT enough for you?

Talk about stirring up drama like a 16 year old. You seem to have done very well on your own.

At July 01, 2008 2:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also believe your prejudices are showing because you gave a bad review to Man of LaMancha, then saw it again, re-reviewed it again and it ends up being nominated for best Musical? Please. Did you see all the shows produced in the area twice? How would your feelings and attitudes towards the others shows have changed (for good or bad) if you saw everything more than once. LaMancha should not have been in the running, for the simple reason that, under presure, you changed your mind.

And Civic getting more nominations than CDA? Come on. Quality work happens over here across the boarder, you know.

At July 02, 2008 9:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Border, not boarder. And Civic does 10 shows to other theaters' 3-6 per year. So if you are actually considering each show on its own merits, the ratios WILL seem skewed. Not that these things seem to matter the the theater-going public. Fortunately for all of the theaters.

At July 02, 2008 11:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read again my friend Bobo's first review of LaMancha was not a bad review at all.Put your petty jealousy aside and relax.

At July 02, 2008 11:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is CDA not considered "professional" Bobo should they even be in the same category? esp where dance is concerned?

At July 02, 2008 11:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous 11:04 AM. Maybe we should split to amatuer and professional catagories. Put CST, Interplayers and ARt in one catagorie and Civic, Lake City, Cebterstage, Ignite, etc (I'm sure I'm forgetting someone -- sorry, I don't mean to) in anothor. It just seems right and fair.

At July 02, 2008 11:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ART is as well, so CDA is not the only one. And ART uses many locals. SETTLE DOWN! This is NOT the Tonys AND we are NOT New York. Maybe you should step away from the blog and do something more worth your while?

At July 02, 2008 8:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ART usees the same locals! Not many - the SAME!

At July 03, 2008 10:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong. They do not use the same locals all the time. I did my first show for them this year, and had never done an ART show before. Do your research. Also, they use people who AUDITION for them. Have you??
What a ridiculous and petty string this has become. I am proud to have been nominated and win this year because it's an acknowledgement of hard work and dedication. I had been excited about it, which anyone who won ANY of the years is allowed to be, but after reading this I am saddened by the lack of support for the theatrical community. All that's happened this whole string is invalidation of those people and shows who were honored for their hard work. I am clear that these awards are one person's opinion and I am also clear that it DOES NOT define the rest of my life. I am embarrassed and horrified at the ridiculous patter that has come through in this string, and all from "anons" who refuse to take responsibility for their words. The only reason Bobo pisses anyone off is because YOU let him. For the sake of all that is joyful in theatre, put down your drama and go back to working on what you love about theatre. Quit creating "fake" drama and celebrate the amount of amazing theatre we are lucky to have in this region.


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