Geyer to host 11th annual Tottie awards

Kaelei Whitlatch

Kaelei Whitlatch

Hi, I'm Kaelei and I'm a junior at Southmoreland. I'm a member of National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Concert Band, Show Choir, Highlander Choir, Musical Arts, Music Theatre club, The Future is Mine, Random Acts of Kindness, Yearbook Club, and Journalism. I love to play clarinet, write, and perform at the Geyer Performing Arts Center and with my local theatre group C Glee. I hope to pursue Communications/Journalism in the future.
Kaelei Whitlatch

Every year, the American Theatre Wing hosts the Tony Awards, where they present awards to those who excel in Broadway theater. Although this prestigious event may be for the stars in New York, a similar style show can be found in our own backyard.

The Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale is hosting its 11th annual Tottie Awards, a Tony-inspired awards show. Named after Marilyn “Tottie” Kiefer, a founding member and patron of the theater, the ceremony presents trophies to voted “favorite” musicals, plays, and actors of the yearly season.

The show also features performances from musicals from the season; this season’s musicals being Hair, The Fantasticks, Beauty and the Beast, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Catch Me If You Can, and The Addams Family. It will also feature a performance from the first musical of the new season, Cabaret. 

Brad Geyer, the theater’s board chairman and president, is excited to present the Totties to the theater stage, especially with host Dottie Davis, one of the theater’s oldest actors and patrons.

“Sticking to tradition, Dottie Davis will be our emcee for the 11th year,” Geyer said. “We are so blessed to have her back.”

Geyer also loves how the ceremony “brings everyone back together.”

“This time of the year, everyone gathers in our building at the same time,” Geyer said. “Eleven shows come together to congratulate each other on the wonderful art we have produced.”

The 11th Annual Tottie Awards will be at the Geyer Performing Arts center January 20 at 7:30 p.m.

The nominees of the awards include:

Scenic and Lighting
The Miracle Worker
Beauty and the Beast
Catch Me If You Can
A Streetcar Named Desire

 

Costumes
Beauty and the Beast
Catch Me If You Can
The Addams Family
It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Music
Hair
Beauty and the Beast

Putnam County Spelling Bee
Catch Me If You Can

 

Choreography
Hair
Beauty and the Beast
Catch Me If You Can
The Addams Family

 

Comedic Actor/Troupe
Lisa Earnesty and Marilyn Forbes in The Female Odd Couple
Josh Daisley and Jarrod Stubbs as Cogsworth and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast
Jessie Glover as Leaf Coneybear in Putnam County
Anna Strauser as Marcy Park in Putnam County

 

Antagonist
Scott Walton as El Gallo in The Fantasticks
Carmen Lopresti as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast
Noah Telford as Agent Hanratty in Catch Me If You Can
Zac Mccoy as Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Supporting Actor in a Play
Josh Schaefer as Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker
Jack Forbes as in The Female Odd Couple
Andy Hayes as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire
Willie White as Father Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Supporting Actress in a Play
Joan McCann as in The Female Odd Couple
Dani White as in the Female Odd Couple
Rachel Carey as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire
Ally Riddle as Violet Peterson in It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Supporting Actor in a Musical
Josh Daisley as Matt in The Fantasticks
Mark Fox as Maurice in Beauty and the Beast
Ben Wren as Mitch Mahoney in Putnam County Spelling Bee
Shawn Conway as William Barfee in Putnam County Spelling Bee

 

Supporting Actress in a Musical
Emily Hamilla as Shelia in Hair
Reagan Defazio as Luisa in The Fantasticks
Julia Smitley as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family
Kelly Damico as Alice Beineke in The Addams Family

 

Lead Actor in a Play
Josh Schaeffer as Stanley in Streetcar Named Desire
Brad Geyer as Art Rooney in the Chief
Justin Williams as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life
Michael Puskar as Clarence Odbody in It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Lead Actress in a Play
Michele McCalmont as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker
Jessica Zack as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker
Lisa Earnesty as Olive in The Female Odd Couple
Meg Baker as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire
Rachel Carey as Mary Hatch in It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Lead Actor in a Musical
EJ Christopher as Claude in Hair
Will Dixon – Frank Abagnale Jr in Catch Me If You Can
Noah Telford – Agent Carl Hanratty in Catch Me If You Can
Mike Hamilla as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family

 

Lead Actress in a Musical
Rebekah Laughlin as Belle in Beauty and The Beast
Anna Strauser as Brenda in Catch Me If You Can
Bree Deutsch as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family
Maddie Kocur as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family

 

Director
Tyler Handford and Rachael Szbao for Hair
Kat Post for The Miracle Worker
Victoria Post for Beauty and the Beast
Chelsea Forbes for Putnam County Spelling Bee
Shawn Conway for Catch Me If You Can
Tyler Handford for A Streetcar Named Desire

 

Play
The Female Odd Couple
The Miracle Worker
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Chief
It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Musical
Hair
The Fantasticks
Beauty and the Beast
Putnam County Spelling Bee
Catch Me If You Can
The Addams Family

 

About Kaelei Whitlatch
Hi, I'm Kaelei and I'm a junior at Southmoreland. I'm a member of National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Concert Band, Show Choir, Highlander Choir, Musical Arts, Music Theatre club, The Future is Mine, Random Acts of Kindness, Yearbook Club, and Journalism. I love to play clarinet, write, and perform at the Geyer Performing Arts Center and with my local theatre group C Glee. I hope to pursue Communications/Journalism in the future.

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