Rod Lewis/News-Sun Art Harriman receives the Best Director for the 2012/2013 season for ÔSex Please, We're Sixty'.
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published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
'Sex Please' wins big at HLT's Zenon Awards
By ROD LEWIS
SEBRING - "Sex Please, We're Sixty," directed by Art Harriman, was the big winner at the 27th Annual Zenon Awards Show on Saturday at the Highlands Little Theatre. Not only did the play capture the Best Show honors, Harriman also won the Zenon for Best Director.
Harriman said, "My first show was 'Peter Pan' 12 years ago," Harriman said.
He likes the live theater because it is a chance to get away from his job as a substance abuse councilor.
"It is fun, not like sitting at home and watching TV," he said. "People don't know we are here, but tickets to the live theater are cheaper than dinner and a movie."
The Zenon Award is shaped like a pyramid of glass and is the highest award for "talent" at HLT. It is sponsored by the Zenon & Marilyn Hansen Foundation.
The show started with a production number from the nominees called "Hello" from "The Book Of Mormon." Steve McDaniel, who was the host for the evening, gave the formal introduction and introduced Pete Pollard, who sang "Night and Day" from "Gay Divorcee." Pollard mentioned that there were about 500 ballots sent out for the awards and 250 were returned. This reversed a trend, according to Pollard, and shows that the plays were popular this year.
All of the ballots were tabulated by CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP.
Harriman won Best Set Design for "Sex Please We're Sixty." Best Stage Manager went to Danny Wilson for "Annie." Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role went to Ellen Lemos as Miss Hannigan in "Annie."
Bill Farmer was awarded the Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role award for his role as Tito in "Lend Me A Tenor." He also received Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role for playing Bud the Stud in "Sex Please, We're Sixty."
Board Service Awards went to Joe LaCotti for construction and repairs throughout the theatre as well as stewardship and organization of the shop storage areas; Kristin Taylor for her years of volunteer service as chairman of the Lounge Committee and management of Anthony's Lounge; Helen Curio; and RoseMarie Tippins Beringer.
Outstanding Technical Production awards went to Glenn Fowler, production coordinator for "Annie" and "Sex Please, We're Sixty," and LaCotti and Fred Collins, master builders for the entire season. Outstanding Artistic Production honors were presented to Heather Hollan, choreographer of "Annie," and Julia St. John, set art for "Auntie Mame," "Sex Please, We're Sixty," and "Lend Me A Tenor."
Best Sound Design went to Ronda Wilson for "Sex Please, We're Sixty."
The prestigious Jane Lou Buck Significant Achievement Award was presented by last year's recipient, Gloria Coffey, to Thor Knutson for his achievements at HLT.
The Director's Awards were then presented. Mike Millian, "Annie," presented his award to John and Diane Judy. Pollard presented his award for "Auntie Mame" to Johnathan Finney. Harriman, "Sex Please, We're Sixty," presented his to Allan Grosman. Tammy Pollard, "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum," presented her award to Pete Pollard, and Allan Grosman, "Lend Me A Tenor," presented his to Bob Hippchen.
Best Costume Design was presented to Helen Curcio, RoseMarie Tippins Beringer, Jackie Koza, and Tammie Pollard for "Auntie Mame." Best Performance in a Cameo Role was presented to Sue McCollum for playing Hillary Hudson in "Sex Please, We're Sixty." Best Lighting Design went to Thor Knutson for "Annie."
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role went to Larissa Meagher as Annie in "Annie."
In accepting the award, the 13-year-old said, "I became interested in the theater when my mom did 'Grease,' and at the age of 6 I had my first role as a Bee in the 'Jungle Book.'" She had her first speaking role in "Oklahoma." Meagher is the daughter of Amanda Mercer, who will direct a show later this year.
In presenting the final award for the evening, Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell said since there were five plays nominated for Best Show, he would be "ticking off 80 percent of the audience ... which is about right for a politician." The Best Show of the Season was won by "Sex Please, We're Sixty."
Performers for the evening included Melanie Boulay, Todd Coleman, Bill Farmer, Jillian Febres, Moriah Finney, Asia Gilroy, Allan Grosman, Art Harriman, Johanna Johnston, Ellen Lemos, Trevor Long, Larissa Meagher, Amanda Mercer, Larry McCandless, Josh McGhee, Nala Price, Mark Reyes, Tracy Shuknect, Anthony Tolar, Ben Turner, Marcia Ward, Erika Weaver, the Kids from "Annie," and the Doo Wop Girls.
There is little time for celebration, however. On Halloween night, HLT will be sponsoring "Ghost Tours" in downtown Sebring. This family friendly walk will incorporate history, legends, and ghost stories. The tours start at 7 and 8:30 p.m. There is a 10 p.m. non-walking show available for the "night owls."
The "Little Show Of Horrors" runs from Nov. 13-24.
For more information on the Ghost Tours or "Little Shop Of Horrors," contact the HLT at 382-2525 or online at http://www.highlandslittletheatre.org/
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