Author: Angie Heid

How viewing works (2019-2020 Season)

Viewing in the 2019-2020 season

What Shows are eligible

Both the show and the theatre need to be eligible for a show to be viewed.  Here are the rules:

Theatre Eligibility: A Theatre shall be considered eligible for receiving nominations when

  • The Theatre is based in and holds performances in Lake County, Porter County, or LaPorte County, Indiana.
  • The Theatre is an organized company whose prime purpose is to produce community theatre.
  • The Theatre pays an annual membership fee.

Show Eligibility: A Show shall be considered eligible for receiving nominations when

  • The show producer or director has submitted an application to be viewed at least one month prior to the first performance. All components requested to be viewed must be completed in the spirit of community theatre, by volunteers in a function that is not their profession. Small stipends to performers, directors, designers, or any other production staff will not immediately make it ineligible for viewing. The discretion of the producer/director in consultation with the Viewing Secretary when needed will guide this determination. Equity actors are not eligible for individual acting awards.
  • The Show was cast through publicized open auditions for all viewable roles.
  • The Show is a scripted show. It need not be published and licensed through a professional licensee but must be a scripted production designed to be performed the same each performance.
  • The Show must have multiple performances. Any show which opens in one season and closes in the next season will be eligible for nominations in the season in which the majority of performances are scheduled. If an equal number of performances occur in each season, the show will be eligible in the season in which it opened.
  • The Foundation respectfully requests that no shows take place in direct time conflict with the annual gala. Should performances take place, no viewing will occur on this night.

 

How Viewing Works

Each viewer is expected to see all viewable shows in their category, however, 75% is the baseline required amount. If a viewer cannot fulfill this, they are dropped from the list. Show producers/directors submit an online form to apply to have their show viewed at least one month before the first performance. On this form, any specific element can be pulled out as not viewable at the discretion of the theatre.

Viewers submit an online form within 72 hours after viewing each production. On this form, there is a scoring section for technical elements including overall show, direction, sets, lights, sound, and costumes for plays, additionally music and vocal direction as well as choreography are scored for musicals. Each element is scored from 1-5 with 5 being best. Each
element score is averaged over the number of viewers and the top half end up on the initial ballot at the end of the season.

A second section of the form allows viewers to submit acting nominations by listing the actor’s name and character name. In order to appear on the preliminary ballot, an actor must receive a baseline percentage of nominations.

A final section provides places for viewer’s choice nominations, additional nominations that don’t fit on the form, their “best of show” selection and any notes to the Viewing Secretary. At the end of the season in early September, an initial ballot consisting of all the qualified nominations in each category is created. Nominations are qualified based on score or number of
mentions as noted above and cross-referenced with the applications to be viewed filled out by the show producer/director. This form indicates category placement and nonviewable components (viewers are not told these in advance in order not to skew their perception of a show). Then each viewer individually selects their top five in each category and submits them
privately.

After the acting votes and technical scores are tabulated, a final list of nominees in each category is announced (usually around September 15). At this time, each viewer receives a final mailed ballot personalized to them. If they did not see a production, it is not included in their final ballot. They rank each category nominees and send their ballots to an independent
tabulator who compiles the votes and prepares the sealed envelopes for presentation the night of the gala. No one but the independent tabulator knows the winners until that night.

2017-2018 Winners

2017-2018 Award Winners

Congratulations to all the award recipients at NIETF’s 26th Anniversary Gala! Thank you everyone for an amazing evening!

 

Presidential Award for Excellence – 4th Street Theater for The Red Kite Project

Project Cast: L’arc en Ciel Theatre Guild for sound equipment

Outstanding achievement: David Long

 

Plays:

Principal Male in a Play

Karl Berner as Eddie, Hurlyburly, Chicago Street Theatre

 

Principal Female in a Play

Stephanie Stalbaum as Bella, Lost in Yonkers, L’arc en Ciel Theatre Guild

 

Featured Role in a Play

Timmy Gleason as Phil, Hurlyburly, Chicago Street Theatre

 

Direction of a Play

Paul & Angie Lowe, Lost in Yonkers, L’arc en Ciel Theatre Guild

 

Scenic Design of a Play

Colleen Zana, Mom Cole’s, Valparaiso Theatrical Company

Lighting Design of a Play

John Wotkun, Mark of Cain, Beatniks on Conkey

 

Sound Design of a Play

Angela Heid, Moonlight and Magnolias, Chicago Street Theatre

 

Costume Design of a Play

Angie Lowe and Cast, Lost in Yonkers, L’arc en Ciel Theatre Guild

 

Viewers Choice in a Play

Foreign Language Use by Cast, The Primary English Class, 4th Street Theater

 

Best Play

Lost in Yonkers, L’arc en Ciel Theatre Guild

Musicals:

Principal Male in a Musical

Tyler Mills as Leo Frank, Parade, 4th Street Theater

 

Principal Female in a Musical

Kelly Bourget as Lucille Frank, Parade, 4th Street Theater

 

Featured Role in a Musical

Will Akins as Jim Conley, Parade , 4th Street Theater

 

Direction of a Musical

Linda Pauli, Ordinary Days, 4th Street Theater

 

Musical Direction of a Musical

Jeff Otto, Hair, Chicago Street Theatre

 

Vocal Direction of a Musical

Linda Pauli, Parade, 4th Street Theater

 

Choreography of a Musical

Trisha Sabocik, Hair, Chicago Street Theatre

 

Scenic Design of a Musical

Jesse Howe, Hair, Chicago Street Theatre

 

Lighting Design of a Musical

Bob Cooley, Hair, Chicago Street Theatre

 

Sound Design of a Musical

Dan Watt, Hair, Chicago Street Theatre

 

Costume Design of a Musical

Michael Ohm, Hair, Chicago Street Theatre

 

Viewers Choice in a Musical

Projections/Paper Falling Effect (Angela Heid, Dan Watt), Ordinary Days, 4th Street Theater

 

Best Musical

Ordinary Days, 4th Street Theater

Volunteers of the Year

4th Street Theater – Angela Heid

Alliance Children’s Theatre – Steve Messamer

Beatniks on Conkey – Don Taylor

Dunes Arts Foundation – Andy Neal

Ensemble Theatre Company – Mark McColley

Genesius Guild – David Long

Hammong Community Theatre: Wayne Puchkors

Highland Park’s Performing Arts Group: Cora Knight

Improductions: Dan Pritchett

L’arc en Ciel Theatre Guild: Jackson DeLisle

Seedlings Theatre Company: Emily Leckie

Valparasio Theatrical Company: Craig Kozora

2016-2017 Awards

Congratulations to all the award recipients at The Silver Soiree- NIETF’s 25th Anniversary Gala! Thank you everyone for an amazing evening!

PLAY awards:

Principal Actor in Play
Robert Hill as Franco Wicks, Superior Doughnuts, Hammond Community Theatre

Principal Actress in a Play
Lindsey McDermott as Susy Hendrix, Wait Until Dark, Beatniks on Conkey

Featured Actor in a Play TIE!
Rodney Thornton as Honza Kosek, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, 4th Street Theater
AND
John Wotkun as Luther Flynn, Superior Doughnuts, Hammond Community Theatre

Featured Actress in a Play
Sandy Stotts as Lady Boyle, Superior Doughnuts, Hammond Community Theatre

Cameo Role in a Play
Denise Woodside Murray as The Strega, The Rose Tattoo, Chicago Street Theatre

Direction of a Play
Sandra Assarian, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, 4th Street Theater

Scenic Design of a Play
Andy Leahy, Superior Doughnuts, Hammond Community Theatre

Lighting Design of a Play
Angela Heid, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, 4th Street Theater

Sound Design of a Play
Matt Valuckis and Shea Street, Christmas Carol Radio Show, Crown Point Community Theatre

Costume Design of a Play
Stephanie Naumoff, As You Like It, Gary Shakespeare Company

Viewers Choice – Technical in a Play
Sound Effects/Foley Artistry, Christmas Carol Radio Show, Crown Point Community Theatre

Viewers Choice – Personnel in a Play
Merry Folk/Troubadours, As You Like It, Gary Shakespeare Company

Best Play TIE!
I Never Saw Another Butterfly, 4th Street Theater
AND
Wait Until Dark, Beatniks on Conkey

MUSICAL NOMINEES:

Principal Actor in a Musical
Justin Treasure as Seymour Krelborn, Little Shop of Horrors, Crown Point Community Theatre

Principal Actress in a Musical TIE!
Stephanie Stalbaum as Audrey, Little Shop of Horrors, Crown Point Community Theatre
AND
Michele Gustin as Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard, 4th Street Theater

Featured Actor in a Musical
Matthew B. Byerly as Audrey II, Little Shop of Horrors, Crown Point Community Theatre

Featured Actress in a Musical
Rhonda Janowski as the Witch, Into the Woods, 4th Street Theater

Cameo Role in a Musical
Amy Johnson-Sobek as Aunt Sheila, It Shoulda Been You, L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group

Direction of a Musical
Aaron & Julie Breford, Little Shop of Horrors, Crown Point Community Theatre

Musical Direction
Jeff Otto, Last Five Years, Crown Point Community Theatre

Vocal Direction
Andrew Flasch, Little Shop of Horrors, Crown Point Community Theatre

Choreography
Julie Henry, A Year with Frog and Toad, Chicago Street Theatre

Scenic Design of a Musical
Dutch “Spade” Williams & Jim Henry, Great American Trailer Park Christmas, Chicago Street Theatre

Lighting Design of a Musical
Angie Heid, Little Shop of Horrors, Crown Point Cimmunity theatre

Costume Design of a Musical
Stanlee Hodsden, Sunset Boulevard, 4th Street Theater

Viewers Choice – Technical in a Musical
Set Decoration/Neon, Great American Trailer Park Christmas, Chicago Street Theatre

Viewers Choice – Personnel in a Musical
Girls Trio Ensemble, Little Shop of Horrors, Crown Point Community

Best Musical
Little Shop of Horrors, Crown Point Community Theatre

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

Project CAST: Genesius Guild
Presidential Award for Excellence: Dunes Arts Foundation
Outstanding Achievement: Ken and Cathy Mertens

Volunteers of the Year:
Jude Tanter, 4th Street Theater
Anji Britten, Beatniks on Conkey
Auriel Lark Felsecker, Chicago Street Theatre
Patrick OHaver, Crown Point Community Theatre
Dan Schaaf, Dunes Arts Foundation
Christina Biancardi, Gary Shakespeare Company
Lisa Sowa-Downs, Genesius Guild
Rip Johnson, Hammond Community Theatre
Jill Waterson, Highland Parks Performing Arts Group
Karla Bozek, Larc en Ciel Theatre Group
Reagan Smedley, Memorial Opera House
Mike Porter, Valparaiso Theatrical Company

St. Christopher Society Inductees:
Vickie Cash
Grant Fitch
Zachary Eugene Gipson
Allen Horner
Anne Nicholls
Amy O’Brien
Rea Robinson
Steve Rohe
KeriAnne Valuckis
Sherry VerWey Sweeney
Christine Weigand-Long