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The Jimmy Awards are presented each year during the Renaissance Players Gala.
Named in honor of the late Dr. Jimmy Jackson, founding board chairman of tThe Renaissance Center, the awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement both on stage and behind the scenes in Renaissance Players productions.
The Harold (Rising Star Award) is an award presented to the actor who appeared in his or her first performance at The Renaissance Center during the season. Originally called The Rising Star Award, it was renamed in 2009 for Harold Fann, a former winner of the award who died in February 2008, just days before he was scheduled to make his professional debut in the Gaslight Dinner Theatre’s production of My Fair Lady.
The Mel (Scene Stealer Award) is presented to the actor who can take command of a scene just with his or her presence on stage. First presented in 2005, the award is named in honor of the late Mel Romine, who appeared in several Renaissance Players productions prior to his death in 2004.
The Amy (Spirit Award) is presented to the actor/actress or crew member who demonstrated consistent support throughout the season by participating in multiple shows. This award was re-named in 2010 in honor of Amy Scott, former Director of the Renaissance Players. In addition to a medal, the Spirit Award winner receives a specially commissioned piece of art.
Best Featured Actor in a Musical: Tom Whiting, A Christmas Carol, The Musical
Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Laura Williams, A Christmas Carol, The Musical
Best Supporting Actor: M. Zane Jordan, Hello, Dolly!
Best Supporting Actress: Ashton Frey, Annie, Jr.
Best Lead Actor: Greg Frey, A Christmas Carol, The Musical!
Best Lead Actress: Marilyn Fair, Hello, Dolly!
The Mel (Scene Stealer Award): Jon Kopischke
The Harold (Rising Star Award): Josh McClurkan
The Amy (Spirit Award): Nikki Blunt
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Greg Frey, The HomecomingBest Featured Actress in a Play: Jean Thompson, The HomecomingBest Featured Actor in a Musical: Jesse Davidson, Oklahoma!Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Kimberly Rye, Honk! Jr.Best Supporting Actor in a Play: Jim Reyome, Night of the Living DeadBest Supporting Actress in a Play: Beth Burch, Night of the Living DeadBest Supporting Actor in a Musical: Luke Phillips, Oklahoma!Best Supporting Actress in a Musical: Faith Kelm, Oklahoma!Best Actor in a Play: Wilson Parks, The HomecomingBest Actress in a Play: Rachel Gunn, Night of the Living DeadBest Actor in a Musical: Adam Wooten, Honk! Jr.Best Actress in a Musical: Jenny Norris Light, Oklahoma!Best Young Actor: Jed Jordan Best Young Actress: Ashton Frey Outstanding Tech Crew Member: Jon Kopischke Outstanding Performance Awards: Stephanie Wright, Jennifer Bennett, Claudia Bennett, Megan Gallup, Matthew Grimes, Genny Crnolatas, Tory Gunn and Will Gunn The “Mel” Scene Stealer Award: Dylan Hodges The “Harold” Rising Star Award: Tate Blunt The “Amy” Spirit Award: Amy Scott
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Randy Jett, Charlotte’s Web
Best Featured Actress in a Play: Tammie Whited, Blithe Spirit
Best Featured Actress in a Play: Valerie Kopischke, Charlotte’s WebBest Actor in a Musical: Fred Doty, The Music ManBest Actress in a Musical: Linda Sue Simmons-Runyeon, Oliver!
Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Emma Jordan, Oliver!Best Supporting Actor in a Play: Trudy Whiting, Blithe Spirit
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical: Jon Kopischke, The Music ManBest Supporting Actress in a Play: Matt Romine, Charlotte’s WebBest Supporting Actor in a Musical: Tom Whiting, Oliver!Best Supporting Actress in a Musical: Claudia Bennett, The Music ManBest Actor in a Play: Chris Norman, Blithe Spirit Best Young Actor: Nicolas Fair, Oliver! Best Young Actress: Bekah Komisar, Charlotte’s WebOutstanding Tech Crew Member: Laurie Jordan Outstanding Chorus Member: Jennifer Bennett, The Music Man and Oliver!
The “Mel” Scene Stealer Award: Tammie WhitedThe “Harold” Rising Star Award: Linda Sue Simmons-Runyeon The Spirit Award: Dana Mead
Guest Director Awards: Tracy Nichols, The Music Man; Kim Cantu, Blithe Spirit
Guest Stage Manager Awards: Tina Romine, Charlotte’s Web; Kyle Jones and Jeneva Moreau, The Music Man; Chancey Pickard, Oliver!
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