DayTony/Hall of Fame gala salutes 2013-14 season

​​Over 185 theater enthusiasts gathered Saturday, Aug. 9 at Sinclair Community College for the 11th annual DayTony Awards and 13th annual Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame induction.

Hosted by DayTony president Debra Strauss, the dual ceremonies saluted the achievements of actors, directors and designers from Dayton’s 2013-14 theater season as voted on by participating collegiate and community theaters. The eight organizations that received medallions of excellence and/or merit were: Beavercreek Community Theatre (BCT), Cedarville University (CU), Clark State Community College (CSCC), Dayton Playhouse (DP), Dayton Theatre Guild (DTG), Sinclair Community College (SCC), Troy Civic Theatre (TCT), and University of Dayton (UD).

Five shows shared the evening’s top prize as Outstanding Overall Production: “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps” (CU), “Expecting Isabel,” (DTG), “The Gifts of the Magi” (DTG), “Next to Normal” (CSCC), and “The Subject Was Roses” (DTG).

Shockingly, the Dayton Theatre Guild’s absolutely marvelous local premiere of”Time Stands Still,” an artistic knockout that contained impressive components that rivaled the 2010 original Broadway production, was overlooked for Outstanding Overall recognition.

Other egregious omissions included: “45 Seconds From Broadway” (DTG), “An Inspector Calls” (DTG), “The Dead Guy” (DTG), “Hairspray” (DP), “Monty Python’s Spamalot” (SCC), and “The Whales of August” (DP) for Outstanding Overall; actors Amy Askins (“The Dead Guy”), Annie Branning (“An Inspector Calls”), A.J. Breslin (“A Shayna Maidel,” SCC), Alex Carmichal (“Time Stands Still”), Alexander Chilton (“The Subject Was Roses”), Cassandra Engber (“Time Stands Still”), Christopher Hahn (“The Dead Guy”), Kelli Locker (“Hairspray” and “Time Stands Still”), Caityln Maurmeier (“An Inspector Calls”), William “Kip” Moore (“Working,” DP), Karen Righter (“Oklahoma!,” DP), Angela Riley (“The Subject Was Roses”), Leonardo Santucci (“An Inspector Calls”), Maximillian Santucci (“An Inspector Calls”), and Brian Sharp (“Hairspray”); directors Debra Kent (“Time Stands Still”), Marcia Nowik (“The Subject Was Roses”) and John Riley (“The Whales of August”); choreographer Rodney Veal (“Monty Python’s Spamalot,” SCC); and designers Daniel Brunk (“A Shayna Maidel,” lighting), Steve Burton and Tim Grewe (“Hairspray,” costumes), David Corson (“Time Stands Still,” lighting), Carol Finley (“An Inspector Calls,” costumes), Chris Newman (“Hairspray,” sets), John Riley (“The Whales of August,” sets), Blake Senseman (“Time Stands Still,” sets), and K.L. Storer (“Time Stands Still,” sound).

Hall of Fame Inductions

Actor/director Saul Caplan and actress Barbara Jorgensen, a talented duo that has been at the heart of numerous Dayton Theatre Guild productions, became the newest members of the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame.

Caplan, inducted by his daughter Sarah, wistfully discussed his 50 years in theater, which included a humorous reflection of his audition for “The King and I” at Memorial Hall in the late 1950s. He also felt “honored and humbled” to join his fellow Hall of Fame members since many of them influenced his evolution as a performer. He tenderly thanked his parents for their encouragement.

“A lot of people talk about little league dads and soccer moms, but no one really talks about the theater parents and the dedication they show,” he said. “I think my parents would be very proud of me.”

Jorgensen, featured in 35 shows in 22 years, was inducted by former DayTony president and DayTony co-founder Greg Smith, who appeared with her in the Dayton Playhouse’s 1992 production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” her local debut. In addition to acknowledging the support she has always received from her husband David, she thanked the many actors and directors she has worked with who helped carve her path.

“I am deeply honored and extremely grateful for this award,”she said. “These 22 years have been filled with luck, hard work, challenges and love.”

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