On Sunday, May 26 the Vero Beach Theatre Guild held its 61st Annual Genie Awards Gala. The Guild celebrated a night to remember at the Elks Lodge as it honored its stars for the 2018-2019 season.
The Genie Awards, which are held at the close of each season, were named in honor of Eugene Davis, one of the guild’s first resident directors, and honor excellence in theater by recognizing the contributions of the cast, crew and volunteers.
The 2018-2019 Outstanding Production Award was presented to “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” directed by Beth Shestak. "Forum" was in fact a big winner for the evening with awards going to Greg Harris as both Leading Actor and Leading Male Vocalist in the challenging role of Pseudolus. Libbie Baylinson, Isabel Garrett, Nikki Przedwiecki, Caroline Remillard and Debbie Brandauer also took Best Group Performance as the Courtesans.
Judith Lemoncelli and Sharon Taylor tied for Leading Actress for their performances respectively in "Miracle on South Division Street" directed by Jon Putzke and the Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy, "The Dixie Swim Club." This season's comedies also produced awards for Rebecca Carswell as Supporting Actress (The Savannah Sipping Society), Amber Riggle (The Dixie Swim Club) as Secondary Supporting Actress, and Barbara Sykes (The Savannah Sipping Society) as Character Actress. Phyllis Rock received a special award in 'Savannah' for a cameo appearance.
Nick Mathews and Steve Budkiewicz grabbed Supporting Actor and Character Actor awards for their performances respectively in "Miracle on South Division Street" and "Yankee Tavern" directed by Jon Putzke, who was also the recipient of the 2018-2019 President's Award.
Other standout awards included Special Appreciation to Greg Harris for having mastered and delivering an outstanding performance with only a few days to prepare for the role, and a touching tribute to Shawn Webber who is departing after 15 years of service as Technical Director to the Vero Beach Theatre Guild.
See the photos here!