BroadwayWorld Des Moines Awards December 5th Standings; NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! THE MUSICAL! Leads Best Musical!

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By: Dec. 05, 2023
BroadwayWorld Des Moines Awards December 5th Standings; NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! THE MUSICAL! Leads Best Musical!
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2023 BroadwayWorld Des Moines Standings

Best Choreography Of A Play Or Musical
Megan Helmers - KINKY BOOTS - Des Moines Playhouse 26%
Megan Helmers - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Des Moines Playhouse 25%
Nicholas Root - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 19%
Anne Frett - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 15%
Rebecca Frazier - YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 5%
Charissa Hamel - THE ONE ACT PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Natalie Thomas - PIPPIN - Tallgrass Theatre 4%
Amy McCleary - ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE - Circa21 2%

Best Costume Design Of A Play Or Musical
Kelly Schaefer - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! THE MUSICAL! - Iowa State University 26%
Kelly Schaefer - SHE KILLS MONSTERS - Iowa StateUniversity Theatre 19%
Angela Lampe - KINKY BOOTS - Des Moines playhouse 15%
Cheryl Clark - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 12%
Kailan Wing - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 12%
Alex Lindsley - THE LITTLE MERMAID - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 4%
Cheryl Clark - MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - Tallgrass Theatre 4%
Emily Ganfield - TWELFTH NIGHT - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 4%
Suzanne Douthat - TROUBLE IN MIND - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 2%
Kelly Schaefer - A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 1%
Suzanna Douthit - IN THE UPPER ROOM - Pyramid Theatre Company 1%
Cheryl Clark - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%
Cheryl Clark - SHE LOVES ME - Ankeny Community Theatre 0

Best Direction Of A Musical
Mary Jo DuPrey - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD THE MUSICAL - Iowa State University 41%
Cheryl Clark - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 15%
Kristin Larson - ONCE - Des Moines playhouse 15%
Ron Ziegler - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Des Moines Playhouse 12%
Dr. CD Adamson - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 8%
Amity Wagner - SHE LOVES ME - Ankeny Community Theatre 5%
Barb wagner - SISTER ACT JR - Des Moines young artist theater 2%
Lara Tenkhoff - SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 2%
Tom perrine - PIPPEN - Tallgrass Theatre 1%
Any McCleary - ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE - Circa21 0

Best Direction Of A Play
Cason Murphy - SHE KILLS MONSTERS - Iowa State University 46%
Megan Helmers - MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - Tallgrass Theatre 11%
Charissa Hamel - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Ankeny Community Theatre 10%
Alex Wendel - A BRIGHT NEW BOISE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 8%
Ken-Matt Martin - THE PIANO LESSON - Pyramid Theatre Company 8%
Brad Church - EXIT LAUGHING - Ankeny Community Theatre 6%
Davida Williams - TROUBLE IN MIND - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 4%
Brad Dell - TWELFTH NIGHT OR WHAT YOU WILL - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 3%
Tom Perrine - WONDER OF THE WORLD - Tallgrass Theatre 3%
Jennifer Nostrala - GOD OF CARNAGE - Tallgrass Theatre 2%

Best Ensemble
SHE KILLS MONSTERS - Iowa State University 33%
ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL - Ankeny Community Theatre 14%
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 11%
A BRIGHT NEW BOISE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 9%
KINKY BOOTS - Des Moines Playhouse 8%
SHREK THE MUSICAL - Des Moines young artist theater 5%
GOD OF CARNAGE - Tallgrass Theatre 3%
TROUBLE IN MIND - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 2%
THE PIANO LESSON - Pyramid Theatre Company 2%
THE ONE-ACT PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
ONCE - Des Moines Playhouse 2%
EXIT LAUGHING - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%
MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Class Act Community Playhous 1%
TEMPORARY INSANITY - Tallgrass Theatre 1%
WONDER OF THE WORLD - Tallgrass Theatre 1%
MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - Tallgrass Theatre 1%
IN THE UPPER ROOM - Pyramid Theatre Company 1%
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 0%
SHE LOVES ME - Ankeny Community Theatre 0%
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE - Circa21 0%
STEEL MAGNOLIAS - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 0

Best Lighting Design Of A Play Or Musical
Sam Anderson - SHE KILLS MONSTERS - Iowa State University 32%
Samuel Stephen - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Des Moines Playhouse 16%
Grace Ammann - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 15%
Samuel Stephen - KINKY BOOTS - Des Moines Playhouse 11%
Hope Stice - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 10%
Jackson Newhouse - TROUBLE IN MIND - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 5%
John Pomeroy - THE PIANO LESSON - Pyramid Theatre Company 4%
Charissa Hamel - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
Matt Tuttle - SISTER ACT JR - Des Moines young artist theater 2%
James Davis - SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 1%
John Pomeroy - IN THE UPPER ROOM - Pyramid Theatre Company 1%
Abby Martin - MARJORIE PRIME - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%

Best Music Direction & Orchestra Performance
Brenton Brown - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Des Moines Playhouse 31%
Katy Merriman - ONCE - Des Moines Playhouse 31%
Jim Loos - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 19%
Jack Pearson and Carl Johnson - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 17%
Sabin Fisher - SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 2%

Best Musical
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! THE MUSICAL! - Iowa State University 39%
THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 21%
ONCE - Des Moines Playhouse 14%
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Des Moines Playhouse 12%
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 11%
SHE LOVES ME - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
PIPPEN - Tallgrass Theatre 1%
MURDER FOR TWO - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 1%
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE - Circa21 0
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 0

Best Performer In A Musical
Brandon Schumann - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! THE MUSICAL! - Iowa State University 23%
Taylor Noe - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! THE MUSICAL! - Iowa State University 13%
Morgan Wolfe - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Des Moines Playhouse 13%
DC Felton as Man in Chair - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 10%
Travis Ness - KINKY BOOTS - Des Moines playhouse 6%
AJ Keeler - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 6%
Craig Peterson - ONCE - Des Moines Playhouse 6%
Emmett Lorenzen - ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Courtney Kayser - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Blake Clyde - PIPPIN - Tallgrass Theatre 4%
Katy Merriman - ONCE - Des Moines Playhouse 3%
Courtney Kayser - SHE LOVES ME - Ankeny Community Theatre 3%
Brandon Griffis - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%
John Wascavage - MURDER FOR TWO - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 0%
Olivia Sauerberg - YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 0%
Brandon Griffis - SHE LOVES ME - Ankeny Community Theatre 0%
Jack Ducat - SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 0
Jack Ducat - YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 0

Best Performer In A Play
Jordyn Johnstad - SHE KILLS MONSTERS - Iowa State University 46%
Joseph Furnald - A BRIGHT NEW BOISE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 11%
Barb Wagner - WONDER OF THE WORLD - Tallgrass Theatre 9%
Dani Boal - MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - Tallgrass Theatre 6%
Daron Richardson - THE PIANO LESSON - Pyramid Theatre Company 6%
Davida Williams - SWEAT - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 4%
Michael Harris - GOD OF CARNAGE - Tallgrass Theatre 3%
Rae Fehring - TROUBLE IN MIND - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 3%
Beth Coffey - STEEL MAGNOLIAS - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 2%
Brooke Guinn - MARJORIE PRIME - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
Davida Williams - IN THE UPPER ROOM - Pyramid Theatre Company 2%
Jocelyn Smith - MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - Tallgrass Theatre 1%
Karin Hooper - STEEL MAGNOLIAS - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 1%
Michael Harris - A BRIGHT NEW BOISE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 1%
Jacob Hayworth - MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - Tallgrass Theatre 1%
Daron Richardson - IN THE UPPER ROOM - Pyramid Theatre Company 0

Best Play
SHE KILLS MONSTERS - Iowa State University 42%
A BRIGHT NEW BOISE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 14%
THE ONE ACT PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - Ankeny Community Theatre 8%
THE PIANO LESSON - Pyramid Theatre Company 6%
TEMPORARY INSANITY - Tallgrass Theatre 6%
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Ankeny Community Theatre 5%
MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - Tallgrass Theatre 4%
ATHENA - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 3%
WONDER OF THE WORLD - Tallgrass Theatre 3%
TROUBLE IN MIND - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 3%
GOD OF CARNAGE - Tallgrass Theatre 2%
EXIT LAUGHING - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%
STEEL MAGNOLIAS - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 1%
A NEW BOISE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 0%
IN THE UPPER ROOM - Pyramid Theatre Company 0%

Best Production of an Opera
CARMEN - Des Moines Metro Opera 55%
THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES - Des Moines Metro Opera 24%
BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE - Des Moines Metro Opera 19%
THE FALLING AND THE RISING AS - Des Moines Metro Opera 2%

Best Scenic Design Of A Play Or Musical
Natalie Hining - SHE KILLS MONSTERS - Iowa State University 40%
Cheryl Clark - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 17%
Brian Seckfort - A BRIGHT NEW BOISE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 15%
Kate Kanne Smith - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 13%
Sydney Lynne - THE PIANO LESSON - Pyramid Theatre Company & The Playhouse 8%
Robert Hamel - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Kai Williams - IN THE UPPER ROOM - Pyramid Theatre Company 3%

Best Sound Design Of A Play Or Musical
Will Coeur - SHE KILLS MONSTERS - Iowa State University 57%
Dan Chase - ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL - Ankeny Community Theatre 26%
Gabriel Clausen - THE PIANO LESSON - Pyramid Theatre Company & The Playhouse 17%

Best Supporting Performer In A Musical
Morgan Wolfe - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! THE MUSICAL! - Iowa State University 36%
Charlie Reese - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Des Moines Playhouse 12%
Adam Haselhuhn - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 10%
Bryan Gamboa - KINKY BOOTS - Des Moines Playhouse 7%
Jim Benda - LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Des Moines Playhouse 5%
Jana DeZwarte - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 4%
Tori Hollingsworth - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Lucas White - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 4%
Christine Yoder as Trix the Aviatrix - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 3%
Emmett Lorenzen - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 3%
Zacc Cue - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
Peggy George - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
Nicholas Root - SHE LOVES ME - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
Reese Herrick - YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 1%
Sara Collins - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 1%
Jessie Grimaldo - SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS - Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 1%
Carlee Glenn - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Urbandale Community Theatre 1%
Jude Mangum - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%
K. Bernice (as Marley) - ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE - Circa21 0
Ryan Ingram - THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Ankeny Community Theatre 0

Best Supporting Performer In A Play
Zane McSheehy - SHE KILLS MONSTERS - Iowa State University 46%
Tiffany Johnson - THE PIANO LESSON - Pyramid Theatre Company & The Playhouse 9%
Clifton Antoine - THE PIANO LESSON - Pyramid Theatre Company 6%
Barb Wagner - EXIT LAUGHING - Ankeny Community Theatre 5%
Charlie Reese - MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - Tallgrass Theatre 5%
Susan Casber - EXIT LAUGHING - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Donna Scarfe - TROUBLE IN MIND - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 4%
Frances Paterik - WONDER OF THE WORLD - Tallgrass Theatre 4%
Emily Davis - MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - Tallgrass Theatre 3%
Giovanni jesus bahena - TROUBLE IN MIND - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 3%
Mariah Kerns - STEEL MAGNOLIAS - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 2%
Dan Haymes - GOD OF CARNAGE - Tallgrass Theatre 2%
Michael Harris - GOD OF CARNAGE - Tallgrass Theatre 2%
Henry Beaumont - TEMPORARY INSANITY - Tallgrass Theatre 1%
Maggie Jane - GOD OF CARNAGE - Tallgrass Theatre 1%
Lyric Sellers - IN THE UPPER ROOM - Pyramid Theatre Company 1%
Kim haymes - TEMPORARY INSANITY - Tallgrass Theatre 1%
Emmett Saah Phillips Jr - THE PIANO LESSON - DM Playhouse 1%
Emmett Phillips - THE PIANO LESSON - Pyramid Theatre Company & The Playhouse 1%
Deb Had - STEEL MAGNOLIAS - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 1%
Ameenah (Mena) Jones - IN THE UPPER ROOM - Pyramid Theatre Company 1%
Kim Haymes - GOD OF CARNAGE - Tallgrass Theatre 0
Mickie Larche - STEEL MAGNOLIAS - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 0
Daron Richardson - IN THE UPPER ROOM - Pyramid Theatre Company 0

Favorite Local Theatre
Des Moines Playhouse 39%
Iowa Stage Theatre Company 19%
Ankeny Community Theatre 12%
Tallgrass Theatre 12%
Des Moines Young Artist Theater 9%
Urbandale Community Theatre 8%
Clinton Area Showboat Theatre 2%



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