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First Stats Released For The BroadwayWorld Des Moines Awards; Story Theater Company's SHREK JR. Leads Best Musical

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2022 BroadwayWorld Des Moines Standings - 11/21/22

Best Cabaret/Concert/Solo Performance
Gina Gedler - THE FAB FOUR - Noce 44%
Ensemble - BACKWARDS BROADWAY - Pura Social Club 37%
John Lloyd Young - CABARET - Noce 12%
Lori Line - CHRISTMAS CONCERT - Oster Regent Theatre 8%

Best Choreography Of A Play Or Musical
Megan Helmers - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 29%
Erin Horst - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Des Moines Community Playhouse 16%
Marquis Bundy and Caitlyn Porter - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 14%
Allison Shaefer - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 13%
Lorainna Nedved - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 13%
Allison Bollinger - 25TH ANNUAL PUTNUM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 12%
Rachel Kuehner - SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%
Sam Melz & Haley Vanness - DISNEY'S THE DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 2%

Best Costume Design Of A Play Or Musical
Traci Reetz & Pam Humphreys - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 42%
Caitlin Corbett - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 13%
Angela Lampe - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 10%
Christine Yoder and Barbara Wagner - BYE, BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 9%
Cheryl Clark - THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre 8%
Alex Lindsley - DISNEY'S THE DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 6%
Angela Lampe - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Playhouse 6%
Cheryl Clark - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 3%
Kyle N. Weber - SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%
Judy Rogers - AND THEN THERE WE'RE NONE - Carousel theatre of Indianola 1%

Best Direction Of A Musical
Morgan Reetz - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 43%
Megan Helmers - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 17%
David A. Vancleave - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 10%
Barb Wagner - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 9%
Charissa Hamel - INTO THE WOODS - Tallgrass Theatre 7%
Naima Nicholson-Lovejoy - INTO THE WOODS, JR. - CAP Theatre 5%
Michael Holister - GODSPELL - Ankeny community theatre 3%
Shawn Pavlik - 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 2%
Alex Lindsley - [TITLE OF SHOW] - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 2%
Kyle N. Weber - SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%
Liane Nichols - THE FANTASTICKS! - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%
Sam Melz & Haley Vanness - DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 1%

Best Direction Of A Play
Brittny Rebhuhn - BADGER - Story Theater Company 30%
Megan Helmers - THE REVOLTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 15%
David Kilpatrick - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Playhouse 12%
Brad Dell - KING LEAR - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 10%
Katy Merriman & Tiffany Johnson - BEAUFIELD BERRY'S BUFFALO WOMEN - Des Moines Community Playhouse 8%
Barb Wagner - AURA - Ankeny Community Theatre 7%
Lisa Gould - GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Kathy Pingel - GIRLS WEEKEND 2 - Iowa Stage 4%
Cheryl Clark - CRY IT OUT - Ankeny Community Theatre 3%
J'Kalein Madison - THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%
Lisa Gould - BORROWED BEATS - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
Jennifer Nostrala - THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 2%
Frank Sposeto III - A PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%

Best Ensemble Performance
SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 31%
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 16%
BADGER - Story Theater Company 9%
BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 8%
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Community Playhouse 5%
GUYS AND DOLLS - Des Moines community playhouse 4%
ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 4%
BEAUFIELD BERRY'S BUFFALO WOMEN - Pyramid Theatre/ Des Moines Playhouse 3%
GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 3%
25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 3%
CALENDAR GIRLS - Des Moines Community Playhouse 2%
THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 2%
DISNEY'S THE DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 2%
INTO THE WOODS, JR. - CAP Theatre 2%
AURA - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%
THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 1%
THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%
GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%
PLAID TIDINGS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%
A PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%
PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 0%
BORROWED BEATS - Ankeny Community Theatre 0%
AND THERE WERE NONE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 0%

Best Lighting Design Of A Play Or Musical
Jim Trenburth - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 48%
Alex Snodgrass - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 21%
Sam Stephens - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 13%
Ty Klobassa - THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 10%
Tim Blount - DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 4%
Thomas P White - SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 3%
Abby Martin - A PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%

Best Music Direction & Orchestra Performance
Brenton Brown - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 28%
Brenton Brown - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Des Moines Playhouse 19%
Charissa Hamel - INTO THE WOODS - Tallgrass theatre 12%
Fran Paterik - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 11%
Claire Barth & Charissa Hamel - NEXT TO NORMAL - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 9%
Courageous Fire - BEAUFIELD BERRY'S BUFFALO WOMEN - Pyramid Theatre/ Des Moines Playhouse 9%
Carl Johnson - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 7%
Sandy McDonald - THE FANTASTICKS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 4%
Charissa Hamel - DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 3%

Best Musical
SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 43%
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 22%
GUYS AND DOLLS - Des Moines community playhouse 8%
BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 8%
GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 5%
NEXT TO NORMAL - Carousel Theatre Indianola 4%
ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 3%
25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 3%
INTO THE WOODS, JR. - CAP Theatre 2%
SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%

Best New Play Or Musical
BEAUFIELD BERRY'S BUFFALO WOMEN - Des Moines Community Theatre & Pyramid Theatre Company 59%
BORROWED BEATS - Ankeny Community Theatre 23%
ESCAPING THE LABRYNTH - Des Moines Playhouse 17%

Best Performer In A Musical
Zac Peters - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 21%
Charlotte Proctor - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 16%
Katie Hughes - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 9%
Libby Gens - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 9%
Eli Hufford - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 8%
Robyn Bernard - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 7%
Adam Haselhuhn - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 6%
Ashley Rogers - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 6%
Allison Beuchler - NEXT TO NORMAL - Carousel Theatre Indianola 4%
Marquis Bundy - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Rebecca Davis - BEAUFIELD BERRY'S BUFFALO WOMEN - Pyramid Theatre/ Des Moines Playhouse 3%
Ali Keeler - ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 3%
Kaelan Bohn - GUYS AND DOLLS - Des Moines community playhouse 3%
Hannah Batterson - SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%
Mitchell Nieland - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 1%
Gary Kroeger - THE FANTASTICKS! - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%

Best Performer In A Play
Cedric Fevrier - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Playhouse 15%
Brittny Rebhuhn - KING LEAR - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 12%
Amanda Jackson - THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 11%
Jolene Laning - CALENDAR GIRLS - Des Moines Playhouse 11%
Richard Maynard - KING LEAR - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 10%
Sam Sides - AND THEN THERE WERE NONE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 9%
Josh Sampson - AURA - Ankeny Community Theatre 8%
Becky Scholtec - THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 6%
Riley Devick - CRY IT OUT - Ankeny Community Theatre 6%
Troy Gould - GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Al Price - AURA - Ankeny Community Theatre 3%
Kim Haymes - THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 3%
Marylyn Thomas - THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 3%

Best Play
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Community Theatre 25%
THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 17%
KING LEAR - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 14%
CALENDAR GIRLS - Des Moines Playhouse 11%
ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Union Street Players 8%
AURA - Ankeny Community Theatre 7%
THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 6%
THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 4%
A PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 3%
GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 3%
BORROWED BEATS - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
CRY IT OUT - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%
PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%

Best Production of an Opera
STREET SCENE - Iowa State University 53%
PORGY AND BESS - Des Moines Metro Opera 47%

Best Scenic Design Of A Play Or Musical
Tara Gartin - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 42%
Nicholas Amundson - MATILDA - Des Moines Playhouse 14%
Alex Snodgrass - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 13%
Luke Janelle and Christine Yoder - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 9%
Natalie Hining - NEXT TO NORMAL - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 7%
Thomas Perrine - THE REVOLTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 6%
Mark Mayhew - THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 4%
Frank Sposeto III - A PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 3%
Kyle N. Weber - SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%
Tom Hansen - CALENDAR GIRLS - Des Moines Playhouse 1%

Best Sound Design Of A Play Or Musical
Christopher Williams - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 42%
Michael Meacham - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Community Playhouse 17%
Scott Gardner - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 14%
Christopher Powell - CALENDAR GIRLS - Des Moines Playhouse 10%
Cory Hug - THE REVOLTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 6%
Thomas P White - DRACULA - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 5%
Dan Chase - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Abby Martin - A PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%

Best Supporting Performer In A Musical
Madie Fischer - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 40%
Abby Fickbohm - HEATHERS THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 17%
Maggie Schmitt - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Des Moines Playhouse 7%
Charissa Hamel - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 5%
Alex Lindsley - 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 4%
River Wise - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Tatum Murphy - ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 4%
Noah Hackbart - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 4%
Price Jacobsen - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 3%
Bryson McGowan - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 3%
Kevin Allemagne - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 2%
Susan Casber - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 2%
Ethan Quinn - ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 2%
Gary BUM Baumgartner - THE FANTASTICKS! - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%
Ali Keeler - INTO THE WOODS, JR. - CAP Theatre 1%
Molly Larche - 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 1%
Melanie Hall - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 1%
Emily Coffey - 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 0%

Best Supporting Performer In A Play
Melissa Kellar - CALENDAR GIRLS - Des Moines Playhouse 28%
Maggie Schmitt - KING LEAR - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 14%
Barb Wagner - GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 11%
Rae Fehring - THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 9%
Beth Feilmeier - GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 9%
Julie Fleming - THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 6%
Nancy Zunrod - GIRLS WEEKEND 2 - Iowa Stage Theatre Co. 6%
Jennifer K.D. Hughes - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 5%
Lauren Kaniuk - PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 5%
James Serpento - THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 3%
Amy McGrew - PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
Arlen Daleske - GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%

Best Theatre For Young Audiences Production
SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 48%
HEATHERS THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artist Theater 22%
MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 10%
DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS - Des Moines Playhouse 5%
ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 4%
THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Des Moines Playhouse 4%
INTO THE WOODS, JR - CAP Theatre 3%
DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 3%
SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%

Favorite Local Theatre
Des Moines Playhouse 45%
Des Moines Young Artist Theatre 21%
Carousel Theatre of Indianola 11%
Urbandale Community Theatre 11%
Tallgrass Theatre 10%
Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%



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