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Latest Standings Released For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Des Moines Awards; Des Moines Playhouse Leads Favorite Local Theatre!

Voting ends December 31, 2022.

The first live standings have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Des Moines Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

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2022 BroadwayWorld Des Moines Standings - 12/5/22

Best Cabaret/Concert/Solo Performance
Ensemble - BACKWARDS BROADWAY - Pura Social Club 42%
Gina Gedler - THE FAB FOUR - Noce 37%
John Lloyd Young - CABARET - Noce 13%
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 26%
Allison Bollinger - 25TH ANNUAL PUTNUM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 16%
Marquis Bundy and Caitlyn Porter - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 16%
Erin Horst - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Des Moines Community Playhouse 14%
Alison Shafer - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 13%
Lorainna Nedved - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 11%
Sam Melz & Haley Vanness - DISNEY'S THE DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 2%
Rachel Kuehner - SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%

Best Costume Design Of A Play Or Musical
Traci Reetz & Pam Humphreys - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 37%
Caitlin Corbett - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 12%
Cheryl Clark - THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre 12%
Angela Lampe - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 11%
Christine Yoder and Barbara Wagner - BYE, BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 9%
Alex Lindsley - DISNEY'S THE DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 7%
Angela Lampe - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Playhouse 6%
Cheryl Clark - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
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 38%
Megan Helmers - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 17%
Charissa Hamel - INTO THE WOODS - Tallgrass Theatre 10%
David A. VanCleave - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 10%
Barb Wagner - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 8%
Michael Holister - GODSPELL - Ankeny community theatre 5%
Naima Nicholson-Lovejoy - INTO THE WOODS, JR. - CAP Theatre 5%
Shawn Pavlik - 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 3%
Alex Lindsley - [TITLE OF SHOW] - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 2%
Kyle N. Weber - SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%
Sam Melz & Haley Vanness - DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 1%
Liane Nichols - THE FANTASTICKS! - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%

Best Direction Of A Play
Brittny Rebhuhn - BADGER - Story Theater Company 28%
Megan Helmers - THE REVOLTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 16%
David Kilpatrick - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Playhouse 15%
Brad Dell - KING LEAR - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 10%
Katy Merriman & Tiffany Johnson - BEAUFIELD BERRY'S BUFFALO WOMEN - Des Moines Community Playhouse 7%
Barb Wagner - AURA - Ankeny Community Theatre 6%
Kathy Pingel - GIRLS WEEKEND 2 - Iowa Stage 5%
Cheryl Clark - CRY IT OUT - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Lisa Gould - GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
J'Kalein Madison - THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%
Jennifer Nostrala - THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 2%
Lisa Gould - BORROWED BEATS - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
Frank Sposeto III - A PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%

Best Ensemble Performance
SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 27%
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 14%
BADGER - Story Theater Company 8%
BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 7%
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Community Playhouse 7%
GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 5%
25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 5%
BEAUFIELD BERRY’S BUFFALO WOMEN - Pyramid Theatre/ Des Moines Playhouse 4%
GUYS AND DOLLS - Des Moines community playhouse 4%
THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 4%
ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 3%
CALENDAR GIRLS - Des Moines Community Playhouse 3%
DISNEY'S THE DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 3%
INTO THE WOODS, JR. - CAP Theatre 2%
THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 1%
AURA - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%
THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%
A PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%
PLAID TIDINGS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%
GEEZERS - 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 43%
Alex Snodgrass - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 20%
Ty Klobassa - THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 15%
Sam Stephens - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 13%
Tim Blount - DISNEY'S DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 4%
Thomas P White - SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%
Abby Martin - A PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%

Best Music Direction & Orchestra Performance
Brenton Brown - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 24%
Brenton Brown - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Des Moines Playhouse 18%
Charissa Hamel - INTO THE WOODS - Tallgrass theatre 15%
Claire Barth - NEXT TO NORMAL - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 10%
Courageous Fire - BEAUFIELD BERRY’S BUFFALO WOMEN - Pyramid Theatre/ Des Moines Playhouse 10%
Fran Paterik - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 10%
Carl Johnson - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 6%
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 39%
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 20%
GUYS AND DOLLS - Des Moines community playhouse 9%
BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 8%
GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 7%
NEXT TO NORMAL - Carousel Theatre Indianola 6%
25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 5%
ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 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 55%
ESCAPING THE LABRYNTH - Des Moines Playhouse 23%
BORROWED BEATS - Ankeny Community Theatre 21%

Best Performer In A Musical
Zac Peters - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 18%
Charlotte Proctor - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 14%
Katie Hughes - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 11%
Libby Gens - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 8%
Eli Hufford - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 7%
Marquis Bundy - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 6%
Robyn Bernard - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 6%
Allison Beuchler - NEXT TO NORMAL - Carousel Theatre Indianola 6%
Ashley Rogers - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 6%
Adam Haselhuhn - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 5%
Rebecca Davis - BEAUFIELD BERRY’S BUFFALO WOMEN - Pyramid Theatre/ Des Moines Playhouse 4%
Ali Keeler - ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 4%
Kaelan Bohn - GUYS AND DOLLS - Des Moines community playhouse 3%
Mitchell Nieland - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 1%
Hannah Batterson - SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%
Gary Kroeger - THE FANTASTICKS! - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 0%

Best Performer In A Play
Cedric Fevrier - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Playhouse 17%
Amanda Jackson - THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 14%
Brittny Rebhuhn - KING LEAR - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 11%
Sam Sides - AND THEN THERE WERE NONE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 10%
Jolene Laning - CALENDAR GIRLS - Des Moines Playhouse 9%
Richard Maynard - KING LEAR - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 8%
Becky Scholtec - THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 6%
Riley Devick - CRY IT OUT - Ankeny Community Theatre 6%
Josh Sampson - AURA - Ankeny Community Theatre 6%
Al Price - AURA - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Troy Gould - GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 3%
Kim Haymes - THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 3%
Marylyn Thomas - THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%

Best Play
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Community Theatre 26%
THE REVOLUTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 18%
KING LEAR - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 12%
CALENDAR GIRLS - Des Moines Playhouse 11%
ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Union Street Players 9%
AURA - Ankeny Community Theatre 6%
THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 6%
A PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 3%
GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
BORROWED BEATS - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
CRY IT OUT - Ankeny Community Theatre 1%

Best Production of an Opera
STREET SCENE - Iowa State University 51%
PORGY AND BESS - Des Moines Metro Opera 49%

Best Scenic Design Of A Play Or Musical
Tara Gartin - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 38%
Nicholas Amundson - MATILDA - Des Moines Playhouse 14%
Alex Snodgrass - HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 11%
Thomas Perrine - THE REVOLTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 11%
Natalie Hining - NEXT TO NORMAL - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 9%
Luke Janelle and Christine Yoder - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 9%
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 1%
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 36%
Michael Meacham - MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS - Des Moines Community Playhouse 20%
Scott Gardner - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 12%
Christopher Powell - CALENDAR GIRLS - Des Moines Playhouse 11%
Cory Hug - THE REVOLTIONISTS - Tallgrass Theatre Company 8%
Thomas P White - DRACULA - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 6%
Dan Chase - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 4%
Abby Martin - A PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 3%

Best Supporting Performer In A Musical
Madie Fischer - SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 36%
Abby Fickbohm - HEATHERS THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 15%
Maggie Schmitt - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Des Moines Playhouse 8%
Charissa Hamel - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 7%
River Wise - GODSPELL - Ankeny Community Theatre 5%
Noah Hackbart - MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 4%
Price Jacobsen - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 4%
Tatum Murphy - ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 4%
Alex Lindsley - 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 4%
Bryson McGowan - BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 3%
Ali Keeler - INTO THE WOODS, JR. - CAP Theatre 2%
Kevin Allemagne - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 2%
Molly Larche - 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 2%
Emily Coffey - 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Carousel Theatre of Indianola 2%
Ethan Quinn - ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 2%
Susan Casber - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 2%
Gary BUM Baumgartner - THE FANTASTICKS! - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 1%
Melanie Hall - BYE BYE BIRDIE - Urbandale Community Theatre 1%

Best Supporting Performer In A Play
Melissa Kellar - CALENDAR GIRLS - Des Moines Playhouse 27%
Maggie Schmitt - KING LEAR - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 15%
Beth Feilmeier - GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 12%
Barb Wagner - GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 9%
Rae Fehring - THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 9%
Nancy Zunrod - GIRLS WEEKEND 2 - Iowa Stage Theatre Co. 7%
Julie Fleming - THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 6%
Lauren Kaniuk - PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 5%
Jennifer K.D. Hughes - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 4%
Amy McGrew - PIECE OF MY HEART - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%
James Serpento - THE CAKE - Iowa Stage Theatre Company 2%
Arlen Daleske - GEEZERS - Ankeny Community Theatre 2%

Best Theatre For Young Audiences Production
SHREK, JR - Story Theater Company 44%
HEATHERS THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Young Artist Theater 21%
MATILDA THE MUSICAL - Des Moines Playhouse 10%
DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS - Des Moines Playhouse 8%
ADDAMS FAMILY - YOUNG @ PART - CAP Theatre 4%
THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Des Moines Playhouse 4%
DESCENDANTS - Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre 3%
INTO THE WOODS, JR - CAP Theatre 3%
SEUSSICAL - Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%

Favorite Local Theatre
Des Moines Playhouse 44%
Des Moines Young Artist Theatre 18%
Tallgrass Theatre 16%
Carousel Theatre of Indianola 11%
Urbandale Community Theatre 9%
Cedar Falls Community Theatre 2%



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