Sioux Falls Stage Awards

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The Sioux Falls Stage Awards are an annual event held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Washington Pavilion. The awards celebrate the amazing work being done by local companies and local performers in the Sioux Falls theatre, dance, comedy and entertainment arenas. Hosted by Sioux Falls Stage, the event includes musical performances and honors for excellence in Sioux Falls performing arts over the past year.

The awards were first held July 2020 at the Paladino Hohm Sculpture Garden in Sioux Falls. The third annual event will be held in the Belbas Theater July 14, 2022.

Awards & Recipients[change | change source]

2019-20[1][change | change source]

Best Play or Musical

Best Leading Actress in a Play or Musical

  • Rachael Andersen, The Rocky Horror Show (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Tamra Huffman, Steel Magnolias (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Mo Hurley, Lend Me a Tenor (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Alex Newcomb Weiland, The Comedy of Errors (Bare Bodkins Theatre Company)
  • Mary Ridder, The Rocky Horror Show (The Good Night Theatre Collective)

Best Leading Actor in a Play or Musical

  • Dakota Driver, The Comedy of Errors (Bare Bodkins Theatre Company)
  • Wade Gemar, Alvin Fletcher's Surprise 34th Birthday Party (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Michael Kutter, Tuesdays with Morrie (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Erin Sharp, Lend Me a Tenor (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Bob Wendland, The Rocky Horror Show (The Good Night Theatre Collective)

Best Featured Actress in a Play or Musical

  • Larissa Buchholz, The Rocky Horror Show (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Kerri Smith, Mamma Mia! (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Alicia Van Der Bill, Lend Me a Tenor (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Molly Wilson, Alvin Fletcher's Surprise 34th Birthday Party (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Terry Zerfas, Steel Magnolias (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)

Best Featured Actor in a Play or Musical

  • Devin Basart, The Rocky Horror Show (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Simon Floss, The Rocky Horror Show (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Rick Huffman, Mamma Mia! (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Nick Jackson, It's a Wonderful Life (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Mike Richards, Lend Me a Tenor (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)

Best Direction of a Play or Musical

  • Kim Bartling, Mamma Mia! (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Lary Etten, Tuesdays with Morrie (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Jayna Fitzsimmons, The Comedy of Errors (Bare Bodkins Theatre Company)
  • Luke Tatge, The Rocky Horror Show (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Bob Wendland, It's a Wonderful Life (The Good Night Theatre Collective)

Best Play or Musical — Collegiate

Best Performer in a Play or Musical — Collegiate

  • Joe Hiatt, Loving Arms (University of Sioux Falls)
  • Kayden Hoeke, James and the Giant Peach (Augustana University)
  • Tristan Love, James and the Giant Peach (Augustana University)
  • Lily Satterlee, Loving Arms (University of Sioux Falls)
  • Casey Schultz, The Thanksgiving Play (Augustana University)

Best Comedy, Variety or Dance Event or Series

  • The Big Band Cabaret (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Face Forward (LiRa Dance Theatre Company)
  • A Fa-La-La Cabaret (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Improv Falls
  • Love, Loss & What I Wore (Broad Cast Theatre)

Best Performer in a Comedy, Variety or Dance Event or Series

  • Chris Andrews, Improv Falls
  • Bill Ballard, Improv Falls
  • Madeleine Ellis, Face Forward (LiRa Dance Theatre Company)
  • Maren Engel, The Big Band Cabaret (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Simon Floss, Dudes Sing the Divas (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Lynora Hintze, The Guilty Pleasures Cabaret (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Jessica Johannsen, The Big Band Cabaret (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Jill Johnson, Love, Loss & What I Wore (Broad Cast Theatre)
  • Marisa Moser, A Girl Named Destiny (Monstrous Little Theatre Company)
  • Thomas Nguyen, Face Forward (LiRa Dance Theatre Company)

Special Distinctions:

Dave Holly, Amy Morrison, Anna Crawford, Raena Rasmussen & Full Circle Book Co-Op

Award of Excellence:

Sara Crosby

2020-21[2][change | change source]

Best Play or Musical

Best Actress in a Play or Musical

  • Brittany Hanson, The Fantasticks (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Macie Lupica, Melancholy Play (Monstrous Little Theatre Company)
  • Marisa Moser, It's a Wonderful Life (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Kjerstin Smith, The Odd Couple (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Alexondrea Thong Vanh, The Fantasticks (The Good Night Theatre Collective)

Best Actor in a Play or Musical

  • Wade Gemar, The Fantasticks (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Nick Jackson, The Fantasticks (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Casey Kustak, Beauty and the Beast (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Clinton Store, Beauty and the Beast (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Bob Wendland, The Fantasticks (The Good Night Theatre Collective)

Best Direction of a Play or Musical

  • Debbi Jones, The Odd Couple (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Rebekah Merriman, The Fantasticks (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Tyler Raehsler, Beauty and the Beast (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)

Best Play or Musical — Collegiate

Best Performer in a Play or Musical — Collegiate

  • Magdalen Eberle, Guys & Dolls (Augustana University)
  • Cale Engelkes, A Walk in the Woods (University of Sioux Falls)
  • Ashley Fink, The Shakers of Mount Lebanon Will Hold a Peace Conference This Month (University of Sioux Falls)
  • Casey Schultz, Guys & Dolls (Augustana University)
  • Brenda Wipf, The Shakers of Mount Lebanon Will Hold a Peace Conference This Month (University of Sioux Falls)

Best Comedy, Variety or Dance Event or Series

  • The Good Night Garden Party (The Good Night Theatre Collective, Sioux Falls Chamber Music Collective, Broad Cast Theatre, Monstrous Little Theatre Company)
  • Jazz Cabbage (Prairie Madness Comedy)
  • Park & Art (Headlights Theater)
  • Reflections (LiRa Dance Theatre Company)
  • A Royal Cabaret (The Good Night Theatre Collective)

Best Performer in a Comedy, Variety or Dance Event or Series

  • Zach Dresch, Boss' Presents Zach Dresch (Boss' Comedy Club)
  • Madison Elliott, Park & Art (Headlights Theater)
  • Madeleine Titze, Reflections (LiRa Dance Theatre Company)
  • Simon Floss, Monster Mash (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Betsy Gorham, A Royal Cabaret (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Jessica Johannsen, The Greatest Hits Cabaret (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Eric Miller, Park & Art (Headlights Theater)
  • Coleman Peterson, A Royal Cabaret (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Madeleine Rausch, Reflections (LiRa Dance Theatre Company)
  • Madeleine Scott, En Avant (South Dakota Ballet)

Best Instrumental or Choral Music Event or Series

  • Celebrating African-American Composers & Culture (Sioux Falls Chamber Music Collective)
  • Jazz Nights at R Wine Bar (Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society)
  • Seven Last Words of Christ (South Dakota Symphony Orchestra)

Best Virtual Event or Series

  • Alfred: A Radio Play (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • The Midtown Coffee Radio Hour
  • Outdoor Show (Move to Heal South Dakota)
  • Shades of Love (Sioux Falls Chamber Music Collective)
  • A Very Valentine Virtual Variety Show (The Good Night Theatre Collective)

Best Technical Achievement

  • Jacee Casarella — Scenic Design, Guys & Dolls (Augustana University)
  • Jill Clark — Scenic Design, The Odd Couple (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Matt Cook — Lighting Design, The Greatest Hits Cabaret (The Good Night Theatre Collective)
  • Anna Crawford — Hair/Makeup, It's a Wonderful Life (Sioux Empire Community Theatre)
  • Kendra Dexter — Costume Design, The Shakers of Mount Lebanon Will Hold a Peace Conference This Month (University of Sioux Falls)

Special Distinctions:

Bob Nelson, Dakota Academy of Performing Arts, Boss' Comedy Club, Sydney Bartunek Bender & Coo Cinema Club

Award of Excellence:

Laura Tjaden

Eligibility[3][change | change source]

Eligibility period is June through May of a given year. Nominees are voted upon by a growing panel of local performing artists and supporters. New panelists are selected the year prior and tasked with patronizing as much local work as they can. To be eligible to be considered, events must be locally produced within the city limits of Sioux Falls by local companies. Only original-run productions are eligible in all play/musical categories. Extended runs or remounts from the same company, with predominantly the same creative team, that cross over eligibility years are only eligible once. Panelists are precluded from voting for themselves. No performer or director may be nominated more than once in a single category.

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