Four Star Theater Alliance honors Ojai ACT Dec. 21, 2015 Questions? Contact John Hankins, 452-2885 or ojaignusman@gmail.com ﷯By John Hankins Five judges from Ventura County’s Four Star Theater Alliance decided that Ojai ACT’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? deserved the Outstanding Overall Production award for the 2015 season, along with nd that the most outstanding male and female actors were also from that classic play. The actors were Michael Perlmutter who played George, and Tracey Williams Sutton as his wife Martha; producers were Vivien Latham and Tom Eubanks. While Virginia Woolf won in four major categories, Ojai ACT’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa mostly won the technical awards and a Judge’s Choice with a total of six. The Four Star awards are the county’s local equivalent of the Tonys, in which six community theaters are judged by five people from the other theaters. Ojai ACT provided five people who judged the other theaters, which includes Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, Conejo Players Theatre, Elite Theatre Company (Oxnard), High Street Arts Center (Moorpark) and the Santa Paula Theatre Center. They in turn judged Ojai ACT with one judge apiece. A red carpet event on Jan. 10 will be held to pass out the awards to all the theaters, which include a performance from each one. "The number of Four Star Awards given this year is an indication of all the very talented people -- onstage and backstage -- who contributed to a terrific season for the Ojai Art Center Theater and the community. They are all winners," commented Ojai ACT Chair Herb Hemming. “There were a lot of tough decisions, but I thought the winners were represented very well across the county,” added Shawn Lanz, head of the Four Star Theater Alliance. The Alliance was formed in 2009 to foster cooperation between the six theaters by sharing resources, such as sets, props, costumes, tech crews and actors. It also filled an awards gap left when a newspaper stopped giving critics’ awards. “The seriousness of the Four Star Alliance has been proved” over those six years, said Dean Johnson of Camarillo. Notably, the Alliance does not judge performances as “Best,” but rather as the most “Outstanding,” a subtle but critical distinction. Here’s the list of Ojai ACT’s winners for its 2015 season: Lead Performances: Michael Perlmutter as George and Tracey Williams Sutton as Martha, both for Virginia Woolf Featured Performances: Cecil Sutton as Jack in Dancing at Lughnasa and Jessica Stone as Honey in Virginia Woolf Set Design: Kenny Dahle for Lughnasa Sound Design: Steve Grumette for Lughnasa Lighting Design: Steve Grumette for Lughnasa Costume Design: Sheryl Jo Bedal and Reign Lewis for Lughnasa Music Direction: Greg Spaulding for Doctor Doolittle Choreography: Anna Kotula for Doctor Doolittle Direction: Brian Robert Harris for Lughnasa Overall Production: Vivien Lathan, Tom Eubanks for Virginia Woolf Judges’ Choice Award: Mundy Sisters Ensemble of Vivien Latham, Theresa Secor, Morgan Bozarth, Tracey Williams Sutton, and Suzanne Tobin for Lughnasa Second Judge’s Choice Award: Theatrical Excellence for the cast of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol (Cecil Sutton, Anna Kotula, Buddy Wilds and Jill Dolan).