The Tottie


The Tottie Award was named after Scottdale resident and philanthropist the late Marilyn “Tottie” Keifer, and seeks to recognize actors and actresses in productions performed throughout the previous year.

The Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale celebrated a year of successful theater performances in grand style at the 13th annual Tottie Awards Jan. 18.

“The Rocky Horror Show” with five awards including Favorite Musical, “A Chorus Line” with four awards including Favorite Music, and “The Crucible” with four awards including Favorite Play proved to be the big winners, but according to Rachael Szabo, who helped plan the awards show, the evening was about a lot more.

“The Tottie Awards were very successful this year. Almost every show was represented in the winner’s circle this year, which was awesome to see,” said Szabo. “Seeing all of the shows reunite to perform again is always special.”

“The talent that is on that stage is remarkable for such a little theater. It was a wonderful night celebrating the successful year of theater that was produced out of the Geyer Performing Arts Center,” Szabo added.

In its 13th year, the Tottie’s was organized for the first time was planned by a committee, comprised of six individuals who serve on the Geyer or the Actors and Artists of Fayette County boards. In the past Szabo, along with Michele Akins have worked with the theater’s president and theater manager to plan the event. The goal was to alleviate some of the stress of planning the event, in addition to all they do.

Another first this year was the fact that all of the musicals for the entire year were eligible for Favorite Musical, as well as all of the directors being in the running for Favorite Director.

The complete list of the winners is as follows:


Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical: Alex Truzzi as “Dr. Frank N. Furter” in The Rocky Horror Show

Favorite Leading Actress in a Musical: Kelly Damico as “Donna Sheridan” in Mamma Mia

Favorite Supporting Actor in a Musical: Payton Dell as “Paul San Marco” in A Chorus Line

Favorite Supporting Actress in a Musical: A Tie between Leyna Wright as Sheila in “A Chorus Line” and Leigha Bowman as “Mrs. Wormwood” in Matilda

Favorite Leading Actor in a Play: Will Herrington as “John Proctor” in The Crucible

Favorite Leading Actress in a Play: Rachel Carey as “Abigail Williams” in The Crucible

Favorite Supporting Actor in a Play: Adam Wainwright as “Jack Gable” in Leading Ladies

Favorite Supporting Actress in a Play: Nellie Williams as “Mary Warren” in The Crucible

Favorite Featured Actor in a Play or Musical: Chris Schaffer as “Franklin D. Roosevelt” in Annie

Favorite Featured Actress in a Play or Musical: Jane Staranko as “Marmee” in Little Women the Musical

Favorite Antagonist in a Play or Musical: Rachael Szabo as “Miss. Hannigan” in Annie

Favorite Comedic Performance in a Play or Musical (Individual, Duo, or Group): Will Dixon and Adam Wainwright as “Leo Clark” and “Jack Gable” in Leading Ladies

Favorite Costumes in a Play or Musical: The Rocky Horror Show

Favorite Set Design in a Play or Musical: Tyler Handford for “The Rocky Horror Show”

Favorite Lighting Design in a Play or Musical: Shawn Conway for “Mamma Mia”

Favorite Choreography: Marina Stefano for “A Chorus Line”

Favorite Music: Levi Graft for “A Chorus Line”

Favorite Director: Rachael Szabo and Tyler Handford for “A Chorus Line”

Favorite Play: The Crucible

Favorite Musical: The Rocky Horror Show

Outstanding Ensemble: The Rocky Horror Show

The a Golden Doorknob Award: David DeFazio

The Beth Ann Johnson Youth Excellence Award: Michelle McCalmont

The Martha Oliver Award: Jessie Glover

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