STOCKTON — Stockton Civic Theatre honored its own Sunday, presenting its annual Willie Awards — in honor of William Shakespeare — for performances in the 2016-17 season.
All three musicals were honored, with “Mary Poppins” claiming six awards, “Sister Act” taking four and “A Little Night Music” receiving three.
In the non-musical category, “Unnecessary Farce” claimed eight Willies and “Calendar Girls” won three.
Emerging star Nick Giovannoni, a 19-year-old from Lodi, claimed best supporting actor in both categories, winning for his role as indecipherable Scot Todd in “Unnecessary Farce” and as conflicted Henrik in “A Little Night Music.”
It was a family affair as John Thile earned best actor in a musical for his turn as Burt in “Mary Poppins” and his mom, Nina Thiele, was best actress in a non-musical as Chris, the force behind “Calendar Girls.”
Craig Vincent was a multiple winner on the technical side, winning for his lighting design (with Nic Candido) for “Sister Act,” and for his lighting of “Unnecessary Farce.”
The complete list of 2017 Willie Awards:
Set Design: Brian Johnson (“A Little Night Music”)
Sound Design: Rich Matheson and Michael Lara (“Sister Act”)
Costume Design: Cathy Hastings and Kathie Dixon (“Mary Poppins”)
Lighting Design: Nic Candido and Craig Vincent (“Sister Act”)
Choreography: Evelyn Barney (“Mary Poppins”)
Musical Direction: Jon Robinson (“Sister Act”)
Cameo Performance: Cole Bryant (“Mary Poppins”)
Supporting Actress: (Tie) Mary Hurley (“Sister Act”) and Sara St. Pierre (“A Little Night Music”)
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