Big fun at Little Oscars
The 54th annual Little Oscars celebration — themed “An Evening on Broadway” — highlighted another banner year for the Iola High School Drama Department, and its two main productions, “She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
Lexie Vega brought home two of the premier awards, earning Best Actress for her role as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and the Susan S. Miller Award in recognition of being the school’s most inspirational forensics team member.
Parker Smith was voted Outstanding Players Member for his work in both productions, and received the Don Bain Showman of the Year, in honor of the former longtime IHS administrator.
Behind-the-scenes work netted Katie Weide a pair of Little Oscars for sound operations for “The Wizard of Oz” and the Iola Community Theatre Award for assisting with its productions.
Austin Morris, left, and River Hess sing “More Than Survive” at the Little Oscars celebration Friday.
In between the awards, students provided entertainment with a number of songs. Among the more memorable numbers were Hannah Andersen’s soulful “On My Own,” from the musical “Les Miserables,” Zareona Pulley’s rendition of the Abba classic “Mamma Mia” and Haley Carlin performing “Still Hurting” from the musical “The Last Five Years.”
Hosts for the evening were sisters and IHS alums Jasmine, Trilby and Olivia Bannister.
Little Oscars winners for 2019 are, front row from left, Katie Weide, Gaby Lampe, Josie Plumlee, Haley Carlin, Lexie Vega, Elanie Sturgeon and Kelli Stogsdill; second row from left, Parker Smith, Jon Poffenbarger, Henry Lohman, River Hess, Jacob Andersen and Adryan Nading.
A full list of honorees follows.
Iola Community Theatre Award — Katie Weide
Rookie of the Year-Female — Elanie Sturgeon
Rookie of the Year-Male — Jacob Andersen
Outstanding Underclass Woman — Josie Plumlee
Outstanding Underclass Man — Henry Lohman
Fall Technical Award — Kelli Stogsdill
Spring Technical Award — Katie Weide
Outstanding Players Member — Parker Smith
Stanislavski Award — Gaby Lampe
Boleslavski Award — Adryan Nading
Supporting Actress — Haley Carlin
Supporting Actor — Jon Poffenbarger
Don Bain Showman of the Year — Parker Smith
Best Actress — Lexie Vega
Best Actor — River Hess
Susan S. Miller Most Inspirational Forensics Member — Lexie Vega