Amelia Earhart Playhouse sweeps ‘Topper’ awards


Photo by Lt. Col. David YuenJeremiah Ward, from Wiesbaden’s Amelia Earhart Playhouse, performs at the Topper Awards ceremony April 24 at Armstrong’s Club at U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz.

Photo by Lt. Col. David Yuen
Jeremiah Ward, from Wiesbaden’s Amelia Earhart Playhouse, performs at the Topper Awards ceremony April 24 at Armstrong’s Club at U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz.

Wiesbaden troupe takes 13 honors

The finest praise that any actor or singer can receive is a standing ovation.

Winning a little hardware isn’t bad as well, such as a Topper trophy.

Installation Management Command-Europe recognized its best community theater performances during the annual Topper Awards ceremony held April 24 at Armstrong’s Club on U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz.


Almost 50 awards went to individuals and troupes for their technical, musical, acting, artistic and directing achievements when producing 16 shows at military installations located throughout Belgium, Italy and Germany.

The Toppers shine a spotlight on those who take the stage, as well as many who work behind the scenes, with all involved giving their time freely, whether as a backstage crew member, designer, technician, usher, performer, director or musician. Overall last year, some 3,000 people contributed more than 300,000 volunteer hours in producing plays, musicals and special events held on region installations.

“These folks do so much for our communities,” said Michael Formica, director of IMCOM-Europe. “We cannot thank them enough for providing such quality entertainment for our enjoyment.”

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s Amelia Earhart Playhouse swept the awards, taking 13 of the trophies home at the event, including Best Play for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

The entire list of awards for Wiesbaden’s playhouse was:
Best Sound Design for a Play, Anthony Medina, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Best Director of a Play, Olivier Gigaud, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Best Make-Up for a Musical, Meagan Noranbrock, Amy Shafer and Michelle Susca-House, The Fantasticks; Best Instrumentalist, Valerie Cribbs (Harp), The Fantasticks; Best Orchestra or Musical Accompaniment, The Fantasticks; Best Director of a Musical, Brian G. Buckley, The Fantasticks; Best Ensemble for a Play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play;, Sterling Munro (Cheswick), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Best Supporting Actor In A Play, Cody Smith (Billy Bibbit), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Best Ensemble for a Musical, The Fantasticks; Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, Philippe Michael Augustin (The Old Actor; Henry), The Fantasticks; Best Actor in a Musical, Jeremiah Ward (The Boy; Matt), The Fantasticks; and Best Play, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

For the entire list of awards, visit www.army.mil/article/166666/.