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Bits & Pieces: PAMTA Awards

The Drammies have been awarded, and now it’s musical theater’s turn. The seventh annual Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards — PAMTA — will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, June 23, at the Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway.

There’ll be trophies presented in 22 categories. No reservations or tickets are required. For info: www.pamtaawards.com.

Longtime Portlander Corey Brunish, director extraordinaire who has won two Tony Awards, founded the show. Emcee for the show will be local actor Darius Pierce, with Reece Marshburn serving as musical director.

Portland Playhouse’s haul

Meanwhile, Portland Playhouse won for best play (“A Christmas Carol”) and best musical play (“The Light in the Piazza”) at the recent Drammy Awards. “The Light in the Piazza” actually won five prizes.

Other top honors: Best supporting actor in a play — Michael Fisher-Welsh, Artists Rep, “The Quality of Life”; Best young performer — Blake Peebles, Oregon Children’s Theatre, “Zombie in Love”; Best supporting actor in a musical — David Meyers, Portland Playhouse, “The Light in the Piazza”; Best choreography — Dan Murphy, Broadway Rose, “Plaid Tidings”; Best costume design — Jen LaMastra, Northwest Children’s Theater, “James and the Giant Peach”; Best supporting actress in a play — Meghan Chambers, CoHo, “Crooked”; Special Achievement Award — Grant Turner, founding director, Northwest Classical Theatre Company; Best music direction — Eric Nordin, Portland Playhouse, “The Light in the Piazza”; Best director of a musical — Marcella Crowson, Oregon Children’s Theatre, “Zombie in Love”; Best actor in a musical — David Studwell, Portland Center Stage, “Fiddler on the Roof”; Best actress in a musical — Merideth Kaye Clark, Portland Playhouse, “The Light in the Piazza”; Best solo performance — Damon Kupper, Corrib Theatre, “A Night in November”; Best original script — Michelle Elliott, Oregon Children’s Theatre, “Zombie in Love”; Best director of a play — Cristi Miles, Portland Playhouse, “A Christmas Carol”; Best actor in a play — Allen Nause, Imago Theatre, “The Caretaker”; Best actress in a play — Amy Newman, Third Rail Rep, “Gidion’s Knot,” and Maureen Porter, CoHo, “Crooked”; Best production of a musical — Portland Playhouse, “The Light in the Piazza”; Best production of a play — Portland Playhouse, “A Christmas Carol.”

JAW playwrights

Portland Center Stage has announced the four new plays that will get staged readings as part of the 2014 JAW: A Playwrights Festival, July 24 through 26.

They are: “Keys of the Kingdom,” by Penny Penniston; “db,” by Tommy Smith; “The Royal Society of Antartica,” by Mat Smart; and “A Life,” by

Adam Bock, commissioned by Portland Center Stage.

Readings will take place at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 25 and 26 at the Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave. A kickoff event at 8 p.m. July 24, will feature staged readings from Portland’s Promising Playwrights, six Portland-area high school playwrights.

For info: www.pcs.org.