Olathe Civic Theatre Association (OCTA) celebrated the 2020 Buddy Awards with a live virtual event to announce outstanding performance and production awards from the shortened season.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, only three of the five slated shows completed their runs. Competitors derived from “Bright Star,” “The Haunting of Hill House,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Postponed until next season, “The God Committee,” and “Big Fish” await their turn on the boards next season.
To no surprise, the musical, “Bright Star” captured the most attention, nominations, and winners in The 2020 Buddy Awards. The awards are named for screen legend Buddy Rodgers, originally from Olathe, KS, and a founder of the theatre group.
Interruption the tidal wave of winners, Michael Juncker claimed the sole win for “The Merry Wives of Windsor” with his larger-than-life performance as Falstaff in the Shakespearean comedy. Other than his win, “Bright Star” swept the other 15 award categories.