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The Indy Awards 2018

Two Nights Honoring the Best in Santa Barbara Theater and Dance

Entangled Waters crew (L to R) Kaita Lepore Mrazek, Robin Bisio, Sarah York Rubin, Ethan Turpin, Jim Connolly, Lamara Heartwell Golovin, and Robin Elander at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
Paul Wellman

Each year in the week before Memorial Day, the Santa Barbara Independent throws a pair of parties to honor the region’s top achievements in the fields of dance and theater. This year’s Indy Awards were held at SOhO Restaurant & Music Club on Sunday-Monday, May 20-21, and recognized more than two dozen performers, directors, choreographers, and designers for their work in the 2017-2018 season.

Sunday night was devoted to dance, with a performance by honoree and 2016 Teen Dance Star winner Frankie Harman. On Monday, the large crowd that gathered to witness the longstanding Indy Theater Awards heard a pair of outstanding high school performers, Nolan Montgomery and Lily McWhirter, sing songs from the musicals they starred in this year, and listened to the many acceptance speeches. The remarks delivered by and about costume designer Barbara Lackner, who received a lifetime achievement award, were particularly moving and memorable.

Celesta Billeci at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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Rodney Gustafson, Cecily Stewart, and William Soleau at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards
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Frankie Harman at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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Frankie Harman at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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Frankie Harman at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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Frankie Harman at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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Frankie Harman at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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Frankie Harman at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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Shelby Lynn Joyce at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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Shelby Lynn Joyce at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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Robin Wilson at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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Delila Moseley and Kira Furie at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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Vasily Golovin at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Dance Awards at Soho
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George Walker at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Brian McDonald at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Ivy Vahanian at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Ivy Vahanian at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Nolan Montgomery at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Nolan Montgomery at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Nolan Montgomery at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Nolan Montgomery at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Elena White at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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TK Drama Dogs at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Drama Dogs's E. Bonnie Lewis at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Risa Brainin at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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DonnLa Hughes at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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DonnLa Hughes at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Samantha Eve at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Lily McWhirter at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Lily McWhirter at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Lily McWhirter at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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James OÕNeil at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Felicia Hall at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Felicia Hall at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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John Blondell at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Anne Torsiglieri at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Jason Bowe at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Jason Bowe at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Barbara Lackner at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Irwin Appel at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Joanna Syiek at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Joanna Syiek at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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Brian Harwell at the 2018 Santa Barbara Independent "Indy" Theater Awards
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