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Department of Fine and Performing Arts tabbed for five OEA Awards

Creighton's spring musical Creighton University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts laid claim to five top honors Sunday night, including Best Musical and Best Dance Production, at the 10th annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.

Picking up 15 nominations in the Omaha-area red-carpet event, Creighton managed to come away with big wins in several of the top categories. “Cabaret,” Creighton’s spring musical which picked up 12 nominations on its own, earned the Best Musical award and also netted Best Director honors for Amy Lane, Ph.D., an assistant professor of theater in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Stephen Sheftz, an assistant professor of musical theater, collected the Outstanding Music Direction accolade for his work on “Cabaret.” Judy Radcliffe, a local actress who appeared as Fraulein Schneider in “Cabaret,” won for Best Supporting Actress-Musical.

“A Nightmare’s Holiday,” a Creighton Dance Company production directed by dance coordinator Patrick Roddy, won the Best Dance Production award.

"I am so proud of the hard work our students poured into both 'Cabaret' and 'A Nightmare's Holiday,'" Lane said. "'Cabaret' was my first production as a new faculty member at Creighton and I have been blown away by the incredible talent of our students. Add to that the brilliant creativity of an amazing team for design, choreography and musical direction and I am thrilled to have Creighton recognized as a top arts organization in Omaha."

The 2015 OEA Awards were presented in 27 performing arts categories, 19 music categories and nine visual art categories. Nominees were chosen via online voting and were reviewed by a panel of judges working in each category. Winners were selected by a vote of the OEA Academy.

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