IAAPA 2001: Big-E awards honor the best in live entertainment

Posted Thursday, November 15, 2001 4:44 AM | Contributed by Jeff

IAAPA presented its third annual Big-E Entertainment Awards yesterday, awards recognizing and honoring amusement facility entertainment, performers and the people who make it happen. IAAPA's 2001 "Big E" Award winners are:

Best Costumed Character Winner:
Drew Wade, Knott's Camp Snoopy, Warner Brothers Movie World, Queensland, Australia
Honorable Mention (HM): Michelle Steensland, Bloomington, MN, USA

Best Male Show Performer/Performance Winner:
Wally Calderon, Hersheypark, Hershey, PA, USA
HM: Gary Valenciano, Enchanted Kingdom, Makati City, The Philippines

Best Female Show Performer/Performance:
Winner: Eileen Normanly, Hersheypark, Hershey, PA, USA
HM: Gina Servello, Hersheypark, Hershey, PA, USA

Best Atmosphere/Street Show Performer/Act
Winner: Rhythm Chefs, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA, USA
HM: Doc Harris, Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO, USA

Best Behind-the-Scenes Technician
Winner: Scott Davis, Miracle Strip Park, Panama City Beach, FL, USA
HM: Cassandra Scott, Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH, USA

Best Overall Production by Budget Category
Budget under $40,000
Winner: "Calico Cancan," Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA, USA
HM: “The Little Mermaid,” Weeki Wachee Springs; Weeki Wachee, FL, USA

$40,000 - $75,000
Winner: "Country Hits Live!," Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH, USA
HM: "Take me to the River," Libertyland, Memphis, TN, USA

$75,000 - $125,000
Winner: "Hersheypark Follies," Hersheypark, Hershey, PA, USA
HM: "Forbidden Magic," Paramount's Kings Island, Cincinnati, OH, USA, and "Horray for Hollywood," Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH, USA

Over $125,000
Winner: "Efteling on Ice," Efteling, Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands
Honarable Mention: "L'ar(c)tistique," Phantasialand, Bruehl, Germany
Special Mention: "Irish Thunder," Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA, USA

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