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2012 Henry Award Nominations


The Colorado Theatre Guild announced the nominees for the 2012 Henry Awards this afternoon, as well as winners for three special awards. All of the winners will be announced and honored at the Henry Awards on Monday, July 16th. Tickets can be purchased at the Colorado Theatre Guild website.

And the 2012 Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award nominees are:

Thee Colorado Theatre Guild Announces Nominees and
Three Special Award Winners for the Upcoming Henry Awards

7th Annual Gala Honors Outstanding Achievements by Colorado Theatre Community

The Colorado Theatre Guild’s 7th Annual Henry Awards will take place Monday, July 16, 2012, at the L2 Arts & Culture Center, 1477 Columbine St., in Denver, Colorado. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction. The awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., followed by an after-party at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax hosted by the Denver Film Society. Tickets are $25 or $50, ($20 for CTG members, nominees and presenters) and are available online at http://www.coloradotheatreguild.org.

Established in 2006, the Henry Awards honor outstanding achievements during the past season and serves as the Colorado Theatre Guild’s annual fundraising event. The awards are named for longtime local theatre producer Henry Lowenstein. Nominations are determined through a judging process conducted by more than 30 local theatre reporters, reviewers and assigned judges.

The Colorado Theatre Guild is also honored to announce three of its special awards for 2012:

●The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Tom McNally, Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Northern Colorado, where he serves as artistic director of the Little Theatre of the Rockies and coordinator of the school’s Acting Program. He has directed and acted in more than 120 productions, including off-Broadway, repertory and university theatre, and is the author of the textbook Acting: The Active Process. Last year, he was named Higher Education Educator of the Year by the Alliance for Colorado Theatre and serves on the board of the Higher Education Council of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Alliance for Colorado Theatre. Professor McNally is a member of Actors’ Equity.

● Our first Journalistic Excellence in the Arts award will go to John Moore, who was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. As the Denver Post Theatre Reporter from 2001 to 2011, Moore wrote more than 2,500 theater reviews, feature stories, columns and breaking news stories, winning numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Best of the West, Colorado Press Association, Society of Black Journalists, Denver Press Club and more. But it was his online innovations that prompted the Chicago Tribune to suggest that The Denver Post‘s multimedia theater coverage was the best in the nation.

● A special Henry Award will be given to the National Theatre Conservatory. The 28-year old master’s program in acting, under the umbrella of the Denver Center Theatre Company, consistently ranked as one of the top 10 schools of its kind in the United States. Admitting only eight students per year, its mission was to provide gifted students from across the nation the opportunity to develop their skills within the challenging environment of a performing-arts center, and to prepare them for active careers in the American theatre and in the film and television industries. A total of 255 students were afforded full scholarships, earning Master of Fine Arts degrees in Acting and membership in Actor’s Equity. The final eight students were graduated in April 2012.

Additional special awards will be announced later this month.

Our nominees for the 2011- 2012 7th Annual Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards are:

Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company
Arvada Center
Buntport Theater Company
Curious Theatre Company
Denver Center Theatre Company
Town Hall Arts Center

Outstanding Production of a Play
“9 Circles,” Curious Theatre Company, Christy Montour-Larson, Director
“American Night,” Denver Center Theater Company, Sam Woodhouse, Director
“Clybourne Park,” Curious Theatre Company, Chip Walton, Director
“Red,” Curious Theatre Company, Christy Montour-Larson, Director
“Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone,” Buntport Theater Company, Direction by ensemble

Outstanding Production of a Musical
“Avenue Q,” Vintage Theatre Productions, Bernie Cardell, Director; Marsha Whitaker, Musical Direction
“The Drowsy Chaperone,” Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, Michael Duran, Director; Neal Dunfee, Musical Direction
“The Producers,” Town Hall Arts Center, Robert Wells, Director; Donna K. Debreceni, Musical Direction
“Ragtime,” Arvada Center, Rod Lansberry, Director; David Nehls, Musical Direction
“The Who’s Tommy,” Town Hall Arts Center, Nick Sugar, Director; Donna K. Debreceni, Musical Direction

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Buntport Theater ensemble, “Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone”
Jamie Horton, Creede Repertory Theatre, “Unnecessary Farce”
Christy Montour-Larson, Curious Theatre Company, “9 Circles”
Christy Montour-Larson, Curious Theatre Company, “Red”
Sam Woodhouse, Director Denver Center Theater Company, “American Night”

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Bernie Cardell, Vintage Theatre Productions, “Avenue Q”
Michael Duran, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Rod Lansberry, Arvada Center, “Ragtime”
Nick Sugar, Town Hall Arts Center, “The Who’s Tommy”
Robert Wells, Town Hall Arts Center, “The Producers”

Outstanding Musical Direction
Donna K. Debreceni, Town Hall Arts Center, “The Who’s Tommy”
Neal Dunfee, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
David Nehls, Arvada Center, “The 1940’s Radio Hour”
David Nehls, Arvada Center, “Hairspray”
David Nehls, Arvada Center, “Ragtime”

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Michael Bouchard, Miners Alley Playhouse, “A Touch of Spring”
David DeSantos, Denver Center Theatre Company, “American Night”
Lawrence Hecht, Curious Theatre Company, “Red”
Michael Kingsbaker, Curious Theatre Company, “On An Average Day”
Sean Scrutchins, Curious Theatre Company, “9 Circles”

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Christy Brandt, Creede Repertory Theatre, “The Road to Mecca”
Lisa Bruneau, Denver Center Theatre Company, “Heartbreak House”
Emily Paton Davies, Paragon Theatre, “A Lie of the Mind”
Marcia Ragonetti, Miners Alley Playhouse, “Master Class”
Caitlin Wise, Creede Repertory Theatre, “Unnecessary Farce”

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Wayne Kennedy, Arvada Center, “Ragtime”
Russell Mernagh, Town Hall Arts Center, “The Who’s Tommy”
Brian Norber, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Tyrone Robinson, Arvada Center, “Ragtime”
Tally Sessions, Arvada Center, “Chess”

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Lisa Finnerty, Town Hall Arts Center, “The Who’s Tommy”
Carolyn Lohr, Vintage Theatre Productions,” Avenue Q”
Shannan Steele, Denver Center Attractions, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”
Megan Van De Hey, Arvada Center, “Chess”
Megan Van De Hey, Arvada Center, “Ragtime”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
Richard Azurdia, Denver Center Theatre Company, “American Night”
Benjamin Bonenfant, Curious Theatre Company, “Red”
Mario Cabrera, Creede Repertory Theatre, “Unnecessary Farce”
Erik Edborg, Buntport Theater Company, “The Roast Beef Situation”
Bill Hahn, Curious Theatre Company, “Becky Shaw”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play
Hannah Duggan, Buntport Theater Company, “Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone”
Dena Martinez, Denver Center Theatre Company, “American Night”
Theresa Reid, Spark Theater, “Three Sisters”
Erin Rollman, Buntport Theater Company, “The Roast Beef Situation”
Caitlin Wise, Arvada Center, “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical
Seth Caikowski, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Stephen Day, Arvada Center, “Chess”
Rob Janzen, Town Hall Arts Center, “The Who’s Tommy”
Matt LaFontaine, Town Hall Arts Center, “The Who’s Tommy”
Brian Norber, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, “Phantom”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical
Joanie Brosseau, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, “Phantom”
Ashlie-Amber Harris, Town Hall Arts Center, “The Who’s Tommy”
Arlene Rapal, Vintage Theatre Productions, “Avenue Q”
Shannan Steele, Arvada Center, “The 1940’s Radio Hour”
Gayle Turner, Arvada Center, “The 1940’s Radio Hour”

Outstanding Ensemble Performance
“American Night,” Denver Center Theatre Company, Sam Woodhouse, Director
“Ragtime,” Arvada Center, Rod Lansberry, Director; David Nehls, Musical Direction
“Red,” Curious Theatre Company, Christy Montour-Larson, Director
“The Roast Beef Situation,” Buntport Theater, Direction by ensemble
“Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone,” Buntport Theater, Direction by ensemble
“The Who’s Tommy,” Town Hall Arts Center, Nick Sugar, Director; Donna K. Debreceni, Musical Direction

Outstanding New Play
“Date,” by Luciann Lajoie, Denver Center Theatre Company’s Off-Center @ the Jones
“My Hideous Progeny” by Buntport Theater Company
“Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone,” by Buntport Theater Company
“The Roast Beef Situation,” by Buntport Theater Company
“The Whale” by Samuel D. Hunter, Denver Center Theatre Company

Outstanding Sound Design

Buntport Theater Ensemble, “The Roast Beef Situation,” Buntport Theater Company
Will Burns, Curious Theatre Company, “Red”
Will Burns, Denver Center Theatre Company, “American Night”
Steve Stevens, Arvada Center, “Ragtime”
Steve Stevens, Arvada Center, “The 1940’s Radio Hour”

Outstanding Lighting Design
Gail J. Gober, Arvada Center, “Ragtime”
Gail J. Gober, Arvada Center, “The 1940’s Radio Hour”
Charles MacLeod, Denver Center Theatre Company, “American Night”
Jon Scott-McKean, Town Hall Arts Center, “The Who’s Tommy”
Shannon McKinney, Curious Theatre Company, “Red”

Outstanding Costume Design
Buntport Theater Ensemble, Buntport Theater, “The Roast Beef Situation”
Sally Burke, Arvada Center, “The Importance of Being Earnest”
Claire Henkel, Arvada Center, “Ragtime”
Melinda Lacy, Spark Theater, “Three Sisters”
Christina Wright, Denver Center Theatre Company, “American Night”

Outstanding Scenic Design
Susan Crabtree, Curious Theatre Company, “Red”
Brian Mallgrave, Arvada Center, “The 1940’s Radio Hour”
Jen Orf, Aurora Fox, “Rashomon”
Sanford Roberts, Denver Center Theatre Company, “American Night”
Susan Crabt

Outstanding Choreography
Alicia Dunfee, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, “The Drowsy Chaperone”
Kelly Kates, Town Hall Arts Center, “The Producers”
Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Arvada Center, “Ragtime”
Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Arvada Center, “The 1940’s Radio Hour”
Nick Sugar, Town Hall Arts Center, “The Who’s Tommy”

Nominations per Company at a glance:

Arvada Center: 25
Curious: 16
Denver Center: 15
Town Hall: 15
Buntport: 14
BDT: 8
Vintage: 4
Creede Rep: 4
Miners Alley: 2
Spark: 2
Paragon: 1
Aurora Fox: 1

Tommy at Town Hall and Ragtime at Arvada Center tied at 11 for most nominations to a single show.* (*musicals have more categories than plays in which to be nominated.)

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