Saturday, January 19, 2013

Inaugural St. Louis Theater Circle Award Nominations

*****UPDATE*****

02.13.13

*St. Louis Theater Circle Awards:  New date, new location!


Many of you folks know that the Kevin Kline Awards, part of the Professional Theatre Council of St. Louis (PTC), a local organization formed with the intention of honoring excellence in St. Louis professional theater, announced their hiatus from the scene last year, and as a result, no Kevin Kline Awards will be presented for 2012.  But, Mark Bretz (Ladue News) and Judith Newmark (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) hatched an idea to let the reviewers in town come up with their own awards.  Truth is, this town is soaked with too many quality productions offered by quality companies to let a year go by with no recognition.  So, the St. Louis Theater Circle was born -- made up of critics who cover theater here.  And personally, I'm honored to have been included.

The inaugural St. Louis Theater Circle Awards presentation, to be held *March 18, 2013 at the Florissant Civic Center, will celebrate theatrical achievements in the year 2012 in local professional theater as recognized by the St. Louis Theater Circle.  Tickets will be $10 apiece and can be reserved by contacting stltheatercircle@sbcglobal.net.

A couple of days ago the nominations for the inaugural St. Louis Theater Circle Awards were announced.  Here they are, and congratulations to all of the nominees!  Yay theatre!!

NOMINEES FOR MUSICALS

Outstanding Production
Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages St. Louis
Chicago, The Muny
Spring Awakening, Stray Dog Theatre
Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep
Sweeney Todd, Opera Theatre Saint Louis

Outstanding Director
Justin Been, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog
Michael Hamilton, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages
Dennis Jones, Chicago, The Muny
Scott Miller, High Fidelity, New Line Theatre
Rob Ruggiero, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep

Outstanding Actor
Ron Bohmer, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep
Ryan Foizey, Cry-Baby, New Line
Rod Gilfry, Sweeney Todd, Opera Theatre
Antonio Rodriguez, Urinetown, Stray Dog
John Sparger, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, New Line

Outstanding Actress
Erin Davie, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep
Natascia Diaz, Chicago, The Muny
Tara Kelly, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny
Jennifer Theby, Urinetown, Stray Dog
Karen Ziemba, Sweeney Todd, Opera Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Dean Christopher, Chicago, The Muny
Mike Dowdy, Cry-Baby, New Line
Zachary Farmer, High Fidelity, New Line
Ryan Foizey, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog
Steve Isom, My One and Only, Stages

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Terrie Carolan, Cry-Baby, New Line
Beth Leavel, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny
Suzanne Menzer, Sweeney Todd, Opera Theatre
Deborah Sharn, Urinetown, Stray Dog
Anna Skidis, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog

Outstanding Acting Ensemble
Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages
Chicago, The Muny
High Fidelity, New Line Theatre
Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep
Urinetown, Stray Dog

Outstanding Set Design
Adrian Jones, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep
Michelle Sauer, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Stray Dog
Scott Schoonover, High Fidelity, New Line
Michael Schweikardt, The King and I, The Muny
James Wolk, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages

Outstanding Costume Design
Lou Bird, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages
Brad Musgrove, My One and Only, Stages
Alexandra Scibetta Quigley, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog
Alejo Vietti, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep

Outstanding Lighting Design
Tyler Duenow, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog
Steven Gilliam, Chicago, The Muny
John Lassiter, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep
Matthew McCarthy, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages

Outstanding Choreography
Robin Michelle Berger, Cry-Baby, New Line
Dennis Jones, Chicago, The Muny
Dana Lewis, My One and Only, Stages
Lara Teeter, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Muny
Chris Bailey, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny

Outstanding Musical Direction
Stephen Lord, Sweeney Todd, Opera Theatre
Adaron “Pops” Jackson, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages
Chris Peterson, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog
Justin Smolik, High Fidelity, New Line
F. Wade Russo, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep

NOMINEES FOR DRAMAS

Outstanding Production
Angels in America, Stray Dog Theatre
Clybourne Park, The Rep
Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Black Rep
The Hairy Ape, Upstream Theater

Outstanding Director
Gary Bell, Angels in America, Stray Dog
Deanna Jent, Going to See the Elephant, Mustard Seed Theatre
Timothy Near, Clybourne Park, The Rep
Ed Smith, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Black Rep
Milton Zoth, Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Outstanding Actor
John Hickok, The Invisible Hand, The Rep
Michael Scott Rash, 9 Circles, R-S Theatrics
Michael James Reed, A Steady Rain, The Rep
Ben Watts, Angels in America, Stray Dog
B Weller, Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Outstanding Actress
Nancy Bell, Clybourne Park, The Rep
Rachel Fenton, Oleanna, HotCity Theatre
Rachel Hanks, Angels in America, Stray Dog
Patrese McClain, No Child, The Black Rep
Kirsten Wylder, Bug, Muddy Waters Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Larry Dell, Killer Joe, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
Greg Fenner, Angels in America, Stray Dog
Terry Meddows, Way to Heaven, New Jewish Theatre
Joshua Thomas, Othello, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
David Wassilak, Angels in America, Stray Dog

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Teresa Doggett, Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
Rachel Fenton, Killer Joe, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
Laura Kyro, Angels in America, Stray Dog
Elizabeth Ann Townsend, The Maids, Upstream Theater
Kelley Weber, Lost in Yonkers, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding Acting Ensemble
Angels in America, Stray Dog
Clybourne Park, The Rep
Going to See the Elephant, Mustard Seed Theatre
Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
The Hairy Ape, Upstream Theater

NOMINEES FOR COMEDIES

Outstanding Production
Jacob and Jack, New Jewish Theatre
The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
The Divine Sister, HotCity Theatre
The Foreigner, The Rep
The Violet Hour, Max & Louie Productions

Outstanding Director
Paul Mason Barnes, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
Edward Coffield, Jacob and Jack, New Jewish Theatre
Suki Peters, The Compleat Wks of Wm Shkspr (Abridged), St. Louis Shakespeare
Marty Stanberry, The Divine Sister, HotCity Theatre
Edward Stern, The Foreigner, The Rep

Outstanding Actor
Ryan DeLuca, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Rep
Greg Fenner, Fully Committed, Stray Dog
John Flack, The Divine Sister, HotCity
Bobby Miller, Jacob and Jack, New Jewish Theatre
John Scherer, The Foreigner, The Rep

Outstanding Actress
Emily Baker, Season’s Greetings, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
Sarah Cannon, Dinner with Friends, Dramatic License Productions
Tarah Flanagan, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
Meghan McGuire, Talley’s Folly, New Jewish Theatre
Carol Schultz, The Foreigner, The Rep

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Matthew Galbreath, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Black Rep
Chopper Leifheit, The Divine Sister, HotCity
Casey Predovic, The Foreigner, The Rep
Antonio Rodriguez, The Violet Hour, Max & Louie Productions
Lenny Wolpe, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Sarajane Alverson, Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs, West End Players Guild
Lavonne Byers, The Divine Sister, HotCity Theatre
Teresa Doggett, Season’s Greetings, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
Shanara Gabrielle, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
Kirsten Wylder, The Divine Sister, HotCity Theatre

Outstanding Acting Ensemble
Jacob and Jack, New Jewish Theatre
The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
The Divine Sister, HotCity Theatre
The Foreigner, The Rep
The Violet Hour, Max & Louie Productions

COMEDIES and DRAMAS

Outstanding Set Design
Jason Coale, The Maids, Upstream Theater
Dunsi Dai, Imaginary Jesus, Mustard Seed Theatre
Scott Neale, Clybourne Park, The Rep
Eric Paulson, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
John Stark, Way to Heaven, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design
Felia Davenport, Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
Sarita Fellows, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Black Rep
Daryl Harris, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Black Rep
Alexandra Scibetta Quigley, Angels in America, Stray Dog
Margaret E. Weedon, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep

Outstanding Lighting Design
Steve Carmichael, The Hairy Ape, Upstream Theater
Tyler Duenow, Angels in America, Stray Dog
Phil Monat, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Rep
Nathan Schroeder, Talley’s Folly, New Jewish Theatre
Michael Sullivan, Way to Heaven, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design
Justin Been, Angels in America, Stray Dog
Zoe Sullivan, Going to See the Elephant, Mustard Seed
Rusty Wandall, A Steady Rain, The Rep
Robin Weatherall, Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
Robin Weatherall, Way to Heaven, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding New Play

Ayad Akhtar, “The Invisible Hand,” The Rep
Nancy Bell, “The New World,” Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Jaysen Cryer, “Stupefy! The 90-Minute Harry Potter Live,” Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre
Deanna Jent, “Imaginary Jesus,” Mustard Seed
Stephen Peirick, “Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs,” West End Players Guild


Founding members of the St. Louis Theater Circle include Steve Allen, Stagedoorstl.com; Andrea Braun, The Vital Voice and Playback; Mark Bretz, Ladue News; Bob Cohn, St. Louis Jewish Light; Chris Gibson, Broadwayworld.com; Harry Hamm, KMOX; Gerry Kowarsky, Two on the Aisle; Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX; Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Andrea Torrence, Stlouistheatresnob; Lynn Venhaus, Belleville News-Democrat; and Bob Wilcox, Two on the Aisle.

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