Thursday, January 19, 2017

 The Marlowe Awards     for 2016

    It's a humbling task to attempt to choose the best performances and the best technical achievements of the Denver Theatre Community in 2016. Getting a production from page to stage is a daunting task. The collaborative nature of every endeavor to produce a play requires a network of artists, many of whom are unseen and unsung. This reviewer would like to express gratitude to each and all who helped make this past year the artistic triumph that it was. Since there was so much outstanding work done this past year, this reviewer has listed the top three or four in each category.

Best Actor
Craig Bond, The Normal Heart, Vintage Theatre Productions
Christian Mast, No Sex Please, We’re British, Spotlight Theatre Company
Cris Davenport, Intimate Apparel, Vintage Theatre Productions
John Hauser, Hand to God, Curious Theatre Company

Best Supporting Actor
Mike Hartman, All the Way, DCPA Theatre Company

Seth Maisel, Intimate Apparel, Vintage Theatre Productions
Kevin Hart, A View From the Bridge, The Edge Theater Company
Curtiss Johns, 4000 Miles, Miners Alley Playhouse
Best Actress
Deborah Persoff, 4000 Miles, Miners Alley Playhouse
Missy Moore, Getting Out, The Edge Theater Company
Emma Messenger, I’ll Eat You Last, The Edge Theater Company


Anne Smith Myers, The Glass Menagerie, Germinal Stage Denver

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Austgen, Tartuffe, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Erica Sarzin-Borrillo, Getting Out, The Edge Theater Company

Jenna Moll Reyes, 4000 Miles, Miners Alley Playhouse
Martha Harmon Pardee, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Town Hall Arts Center

Best Direction of a Play
Craig Bond, The Oldest Boy, Vintage Theatre Company and Theatre Esprit Asia
Ed Baierlein, The Glass Menagerie, Germinal Stage Denver
John Ashton, A View From the Bridge, The Edge Theater Company
Len Matheo, 4000 Miles, Miners Alley Playhouse
Best Ensemble
The Big Bang, Spotlight Theatre Company
God of Carnage, Miners Alley Playhouse
Calendar Girls, Stage Door Theatre
Smokey Joe’s CafĂ©, Town Hall Arts Center

Best Director of a Musical
donnie l. betts, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Aurora Fox Arts Center
Donald Berlin, Into the Woods, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Kent Thompson, Sweeney Todd, DCPA Theatre Company
Scott Beyette, Thoroughly Modern Millie, BDT Stage

Outstanding Scenic Design
Jen Orf, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Aurora Fox Arts Center

Robert Mark Morgan, All the Way, DCPA Theatre Company
Amy Campion, Thoroughly Modern Millie, BDT Stage

Brandon Case, Catch Me if You Can, Aurora Fox Arts Center


Best Actor Musical
Leonard Barrett, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Aurora Fox Arts Center
Keegan Flaugh, A Christmas Story, Town Hall Arts Center
Carter Edward Smith, Little Shop of Horrors, Miners Alley Playhouse
James Francis, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Vintage Theatre Productions

Best Actress Musical
Marcia Ragonetti, Sunset Boulevard, Vintage Theatre Productions
Megan Van De Hey, Tell Me on a Sunday, Avenue Theater

Seles VanHuss, Thoroughly Modern Millie, BDT Stage
Angela Mendez, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Vintage Theatre Productions

Best Supporting Actress Musical
Anna High, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Aurora Fox Arts Center
Rachel Turner, Into the Woods, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Rebekah Ortiz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, BDT Stage

Alicia K. Meyers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, BDT Stage

Best Supporting Actor musical
Tyrell D. Rae, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Aurora Fox Arts Center
Scott Severtson, Thoroughly Modern Millie, BDT Stage
Markus Warren, Into the Woods, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Preston Britton, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Vintage Theatre Productions

Lighting
Richard Devin, Water by the Spoonful, Curious Theatre Company
Steven Tangedal, Bakersfield Mist, Avenue Theater
Benjamin Abernathy, Evita, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Brett Maughan, Thoroughly Modern Millie, BDT Stage

Outstanding Costumes
Kevin Copenhaver, Sweeney Todd, DCPA Theatre Company
Linda Morken, Thoroughly Modern Millie, BDT Stage
Debra Faber, Evita, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
Susan Rahmsdorff-Terry, The Big Bang, Spotlight Theatre Company

Outstanding Sound Design
Kenny Storms, A View from the Bridge, The Edge Theater Company
Mark Derryberry, Into the Woods, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse                            
Morgan McCauley, Tartuffe, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Wayne Kennedy, Footloose, BDT Stage

Best Production of a Musical
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Aurora Fox Arts Center

Into the Woods, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Sweeney Todd, DCPA Theatre Company
Thoroughly Modern Millie, BDT Stage

Choreography
Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Sister Act, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Laurence Curry, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Aurora Fox Arts Center
Matthew Peters, Thoroughly Modern Millie, BDT Stage
Piper Arpan McTaggart, “Catch Me If You Can” Aurora Fox Arts Center

Music Direction
Greg Coffin, Sweeney Todd, DCPA Theatre Company
Jodel Charles, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Aurora Fox Arts Center
Neal Dunfee, Thoroughly Modern Millie, BDT Stage
Blake NaWa’a The Big Bang, Spotlight Theatre Company


Best Production of a Play


Tartuffe, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
4000 Miles, Miners Alley Playhouse
A View from the Bridge, The Edge Theater Company

The Glass Menagerie, Germinal Stage Denver

Creation of a life-like Puppet, Sushma, The Oldest Boy, Vintage Theatre Productions/ Theatre Esprit Asia

Production of an opera
Tosca, Central City Opera

Outstanding Opera Diva in a Leading Role
Alexandra Loutsion, Tosca, Central City Opera
Anna Christy, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Central City Opera

Outstanding Male Opera Singer in a Leading Role
Jonathan Burton, Tosca, Central City Opera

Outstanding Male Opera Singer in a Supporting Role
Michael Maes, Tosca, Central City Opera

Outstanding Opera Diva in a Supporting Role
Sarah Barber, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Central City Opera

Best Projections
Greg Emetaz, The Girl of the Golden West, Opera Colorado

Outstanding Conductor
John Baril, Tosca, Opera Colorado

Best Touring Company
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, DCPA Theatre Company


Best Actor in a Touring Company
Kevin Massey, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway
Kevin Kern, Finding Neverland, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway

Best Supporting Actor in a Touring Company
Matthew Dailey, Jersey Boys,Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway
John Rapson, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway

Best Actress in a Touring Company
Christine Dwyer, Finding Neverland, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway

Best Supporting Actress in a Touring Company,
Kristen Beth Williams, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway
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Adrienne Eller, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Broadway