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Local Awards

Arts for Life - Best Performance Awards:  2017 Nominees

Small Ensemble Musical Production

  • It Shoulda Been You - Take Two Productions
  • Next to Normal - Take Two Productions
  • The Spitfire Grill - Hawthorne Players

Large Ensemble Musical Production

  • Into the Woods - Alpha Players of Florissant
  • Meet Me In St. Louis - Christ Memorial Productions
  • Once Upon a Mattress - Hawthorne Players
  • The Drowsy Chaperone - Over Due Theatre Co.
  • The Rocky Horror Show - Alfresco Productions


  • It Shoulda Been You - Gary Long (TTP)
  • Meet Me in St. Louis - Dianne Mueller (CMP)
  • Next to Normal - Steve Peirick (TTP)
  • Once Upon a Mattress - Lori Renna (HP)
  • The Drowsy Chaperone - Bekah Harbison (ODT)
  • The Spitfire Grill - Ken Clark (HP)

Musical Direction

  • Into the Woods - Tim Clark / Becky Thorn(APF)
  • It Shoulda Been You - Nate Jackson (TTP)
  • Next to Normal - Nate Jackson (TTP)
  • Once Upon a Mattress - Joe Paule Sr (HP)
  • Pippin - Liz Murpy (CUTC)
  • The Drowsy Chaperone - Mike Blackwood (ODT)
  • The Spitfire Grill - Ike Eichenberger (HP)


  • Bye, Bye Birdie - Julie Petraborg (MASC)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Alison Dueker / Debbie Ladd (WCC)
  • Meet Me in St. Louis - Glenn Guillermo (CMP)
  • Once Upon a Mattress - Tim Grumich (HP)
  • Pippin - Jeffrey Yapp-Ellis (CUTC)
  • Shrek: the Musical - Kyle Rudolph (SP)
  • The Drowsy Chaperone - Mary Fedak (ODT)

Set Design

  • Man of La Mancha - Anne Bailey / Lee Cox / Kevin Frakes (ALT)
  • Meet Me in St. Louis - Dianne Mueller (CMP)
  • Once Upon a Mattress - Ken Clark (HP
  • Shrek: The Musical - David Kozinski (SP)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Marsha Holland (LGP)
  • The Spitfire Grill - Ken Clark (HP)

Lighting Design

  • Meet Me in St. Louis - John Jauss (CMP)
  • Next to Normal - Pat Klick / Steve Peirick (TTP)
  • Once Upon a Mattress - Carl Wennlund (HP)
  • The Drowsy Chaperone - Ryan Young (ODT)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Kevin Bowman / Jason Koonce (LGP)
  • The Spitfire Grill - Eric Wennlund (HP)

Costume Design

  • Meet Me in st. Louis - Kevin J. Jones / Krysta Wenski (CMP)
  • Once Upon a Mattress - Tracey Newcomb (HP)
  • Pippin - Cathy Symonds (CUTC)
  • Shrek: The Musical - Christina Sittser (SP)
  • The Drowsy Chaperone - Debbie Bixler (ODT)
  • Titanic: The Musical - Jason Johnson / Peg Zager (LGP)

Actor In a Leading Role

  • Kevin Frakes - "The Beast" Disney's Beauty & the Beast (ALT)
  • Jonathan Hey - "Dan Goodman" Next to Normal (TTP)
  • Colin Dowd - "Pippin" Pippin (CUTC)
  • Mitch Ellis-Yapp - "Leading Player" Pippin (CUTC)
  • David Pisoni - "Shrek" Shrek the Musical (SP)
  • David DeRose - "Man in Chair" - The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)
  • George Doerr - "Dr. Frank 'N Furter" The Rocky Horror Show (AP)

Actress In a Leading Role

  • Margaret Sommerhoff - "Belle" Disney's Beauty & the Beast (ALT)
  • Sarah Gene Dowling - "Witch" Into the Woods (APF)
  • Maria Bartolotta - "Jenny Steinberg" It Shoulda Been You (TTP)
  • Elizabeth Breed Penny - "Princess Winnifred" Once Upon a Mattress (HP)
  • Arielle Pedersen - "Fiona" Shrek (SP)
  • Danielle Feinstein - "Janet van de Graff" The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)
  • Delaney Holliday - "Esmeralda" The Hunchback of Notre Dame (LGP)

Actor In a Featured Role

  • KurtisyLeible - "Gaston" Disney's Beauty & the Beast (ALT)
  • David Bishop - "Lumiere" Disney's Beauty & the Beast (ALT)
  • Sean Michael - "Jack" Into the Woods (APF)
  • Gabriel Beckerle - "Gabe Goodman" Next to Normal (TTP)
  • Shane Rudolph - "Robert Martin" The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)
  • Colin Dowd - "Sherif Joe Sutter" The Spitfire Grill (HP)

Actress In a Featured Role

  • Nicky Collett - Georgette Howard" It Shoulda Been You (TTP)
  • Amanda Kocher - "Cinderella" Into the Woods (AP)
  • Carmen Garcia - "Judy Steinberg" It Shoulda Been You (TTP)
  • Lea Loren Koclanes - "Natalie Goodman" Next to Normal (TTP)
  • Melanie Kozak - "Shelby Thorpe" The Spitfire Grill (HP)
  • Colleen Heneghan - "Queen Aggravain" Once Upon a Mattress (HP)

Actor In a Supporting Role

  • Joel Brown - "Lon Smith" Meet Me in St. Louis (CMP)
  • Phil Leveling - "Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden" Next to Normal (TTP)Evan Fornachon - "Henry" Next to Normal (TTP)
  • Bryce Miller - "George" The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)
  • Michael Barrows-Fitzgerald - "Feldzieg" The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)
  • Mitch Ellis-Yapp - "Riff Raff" The Rocky Horror Show (AP)

Actress In a Supporting Role

  • Libby Griesedieck - "Grace Farrell" Annie (ODT)
  • Margery Handy - "Mrs. Potts" Disney's Beauty & the Beast (TABS)
  • Robyn Harders - "Mrs. Potts" Disney's Beauty & the Beast (ALT)
  • Christy Luster - "Catherine" Pippin (CUTC)
  • Kira Averett - "Sr. Mary Robert" Sister Act (AP)
  • Michelle Walsh - "Sr. Mary Patrick" Sister Act (AP)

Actor In a Comedic Role

  • Sawyer Burton - "Lefou" Disney's Beauty & the Beast (ALT)
  • Brant McCance - "Cogsworth" Disney's Beauty & the Beast (ALT)
  • Dennis Folwarczny - "Rapunzel's Prince" Into the Woods (AP)
  • Keith Poppitz - "Grandpa Prophater" Meet Me in St. Louis (CMP)
  • Patrick Kerwin - "Albert" It Shoulda Been You (TTP)
  • Abraham Shaw - "Aldolpho" The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)

Actress In a Comedic Role

  • MaryBeth Scherr - "Mae Peterson" Bye, Bye Birdie (MASC)
  • Kim Smith - "Mimsy / Aunt Sheila" It Shoulda Been You (TTP)
  • Diane Wingerter - "Berthe" Pippin (CUTC)
  • Rachel E. Young - "The Drowsy Chaperone" The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)
  • Margery A. Handy - "Alice Beane" Titanic (LGP)

Actor In a Cameo Role

  • John Mefford - "Steward" Into the Woods (APF)
  • Jacob Cowley - "The Noble" Pippin (CUTC)
  • Evante Rickman - "The Peasant" Pippin (CUTC)
  • Gary Wilson - "Monsignor O'Hara" Sister Act (AP)
  • Robert Doyle - "The Visitor" - The Spitfire Grille (HP)

Actress In a Came Role

  • Kayla Oberkfell - "Theo" Pippin (CUTC)
  • Shari Pinkel - "Eve Allabout" Ruthless (LGP)
  • Eleanor Humphrey - "Trix/Maid" The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)
  • Brittani O'Connell - "Mrs. Bucket" Willy Wonka (AP)
  • Gabi Maul - "Mrs. Gloop" Willy Wonka (AP)

Actor In a Non-Singing Role

  • Adam Grun - "King Sextimus" Once Upon a Mattress (HP)
  • David Hunter - "Stagehand" Pippin (CUTC)
  • Ken Lopinot - "Vice Principle Douglas Panch" The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (KTG)
  • Don Meyer - "Superintendent" The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)

Actress In a Non-Singing Role

  • Sarah Chapman-Wiser - "Sr. Mary Martin of Tours" Sister Act (AP)
  • Quinn Perez - "Featured Dances" Disney's Beauty & the Beast (ALT)
  • Priscilla Case - "Dance Captain/Maid" The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)
  • Janet Maneikis - "Reporter #1/Maid" The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)
  • Debbie Bixler - "Reporter #2) The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)

Duo or Group

  • Brittany Kohl Hester/Robert M. Hanson - "Rooster Hannigan & Lily St Regis" Annie (ODT)
  • Brooke McGaughey, Dawn Schmid, Elizabeth Semko - "The Beauties" Pippin (CUTC)
  • Dan Horst & Grayson Jostes - "The Gangsters" The Drowsy Chaperone (ODT)
  • Leslie Aerts & Sean Fuller - "GrandmaGeorgina & Grampa George" Willy Wonka (AP)

Juvenile Performer

  • Nadja Kapetanovich - "Chip" Disney's Beauty & the Beast (ALT)
  • Ben Kohler - "Randolph MacAfee" Bye, Bye Birdie (MASC)
  • Elena Adams - "Tootie Smith" Meet Me in St. Louis (CMP)
  • Allison Crandall - "Agnes Smith" Meet Me In St. Louis (CMP)
  • Ben Hettenhausen - "Mike Teaves" Willy Wonka (AP
  • MacLean Blammer - "Violet Beauregarde" Willy Wonka (AP)

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On Broadway:




Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes 

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches 

Angels in America: Perestroika The Band’s Visit 

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 

The Book of Mormon 

A Bronx Tale: The Musical 



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 


The Children Children Of a Lesser God 

Come From Away 

Dear Evan Hansen 

Escape to Margaritaville 

Farinelli and the King 


Getting’ the Band Back Together Hamilton 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I and II 

Hello, Dolly! 

The Iceman Cometh 

John Lithgow: Stories By Heart 


Kinky Boots Latin 

History or Morons 

The Lion King 

M. Butterfly 

Mean Girls 

Meteor Shower 

Michael Moore:  The Terms of My Surrender 

The Minutes 

Miss Saigon 

My Fair Lady 

Once on This Island 

The Parisian Woman 

The Phantom of the Opera 

The Play That Goes Wrong 

Prince of Broadway 

Saint Joan 

School of Rock – The Musical 

SpongeBob SquarePants 

Springsteen On Broadway 

Three Tall Women 

Time and the Conways 

To Kill a Mockingbird 

Travesties Waitress 

War Paint 


Off Broadway:




After the Blast 


Amy and the Orphans 

An Ordinary Muslim 

As You Like It 

Avenue Q 


BAM Next Wave Festival – 2017 

The Big and the Small 

Black Angels Over Tuskegee 

Black Light 

Blue Man Group 

Bobbie Clearly 



Bright Colors and Bold Patterns 

Carmen Jones 

Charm A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds 

The Climbers 

A Clockwork Orange 

The Cooping Theory: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? 

Curvy Widow Dance Nation De Novo Describe the Night Desperate Measures Dinner with Georgette Downtown Race Riot 

Drunk Shakespeare 

Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo: Homelife and The Zoo Story The Elephant in Every Room I Enter 

Endangered! The Musical 

Fairview The Fall Fire and Air Fire in Dreamland 

Frankenstein – The Musical Frankenstein: A New Musical 

Friends: The Musical Parody 

Fucking A 

Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical – An Unauthorized Parody 

Gazillion Bubble Show 

Ghost Quartet 

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord 

The Great Leap 


Harry Clarke 

He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box 

Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth 

Henry V 

The Home Place 

The Homecoming Queen 

The House That Will Not Stand 

Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Flymprov 4 Kinds 

In & Of Itself 

In the Blood 

The Infinite Wrench 

Is God Is 

Jersey Boys 

Jesus Hopped the “A” Train 

Judy Collins: A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim 

Julius Caesar 


Knives in Hens 


The Last Match 

Late Night Catechism 

Later Life 

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire 

Log Cabin 

Lonely Planet 

The Low Road 

The Mad Ones 


Marcel + The Art of Laughter 

The Marvelous Wonderettes 

Mary Jane 

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 

Measure For Measure

Mlima’s Tale 

Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s “One Night Only (Running as Long As We Can)” 

Murdered by the Mob 

Naked Boys Singing! 

NEWSical, The Musical 

No Wake 

Oedipus el Rey 

Office Hour 

Oh My Sweet Land 

On the Shore of the Wide World 

Our Lady of 121St Street 

Paradise Blue 

People, Places and Things 

Perfect Crime 

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical 

The Portuguese Kid 

Pride and Prejudice 

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic 


A Raisin in the Sun 

Reasons to be Pretty Happy 


Returning to Reims 


School Girls: Or, the African Mean Girls Play 

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man 

Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos

Shaken Not Stirred: The Music of James Bond 

The Show-Off Sistas: The Musical Skintight 

Sleep No More 

Small World 




The Stowaway 

Strange Interlude