Wide Selection of Theater Groups Represented in Vermont Award Nominations

Heidi Blickenstaff is a 2012-2013 Vermont BroadwayWorld Award Nominee
VT BroadwayWorld Award Nominee Heidi Blickenstaff

Broadway veterans Heidi Blickenstaff and Aaron Ramey, and Emmy Award Winner and Tony Nominee Gordon Clapp are among this year's Vermont BroadwayWorld Award nominees. Shows from a large cross-section of professional, semi-professional, and community theater groups are also represented in the 2012-2013 nominations. Let's take a look at some of the Vermont theater companies with BroadwayWorld Award Nominations:

Weston Playhouse, Vermont's oldest professional theater, is a living testament to a community's belief in the arts. In 1935, while the Great Depression was raging, Weston-born architect Raymond Austin was putting the finishing touches on a playhouse that one Boston Globe critic would dub "the most beautiful theater in New England." A former church renovated for the town's dramatic club, the Weston Playhouse quickly attracted the attention of director Harlan Grant, who produced the theater's first summer stock season in 1937. At the end of last summer's successful 75th anniversary season, Tropical Storm Irene brought flooding which devastated the lower level of The Playhouse. Thanks to the efforts of artists, staff, and friends from near and far, the WPTC rallied again to remount the final performances of its first world premiere musical, Saint-Ex, and to raise the funds to help restore the building. With flood repairs completed and upgrades made to all three of its stages, the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company continues to extend its deep roots into the soil of a faithful Vermont community and its branches into the theatrical firmament. Vermont BroadwayWorld Nominations: Dan DeLuca (Best Actor in a Musical), Aaron Ramey (Best Actor in a Musical), Heidi Blickenstaff (Best Actress in a Musical), Margo Seibert (Best Featured Actress in a Musical), Tyler Micoleau (Best Lighting Design), Next To Normal (Best Musical).

Northern Stage is a professional regional theater company that operates under a LORT-D contract with Actors' Equity Association and also maintains contractual relationships with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of IATSE. The company produces a six-show main stage season each year from October through May. Northern Stage also offers educational vacation and summer camps for children ages 6-14 as well as numerous outreach programs that seek to involve the greater community. Northern Stage is a member of Theater Communications Group. Since its founding in 1997 by Brooke Ciardelli, Northern Stage has offered over 100 productions, including World Premieres such as The Shrew Tamer, Ovid: Tales of Myth & Magic, Take Two, and A Christmas Carol: The Musical. American premieres include The Strange Passenger and Damascus, and regional premieres include Wit, Stones In His Pockets and Enigma Variations. Vermont BroadwayWorld Nominations: Charis Leos (Best Actress in a Musical), Nunsense (Best Musical).

Saint Michael's Playhouse, now in its 65th season, has been named "One of the best regional theater companies in America" by the NYC Drama League and hailed by Yankee Magazine as "The Best of New England." From its humble beginnings in 1947, Saint Michael's Playhouse has blossomed into an award-winning, highly regarded equity theater company. The Playhouse features talent from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theaters nationwide. Housed in one of the finest theater facilities in the state, The Playhouse attracts approximately 16,000 theatergoers each season to see live theater, produced, rehearsed, and performed in the beautiful green mountain state of Vermont. The Playhouse's nationally recognized internship program has been the springboard for countless successful careers in professional theater across the country. The Playhouse operates under contract with Actors' Equity Association as a member of the Council of Resident Stock Theaters and is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group. Vermont BroadwayWorld Nominations: Fiddler on the Roof (Best Musical), Shout! The Mod Musical (Best Musical), Rumors (Best Play), Tuesdays with Morrie (Best Play).

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Erin McIntyre Erin McIntyre is delighted to be writing about Vermont's rich performing arts scene. She spent a number of years in New York City singing, acting, writing, and most recently, hosting Sirius XM Radio's The Broadway Buzz. Erin is a graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy and The New School University, with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance.

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