Nominees Announced For 2018 Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
This week the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association is voting on the final award list in preparation for the Third Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held on Monday, November 12 at 7 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First Street (Route 7) in Pittsfield, MA.
Nominations were sought from all 27 members of the Association and the diversity of results have led to a fascinating final list of nominees including artists from 13 theatre companies in the Association's defined region.
Close to 460 different artists and qualifying productions that opened between October 15, 2017 and September 30, 2018 in theaters in the Association's defined region comprising Berkshire County, Columbia County, southern Vermont, northern Connecticut, and the New York Capital District were eligible for nomination. The final vote will produce 21 winners out of 82 nominee finalists.
An additional award will be selected by the Board of the Association in memory of the award's founder, critic Larry Murray. This special award is for service to the community by a theater company or theater professional.
The November 12 awards ceremony is free and open to the public, with a request for a donation at the discretion of the individual attending. Anyone wishing to attend should make a reservation at 413-822-7384. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.
NOMINEES FOR THE 2018 BERKSHIRE THEATRE CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS
1. Outstanding Supporting Actress Musical
· Skyler Volpe - Anita - West Side Story - Barrington Stage
· Hayley Podschun - Gwen Cavendish - Royal Family of Broadway - Barrington Stage
· Monica M. Wemett - Miss Hannigan - Annie -Mac-Haydn Theatre
2. Outstanding Supporting Actor Musical
· Chip Zien - Oscar Wolfe - Royal Family of Broadway - Barrington Stage
· Sean Ewing - Bernardo - West Side Story - Barrington Stage
· A.J. Shively - Perry - The Royal Family of Broadway - Barrington Stage
· Steven Rattazzzi - Marinetti - Lempicka - Williamstown Theatre Festival
3. Outstanding Supporting Actress Play
· Ella Loudon - LaBelle/Phoebe Dennis - As You Like It - Shakespeare and Co.
· Victoria Frings - Viv - Well Intentioned White People - Barrington Stage
· Nemuna Ceesay - Macy - The Cake - Barrington Stage
· Mary Stout - Anne Marie - A Doll's House, Part II - Barrington Stage
4. Outstanding Supporting Actor Play
· Brooks Ashmankas - Ronnie Wilde - The Closet - Williamstown Theatre Festival
· John Hadden - Arnold - HIR - Shakespeare and Co.
· Daniel K. Isaac - Atung - The Chinese Lady - Barrington Stage
5. Outstanding Lead Actor Musical
· Will Branner - Tony - West Side Story - Barrington Stage
· Will Swenson - Tony Cavendish - Royal Family of Broadway - Barrington Stage
· George Dvorsky - Warbucks - Annie - Mac-Haydn Theatre
6. Outstanding Lead Actress Musical
· Addie Morales - Maria - West Side Story - Barrington Stage
· Harriet Harris - Fanny Cavendish - Royal Family of Broadway - Barrington Stage
· Laura Michelle Kelly - Julie Cavendish -Royal Family of Broadway - Barrington Stage
7. Outstanding Lead Actress Play
· Annette Miller - Katherine - Mothers and Sons - Shakespeare and Co.
· Debra Jo Rupp - Della The Cake - Barrington Stage
· Laila Robins - Nora - A Doll's House, Part II - Barrington Stage
8. Outstanding Lead Actor Play
· Jonathan Epstein - Gustav - Creditors - Shakespeare and Co
· Christopher Innvarr - Torvald - A Doll's House, Part II - Barrington Stage
9. Outstanding Ensemble Production
· HIR - Shakespeare and Co.
· The Three Sisters - Living Room Theatre
· Men on Boats - Acting Class with Patrick White at Sand Lake Center for the Arts
· Aliens - Chester Theatre
10. Outstanding Solo Play
· Mona Golabek - The children of Willisden Lane - Hartford Stage
· Danielle Skraastad - HOMEBODY - Ancram Opera House
· Sharon Washington - Feeding the Dragon - Hartford Stage
11. Outstanding Director Musical
· Julianne Boyd - West Side Story - Barrington Stage
· John Rando - Royal Family of Broadway - Barrington Stage
· John Saunders - Cabaret - Mac-Haydn Theatre
12. Outstanding Director Play
· Nicole Ricciardi - Creditors - Shakespeare and Co.
· Jennifer Chambers -The Cake - Barrington Stage
· James Warwick - Mothers and Sons - Shakespeare and Co.
13. Outstanding Scenic Design
· Alexander Dodge - Royal Family of Broadway - Barrington Stage
· Wilson Chen - The Petrified Forest - Berkshire Theatre Group
· Kristen Robinson -West Side Story - Barrington Stage
14. Outstanding Costume Design
· Alejo Vietti - The Royal Family of Broadway - Barrington Stage
· Hunter Kaszarowski - The Petrified Forest - Berkshire Theatre Group
· Angela Carstensen - Cabaret - Mac-Haydn Theatre
15. Outstanding Lighting Design
· Andrew Gmoser - Damn Yankees - Mac-Haydn Theatre
· David Lander - West Side Story - Barrington Stage
16. Outstanding Sound Design
· Rider Q. Stanton - Ring of Fire - Capital Repertory Theatre
17. Outstanding Choreography
· Robert LaFosse - West Side Story - Barrington Stage
· Joshua Bergasse - Royal Family of Broadway - Barrington Stage
· Sebastiani Romagnolo - Cabaret - Mac-Haydn Theatre
18. Outstanding NEW Play
19. Outstanding NEW Musical
20. Outstanding Musical Production
· West Side Story - directed by Julianne Boyd - Barrington Stage
· Ring of Fire - directed by Maggie Mancinelli -Cahill - Capital Repertory Theatre
· Anything Goes - directed by Alan M-L Wager - Sharon Playhouse
21. Outstanding Play Production