BWW Feature: LAS VEGAS VALLEY THEATRE AWARDS at Starbright Theatre
The night filled with anticipation and laughter as the winners of the 2019 Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards were announced during the entertainment extravaganza. Held at the Starbright Theatre on July 15, Master of Ceremonies Jim Sohre of Opera Las Vegas hosted the festivities.
Poor Richard's Players (Ben Loewy, Max Lardent, and Anthony Barnaby) entertained the audience reminding them that they were not the hosts (again) of the show. Gail Romero (winner of Best Supporting Actress for Cabaret for Majestic Repertory Theatre and Super Summer Theatre) sang "So What?" from the play.
Gianni Schicchi (Vegas City Opera) shared "Schicchi's Big Idea," Tatum Rajsky and Lauren Tauber sang "The Dark I Know Well" from Spring Awakening. Keith Dotson sang "You Gotta Die Sometime" from Falsettos. The hysterical "I Hate Musicals" from Ruthless sung by Andee Gibbs had the audiences rolling in the aisles. Alex Cheney emoted "She Loves Me."
Modern Major-General from Pirates of Penzance sung by Stephen Rinck and Vegas City Opera astounded the audiences. "Watch What Happens" from Newsies sung by Naree Asherian inspired the crowd. Vogue Robinson of Poetry Promise, Inc. returned to share her profound words during the show.
The 2019 David Sankuer Award was presented to Joseph O'Neill and the Inaugural Empower Award for Steam Education honored teacher Athena Garrison. Sarah O'Connell, founder and executive director of Eat More Art Vegas, and Levi Fackrell, artistic director of Cockroach Theater, were presented the Certificate of Congressional Recognition from US Representative Susie Lee (D-NV 3rd district). The Certificate of Senate Recognition from Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) was presented to Athena Gibbons and Joseph O'Neill.
The 6th Annual Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards the winners are:
Best Production - Play - Sweat - Cockroach Theatre Company
Best Production - Musical - Spring Awakening - Majestic Repertory Theatre
Best Actor, Female Role - Play Monica Heuser - Sweat - Cockroach Theatre Company
Best Actor, Male Role - Play - Marcus Weiss - Every Brilliant Thing - Cockroach Theatre Company
Best Supporting Actor, Female Role - Play - Gillen Brey - A Dolls House Part 2 - Las Vegas Little Theatre
Best Ensemble - Play - Small Mouth Sounds - A Public Fit
Best Direction - Play - Daz Weller - Sweat - Cockroach Theatre Company
Best Actor, Male Role - Musical - Ray Winters - Newsies - Signature Productions
Best Supporting Actor, Female role - Musical - Gail Romero - Cabaret - Majestic Repertory Theatre
Best Supporting Actor, Male Role - Musical - Keaton Delmar Johns - Spring Awakening - Majestic Repertory Theatre
Best Ensemble - Musical - Spring Awakening - Majestic Repertory Theatre
Best Choreography - Ashley Oblad - Newsies - Signature Productions
Best Direction - Musical - Troy Heard - Spring Awakening - Majestic Repertory Theatre
Best Scenic Design - Erik Ball & Stan Judd - Newsies - Signature Productions
Best Lighting Design - Marcus Randolph - Spring Awakening - Majestic Repertory Theatre
Best Costume Design - Mariya Radeva-Nedyalkova - The Elephant Man - A Public Fit
Best Sound Design - Arles Estes - Small Mouth Sounds - A Public Fit
Audience Choice - Best Play - A Dolls House - Las Vegas Little Theatre
Audience Choice - Best Musical - Into the Woods - Hynes-Sight Entertainment & Super Summer Theatre
Empower Award for Excellence in STEAM Education - Athena Garrison, Fay Herron Elementary School
Sankuer Hero Award for Outstanding Service to the Theatre Community - Joseph O'Neill, Nevada Arts Council & City of Las Vegas Cultural Affairs
Certificate of Senate Recognition from Senator Jacky Rosen - Athena Gibbons and Joe O'Neill