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NHTA 12 Predictions Vs Actuality   Leave a comment

Oh what a night last night honoring the great shows of 20131!
Congrats to all finalists winners and special award winners

The Matty Award Winnipesaukee Playhouse
Children/Youth Theatre Award Tom Partridge
Lifetime Achievement Award John McAllister
Complete list of winners and finalists can be found here: http://www.nhtheatreawards.org/nhta-12-winners-2013.aspx

Best Production

My Top 3 Predictions
Les Miserables Actorsingers
Children of Eden Stagecoach Productions
Meet Me In St Louis Amherst PTA

Top 3
Les Miserables Actorsingers
Monty Python Spamalot Community Players of Concord
Big River Winni Players

Les Miserables Actorsingers Winner

Best Youth Production
Shrek The Musical Peacock Players Winner
Beauty and The Beast Jr Children’s Theatre Project Top 3 Finalist
Into The Woods Peacock Players
The other finalist in this category was Urinetown Teen Actorsingers

Acting Awards

Best Actress In A Musical  Community

Predicted Top 3

Margaret Windler Esther Smith in Meet Me In St Louis Amherst PTA
Ashley Hughes Swanson Eve Children of Eden Stagecoach Productions
Sarah Souter Joanne Company Stagecoach Productions

Actual  Top 3

 Sarah Souter Lady of The Lake Spamalot Community Players of Concord
Allison Coombs Reno Sweeney Anything Goes North Country Community Theatre
Alliegh Whiteside Maria Sound of Music North Country Community Theatre
Winner Allison Coombs Reno Sweeney Anything Goes North Country Community Players

 Best Actor  in A Musical Community

Rob Dionne Father Children of Eden Stagecoach Productions
Mark Schatwzberg Javert Les Miserables Actorsingers Top 3
Max McGrath Jean Val Jean Les Miserables Actorsigners Winner
The other finalist was Matt McGonagle for King Arthur Spamalot Community Players of Concord

Best Supporting Actress Musical 

Sheree Owens Epionie Les Miserables Actorsingers Winner
Shawna Ciampa Fatime Les Miserables Actorsingers Top 3
Laura Prior Amy Company Stagecoach Productions
The other top 3 finalist was Sue Ellet as Carmen Bernstien Curtians Actorsingers

Best Actor Youth

Yay!! Nick Page got top 3 for playing Shrek in Shrek The Musucal!! The other finalists in the category were Peter Newland Seymour Little Shop of Horrors Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts and Alex Giggey Baker Into The Woods Peacock Players. Peter Newland took home the award.

Best Actress Youth

Predictions/Actual Top 3

Gracie Kontack  Belle Beauty and The Beast  Children’s Theatre Project  Winner

Julia Enos    The Witch  Into The Woods Peacock Players

Megan  Dwinell  Princess Fiona   Shrek The Musical Peacock Players

Best Supporting Actress Youth

Top 3 Predictions
Alyssa Lederhos Elsa Sound of Music Riverbend Youth Company
Elsa Keefe Little Red Riding Hood Into The Woods Peacock Players
Carolyn Kegal Madam Thenardier in Les Miserables RB Productions

The winner in this category was a tie between Hannah Benson (Little Sally Urinetown Teen Actorsingers and Elsa Keefe (Little Red Riding Hood Into The Woods Peacock Players) Alyssa should have gotten top 3. 😦
Mac Galinson Donkey Shrek The Musical Peacock Players Winner Well deserved
Jonathan Edelbluet Max Detweiler Sound of Music Riverbend Youth Company
Jakov Schwartzberg Lord Farquad Shrek The Musical Peacock Players
The other finalist in this category was Adam Harding Officer Lockstock in Urinetown Teen Actorsingers

I mean this is  a hard category  I’m sure they all would have deserved the award.  I did not see Urinetown so  I can’t make any comments on that show.  I’m sure it was excellent.   I suppose I am just biased toward Riverbend Youth Company kids.  😦  Mac was amazing as Donkey so  I was stoked that he won!

Tech Awards

Judy Hayward won best Musical direction for both The Fantasticks at Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Professional) and Les Miserables with Actorsingers (Community)
Other finalists in these categories were Joel Mercier Les Miserables New London Barn Playhouse and Andy Roinson Singin In The Rain New London Barn Playhouse. She was also nominated for music direction for Curtains with Actorsingers the other nominee in the community category was Will Ogmundson for Monty Python Spamalot with Community Players of Concord

Best Choreography
I did not see enough shows in this category to pick a top 3. My top 2 choices were Liz Calabria Sound of Music Riverbend Youth Company and Valerie Psonis Nelson Shrek The Musical Peacock Players
Top 3 Finalists
Valerie Psonis Nelson Shrek The Musical Peacock Players
Beth Fenske Monty Python Spamalot Communuity Players of Concord Winner
Karen Krause and Brooke Solomon Beauty and The Beast Jr Children’s Theatre Project

Best Scenic Design

Didn’t see enough shows in this category to select a top 3. My top 2 choices were Meet Me In St Louis and Les Miserables
Top 3 Finalists
Les Miserables Actorsingers Don Smith Wisse Will McGregor & Dennis Schnieder
Monty Python Spamalot Community Players of Concord Wally Pineault YAY WALLY!
Deborah Jasien Of Mice And Men M&D Productions

Best Costume Design

Paula didn’t get top 3. I was very disappointed. 😦 In general the PTA didn’t do as well as I’d hoped this year with top 3 nominations. 😦
Top 3 Finalists

Gay Bean Monty Python Spamalot Community Players of Concord  Winner
Tina Kimball Anything Goes North Country Community Players
Lisa Tilliston and Lynn Head Beauty and The Beast Jr Children’s Theatre Project

Best Sound Design

Mike O’Keefe Les Miserables Actorsingers
Rich Loomer Shrek The Musical Peacock Players
Ken Martin Of Mice and Men M&D Prodcutions

Top 3 Lighting Design

Craig Brennan and Dennis Schnieder Les Miserables Actorsingers Winner 
Steven Meier Monty Python Spamalot Community Players of Concord
Mark Delancy Of Mice and Men M&D Productions

Other notable top 3 wins
Amy Agostino Best Supporting Actress Community-  Wit Milford Area Players
Brady Lynch Best Actress in A Musical Professional The Fantasticks Winnipasaukee Playhouse
Katie Collins  Drama Comedy Best Actress Wit Milford Area Players
Best Production Drama Comedy Wit Milford Area Players
Best Director Musical Community Will McGregor Les Miserables Actorsingers

This year my goal is to see shows at Winnipasaukee Playerhouse; Community Players of Concrod; Not Your Mom’s Musical Theatre and Seacoast Rep. We’ll see where budget allows. Also I hope to be an adjudicator but I think I have missed the trainings for this year so I will have to wait until next year.

NHTA Predicitions   Leave a comment

Gotta keep this blog interesting. I want people to make some predictions for the NHTAS. I will share mine later on.  Not sure what  shows others have seen through out the year so that is what should make this fun.

My predictions are listed below. With certain categories I did the best I could with predictions because in some cases I did not all the shows or any shows. Schedule and budget does not allow me to see everything and this makes me feel bad because I know I miss a lot of shows.

Please go to the NHTA website for complete list of top 12 nominees.  http://www.nhtheatreawards.org/nhta-12-top-finalists.aspx

Pick top 3  choices in each  category. Some categories have top 2 because I didn’t see enough shows in the category to pick a top 3.

Best  Production  Community  Drama Comedy

\Didn’t see any shows in tis category.

Best  Production  Community Musical

Top 3 Meet Me In St Louis Amherst PTA Children of Eden Stagecoach Productions Les Miserables Actorsingers

Best   Production Youth

Top 3: Shrek The Musical Peacock Players, Beauty and The Beast Jr Children’s Theatre Project, Into The Woods Peacock Players

Best Actress

Community Musical

Top 3: Ashley Hughes Swanson Eve Children of Eden Stagecoach Productions, Margaret Windler Esther Meet Me In St Louis Amherst PTA Sarah Souter Joanne Company Stagecoach Productions

Youth

Top 3 Megan Dwinell Fiona Shrek The Musical Peacock Players Julia Enos The Witch Into The Woods Peacock Players Gracie Kontak Belle Beauty and The Beast CTP of CCP

Community Drama/ Comedy

Top 3 Mari Keegan, Katie Collins, Danielle Bruce Hoffman

Best Actor  Musical Community

Top 3 Rob Dionne Max McGrath Mark Schwartzberg

Best Actor Youth Community
Nick Page will get in the top 3. Didn’t see enough shows in this category to make accurate predictions

Best Actor  Drama Comedy

I can’t make an accurate prediction in this category because I did not see any of the shows.

Best Supporting Actor Youth

Top 3 Jon Edelbluet Jakov Scwartzberg, Mac Galinson

Best Supporting Actress Youth

Top 3: Alyssa Lederhos, Carolyn Kegal Elsa Keefe*
*Based on other productions I have seen her in.

Best Supporting Actor Community Drama Comedy

Kevin Linkroum will get into the top 3. Other than that I cannot make any predictions.
Best Supporting Actress Musical Community
Top 3 Shawna Ciampa, Sheree Owens, Laura Prior

Best Choreography
Top 2: Liz Calabria and Valerie Psonis Nelson

Best Music Director
Top 3 Judy Hayward Children of Eden Stagecoach Productions and Les Miserables Actorsingers Henry Kopczynskie III Shrek The Musical Peacock Players
Best Costume Designer
Paula Troie will get into the top 3 and hopefully win. Other than that I can’t make accurate predictions for this category.
Best Scenic Design
Top 2 Meet Me In St Louis and Les Miserables

Best Sound Design

Top 2 LEs Miserbles and Shrek The Musical
Best Lighting Design
Top 2 Les Miserables and Shrek The Musical

Posted January 13, 2014 by theatretechdiva in New Hampshire Theatre Awards