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.

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