The Grand Awards on mlive.com!

Did you see this great article on mlive about this year’s Grand Awards? Check it out:

Grand Awards Gala to recognize best Grand Rapids theater productions, raise money for Combined Theater Scholarship

By Sue Merrell | grentertainment@mlive.com 

Imagine a bubbly blonde, perpetually dressed in pink, doing battle with a deep, dark dysfunctional

Gabe, played by Kyle Los, watches as Dan, played by Larry Young, talks to Henry, played by Duncan McCarger, and Natalie, played by Maggie Nye, in a scene from Next to Normal by Actors' Theatre. (Jon M. Brouwer|MLIVE.COM)

Gabe, played by Kyle Los, watches as Dan, played by Larry Young, talks to Henry, played by Duncan McCarger, and Natalie, played by Maggie Nye, in a scene from Next to Normal by Actors’ Theatre. (Jon M. Brouwer|MLIVE.COM)

family, and they’re all being chased by a mad, razor-wielding barber and three color-coordinated airline stewardesses.

That’s this year’s Grand Awards.

“Next to Normal,” which Actors’ Theatre presented last December, leads the contenders with 11 nominations, closely followed by Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s June production of “Legally Blonde” with 10. Nipping at their heels with eight nominations each are Circle Theatre’s productions of “Boeing-Boeing” and“Sweeney Todd.”

The winners will be announced Oct. 27 at the Grand Awards Gala at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. The annual event, which recognizes the best in local community and college theater productions, benefits the Combined Theater Scholarship.

This year’s list of nominees is longer than in previous years because categories with more than eight eligible entries have been expanded beyond the traditional three nominees.

“Some categories have 30 or 40 people who are eligible,” said co-chair Greg Rogers. “Why not have more nominees? It’s more fun and makes somebody’s day because they got nominated.”

Categories that have eight to 12 eligible candidates can have up to four nominees; categories that have 13 or more eligible candidates have five nominees.

“It’s a fund raiser and this is one way to get more people involved,” Rogers said. “That’s what it’s all about anyway.

The nominations also include two posthumous nods for legendary local director/lighting designer Paul Dreher who died in June. Duane Davis will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. []

Read more of the article, and check out a complete list of nomination at www.mlive.com!

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