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Actors’ Theatre Congratulates All Grand Award Winners and Nominees!

Kyle Los plays Thomas and Ellie Frances plays Vanda during the dress rehearsal of the Actors' Theatre production of 'Venus in Fur' Wednesday night. (Katy Batdorff | MLive.com)

Kyle Los plays Thomas and Ellie Frances plays Vanda during the dress rehearsal of the Actors’ Theatre production of ‘Venus in Fur’ Wednesday night. (Katy Batdorff | MLive.com)

Actors’ Theatre would like to send a great big “thank you” to everyone who volunteered their time and energy over the past season of community theatre. Grand Rapids has an amazing theatrical community, which was highlighted last weekend at the annual Grand Awards.

For a list of this year’s winner, see Sue Merrell’s article on mlive. Here’s a sneak peak to get you started:

 

MUSICALS
Outstanding Musical — “Spamalot,” Circle Theatre
Lead Actor — Jeremiah Postma, “Les Miserables,” Civic Theatre
Lead Actress — Kathy Gibson, “Grey Gardens,” Actors’ Theatre
Supporting Actor — Matt Ablan, “Spamalot,” Circle Theatre
Supporting Actress — Molly Jones, “Les Miserables,” Civic Theatre
Director — Tom Kaechele, “Spamalot,” Circle Theatre
Musical Director — Charles Hutchins, “Les Miserables,” Civic Theatre
Choreography — Mary Lohman, “The Sound of Music, “ Civic Theatre

PLAYS
Outstanding Play — “Venus in Fur, “ Actors’ Theatre
Lead Actor — Kyle Los, “Venus in Fur, “ Actors’ Theatre
Lead Actress — Ellie Frances, “Venus in Fur,” Actors’ Theatre
Supporting Actor — Jeffrey Williams and Dylan Harris, “Love! Valour! Compassion!” Actors’ Theatre
Supporting Actress — Catie Berg , “One Man, Two Guvnors,” Circle Theatre
Director — Michelle Urbane, “ Venus in Fur,” Actors’ Theatre

See the complete list of winners and more at www.mlive.com.

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It’s Grand Award Night! Who Will Be the Big Winners?

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Get more information and the inside scoop on all the wonderful nominees on the Grand Awards Facebook page!

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Congrats to All Nominees in Plays for 2014 Grand Awards!

And the 2014 Grand Award Nominees in Plays are…Grand Awards

Outstanding Director of a Play
Jason Marlett – The Whipping Man, Jewish Theater
Michelle Urbane – Venus in Fur, Actors’ Theatre
Bruce Tinker – Clybourne Park, Civic Theater
Tom Kaechele – God of Carnage, Actors’ Theatre
Tom Kaechele – Don’t Dress for Dinner, Circle Theater

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
Jeffrey Williams – Love! Valour! Compassion!, Actors’ Theatre
Dylan Harris – Love! Valour! Compassion!, Actors’ Theatre
Jon March – Clybourne Park, Civic Theater
Patrick Hendren – Driving Miss Daisy, Jewish Theater
Torrence O’Haire – One Man Two Guvnors, Circle Theater

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play
Kelly Piliouras – The Milliner, Jewish Theater
Kristen Pearson – Clybourne Park, Civic Theater
Sherryl Despres – Don’t Dress for Dinner, Circle Theater
Catie Berg – One Man Two Guvnors, Circle Theater
Marisa Purcey – One Man Two Guvnors, Circle Theater

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Darius “T.Q.” Colquitt – The Whipping Man, Jewish Theater
Kyle Los – Venus in Fur, Actors’ Theatre
Sammy A. Publes – God of Carnage, Actors’ Theatre
Don Vanden Heuvel – Don’t Dress for Dinner, Circle Theater
Dylan Harris – One Man Two Guvnors, Circle Theater

Lead Actress in a Play
Ellie Frances – Venus in Fur, Actors’ Theatre
Nancy Wagner – Driving Miss Daisy, Jewish Theater
Carrie McNulty – God of Carnage, Actors’ Theatre
Liene Strautnieks – Don’t Dress for Dinner, Circle Theater

Outstanding Play
Love! Valour! Compassion!, Actors’ Theatre
The Whipping Man, Jewish Theater
Venus in Fur, Actors’ Theatre
God of Carnage, Actors’ Theatre
Don’t Dress for Dinner, Circle Theater

Learn more about the big event on the Grand Awards Facebook page!

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The College Grand Award Nominations are…

Congratulations to all on a wonderful 2013-2014 season! Grand Awards

Best Supporting Actor in a College Productio
David Frazee as Mr. Mushnik, Little Shop of Horrors – Cornerstone
Forest Davis as Laurie, Little Women – Cornerstone
Mike Sali as Earl, Book of Days – Aquinas 
Robbie Ellis as Charles Makin, The Hatpin – GRCC
Connor Manion as Judge Stephens, Cleary, etc., The Hatpin – GRCC

Lead Actor in a College Production
Preston Mulligan as Seymour, Little Shop of Horrors – Cornerstone
Henry Marcusse as Paul, Jump/Cut – GRCC
Robert McFletcher as Dave, Jump/Cut – GRCC
Brandon Alberda as Colonel Melkett, Black Comedy – Cornerstone

Supporting Actress in a College Production
Giovana Barreto as Hector, etc., Nickel & Dimed – Aquinas
Madeline Jones as Isabella, A Sleeping Country – GRCC
Taylor Nefcy as Jessica, Austentatious – Aquinas
Madeline Jones as Clara Makin, The Hatpin – GRC
Nubia Gomez as Harriet, The Hatpin – GRCC

Lead Actress in a College Production
Rachel Varley as Barbara, Nickel & Dimed – Aquinas
Audrey Moore as Audrey, Little Shop of Horrors – Cornerstone
Taylor Nefcy as Ruth, Book of Days – Aquinas
Meeka Postman as Amber, The Hatpin – GRCC

Director of a College Production
Jeralyn Pinsky, Nickel & Dimed – Aquinas
Tom Kaechele, Little Shop of Horrors – Cornerstone
Nancy Wagner, A Sleeping Country – GRCC
Rob Karel, The Hatpin – GRCC

Best College Production
Little Shop of Horrors – Cornerstone
A Sleeping Country – GRCC
Jump/Cut – GRCC
The Hatpin – GRCC

For more information about this year’s Grand Awards (and other anouncements), check out their Facebook page.

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Announcing the Grand Award Winners…

The following article can be found on www.mlive.com

Actors’ Theatre leads Grand Award winners with outstanding musical, play

Henry, played by Duncan McCarger, listens to Natalie, played by Maggie Nye, in a scene from Next to Normal by Actors' Theatre. (Jon M. Brouwer|MLIVE.COM)

Henry, played by Duncan McCarger, listens to Natalie, played by Maggie Nye, in a scene from Next to Normal by Actors’ Theatre. (Jon M. Brouwer|MLIVE.COM)

By Sue Merrell | grentertainment@mlive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Racking up awards is next to normal for Actors’ Theatre, which won a total of 11 Grand Awards Sunday night including Outstanding Musical for “Next to Normal” and Outstanding Play for “A Steady Rain.” Circle Theatre productions won seven awards including four for the season’s final show, “Sweeney Todd.”

“It’s just been a really good year for theatre,” said Larry Young, who won the lead actor award for “Sweeney Todd.” Young also was nominated as the lead actor in “Next to Normal.” Both shows were favorites for Young, who said he felt more of a connection to “Next to Normal” which deals with mental illness in a realistic, sympathetic manner.

Grand Awards, which raises money for the Combined Theater Scholarships, filled Civic Theatre with a rowdy crowd of dressed up performers, ranging from an oversized female impersonator to child actress nominee Zoe Meyering. In honor of the 17th annual event, the evening opened with a snazzy dance routine by a group of 17-year-olds, who then ran the rest of the show by announcing the nominees and winners.

A highlight of the three-hour program was a tribute to Paul Dreher, longtime managing director of Civic Theatre, who died in June. The tribute featured many area performers, including Actors’ Theatre founder Fred Sebulske, coloratura pops artist Diane Penning-Koperski, Circle managing director Lynne Brown-Tepper and Chicago actor Kirk Swenk, all performing songs they learned at Civic Theatre under the direction of Dreher.

Dreher also received posthumous Grand Awards for his direction of “Amadeus” at Aquinas College and for his lighting design, with daughter Catherine Marlett Dreher, for “Wait Until Dark.”

Duane Davis, longtime director of choral music for Grand Rapids Community College, received the Norma Brink Lifetime Achievement award. Lou Vanderhave received a special award for his volunteer commitment. The stage crew of “Legally Blonde” won the new techie award for collecting the most additional contributions for Combined Theatre Scholarships.

This year’s scholarship recipients are Brook Bruce Purnell, Daniel Orris Jr. and Will Vicari.

After the presentations ended, and people were starting to leave, a flash mob dance routine snowballed on the stage, starting with one dancer, then three, five, more. Local actress Ellie Frances was brought onto the stage and given roses by many more performers who filed onto the stage. Then her friend, local actress Tracey Walker, took a microphone, got down on one knee and proposed before the assembled friends and family. The acceptance was sealed with a kiss and a ring.

Here’s a list of this year’s Grand Award winners:

MUSICALS
• Outstanding Musical: “Next to Normal” (Actors’)
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Lead Actor: Larry Young, “Sweeney Todd” (Circle)
• Lead Actress: Kelly Carey, “Next to Normal” (Actors’)
• Supporting Actor: Stephen Grey, “ Sweeney Todd”
• Supporting Actress: Maggie Nye, “Next to Normal”
• Director: Fred Sebulske, “Next to Normal” (Actors’)
• Musical Direction: Wright McCargar, “Sweeney Todd” (Circle)
• Choreography: Mary Lohman, “The Wedding Singer” (Circle)

PLAYS
• Outstanding Play: “A Steady Rain” (Actors’)
• Lead Actor : (Actors’); Todd Lewis, “A Steady Rain” (Actors’)
• Lead Actress: Samantha Rena Dam, “Nadia”(Actors’)
• Supporting Actor: Andrew McClelland, “Looking for Normal” (Actors’)
• Supporting Actress: Kitty Carrico Carpenter, “Looking for Normal” (Actors’)
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Director :Jeralyn Pinsky, “A Steady Rain” (Actors’)

DESIGNERS
• Scenic Design: Christian Poquette, “Next to Normal” (Actors’)
• Lighting Design: Catherine Marlett Dreher, “Sweeney Todd” (Circle); Paul A. Dreher and Catherine Marlett Dreher, “Wait Until Dark” (Circle)
• Costume Design: Robert Fowle “Boeing-Boeing” (Circle)

COLLEGE
• Outstanding Production: “Amadeus” (Aquinas)
• Lead Actor: Micah Hazel, “The Ladies Man” (GRCC)
• Lead Actress: Rachel Varley, “Reckless” (Aquinas)
• Supporting Actor: Christopher VanderArk, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (Cornerstone)
• Supporting Actress: Meeka Postman, “Crooked” (GRCC)
• Direction: Paul A Dreher, “Amadeus” (Aquinas)

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
• Outstanding production: “The Mystic Tale of Aladdin” (Circle).

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