Inaugural MTJA Awards Presented

On Monday, November 14th, a  gathering was held at the Local Barrel Tap Room in Santa Rosa to celebrate the outstanding work done by the local theatre community for the 2015 – 2016 season. Here is the full list of the 2016 nominees and recipients of the inaugural Marquee Theater Journalists Association Awards with winners designated by a (W):

* Outstanding Poster/Program Design

4000 MILES (Main Stage West)
ANIMAL CRACKERS (6th Street Playhouse)
PUSS IN BOOTS (Cloverdale Performing Arts Center)
SEMINAR (Left Edge Theatre) (W)
WAIT UNTIL DARK (Spreckels Theater Company)

* Outstanding Musical Production

ASSASSINS – Directed by Trevor Hoffman and Skylar Evans, musical direction by Sherill Peterson (Narrow Way Stage Company/Sonoma Arts Live)

KISMET – Directed by Gene Abravaya, musical direction by Diego Garcia and Lucas Sherman (Spreckels Theater Company) (W)
LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Directed by Gene Abravaya, musical direction by Diego Garcia (Spreckels Theater Company)
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID – Directed by Gene Abravaya, musical direction by Tina Lloyd Meals (Spreckels Theater Company)
INTO THE WOODS – Directed by Marty Pistone, musical direction by Lynn Morrow (Sonoma State University)

* Outstanding Comedy Production

BOB: A LIFE IN FIVE ACTS, with Direction by Sheri Lee Miller (Main Stage West) (W)
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, with Direction by Carl Jordan (6th Street Playhouse)
SEMINAR, with Direction by Argo Thompson (Left Edge Theatre)
TREASURE ISLAND, with Direction by David Yen (Spreckels Theater Company)
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A RADIO PLAY, with Direction by Sylvia Jones (Raven Players)

* Outstanding Drama Production

ALL MY SONS, with Direction by Carl Hamilton (Raven Players)
ANNA IN THE TROPICS, with Direction by Marty Pistone (6th Street Playhouse)
THE ROAD TO MECCA, with Direction by Elizabeth Craven (Main Stage West)
A STEADY RAIN, with Direction by Argo Thompson (Left Edge Theatre) (W)
TIME STANDS STILL, with Direction by Sheri Lee Miller (Cinnabar Theater)

* Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical

JULIANNE BRETAN as Ariel in ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ (Spreckels Theater Company)
JACOB BRONSON as Fabrizio in ‘The Light in the Piazza’ (Spreckels Theater Company)
JENNIFER MITCHELL as Clara in ‘The Light in the Piazza’ (Spreckels Theater Company
EILEEN MORRIS as Margaret in ‘The Light in the Piazza’ (Spreckels Theater Company) (W)
DAVID YEN as Henry Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’ (6th Street Playhouse)

* Outstanding Lead Performance in a Comedy

MARK BRADBURY as Bob in ‘BOB: A Life in Five Acts’ (Main Stage West) (W)
BILL GARCIA as Petruchio – ‘Taming of the Shrew’ (Raven Players)
CRAIG MILLER as Francis Henshall in ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ (6th Street Playhouse)
JOHN RATHJEN as Long John Silver in ‘Treasure Island’ (Spreckels Theater Company)
RON SEVERDIA as Leonard in ‘Seminar’ (Left Edge Theatre)

* Outstanding Lead Performance in a Drama

LAURA LOWRY as Sarah in ‘Time Stands Still’ (Cinnabar Theater) (W)
MIKE SCHAEFFER as Denny in ‘A Steady Rain’ (Left Edge Theatre)
NICK SHOLLEY as Joey in ‘A Steady Rain’ (Left Edge Theatre)
STEVE THORPE as Joe Keller in ‘All My Sons’ (Raven Players)
STEVEN DAVID MARTIN as Emil in ‘Three Viewings’ (Theater Anew)

* Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical

ADAM BLANKENSHIP as The Balladeer in ‘Assassins’ (Narrow Way Stage/SAL)
JACINTA GORRINGE as Mrs. Rittenhouse in ‘Animal Crackers’ (6th Street Playhouse)
SHIRLEY NILSEN-HALL as Mrs. Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’ (6th Street Playhouse)
ABBEY LEE as Arabella Rittenhouse/Mrs. Whitehead in ‘Animal Crackers’ (6th Street) (W)
FERNANDO SIU as Flounder in ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’ (Spreckels Theater Company)

* Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Comedy

GINA ALVARADO as Chorus in ‘BOB: A Life in Five Acts’ (Main Stage West)
ZACK ACEVEDO as Grumio in ‘Taming of the Shrew’ (Raven Players)
CHRIS SCHLOEMP as Squire Trelawney in ‘Treasure Island’ (Spreckels Theater Company)
NICK SHOLLEY as Chorus in ‘BOB: A Life in Five Acts’ (Main Stage West) (W)
KOT TAKAHASHI as Olivia in ‘Twelfth Night’ (Santa Rosa Junior College)

* Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Drama

SHEILA LICHIRIE as Gabrielle in ‘When the Rain Stops Falling’ (Roustabout Theatre)
IVY ROSE MILLER as Mandy in ‘Time Stands Still’ (Cinnabar Theater) (W)
JOSEPH POTTER as Father Jack in ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ (Curtain Call Theater)
BRONWYN SHEARS as Conchita in ‘Anna in the Tropics’ (6th Street Playhouse)
JOHN SHILLINGTON as Richard in ‘Time Stands Still’ (Cinnabar Theater)

* Outstanding Set Design

ANIMAL CRACKERS – Joe Klug (6th Street Playhouse)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Jesse Dreikosen (6th Street Playhouse) (W)
TIME STANDS STILL – Jesse Dreikosen (Cinnabar Theater)
TWELFTH NIGHT – Peter Crompton (Santa Rosa Junior College)
WAIT UNTIL DARK – Eddy Hansen, Elizabeth Bazzano, David L. Yen

* Outstanding Costume Design

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Pat Fitzgerald (6th Street Playhouse)
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID – Pamela Enz (Spreckels Theater Company)(W)
KISMET – Pamela Enz (Spreckels Theater Company)
MY FAIR LADY – Tracy Hinman (6th Street Playhouse)
TWELFTH NIGHT – Maryanne Scozzari (Santa Rosa Junior College)

* Outstanding Light Design

ALL MY SONS – Robin DeLuca (Raven Players)
ANNA IN THE TROPICS – April George (6th Street Playhouse)
THE CREATURE – Jon Tracy (Cinnabar Theater)
A STEADY RAIN – April George (Left Edge Theatre) (W)
TWELFTH NIGHT – Vince Mothersbaugh (Santa Rosa Junior College)

* Outstanding Sound Design

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Craig Miller and John Gromada (6th Street Playhouse)
THE HUMMINGBIRD WARS – Liam Robertson (Sonoma State University)
POLAR BEARS – Beth Craven (Main Stage West)
A STEADY RAIN – Argo Thompson (Left Edge Theatre) (W)
WAIT UNTIL DARK – Jessica Johnson (Spreckels Theater Company)

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