The Lake Dillon Theatre Company recently received eight Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Award nominations during its first year of eligibility for the state’s top theater honors.
“This is the first year that Colorado Theatre Guild member companies from outside the seven-county metro area are fully eligible for Henry Awards — as long as at least six judges found a way to attend their shows,” said award-winning journalist John Moore, of www.culturewest.org, who also serves as one of more than 30 judges for the Henry Awards. “That opened the field to seven newly nominated companies from Fort Collins to Breckenridge to Colorado Springs. In all, 21 stagings from outside the metro area received consideration for nominations.”
The Colorado Theatre Guild is Colorado’s independent, theater-focused advocacy group, supporting live theater and providing the public with information relating to theater events statewide. It’s annual Henry Awards, named after famed Colorado theater producer and practitioner Henry Lowenstein, recognizes excellence in theater production each summer.
In total, four of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s past year’s productions received consideration.
“The Lake Dillon Theatre Company announced itself rather loudly, with eight nominations,” Moore said. “Seven of those nods went to its spare, tough rendition of ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman,’ directed by Christopher Alleman.”
“Kiss of the Spider Woman” received the fourth most nominations of any Colorado production in the past season, including nods for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Alleman), Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Alleman), Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Joshua Blanchard), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Selah Grace), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical (Thomas Rainey), Outstanding Musical Direction (Jonathan Parks) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Jacob M. Welch).
The eighth nod went to the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Bob Moore, who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for his part in the recently staged Neil Simon classic “The Sunshine Boys.”
During the 2012-13 Colorado theater season, 206 theater productions received Henry Awards consideration. The Colorado Theatre Guild adjudicated 167 productions from 59 member companies across the state, including 12 productions from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, six from the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and six from Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton, which leads the overall nomination field with a total of 17 nominations.
Honored to be nominated
Alleman, producing artistic director of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, said the company is honored to be recognized with some of the first Henry nominations outside the Denver metro area.
“We are honored that the Colorado Theatre Guild was able to expand for the first time its nomination process for competitive categories to include the theaters in Summit County, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins,” he said. “We are proud to represent our community among Colorado’s top regional theater companies.”
The eighth annual Henry Awards takes place on July 22 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. VIP tickets are $50, and general admission tickets are $25. Tickets are only available through the Arvada Center Box Office at (720) 898-7200. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. in Arvada.