Wanna Skip Training Next Year? 

While some of us view the NHTA Adjudication Training and Public Flogging a great way to get together with friends, others view the training as, well, tedious. Well, here's your chance to get out of attending training next fall.

"How?" you may be asking! "How can I avoid this?!"

Calm down, I'll tell you: WRITE GREAT BALLOTS.

Simple.

"How do I know if I have written a great ballot?" you may ask.

Get 5 stars! What could be easier?

This season, we have introduced ballot proctoring. We'll score your ballots and if you have at least three ballots with an average score of 4 or better, no training for you. You could come any way, of course. After all, there are free doughnuts.

So, get out there and see your shows and write some great ballots because ballots are the backbone of the NHTA!

Have a great season!

(See the Proctoring description on the policies page)

Posted by Lowell Williams Monday, January 26, 2015 10:39:00 AM Categories: Policy & Procedure Training

Notice! Time on your ticket is wrong 

D'oh!
It has been brought to our attention that the Stockbridge Theatre has posted the wrong starting time for the NHTA Show on January 31st - we will be rectifying this as soon as possible but wanted to make sure everybody knew that the  *correct start time is 7:00 pm* (not 7:30 pm as the Stockbridge website and tickets state).  Thank you!  Please spread the word to your friends and family members who may be attending!  
Friday, January 23, 2015 9:24:00 PM

Reminder for Media 

Just a final reminder that all media files (nominee pictures, theatre company logos, production photos for drama/comedy, production logos or flyers for nominated productions, In Memoriam pictures) must be received by January 8th or we cannot guarantee they will be included in the show!  Refer to the prior instructions for file naming, email subject line, file requirements and send to us Media@NHTheatreAwards.org.

Also, we need RSVP's from all nominees by January 8th as well.  Any nominee who is not attending may also include a short acceptance speech to be read by the presenter.  Speeches may be edited for length and content if necessary.  Send RSVP and include speech to RSVP@NHTheatreAwards.org.  Please note: If you are a winner and DO NOT RSVP we will assume you are not in attendance and the presenter will accept the award on your behalf.

Thank you!
The NH Theatre Awards

Friday, January 02, 2015 9:26:00 PM

THE OFFICIAL NH THEATRE AWARDS AFTER PARTY 

The Board of Directors Of the NH Theater Awards cordially invites you

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015

THE RADISSON HOTEL MANCHESTER DOWNTOWN

700 ELM STREET, MANCHESTER, NH 03101

10:30 PM-1:00AM

CASH BAR * APPETIZERS* DANCING

$5.00 PER PERSON IN ADVANCE

$10.00 PER PERSON AT THE DOOR

This year we are giving you MORE!  
MORE BARS! MORE FOOD! MORE SPACE!
And a special TEEN-ONLY area with free beverages and snacks!
Celebrate!

Please join us at the beautiful Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester for an evening of socializing, cocktails, appetizers, and dancing as we celebrate the NH Theater Awards. The Radisson Hotel is conveniently located just a short 15 minute drive from The Stockbridge Theatre and offers plenty of covered parking and easy access to all major highways.

Make a Night of It!

Reduced-rate accommodations are available for After Party guests. Please contact the Radisson directly at 603-206-4218 and ask for the NH Theatre Awards room block.

After Party Seating

We will provide plenty of open seating at tables for you to enjoy. A limited number of private tables are available for groups of 10 guests. A private table will automaticaly be assigned when purchasing 10 tickets in a single transaction.  All guests names are required at the time of purchase.

TICKETS are required for this years event. You can purchase tickets on line here!

HAVE QUESTIONS? Contact us from the event page!

Posted by Lowell Williams Friday, January 02, 2015 9:58:00 AM

Awards Show Annoucement 

RSVP's, Finalists, Memoriam and Theater Hero Media requested

Now that the finalists are announced it is important to share this information as to what we need from you and your team in order to make the show a success!  Please share with your company’s finalists and provide all the media files as soon as possible as we are trying some new things this year.  Please pay careful attention to the e-mail address and subject and file names we would like for each request below so that the right media gets to the right people on the NHTA team.  Thank you for all your help!

1) RSVPs from all finalists sent to RSVP@nhtheatreawards.org.  If we don't have an affirmative RSVP that they are coming we will assume they are NOT coming and the presenter will accept for them so that we are not waiting for people unnecessarily.

2) Drama and Comedy – as in past years we are asking each company to provide up to THREE images from each adjudicated Drama/Comedy production.

Because of the high volume of submissions we ask that each submission STRICTLY follow the guidelines below.  This saves time and greatly reduces the errors in processing and creating the presentation.

NOTE: This is for Drama/Comedy productions only.  Musicals are represented in live performances during the Awards Show.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENT GUIDELINES

NOTE: Our email system cannot accept file attachments greater than 5 MB.  If your picture files are large, please send multiple emails, 1 for each picture.

TO:  Media@NHTheatreAwards.org
SUBJECT:   Drama/Comedy Pictures for {insert PRODUCTION NAME}, by {insert COMPANY NAME} 

Specifications for Pictures:

  • Image files received that do not meet these requirements cannot be used.
  • Maximum of THREE (3) pictures per production (please do not make us choose)
  • Picture resolution of 1024x768 or better
  • File size less than 5 MB
  • Rename the picture images in the following format:  ProductionName_CompanyName_1.*  (Ex: Little Shop of Horrors_Peterborough Players_1.JPG )

Feel free to credit the photographer in your email notes.
 

3) In Memoriam: As in years past we are asking each company to send pictures for any members of the theatre community who are no longer with us since last year’s show. 


Submitted persons need not have been residing in NH but must have spent some time working in NH-based theatre.  
Needed:

  • Full Name
  • Affiliated Theatre Company or Companies
  • Town/State of last residence (if known)
  • Photo – higher resolution the better - a way to tell is the bigger the file size, the better the image.

Send all information and photo to Memoriam@NHTheatreAwards.org
 

4) NEW for 2015!! Theatre Hero names sent to Hero@nhtheatreawards.org

5) NEW for 2015!! Nominee Pictures:  We would like pictures of nominees - for actors it could be headshots or a good close up picture of them in costume for the role they are nominated for.  for designers should be a photo from the production that showcases set, lights, costumes.  For director, choreographer, music director it could be a headshot, a picture of them in action for the production from rehearsals, or a general production photo (which you may use for multiple nominees but send multiple times named for each nominee - see below).  For sound and best production or anything else you do not have a picture for send your logo from the show and/or production flyer.  The E-mails should be sent to and labeled as below:

TO:  Media@NHTheatreAwards.org
SUBJECT:   Finalist Pictures for {insert Finalist Name}, by {insert COMPANY NAME}

OR

TO:  Media@NHTheatreAwards.org
SUBJECT:   Production logo/flyer Pictures for {insert Production Name}, by {insert COMPANY NAME}

Specifications for Pictures:

  • Image files received that do not meet these requirements cannot be used.
  • Picture resolution of 1024x768 or better
  • File size less than 5 MB
  • Rename the picture images in the following formats: 
  • For photos representing nominees:  NameofNominee_Category_TheatreCompany.jpg
  • For production logo/flyer: ShowName_TheatreCompany.jpg

Feel free to credit the photographer in your email notes.

6) New for 2015!! Please send company logo!   File should be labeled  YourTheatreCompanyName_Logo.jpg

TO:  Media@NHTheatreAwards.org
SUBJECT:   Company Logo Pictures for {insert COMPANY NAME}

Specifications for Pictures:

  • Image files received that do not meet these requirements cannot be used.
  • Picture resolution of 1024x768 or better
  • File size less than 5 MB
Posted by Lowell Williams Tuesday, December 23, 2014 9:44:00 PM

NH Theater Awards Top Finalists 

FINALISTS ARE LISTED ALPHABETICALLY BY PRODUCTION NAME

BEST PRODUCTION - DRAMA/COMEDY - COMMUNITY

Amateurs - Nashua Theatre Guild

Beyond Therapy - Milford Area Players

Glass Menagerie - Bedford Off Broadway

God of Carnage - M & M Productions

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH

Macbeth - theatre Kapow

Of Mice and Men - Winni Players

Penelope - theatre Kapow

Postmortem - Nashua Theatre Guild

The Real Inspector Hound - Bedford Off Broadway

 

BEST PRODUCTION - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

Cabaret - Majestic Theatre

Hairspray - RB Productions

Kiss Me, Kate - StageCoach Productions

Oliver! - Windham Actors Guild

Seussical The Musical - North Country Community Theatre

Seussical The Musical - Amherst PTA

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company

The Music Man - Actorsingers

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers

Young Frankenstein - Colonel Town Players

 

BEST PRODUCTION - DRAMA/COMEDY - PROFESSIONAL

Any Other Name - Winnipesaukee Playhouse

The 39 Steps - Jean's Playhouse

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse

The Merry Wives of Windsor - Advice To The Players

The Voysey Inheritance - Peterborough Players

 

BEST PRODUCTION - MUSICAL - PROFESSIONAL

A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline - Peterborough Players

A Little Night Music - New London Barn Playhouse

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players

Next to Normal - Weathervane Theatre Players

 

BEST PRODUCTION - YOUTH

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players

Legally Blonde The Musical - Teen Actorsingers

Sweeney Todd: School Edition - Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts

The Addams Family - Peacock Players

The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood - Children's Theatre Project

 

BEST DIRECTOR - DRAMA/COMEDY - COMMUNITY

Amateurs - Nashua Theatre Guild (Kevin Riley)

Beyond Therapy - Milford Area Players (Vick Bennison)

Glass Menagerie - Bedford Off Broadway (Mike Wood)

God of Carnage - M & M Productions (Mark J. Ferman)

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH (Wallace J. Pineault)

Macbeth - theatre Kapow (Matt Cahoon)

Of Mice and Men - Winni Players (Katie Dunn)

Penelope - theatre Kapow (Matt Cahoon)

The Real Inspector Hound - Bedford Off Broadway (Lord Adam Young)

The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood - Children's Theatre Project (Karen Braz)

 

BEST DIRECTOR - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

Cabaret - Majestic Theatre (Jim Webber)

Cinderella JR. - RB Stage Company (Clint Klose)

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Keith Weirich)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Jim Speigel)

Seussical The Musical - North Country Community Theatre (Jarvis Green)

Seussical The Musical - Amherst PTA (Robin LaCroix)

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company (Keith Weirich)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Keith Weirich)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Paul J. Metzger)

Young Frankenstein - Colonel Town Players (Deborah Osborne)

 

BEST DIRECTOR - DRAMA/COMEDY - PROFESSIONAL

Any Other Name - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Bryan Halperin)

The 39 Steps - Jean's Playhouse (Angie Dee Hansen)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Bryan Halperin)

The Merry Wives of Windsor - Advice To The Players (Candace Clift)

The Voysey Inheritance - Peterborough Players (Gus Kaikkonen)

 

BEST DIRECTOR - MUSICAL - PROFESSIONAL

A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline - Peterborough Players (Tom Frey)

A Little Night Music - New London Barn Playhouse (Lily King)

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse (Keith Coughlin)

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players (Jacques Stewart)

Next to Normal - Weathervane Theatre Players (Barrett Hall)

 

BEST ORIGINAL PLAYWRIGHT - COMMUNITY

Homestead Crossing - M&D Productions (William Donnelly)

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH (Wallace J. Pineault)

 

BEST ORIGINAL PLAYWRIGHT - PROFESSIONAL

Any Other Name - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (George Brant)

Las Posadas - Alchemist's Workshop (Will Ogmundson and Tom Dunn)

The Granite State - Peterborough Players (Charles Morey)

The Toupee - Alchemist's Workshop (Tom Dunn)

 

BEST ACTOR - DRAMA/COMEDY - COMMUNITY

Amateurs - Nashua Theatre Guild (Len Deming as Charlie)

Beyond Therapy - Milford Area Players (Kevin Linkroum as Bruce)

Glass Menagerie - Bedford Off Broadway (Mark Morrison as Tom Wingfield)

God of Carnage - M & M Productions (Allan McPherson as Michael)

Homestead Crossing - M&D Productions (Richard Russo as Noel)

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH (Chris Demers as Buddy La Putts)

Macbeth - theatre Kapow (Peter Josephson as Macbeth and Various)

Of Mice and Men - Winni Players (Michael G. Baker as Lennie)

Penelope - theatre Kapow (Peter Josephson as Dunne)

Penelope - theatre Kapow (Wayne Asbury as Quinn)

 

BEST ACTOR - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Windham Actors Guild (Derek Deblois as William Barfee)

Cabaret - Majestic Theatre (Eric Skoglund as Emcee)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Zachary Speigel as Link Larkin)

Jesus Christ Superstar - StageCoach Productions (Maxwell McGrath as Judas)

Seussical The Musical - North Country Community Theatre (Ross Patten as Cat in the Hat)

Seussical The Musical - Amherst PTA (Jonathan Edelblut as Cat in the Hat)

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company (Taylor Morrow as Melchior)

The Music Man - Actorsingers (Michael Coppola as Professor Harold Hill)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Marc Murai as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein)

Young Frankenstein - Colonel Town Players (Mike Perry as Dr Frederick Frankenstein)

 

BEST ACTOR - DRAMA/COMEDY - PROFESSIONAL

Richard III - Advice To The Players (Dan Beaulieu as Richard, Duke of Gloucester)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (William Vaughn as Tom Sawyer)

The Granite State - Peterborough Players (Anderson Matthews as George)

The Merry Wives of Windsor - Advice To The Players (Chris Boldt as Sir John Falstaff)

The Voysey Inheritance - Peterborough Players (Kraig Swartz as Edward Voysey)

 

BEST ACTOR - MUSICAL - PROFESSIONAL

A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline - Peterborough Players (Kraig Swartz as Little Big Man)

A Little Night Music - New London Barn Playhouse (David Bonanno as Fredrik Egerman)

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse (Ryan Andes as Fred Graham/Petruchio)

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players (John Wilkening as Huey)

Spamalot - Jean's Playhouse (Scott H Severance as King Arthur)

 

BEST ACTOR - YOUTH

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Nick Page as Tarzan)

Honk! JR. - Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts (Mathieu Dubois as Ugly)

Legally Blonde The Musical - Teen Actorsingers (Sean Fitzgerald as Emmett Forrest)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Brandon Feliciano as Gomez)

The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood - Children's Theatre Project (Eli Frydman as Robin Hood)

 

BEST ACTRESS - DRAMA/COMEDY - COMMUNITY

A Flea in Her Ear - Garrison Players (Kate Gilbert as Raymonde)

Amateurs - Nashua Theatre Guild (Kasey McNulty as Jennifer Collins)

Beyond Therapy - Milford Area Players (Sara Fagan as Prudence)

Glass Menagerie - Bedford Off Broadway (Judi Mitchell as Amanda Wingfield)

God of Carnage - M & M Productions (Mari Keegan as Veronica)

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH (Cherri Birch as Yvette La Putts)

Macbeth - theatre Kapow (Carey Cahoon as Lady Macbeth and Various)

Our Town - Colonel Town Players (Catherine Carter as Emily Webb)

The Comedy of Errors - Actors' Circle Theatre (Kimberley Miller as Adriana)

The Foreigner - Majestic Theatre (Barbara Webb as Betty Meeks)

 

BEST ACTRESS - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

Cabaret - Majestic Theatre (Caity Jeanne Glover as Sally Bowles)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Rachael Smith as Tracy Turnblad)

Kiss Me, Kate - StageCoach Productions (Sarah Murai as Kate/Lilli)

Oliver! - Windham Actors Guild (Melissa Runde as Nancy)

Seussical The Musical - Amherst PTA (Sophie Carpenter Linkroum as Gertrude)

Seussical The Musical - North Country Community Theatre (Jaclyn Pageau as Gertrude)

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company (Gracie Kontak as Wendla)

The Music Man - Actorsingers (Caity Glover as Marian Paroo)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Sarah Souter as Elizabeth Benning)

Young Frankenstein - Colonel Town Players (Naomi Going as Elizabeth Benning)

 

BEST ACTRESS - DRAMA/COMEDY - PROFESSIONAL

The 39 Steps - Jean's Playhouse (Annelise Baker as Annabella/Margaret/Pamela)

The Granite State - Peterborough Players (Joyce Cohen as Anna)

The Importance of Being Earnest - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Rebecca Tucker as Gwendolen)

The Merry Wives of Windsor - Advice To The Players (Vivian Nesbitt as Mistress Alice Ford)

The Voysey Inheritance - Peterborough Players (Karron Graves as Alice Maitland)

 

BEST ACTRESS - MUSICAL - PROFESSIONAL

A Little Night Music - New London Barn Playhouse (Carol Dunne as Desiree Armfeldt)

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse (Sara Schoch as Lilli Vanessi/Katherine)

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players (Breanna Bartley as Felicia)

Next to Normal - Weathervane Theatre Players (Sarah Kleeman as Diana)

Spamalot - Jean's Playhouse (Katie Mariko Murray as Lady of the Lake)

 

BEST ACTRESS - YOUTH

Cinderella JR. - RB Stage Company (Susannah Budd as Cinderella)

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Rebecca Klein as Jane Porter)

Legally Blonde The Musical - Teen Actorsingers (Susan Dudka as Elle Woods)

Sweeney Todd: School Edition - Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts (Liza Goodman as Mrs. Lovett)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Christina Higginson as Morticia)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - DRAMA/COMEDY - COMMUNITY

A Flea in Her Ear - Garrison Players (Scott Degan as Camille)

Amateurs - Nashua Theatre Guild (Mario Arruda as Ernie Chilmark)

Glass Menagerie - Bedford Off Broadway (Rich Hurley as Jim O'Conner)

God of Carnage - M & M Productions (Michael Coppola as Alan)

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH (Jim Kruse as Larry Nichols)

Kong's Night Out - Community Players of Concord, NH (Chris Demers as Jack Driscoll)

Macbeth - theatre Kapow (Wayne Asbury as MacDuff and Various)

Of Mice and Men - Winni Players (Ray Dudley as Candy)

Penelope - theatre Kapow (Neal Blaiklock as Fitz)

Penelope - theatre Kapow (Colby Morgan as Burns)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

Cabaret - Majestic Theatre (Don Higgins as Herr Schultz)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Adam Messinger as Edna Turnblad)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Rowan Ferrier as Corny Collins)

Seussical The Musical - North Country Community Theatre (Henry Lang as Horton)

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company (Alex Giggey as Moritz)

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company (Danny Shea as Hanschen)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Eric Skoglund as Igor)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Stuart Harmon as The Monster)

Young Frankenstein - Colonel Town Players (Connor MacDonald-Heit as Igor)

Young Frankenstein - Colonel Town Players (Grant Fuller as The Monster)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - DRAMA/COMEDY - PROFESSIONAL

The 39 Steps - Jean's Playhouse (Brandon Duncan as Clown #2)

The 39 Steps - Jean's Playhouse (Joey Gugliemelli as Clown #1)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (A.J. Ditty as Huck Finn and Ensemble)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Adam Kee as Injun Joe and Ensemble)

The Voysey Inheritance - Peterborough Players (Tom Frey as Major Booth Voysey)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - MUSICAL - PROFESSIONAL

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse (Colton Ryan as First Man(Gangster))

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse (Taylor Wright as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio)

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players (Daniel Belnavis as Bobby)

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players (Robert H. Fowler as Delray)

Next to Normal - Weathervane Theatre Players (John Wilkening as Gabe)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - YOUTH

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Brandon Feliciano as Kerchak)

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Ethan Krause as Professor Porter)

Sweeney Todd: School Edition - Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts (Peter Newland as Anthony)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Tyler Shore as Fester)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Jakov Schwartzberg as Lucas)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - DRAMA/COMEDY - COMMUNITY

Amateurs - Nashua Theatre Guild (Maria Barry as Dorothy)

Amateurs - Nashua Theatre Guild (Sarah Lord as Mona Williams)

Beyond Therapy - Milford Area Players (Amy Agostino as Dr. Charlotte Wallace)

Glass Menagerie - Bedford Off Broadway (Melanie Rodrigue as Laura Wingfield)

God of Carnage - M & M Productions (Laurie Torosian as Annette)

Homestead Crossing - M&D Productions (Mary Champlin as Claudia)

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH (Chelsea Pettibone as Mara Dingle)

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH (Deirdre Bridge as Priscilla Nichols)

Our Town - Colonel Town Players (Deborah A. Osborne as Mrs. Webb)

The Real Inspector Hound - Bedford Off Broadway (Judi Mitchell as Mrs. Drudge)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - MUSICAL - COMMUNITY

9 to 5: The Musical - Community Players of Concord, NH (Katie Collins as Roz Keith)

Cabaret - Majestic Theatre (Jennifer Stanley as Fraulein Kost / Fritzie)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Juliet Greenwood as Penny Pingleton)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Laura Braley as Amber Von Tussle)

Seussical The Musical - Amherst PTA (Ashley Hughes Swanson as Mayzie)

Seussical The Musical - North Country Community Theatre (Victoria Isquith as Sour Kangaroo)

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company (Julia Enos as Ilse)

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company (Alyssa Dumas as Martha)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Rachel Cerullo as Frau Blucher)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Mia Berardi as Inga)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - DRAMA/COMEDY - PROFESSIONAL

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Rebecca Tucker as Becky Thatcher)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Bryn Austin as Aunt Polly and Ensemble)

The Granite State - Peterborough Players (Beverly Ward as Claire)

The Merry Wives of Windsor - Advice To The Players (Valerie Rigsbee as Mistress Quickly)

The Voysey Inheritance - Peterborough Players (Lisa Bostnar as Beatrice Voysey)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - MUSICAL - PROFESSIONAL

A Little Night Music - New London Barn Playhouse (Sara Masterson as Anne Egerman)

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse (Kathryn Allison as Hattie)

Las Posadas - Alchemist's Workshop (Emily Friedrich as Lupe / Mary)

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players (Mary Lee Marson as Gladys Calhoun)

Next to Normal - Weathervane Theatre Players (Laura Hall as Natalie)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - YOUTH

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Julia Enos as Kala)

Honk! JR. - Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts (Elsa Gustafson as Henrietta/Bullfrog)

Legally Blonde The Musical - Teen Actorsingers (Jill Tokac as Paulette)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Katherine Towle as Wednesday)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Lillie Ellars as Alice)

 

BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR - COMMUNITY

Cabaret - Majestic Theatre (Heather MacRobie)

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Henry Kopczynskie III)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Clint Klose)

Jesus Christ Superstar - StageCoach Productions (Judy Hayward)

Kiss Me, Kate - StageCoach Productions (Judy Hayward)

Seussical The Musical - North Country Community Theatre (Jarvis Green)

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company (Henry Kopczynskie III)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Henry Kopczynskie III)

The Music Man - Actorsingers (Jed Holland)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Judy Hayward)

 

BEST MUSIC DIRECTOR - PROFESSIONAL

A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline - Peterborough Players (Ellen Mandel)

A Little Night Music - New London Barn Playhouse (Andy Roninson)

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse (Andy Roninson)

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players (Colin Keating)

Next to Normal - Weathervane Theatre Players (Colin Keating)

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER - COMMUNITY

Cabaret - Majestic Theatre (Donna O'Bryant Metzger)

Carousel - North Country Community Theatre (Ally Weiner-Sawyer)

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Shaina Schwartz)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Christina White)

Legally Blonde The Musical - Teen Actorsingers (Brittney Lynne Stanley)

Seussical The Musical - North Country Community Theatre (Claire Shillen)

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company (Valerie Psoinos Nelson)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Valerie Psoinos Nelson)

The Music Man - Actorsingers (Martha Daniels Holland)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Donna O'Bryant Metzger)

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER - PROFESSIONAL

A Little Night Music - New London Barn Playhouse (Jennifer Jancuska)

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse (Keith Coughlin)

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players (Jacques Stewart)

Next to Normal - Weathervane Theatre Players (Barrett Hall and Sarah Levine Hall)

Spamalot - Jean's Playhouse (Alessandra Valea Vaganek)

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGNER - COMMUNITY

Cabaret - Majestic Theatre (Joan Vick)

Cinderella JR. - RB Stage Company (Cheryl Lampron)

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Allison Szklarz)

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH (Janet Dare and Gay Bean)

Oliver! - Windham Actors Guild (Susan LeBlanc)

Seussical The Musical - North Country Community Theatre (Holly Levison)

Seussical The Musical - Amherst PTA (Paula Troie)

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company (Maggie Mahony)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Maggie Mahony)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Lindsey Vago)

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGNER - PROFESSIONAL

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse (Amy Sutton)

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players (Rien Schlecht)

The 39 Steps - Jean's Playhouse (Hunter Dowell)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Lori McGinley)

The Voysey Inheritance - Peterborough Players (Sam Fleming)

 

BEST SCENIC DESIGNER - COMMUNITY

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Dan Koehler & Keith Weirich)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Jordan Tankard)

Homestead Crossing - M&D Productions (Deborah Jasien)

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH (Jim Webber)

Macbeth - theatre Kapow (Carey Cahoon)

Of Mice and Men - Winni Players (Josh Jansen)

Penelope - theatre Kapow (Dan Bilodeau)

Seussical The Musical - Amherst PTA (Mike McKnight)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Jim Mail & Keith Weirich)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Don Smith-Weiss, Dennis Schneider, Paul Metzger, Will McGregor)

 

BEST SCENIC DESIGNER - PROFESSIONAL

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse (Jordan Janota)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (David Towlun)

The Granite State - Peterborough Players (Ray Recht)

The Importance of Being Earnest - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (David Towlun)

The Voysey Inheritance - Peterborough Players (Charles Morgan)

 

BEST SOUND DESIGNER - COMMUNITY

Cabaret - Majestic Theatre (Paul Desmarais)

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Rich Loomer)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Clint Klose)

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH (Erik Hodges)

Macbeth - theatre Kapow (David Comtois)

Of Mice and Men - Winni Players (Charles Fray)

Seussical The Musical - North Country Community Theatre (Seth Stoddard)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Rich Loomer)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Michael D. O'Keefe)

Young Frankenstein - Colonel Town Players (Joe Osborne)

 

BEST SOUND DESIGNER - PROFESSIONAL

A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline - Peterborough Players (Kevin Frazier)

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players (Chris Sutton)

The 39 Steps - Jean's Playhouse (Kyle Trumble)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Joel Mercier)

The Voysey Inheritance - Peterborough Players (Kevin Frazier and Ellen Mandel)

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER - COMMUNITY

Cabaret - Majestic Theatre (Matthew T. Morin)

Disney's Tarzan - Peacock Players (Jeremy Roberge, Norm St. Germain & Keith Weirich)

Hairspray - RB Productions (Seth Head & Marissa Crowe)

Hotel La Putts - Community Players of Concord, NH (Steven Meier)

Macbeth - theatre Kapow (Tayva Young)

Of Mice and Men - Winni Players (Matt McGonagle)

Penelope - theatre Kapow (Tayva Young)

Spring Awakening - Peacock Players and Company (Norm St. Germain & Keith Weirich)

The Addams Family - Peacock Players (Norm St. Germain & Keith Weirich)

Young Frankenstein - Actorsingers (Rick Brooks, Craig Brennan, Dennis Schneider)

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER - PROFESSIONAL

Any Other Name - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Matthew Guminski)

Kiss Me Kate - New London Barn Playhouse (Sarah Cogan)

Memphis - Weathervane Theatre Players (Will Gibbons-Brown)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Winnipesaukee Playhouse (Matthew Guminski)

The Voysey Inheritance - Peterborough Players (Kevin Frazier)

 

 

Posted by Lowell Williams Monday, December 22, 2014 9:46:00 PM Categories: Awards Show NH Theatre Award News

A Tribute to Kevin Riley 

For Life is but a trick of light, dancing in the universe.

Kevin Riley“This passion, and the death of a dear friend, would go near to make a man look sad.”

– Wm Shakespeare, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream

If you attended the recent production of “Kiss Me Kate” in Nashua, you undoubtedly saw the familiar face of Kevin Riley at the concession table, selling snacks and chatting with the many people he knew. You would have exchanged small talk about the local theater arts community and maybe asked him something like, “Aren’t you usually working a show for Nashua Theater Guild? What are you doing here?” Kevin would have shrugged and uttered some non-descript reply like, “I was happy to help out.” Maybe a silly question to ask, because seeing Kevin involved in a show, any show, was a routine and comfortably familiar occurrence.

“Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

It’s no secret at all that Kevin Riley carried the Nashua Theatre Guild on his back for the last few years. I’m told that some time ago, when this company, perhaps the state’s oldest continuously operating community theater company had but twenty dollars in the bank, Kevin paid the theater rental out of his own pocket. In this dicey business, there would be doubt that he might be reimbursed. I’m sure that this thought might have crossed his mind as he carefully placed his signature on the check and then slid it into city’s coffers. The show must go on.

“And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.”

- Wm Shakespeare, Henry V, Act IV, Scene iii

There’s no family like a group of actors. They are bolted together by the precarious notion of theater. A strange idea, when you think about it: Standing on a stage and reciting centuries old lines heard tens of thousands of times. Yet, still hopefully to an audience that for a portion, these words are new.  Somehow, the language transcends time and makes you part of its history. You’ve played the role. You’ve sung those songs. You have woven a little art today and someone’s memory of that great literature was shaped by your work. It’s no wonder that the quickly formed friendships endure long after the show is over. The play itself is fleeting, and once the set is struck, only memories, photos and the shared bond of a cast and crew remains. There’s nothing quite like it. Kevin Riley brought Shakespeare to Greely Park in Nashua on many a warm summer’s day. The sweat laid cold when the day was done but nothing felt quite as satisfying.  It’s good to know that there’s something enduring in the hearts of friends who played the same play.

“Love Him as much as they want, no one really wants a painting of Jesus in the living room. You’re having a few people over, having a few drinks, and there’s Jesus over the sofa. Somehow it doesn’t work.” - Sagot, Picasso at the Lapine Agile.

Kevin was a director. Not an actor very often. When I had the opportunity to direct the modern classic, Picasso at the Lapine Agile, Kevin was an obvious choice to play the art dealer, Sagot. When I asked him, an honest glow emerged, and then was swiped away by actor uncertainty. “You sure you want me?”  There’s nothing more heartfelt than the blessings of another artist and it might happen very rarely from someone you respect. My reply was “of course, you idiot.” And, so the role was cast and those who saw it will remember Kevin, resplendent in black, being just who you would imagine saying these lines as he did, as they were meant to be said. And then, as is the way, the show was over.

“You are the obstetrician. You are not the parent of this child we call the play. You are present at its birth for clinical reasons, like a doctor or midwife. Your job most of the time is simply to do no harm.” - Frank Hauser, Notes on Directing: 130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director's Chair

Being a director is a daunting task.  You must have a vision. You must see the play as both the actor and the audience. Unlike those lucky professionals, the community theater director rarely has designers of all ilk to call upon. He may  design his own set, drive a hundred miles for a special prop, and plead someone to help paint. Before all that, he’ll stand and watch auditions, and judge you, and think about you, and finally, ask you to play a part. So many local artists owe their acting careers to Kevin Riley. He cast his net widely, and prodded those who thought they could not, to do their best.

“Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.”
- Konstantin Stanislavski, My Life In Art

Four times, Kevin won American Association of Community Theater (AACT) awards for directing. In 2005, he received the NH Theatre Award’s “Vision and Tenacity” honor. He was the “go to guy.” He would paint the floor, direct the show, and, as we’ve seen, sell cookies at intermission. I never saw him hang lights. But, if someone asked him to, I know he would have given it his best. Because there was nothing he loved more. And we loved him because of that.

“Hear my soul speak:
The very instant that I saw you, did
My heart fly to your service.”

- Wm Shakespeare, The Tempest

It’s a tribute to the role he played, and both fitting and proper that we do this. His language now lies in molecules in the darkness, its spirit evaporated to misty worlds we only imagine. For life is but a trick of light, furtively dancing in the universe.  Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Posted by Lowell Williams Wednesday, December 17, 2014 10:51:00 AM

NHTA TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR HOSTS 

WANNA BE IN A SHOW?

Award Show Auditions!Auditions!

The NH Theatre Awards will be holding auditions for engaging actors to host the annual Awards Show on January 31st, 2015 at the Stockbridge Theatre in Derry NH

This year's Hosts will be part of the opening musical number and will present some of the night's awards.  We are seeking at least 3 adults and 3 teens (19yrs or younger) to host this year's show.

Ideal hosts should be able to sing in a "rock and roll" style and be able to handle basic choreography.  Candidates with a charismatic personality who are poised and graceful are ideal candidates.  Having an expressive speaking voice is a huge plus. 

Auditions will be held

Corrected audition times!

  • SATURDAY JANUARY 3RD FROM 4PM UNTIL 7PM AT 1001 ELM STREET, 2ND FLOOR, MANCHESTER NH (OFFICES)
  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 4TH FROM 6PM UNTIL 9PM AT THE WINNIPESAUKEE PLAYHOUSE, 50 RESERVOIR ROAD, MERIDITH, NH
Audition Format

Auditions are by appointment only.  Please email AwardsShow@NHTheatreAwards.org with your preferred audition date and a theatrical resume.  Headshots are requested, but not required.  Please allow 1-2 days for a response.

The audition will consist of learning 16 bars of a song, performing a scripted and unscripted presentation of awards.  Each audition will be less than 30 minutes.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 9:48:00 PM Categories: Awards Show NH Theatre Award News
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