Lights Up on the Inaugural St. Louis Theater Awards

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

 

St. Louis Theater Circle Awards, photo by Matt Kile

The inaugural St. Louis Theater Awards kicked off Monday night at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. The awards cover 2012 accomplishments in local theater, presented by the newly formed St. Louis Theater Critics Circle—consisting of 12 professional theater reviewers who cover locally produced St. Louis theater. After a dinner provided by With Love Catering, the actors, directors, designers, producers and writers moved into the theater for the star-studded evening.

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis was the big winner of the evening, taking home 17 awards and top honors in all three categories: drama, comedy and musical. Two other groups took five awards each, including Stray Dog Theatre and New Jewish Theatre. Other theaters honored were St. Louis Actor’s Studio, HotCity Theatre, Max & Louie Productions, The Black Rep, R-S Theatrics, The Muny, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis thanks to its production of “Sweeney Todd,” which took home two awards.

The St. Louis Theater Circle Awards were created to fill the gap when the Kevin Kline Awards folded due to budget difficulties. Mark Bretz, theater critic for Ladue News, initiated the project, noting that several other cities also gave critic’s choice awards in theater. Kudos are due to the St. Louis Theater Critics Circle for pulling the event off in a timely fashion and without a hitch.

THE WINNERS

COMEDY

  • Outstanding Production: “The Comedy of Errors,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
  • Outstanding Director: Paul Mason Barnes, “The Comedy of Errors”
  • Outstanding Actor: Greg Fenner, “Fully Committed,” Stray Dog Theatre
  • Outstanding Actress: Meghan Maguire, “Talley’s Folly,” New Jewish Theatre
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor: Antonio Rodriguez, “The Violet Hour,” Max & Louie Productions
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress (tie): Teresa Doggett, “Season’s Greetings,” St. Louis Actors’ Studio, and Kirsten Wylder, “The Divine Sister,” HotCity Theatre
  • Outstanding Ensemble: “Jacob and Jack,” New Jewish Theatre

DRAMA

  • Outstanding Production: “Clybourne Park,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
  • Outstanding Director: Timothy Near, “Clybourne Park”
  • Outstanding Actor: Michael Scott Rash, “9 Circles,” R-S Theatrics
  • Outstanding Actress (tie): Nancy Bell, “Clybourne Park,” and Patrese McClain, “No Child …” The Black Rep
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor: David Wassilak, “Angels in America,” Stray Dog Theatre
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress: Laura Kyro, “Angels in America”
  • Outstanding Ensemble: “Clybourne Park”
  • Outstanding New Play: “The Invisible Hand” by Ayad Akhtar, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

MUSICALS

  • Outstanding Production: “Sunday in the Park with George,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
  • Outstanding Director: Rob Ruggiero, “Sunday in the Park with George”
  • Outstanding Actor (tie): Ron Bohmer, “Sunday in the Park with George,” and Rod Gilfrey, “Sweeney Todd,” Opera Theatre of St. Louis
  • Outstanding Actress: Jennifer Theby, “Urinetown the Musical,” Stray Dog Theatre
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor: Dean Christopher, “Chicago,” the Muny
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress: Anna Skidis, “Spring Awakening,” Stray Dog Theatre
  • Outstanding Ensemble: “Sunday in the Park with George”
  • Outstanding Choreographer: Dana Lewis, “My One and Only,” Stages St. Louis
  • Outstanding Musical Director (tie): Stephen Lord, “Sweeney Todd,” and F. Wade Russo, “Sunday in the Park with George”

DESIGN, PLAYS

  • Set Design: Scott Neale, “Clybourne Park,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
  • Costume Design: Margaret Weedon, “The Comedy of Errors,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
  • Lighting Design (tie): Steve Carmichael, “The Hairy Ape,” Upstream Theatre; Nathan Schroeder, “Talley’s Folly,” New Jewish Theatre, and Michael Sullivan, “Way to Heaven,” New Jewish Theatre
  • Sound Design: Robin Weatherall, “Way to Heaven”

DESIGN, MUSICALS

  • Set Design: Adrian Jones, “Sunday in the Park with George,” Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
  • Costume Design: Alejo Vietti, “Sunday in the Park with George”
  • Lighting Design: John Lassiter, Sunday in the Park with George”

The founding members of the Circle are Steve Allen, stagedoorstl.com; Andrea Braun, Vital Voice and Playback; Robert Cohn, St. Louis Jewish Light; Chris Gibson, broadwayworld.com; Harry Hamm, KMOX; Gerry Kowarsky, Two on the Aisle, HEC-TV; Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX; Andrea Torrence, stlouistheatresnob.com; Lynn Venhaus, Belleville News-Democrat; Bob Wilcox, “Two on the Aisle” and Town & Style; Bretz, and me. Eleanor Mullin is the Circle’s administrator.

Photos by Matt Kile

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