National Youth Theatre awards

The National Youth Theatre awards were first presented in 2006 “to honor outstanding work in youth theatre throughout the country.”

Award recipients for the 2009-2010 season were recently announced for several different regions, including northern California, southern California, the western region (for the rest of the western half of the country) and the eastern region.

Arizona winners will be honored at the western regional ceremony scheduled for Sept. 12 at Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) in Phoenix.

Space is limited so here’s the rundown for any of you who might not be able to attend the event…

Outstanding production: The Laramie Project (Greasepaint Youtheatre and QSpeak Theatre), Peter Pan (VYT)

Outstanding lead actor in a musical: David Buehlre as Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Desert Stages Theatre), Cole Cuomo as Fagin in Oliver! (Greasepaint)

Outstanding lead actress in a musical: Katie Cook as Adelaine in Guys and Dolls (Mesa High School), Adriene Dugger as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Mesa High School), Sarah Hollands as Peter Pan in Peter Pan (VYT), Lindsey Stegemoller as Nancy in Oliver! (Greasepaint)

Outstanding lead actress (13 and under): Madeline Wessel as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Musical Theatre of Anthem), Zoe Whiting as Millie Goat Gruff in The Goats Gruff (East Valley Children’s Theatre)

Outstanding lead actor in a play: Zander Trisoliere as Julius in funny at birth (Creative Stages Youth Theatre)

Outstanding lead actress in a play: Megan O’Grady as Amy in funny at birth (Creative Stages)

Outstanding supporting actor in a musical: Chandler Dugger as Trevor Gray in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Actor’s Youth Theatre), Vince James as Levi/Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Young Star Musical Theatre), Dallas Mogensen as The Artful Dodger in Oliver! (Greasepaint)

Outstanding supporting actress in a musical: Alex Carter as Genie in Aladdin (Desert Stages), Haley Cohn as Poindexter in The Ugly Duckling (Desert Stages), Becca Courtney as Rizzo in Grease (Desert Stages), Elizabeth Pabst as Miss Dorothy Brown in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Actor’s Youth Theatre), Sascha Peralta-Ramos as Lucy in 13 (VYT)

Outstanding supporting actor (13 and under): Maxx Carlisle-King as Archie in 13 (VYT)

Outstanding supporting actress (13 and under): Alana Doyle as Tiger Lily in Peter Pan (Desert Stages), Hannah Long as Lion in The Wizard of Oz (Musical Theatre of Anthem)

Outstanding supporting actor in a play: Paul Thompson in The Laramie Project (Greasepaint)

Outstanding featured actor in a play: Connor Sample as Bear in The World of the Brothers Grimm (Creative Stages)

Outstanding featured actress in a play: Michaela Slezak as Rose-Red in The World of the Brothers Grimm (Creative Stages)

Outstanding featured actor in a musical: Chas Zachar as King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar (Prescott High School), Nick Greenleaf as Lt. Brannigan in Guys and Dolls (Mesa High School)

Outstanding featured actress in a musical: Kaitlyn Ramsey as General Cartwright in Guys and Dolls (Young Star Musical Theatre)

Outstanding ensemble: 13 (VYT), funny at birth (Creative Stages), The Goats Gruff (East Valley Youth Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Young Star Musical Theatre), The Laramie Project (Greasepaint and QSpeak), Peter Pan (Desert Stages), See How They Run (Mesa High School), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Actor’s Youth Theatre)

Outstanding ensemble (13 and under): The Wizard of Oz (Musical Theatre of Anthem)

Outstanding costume design: Cheryl Gerle for The Little Mermaid (East Valley Children’s Theatre)

Outstanding lighting design: Daniel Davisson for The Little Mermaid (East Valley Children’s Theatre), Mike Eddy for 13 (VYT)

Outstanding set design: Dori Brown for The Goats Gruff (East Valley Children’s Theatre)

Outstanding direction: Tiffany Atkinson for Peter Pan (Desert Stages), Bobb Cooper for 13 (VYT), Maren Mascarelli for The Laramie Project (Greasepaint and QSpeak), D. Scott Withers for Oliver! (Greasepaint)

This marks the fifth year for the awards, with consideration given to more than 200 productions (including shows from 100 different theaters in more than 50 cities across 15 states).

Award recipients were selected from nominees by a panel of 18 judges and reviewers.

Congratulations to all the winners–especially Arizona’s own!

–Lynn

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Coming up: Weekend fare featuring Broadway for baseball fans, an adults-only puppet slam, a film festival and free music/dance events

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