Circle Awards Take On New Vibe As Over A Thousand People Join In On The Fun

 ‘INDECENT,’ ‘CREVE COEUR,’ NEW JEWISH THEATRE ARE BIG WINNERS

 AT EIGHTH ANNUAL ST. LOUIS THEATER CIRCLE AWARDS CEREMONY

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            COVID-19 Pandemic Results in Production Streamcast by HEC Media

 

  1. LOUIS, April 8, 2020 — New Jewish Theatre led the way with six awards at the eighth annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Max & Louie Productions’ performance of Indecentgarnered five awards, followed by four awards to The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis for its production of A Lovely Sunday forCreveCoeur.

 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Circle’s gala event for this year’s award ceremony, originally scheduled for March 30, 2020 at the Loretto-Hilton Center, was canceled. Instead, HEC Media produced a version of the ceremonies that was streamcast on HEC Media’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/hectv/live/) as well as telecast on Spectrum channel 989 and AT&T U-verse channel 99.

 

Awards were given in 31 categories covering comedies, dramas and musicals as well as two categories for opera. In addition, Ken and Nancy Kranzberg received a special award for their philanthropic contributions to the arts and theater in the St. Louis area, including many developments in Grand Center. The awards honored outstanding achievement in locally produced professional theater for the calendar year 2019.

 

A total of 21 productions and 14 companies were recognized by the awards, including eight individuals who have received honors in previous years. Will Bonfiglio, honored as Outstanding Actor in a Comedy for his performance in New Jewish Theatre’s production of Fully Committed, received the third time in the last four years.

 

The 2020 presentation featured nominees from two companies, Black Mirror Theatre and The Q Collective, which were represented for the first time in consideration of St. Louis Theater Circle Awards.  Each company received an award for outstanding achievement.

 

In all, 25 local companies received nominations in 33 categories for comedy, drama, musical and opera, as well as 125 individuals up for awards. Honorees who have previously received St. Louis Theater Circle Awards include Will Bonfiglio, J. Samuel Davis, Kari Ely, Michael Hamilton, Patrick Huber, Sean M. Savoie, Margery and Peter Spack, and Maggie Wininger.

 

The mission of the St. Louis Theater Circle is simple: To honor St. Louis professional theater. Other cities around the country, such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington D.C., pay tribute to their own local theatrical productions with similar awards programs.

 

Nominations for the St. Louis Theater Circle Awards were divided into categories for musicals, dramas, comedies and operas.  More than 120 local professional theatrical productions were staged in the St. Louis area in 2019.

 

Honorees of the eighth annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards are:

 

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Kelley Weber, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Patrick Blindauer, Love’s Labors Lost,Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

 

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy (tie)

Katie Kleiger, Pride and Prejudice, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Maggie Wininger, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis

 

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy

Will Bonfiglio, Fully Committed, New Jewish Theatre

 

Outstanding Director of a Comedy

Kari Ely, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis

 

Outstanding Production of a Comedy

Brighton Beach Memoirs, New Jewish Theatre

 

Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama

Indecent,Max & Louie Productions

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Carly Uding, Translations, Black Mirror Theatre

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

  1. Samuel Davis, District Merchants, New Jewish Theatre

 

Outstanding Actress in a Drama

Donna Weinsting, Salt, Root and Roe, Upstream Theater

 

Outstanding Actor in a Drama

Gary Wayne Barker, District Merchants, New Jewish Theatre

 

Outstanding Director of a Drama

Joanne Gordon, Indecent,Max & Louie Productions

 

Outstanding Production of a Drama

Indecent,Max & Louie Productions

 

Outstanding Set Designin a Play

Margery and Peter Spack, Brighton Beach Memoirs,New Jewish Theatre

 

Outstanding Costume Designin a Play

Felia Davenport, District Merchants, New Jewish Theatre

 

Outstanding Lighting Designin a Play

Patrick Huber, Indecent, Max & Louie Productions

 

Outstanding Sound Design

Phillip Evans, Indecent, Max & Louie Productions

 

Outstanding Set Designin a Musical

Mary Engelbreit and Paige Hathaway, Matilda, The Muny

 

Outstanding Costume Designin a Musical

Sarah Porter, La Cage aux Folles, New Line Theatre

 

Outstanding Lighting Designin a Musical

Sean M. Savoie, Man of La Mancha, Stages St. Louis

 

Outstanding Musical Director

Charles Creath, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, The Black Rep

 

Outstanding Choreographer

Dexandro Montalvo, Such Sweet Thunder, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis,

Big Muddy Dance Company, Jazz St. Louis, Nine Network of Public Media

 

Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical

Matilda,The Muny

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Taylor Louderman, Kinky Boots, The Muny

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Tielere Cheatem, La Cage aux Folles, New Line Theatre

 

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Kendra Kassebaum, Guys and Dolls, The Muny

 

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Luke Steingruby, Hedwig and the Angry Inch,The Q Collective

 

Outstanding Director of a Musical

Michael Hamilton, Man of La Mancha, Stages St. Louis

 

Outstanding Production of a Musical

Such Sweet Thunder, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis,

Big Muddy Dance Company, Jazz St. Louis, Nine Network of Public Media

 

Outstanding New Play

Nonsense and Beauty, by Scott C. Sickles, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

 

Outstanding Achievement in Opera (tie)

Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Roland Wood, Rigoletto, Opera Theatre of St. Louis

 

Outstanding Production of an Opera

La Boheme, Union Avenue Opera

 

Special Award

Ken and Nancy Kranzberg

 

 

Members of the St. Louis Theater Circle include Steve Allen, stagedoorstl.com; Mark Bretz, Ladue News; Bob Cohn, St. Louis Jewish Light; Tina Farmer, KDHX; Michelle Kenyon, snoopstheatrethoughts.com; Gerry Kowarsky, Two on the Aisle(HEC Media); Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX; Sarah Bryan Miller, St.Louis Post-Dispatch; Judith Newmark, judyacttwo.com; Ann Lemons Pollack, stlouiseats.typepadcom;Tanya Seale, Broadwayworld.com; Lynn Venhaus, PopLifeSTL.com; Bob Wilcox, Two on theAisle(HEC Media); and Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.Eleanor Mullin, local actress and arts supporter, is the group’s administrator.

 

For more information, contact stltheatercircle@sbcglobal.netor ‘like’ The St. Louis Theater Circle on Facebook.

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