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Arvada Center Honored with 5 Ovation Awards for 2011

Every December, the Denver Post names the nominees for the annual Ovation Awards honoring the best in Colorado Theater. This year, the Arvada Center was recognized with an impressive 17 nominations – read here for the complete list:

On Christmas morning, John Moore, former Theater Critic at the Denver Post, named the winners for the 2011 Ovation Awards. The Arvada Center was honored with 5 awards including Best Musical and Best Director of a Musical – prestigious recognition in a field representing 172 productions by 69 theater companies that were staged over the last 12 months!

The 11th annual Ovation Awards are determined by Denver Post staff, but readers again were asked to vote for additional “readers’ choice” designees by taking our online survey, which accepted only one ballot per IP address. A total of 1,760 unique voters responded. <source:>

Arvada Center 2011 Ovation Awards:

Best Production of a Musical – Hairspray

Best Direction of a Musical – Rod A. Lansberry, Ragtime

Best Costumes – Mondo Guerra, Hairspray

Special Recognition:
Rob Reynolds, maker of the Model-T used in the Arvada Center’s Ragtime

Brian Mallgrave, ongoing achievement in scenic design

Other awards were given to actors, designers and theater companies with close ties to the Arvada Center including John Arp and Megan Van De Hey (Best Season for an Actor and Actress respectively) and Best Season for a Director, Christy Montour-Larson. One of our partners, Creede Repertory Theatre, received several nods and their executive director Maurice LaMee was named Theater Person of the Year – an honor that came (in part) for the work Creede Rep is doing at the Arvada Center.

Congratulations to our fine actors, actresses, and production staff behind the scenes that make Colorado Theater so spectacular!

For a complete list of winners go to

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