Outstanding Season for a Theater Company
The Colorado equivalent of the Tony Awards happened last night and the Arvada Center was proud to claim four big awards – culled down from our 25 nominations!
Top prize – “Outstanding Season for Theatre” was the final award given and on hand to receive it was Arvada Center’s Artistic Director Rod Lansberry.
â€œWe are excited to be recognized by the Colorado Theatre Guild for our work this past season.â€ said Arvada Centerâ€™s Artistic Producer Rod A. Lansberry, “This award recognizes everyone involved in all of our productions and the elements that made them a critical success. From the actors to the artistic and creative teams, box office, administrative staff and of course our audiences who’s loyalÂ support allows us to continue to create the quality we strive for.â€
Arvada Center took home the big prize for “Best Musical” as well for their production of “Ragtime”.Â The musical was produced by Artistic Director Rod Lansberry and musical direction was by David Nehls.
Best Actress in a Musical
The Arvada Center is no stranger to the amazing talents of Miss Megan Van De Hey. Megan took “Outstanding Actress in a Musical” for her role as Mother in “Ragtime”.
Watch as Denver’s John Moore interviews Megan Van De Hey about her role in the production.
See Megan perform in this clip about the production – starting at 4:40
Best Actor in a Musical
Arvada Center is proud to present the “Best Actor in a Musical” to Tally Sessions for his role as Anatoly in the production ofÂ “Chess, A Musical” – produced by Artistic Director Rod Lansberry and under the musical direction of David Nehls.
Tally posted this message on his Facebook wall:
“Last night I was honored to receive Denver’s Henry Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. I couldn’t be there to accept, but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank Rod Lansberry, David Nehls, Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Lisa Kurtz, Lisa Cook, Lisa Karlin, Gregg Goodbrod, Megan Van De Hay, Stephen Day, Colin Hearn, Sydney James Harcourt, Adam Samuel Pellegrine, Jacob Lewis Smith, Daniel Herron, Matthew Dailey, Alan Swadener, Ellen Kaye, Anne Vick, Angela Mendez, Mercedes Perez, Susie Roelolsz and the entire crew of CHESS, as well as the staff of the Arvada Center. I loved playing this part and getting to do the stuff with this exceptional group of artists. I am exceedingly grateful to get to act for a living.”
Established in 2006, the Henry Awards honor outstanding achievements during the past season and serves as the Colorado Theatre Guildâ€™s annual fundraising event. The awards are named for longtime local theatre producer Henry Lowenstein. Nominations are determined through a judging process conducted by more than 30 local theatre reporters, reviewers and assigned judges. The Henry Award is considered the highest honor in Colorado Theatre.