The Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Awards took place here at the Arvada Center on Monday, July 22. Everyone came dressed up and excited to see what the Henry Awards had in store.
The hosts Steven J. Burge and GerRee Hinshaw started the night with a comedic debate on whether or not to have a big opening number, but of course every show must have a big opening number! Jim Poulos (Lt. Frank Cioffi) of Curtains showed up on stage with the question, “did somebody say show people?” From there he was joined by the rest of the Curtains’ cast and performed the “Show People” number. The audience loved it, and the show was off to a great start.
Throughout the show, each musical nominated for the “Outstanding Production of a Musical” award performed a number from their show. The night was full of talent, as each theater company awed the audience with their singing, acting and dancing. Ashlie-Amber Harris and SuCh from the Aurora Fox Theatre, got a standing ovation from the audience with their performance of “What About Love” from The Color Purple.
The Arvada Center won seven awards out of our 15 nominations, all for Man of La Mancha.
• Shannon McKinney: Outstanding Lighting Design
• Chris Campbell: Outstanding Costume Design
• Brian Mallgrave: Outstanding Scenic Design
• Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck: Outstanding Choreography
• David Nehls: Outstanding Musical Direction
• Rod Lansberry: Outstanding Direction of a Musical
• Man of La Mancha: Outstanding Production of a Musical
The night ended with a fantastic performance from the Town Hall Arts Center’s production of Hair. By the end of the performance the audience was standing and singing along with them. It was a great way to end the show, although the night was not over yet.
The after party was held at the D-Note in Old Town Arvada. Everyone headed over for some food and dancing that lasted until about 2 in the morning. It was definitely a night to remember.