The 2019 Henry Award Nominations Are…
by Amberle N.
The 2019 Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Awards have been announced, and the Arvada Center has received 17 nominations for awards that recognize our theatre season, directors, designers, actors and ensemble! Our adaption of The Diary of Anne Frank was notably recognized for direction, design, its ensemble cast, and the acting of 16-year-old Darrow Klein who starred as Anne. We were also nominated for Outstanding Production of a Play and Musical, for new work Sin Street Social Club by Jessica Austgen, and for lighting, choreography and set design.
Keep reading for the complete list, and congrats to everyone nominated!
Established in 2006, the Henry Awards serve as the Colorado Theatre Guild’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 45 statewide theatre reporters, educators and assigned judges.
Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company
Outstanding Production of a Play – The Diary of Anne Frank, Directed by Christy Montour-Larson
Outstanding Production of a Musical – ELF – The Musical- Directed by Gavin Mayer, Musical Direction by Christopher Babbage
Outstanding Direction of a Play – Christy Montour-Larson, The Diary of Anne Frank
Outstanding Actor in a Play– Geoffrey Kent, Sin Street Social Club
Geoffrey Kent stole the show – and some hearts – as the rakish pirate Wilmore, and was also featured in The Moors, as well as choreographing fights for the repertory season. We’re excited for him to direct Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express this spring.
Outstanding Actress in a Play– Darrow Klein, The Diary of Anne Frank
16-year-old Darrow Klein moved everyone night after night in her role as Anne.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical – Ian Coulter-Buford, Trav’lin – The 1930s Harlem Musical
Outstanding Ensemble Performance – The Diary of Anne Frank
The Diary of Anne Frank starred Darrow Klein, Larry Cahn, Regina Fernandez, Annie Barbour, Emma Messenger, Abner Genece, Lance Rasmussen, Zachary Andrews, Daniel Crumrine and Emily Paton Davies.
Outstanding Choreography – Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Mamma Mia! and Elf – The Musical
Outstanding New Play or Musical –Sin Street Social Club by Jessica Austgen, Directed by Lynne Collins
This new work commissioned by the Center is a bold new take on Aphra Behn’s restoration comedy classic play The Rover, adapted by Denver playwright Jessica Austgen.
Outstanding Costume Design, larger budget – Clare Henkel, The Diary of Anne Frank
Outstanding Lighting Design, larger budget – Shannon McKinney, The Diary of Anne Frank, & Jon Olson, Educating Rita
Outstanding Scenic Design, larger budget – Brian Mallgrave, The Diary of Anne Frank
This season, his outstanding sets will be featured in Plaza Suite, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Small Mouth Sounds.
Outstanding Sound Design, larger budget -Jason Ducat, The Diary of Anne Frank, & Becca Pearce, Educating Rita
Winners will be announced at a gala event July 22 at the Lone Tree Arts Center.