Hendersonville Community Theatre recently announced the winners of the 15th Annual Barnie Awards during a ceremony at the Mountain Lodge and Convention Center in Flat Rock. Artistic Director Colby Coren hosted this year’s show. One hundred actors, volunteers, and members attended.
HCT’s staff, board and familiar faces presented and performed, including Sage Albert, Facilities Director Tate Albert, Jaylan Brinson, Development Director McKenzie Eury, Executive Producer Jonathan Forrester, Board Member Laresa Griffin, Alexander Guazzo, Operations Director Janice Guazzo, President Chuck Kelsey, Managing Director Victoria Lamberth, Board Member Lisa McCarthy, Casting Coordinator Jennifer Memolo, Bob Pompeo, Technical Director Bob Reece and Charlene Spinks.
Long-time member and Box Office Manager Sue Kamerick and Executive Producer Beth Bristol presented actor and volunteer Henry Styron with the Spotlight Award for outstanding service to HCT. Leslie Jean Newell was honored with the Lifetime Membership Award, making her an HCT member and giving her free season tickets for her lifetime.
Originally established in 2004, the Hendersonville Community Theatre presented their first Barnie Awards in January 2004 for the 2003 season. Each year, the festive gala honors thespians, producers, directors, and theater lovers for their work the previous season.
Hendersonville Community Theatre is celebrating its 53rd season as Hendersonville’s official community theater. HCT provides an inviting and nurturing environment, as well as high-quality, affordable entertainment, for the residents of Hendersonville and surrounding areas.
The 15th Annual Barnie Award winners are:
Best Overall Production
People’s Choice Award
Colby Coren, Tasha Pepi and Lenora Thom, Hairspray Jr.
Best Leading Actor in a Comedy or Drama
Rick Huhn, Weller Martin, The Gin Game
Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Craig Conner, Nathan Detroit, Guys and Dolls
Best Actress in a Comedy or Drama
Shari Azar, Margaret, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Celia Butterworth, Tracy Turnblad, Hairspray Jr.
Best Actress in a Junior Production
Chloe Ostman, Motormouth Maybelle, Hairspray Jr.
Best Actor in a Junior Production
Alexander Guazzo, Edna Turnblad, Hairspray Jr.
Best Youth Actor or Actress in a Regular Production
Claire Estes, Gowdee/Soma, The Love Talker/A Ghost Story
Jayna Gerber, The Redhead, The Love Talker
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama
Nancy Colangione, Big Mama, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Madeline Johnson, Benny Southstreet, Guys and Dolls
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama
David Mycoff, Big Daddy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Colby Coren, Nicely Nicely Johnson, Guys and Dolls
Best Set Design/Dressing
Bobby Foster and Jonathan Forrester, Rumors
Best Lightning Design
Pat Durako, Hairspray Jr.
Kathleen Henby and Janice Guazzo, Hairspray Jr.
Molly Carlin-Folk and Jonathan Forrester, Hairspray Jr.
Best Stage Manager
Beth Bristol, Nuncrackers