When we announced the inaugural Missoula Theater Critics Awards program, we had no idea of the response this would generate. Thank you to all theater lovers in Missoula who have supported this program and theater in general. Stand by for more information about next year’s program, which we hope will become a big part of Missoula’s performing arts community.
Speaking of next year, here is the schedule for next year’s theatrical offerings:
1. Zootown Fringe Festival – August 18-23. Check out their website and Facebook page for up to date information.
2. Missoula Community Theater – Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – October 15-18 and 21-25, 2015; The Sound of Music – December 3-6, 9-13 and 16-20, 2015; The Drowsy Chaperone – January 21-24 and 27-31, 2016; The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) – March 10-13 and 16-20, 2016; Mary Poppins – April 28-30, May 1, 4-8, and 11-15, 2016.
3. University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance – A Chorus Line – October 15-21 and 25-31, 2015; Treasure Island – November 24 and 27-29, December 1-5, 2015; Dance Up Close: Fall Dance Showcase – December 4-5 and 11-12, 2015; Hot ‘n’ Throbbing – February 23-27, March 1-5, 2016; Theatre Studio Show (Title TBD) – March 15-19, 2016; Dance in Concert – March 23-26, 2016; Romeo and Juliet – April 20-23 and 26-30, 2016; Dance New Works: Spring Dance Showcase – April 26-30, 2016.
4. Montana Repertory Theatre – All My Sons – January 23 and 28-30, February 4-6, 2016.
5. Stensrud Playhouse – check out their website and Facebook page for up to date information.
And now, the winners of the 2014-2015 Missoula Theater Critics Awards (winner in bold & italics):
Best Actor: Reid Reimers as Frank N. Furter (Rocky Horror), Chris Torma as Starbuck (The Rainmaker), Scott Reilly as Shrek (Shrek the Musical), Tim Shonkwiler as Jekyll/Hyde (Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical), Todd Hunter as the Leading Player (Pippin)
Best Actress: Brit Garner as Fionna (Shrek), Angela Billadeau as Lizzie (The Rainmaker), Neila Getz as Lucy (Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical), Kelly Campbell as Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby), Alyssa Berdahl as Jenny Sutter (Welcome Home Jenny Sutter)
Best Supporting Actor: Jacob Sefcak as Pippin (Pippin), Chris Vogl as Donkey (Shrek the Musical), Arron Rorick Clark as Mr. Boddy (Clue the Musical), Matt Loehrke as The Bishop of Basingstoke (Jekyll & Hyde the Musical)
Best Supporting Actress: HanaSara Ito as Louise (Welcome Home Jenny Sutter), Colleen Rosbarsky as Fastrada (Pippin), Roxann Jackson as Lady Beaconsfield (Jekyll & Hyde the Musical), Darci Monsos as the Detective (Clue the Musical)
Best Ensemble Cast: Leveling Up (Montana Rep Voices), The Rainmaker (MCT), The Winter Wonderettes (MCT), Translations (UM)
Best Direction: Greg Johnson (The Great Gatsby, The Rainmaker), Hillary Sea Bard (Pippin), Jere Lee Hodgin (Welcome Home Jenny Sutter), Joseph Martinez (Jekyll & Hyde the Musical, Shrek the Musical)
Best Musical Direction: Lizzie Hatfield (Pippin), Kurt Duffner (Shrek the Musical), David Cody (Jekyll & Hyde the Musical)
Best Set Design: Theresa K. Jenson (Shrek the Musical, Jekyll & Hyde the Musical, The Rainmaker), Jadyn Velasquez (Pippin)
Best Lighting Design: Aaron Torgerson (Jekyll & Hyde the Musical, Shrek the Musical, The Rainmaker), Mark Dean (Pippin)
Best Musical: Jekyll & Hyde the Musical (MCT), Pippin (UM), Shrek the Musical (MCT), Rocky Horror Show (The Wilma)
Best Play: The Rainmaker, The Great Gatsby, Leveling Up, Translations, Welcome Home Jenny Sutter
Fan Favorite: The Rainmaker, Jekyll & Hyde the Musical, Pippin, Shrek the Musical, Rocky Horror Show, The Great Gatsby
Thanks for your votes and interest in the Missoula theater community.