Missoula, Montana is the home of some of the nation’s best performing arts organizations, including the Montana Repertory Theatre, the University of Montana School of Music & Dance and the Missoula Community Theatre/Missoula Children’s Theatre. With this diverse network, Missoula residents are treated to an amazing array of live theater, including musicals, dramas, one person shows and dance. In an effort to spotlight Missoula’s performing arts, here are the nominations for the inaugural Missoula Theater Critics Awards. Voting on the “Fan Favorite Award” commences on May 25 for two weeks. The winners will be announced on AXS.com on June 9th.
To vote for the Fan Favorite Award, simply leave a comment below. The other awards are voted on by the Committee, but your thoughts and comments will be considered in making that decision. There is already a fan-voted award for best actor and actress through the Missoula Independent, and the Missoula Theatre Critic Awards are not intended to supersede those fan voted awards.
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