A Celebration of All Things Cultural, Artistic, and Entertaining in Madison
Jul 16, 2010
When Sarah Hoover first told me about an idea to hold a community theater awards show, my immediate reaction was, “That sounds like a lot of fun!”
But as Hoover, the managing director of the Bartell Theatre, explained more about what the event would be, I realized it would be more than a night of celebration. Sure, the Bartell Theatre Awards would be a chance to recognize achievements by its resident companies—Encore Studio for the Performing Arts, Laboratory Theatre, Madison Theatre Guild, Mercury Players Theatre, StageQ and Strollers Theatre. Yet it would also bring the theater community together to highlight contributions that take place off the stage.
George Gonzalez and Peter Hunt hosted the event, which took place July 10, with appearances by Jessica Jane Witham, a.k.a. “Ms. Bartie,” and event director and producer Molly Vanderlin.
If you missed the ceremony, as I unfortunately did, and you're on Facebook, check out this opening video (inspired by a scene in Goodfellas) posted by Rob Matsushita and photos of the night by Colm McCarthy here.
Read on for the list of winners—and mark your calendar for next year’s Barties on July 9, 2011.
The Stops, StageQ
Funniest Performance by an Actor/Actress
Molly Vanderlin, Sappho In Love, StageQ
Best Ensemble Cast
Playboy of the Western World, Strollers Theatre
People’s Choice Award
Tidings from the Seasonally Affected, Encore Studio for the Performing Arts
The ensemble cast, The Stops, StageQ
Most Memorable Sound Design
John Salutz, The Hot L Baltimore, Madison Theatre Guild
Biggest Tear-Jerking Moment
Terry Kiss Frank, Souvenir, Madison Theatre Guild
Most Memorable Lighting Design
Eric S. Barry, Sappho In Love, StageQ
Best Portrayal of a Non-Homo Sapiens
Marcy Weiland, In the Beginning, Mercury Players Theatre
Most Memorable Set Design
Greg Harris, Playboy of the Western World, Strollers Theatre
Most Memorable Costume Design
Sean Langenecker, Sappho In Love, StageQ
Biggest Belly-Laugh Moment
The Ensemble Cast, Forever Plaid, Madison Theatre Guild
Best Poster/Print Design
Andy Rusch, Man of La Mancha, Strollers Theatre
Best Stage Kiss
Rachel Granda-Gluski and Christine Esche, Sappho In Love, StageQ
Play Most Likely to Inspire Audience to Pursue a Career in Theater
The Stops, StageQ
Most Thought-Provoking Production
Souvenir, Madison Theatre Guild
Best Save by a Cast Member
Sarah Luedtke, “for knowing how to open a door” in Tidings From the Seasonally Affected, Encore Studio for the Performing Arts
Best Sharer of Space
Most Valuable Volunteer
Rachel Friedman (for ten years of service for Encore)
For more information, visit bartelltheatre.org.
Photos—of Molly Vanderlin, George Gonzalez, Peter Hunt and Jessica Jane Witham—courtesy of Colm McCarthy.