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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #8: Best Performances and Ensembles in Musicals in Community Theaters in DC/MD/VA

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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #8: Best Performances in Musicals in Community Theaters in DC/MD/VA Area:

Lauren Alberg as Lucille Frank and Tommy Eyes as Leo Frank in Parade at Drama Learning Center.

Gabrielle Amaro as Olive Ostrovsky in in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Arts Collective@HCC.

Michael Baker as Fagin in Oliver! at The Sterling Playmakers.

Alan Barnett as Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha at Laurel Mill Playhouse.

Sean Bartnick as The Baker in Into the Woods at Upper Room Theatre Ministry.

Loghan Bazan as Maureen and Andy Greenwald as Joanne in Rent at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.

Kevin Belanger as Roger in Rent at Rockville Musical Theatre.

Jean Berard in Frau Blücher at Young Frankenstein at Silhouette Stages.

Danny Bertaux as Gabe in Next to Normal at Silhouette Stages.

LeVar Betts as Jimmy Powers in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Spotlighters Theatre.

Adam Blackstock as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes at Other Voices Theatre.

Lucy Bobbin as Millie Dillimount in Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Heritage Players.

Sarah Jane Bookter as Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Kensington Arts Theatre.

Frankie Brown as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray at Port Tobacco Players.

Steve Cairns as Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone at Damascus Theatre Company.

Steve Cairns as Shrek in Shrek at Rockville Musical Theatre.

Mike Cash as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family at The Alliance Theatre.

Patrick Campbell as Jim Conley in Parade at Drama Learning Center.

Kate Collins Brown as Eileen Evergreen in Nice Work If You Can Get It at The Arlington Players.

Brian Lyons-Burke as Uncle Ernie in The Who’s Tommy at Kensington Arts Theatre.

Lila Cooper as Allison in First Date at Drama Learning Center.

Cheryl J. Campo as Eve/Mama Noah in Children of Eden at Damascus Theatre Company.

Nicholas Carter as Angel in Rent at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.

Marissa Chapman as Abigail Adams in 1776 at McLean Community Players.

Morganne Chu as Terry Thompson in Babes in Arms at The FrederickTowne Players.

Jordan Clifford as Cousin Kevin in The Who’s Tommy at Kensington Arts Theatre.

Brevan Collins as Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at St. Mark’s Players.

David Colton as Jonny Walker in Zombie Prom at Greenbelt Arts Center.

Maddy Curtis as Nancy in Oliver! at The Sterling Playmakers.

Cornelius “C.J.” David as Robert of Huntington/Robin Hood in Robin Hood at Victorian Lyric Opera.

Paul M. Davis as Pete White in Memories & Legends at Wolf Pack Theatre Company.

Samantha McEwen Deininger as Sarah in Ragtime at The Memorial Players.

Stephen Deininger as Tateh in Ragtime at The Memorial Players.

Hans Dettmar as Miguel de Cervantes/Alonzo Quijana/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha at The Arlington Players.

Kevin Diana (Sweeney Todd) and Taunya Ferguson (Mrs. Lovett) in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at St. Mark’s Players.

Erich DiCenzo as Tulsa in Gypsy at Reston Community Players.

Daniel Douek as Jacob in La Cage aux Folles at Other Voices Theatre.

Corey Dunning as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Ragtime at The Memorial Players.

Diego Ermolo as Charlito “Chip” Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Arts Collective@HCC.

Lindsay Espinosa as Lily Craven in The Secret Garden at The Colonial Players of Annapolis.

Ward Ferguson as George Banks and Amanda Jones as Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins at Reston Community Players.

Elizabeth Ferrante as Marian in The Music Man at Fairfax Theatre Company.

Ariel Friendly as Shelley Parker in Bat Boy: The Musical at Prince William Little Theatre.

Clare Galvin as The Baker’s Wife, in Into the Woods at Upper Room Theatre Ministry.

Ashley Gerhardt as Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein at Silhouette Stages.

Elizabeth Gillespie as Louise in Gypsy at Reston Community Players.

Emily Gilroy as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray at Port Tobacco Players.

Jeremy Goldman as Dan Goodman in Next to Normal at Silhouette Stages.

Jeremy Goldman as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein at Silhouette Stages.

Maureen R. Goldman as Billie Bendix in Nice Work If You Can Get It at The Arlington Players.

Micky Goldstein as Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha at The Arlington Players.

Ella Green as Martha in The Secret Garden at The Colonial Players of Annapolis.

Brice Guerriere as Tommy in The Who’s Tommy at Kensington Arts Theatre.

Bob Gudauskas as Horton the Elephant in Seussical at Greenbelt Arts Center.

Mark Hamberger as Captain Walker in The Who’s Tommy at Kensington Arts Theatre.

Brett Harwood as Mark Cohen in Rent at Rockville Musical Center.

 Warren C. Harris as William Morris Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Arts Collective@HCC.

Lee Hebb as Moonface Martin in Anything Goes at Other Voices Theatre.

Madi Heinemann as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden at The Colonial Players of Annapolis.

Dominique Herring as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical at Fauquier Community Theatre.

Liz Hester as Fiona in Shrek at Rockville Musical Theatre.

Ginny Hornbeck as Mother in Ragtime at The Memorial Players.

Sam Huffer as Georges in La Cage aux Folles at Other Voices Theatre.

Claire Iverson as Mistress in Evita at Spotlighters Theatre.

William Jeffreys as Donkey in Shrek at Rockville Musical Theatre.

Melanie Jennings-Bales as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha at The Arlington Players.

Carolyn Karcher as Cinderella in Into the Woods at Upper Room Theatre Ministry.

Lars Klores as Harold Hill in The Music Man at Fairfax Theatre Company.

Rikki Howie Lacewell as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls at Tantallon Community Players.

Rikki Howie Lacewell as Joanne in Rent at Rockville Musical Theatre.

Jennifer Lambert as Rose in Gypsy at Reston Community Players.

Aimee Lambing as Kate Monster in Avenue Q at Vagabond Players.

Sheron LaSha as Lorrell Robinson in Dreamgirls at Tantallon Community Players.

Kevin James Logan as Adam/Noah in Children of Eden at Damascus Theatre Company.

Lauren Lowell as Muzzy Von Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Heritage Players.

James Maxted as The Emcee in Cabaret at Prince William Little Theatre.

Jasmine Mays as Annabel in Robin Hood at Victorian Lyric Opera.

Garrett Matthews as Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Heritage Players.

Grace McCarthy as Morticia in The Addams Family at Alliance Theatre.

Brian Mellen as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls at 2nd Star Productions.

Jamie Erin Miller as Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at 2nd Star Productions.

Jim Mitchell as Gomez in The Addams Family at Alliance Theatre.

Duane Monahan as Bert in Mary Poppins at Reston Community Players.

Luis “Matty” Montes as Cain and Japheth in Children of Eden at Damascus Theatre Company.

Emily Mudd as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore at 2nd Star Productions.

Aly Murphy as Casey in First Date at Drama Learning Center.

Nicky McDonnell as Little Edie in Grey Gardens at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.

Lexie McEntire as Maria in West Side Story at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.

Erika Miller as Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls at 2nd Star Productions.

Shaina Murphy as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins at Reston Community Players.

Corisa Myers as Effie Melody White in Dreamgirls at Tantallon Community Players.

James Myers as Edward Rutledge in 1776 at McLean Community Players.

Anya Randall Nebel as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Spotlighters Theatre.

Fred Nelson as Miguel de Cervantes/Alonzo Quijana/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha at Laurel Mill Playhouse.

E. Lee Nicol as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at 2nd Star Productions.

Pamela Northrup as Miss Deilah Strict in Zombie Prom at Greenbelt Arts Center.

Viki Nova as Maureen in Rent at Rockville Musical Theatre.

Michael Nugent as Henry in Next to Normal at Silhouette Stages.

Azaria Oglesby as Danielle in Bring It On at Drama Learning Center.

Jonathan Ohmart as Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at St. Mark’s Players.

Christopher Overly as Oran Tobin in Memories & Legends at Wolf Pack Theatre Company.

Ben Peter as Tony in West Side Story at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.

Ryan Phillips as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! at The Sterling Playmakers.

David Porterfield as Albin/Zaza in La Cage aux Folles at Other Voices Theatre.

Katie Puschel as Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Prince William Little Theatre.

Jonathan M. Rizzardi as the Emcee in Cabaret at Kensington Arts Theatre.

David Robinson as Tom Collins in Rent at Rockville Musical Theatre.

Tahara Robinson as Anita in West Side Story at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.

Kayla Rothstein as Little Red Riding Hood and Stephen Porter as The Wolf in Into the Woods, Jr. at Aldersgate Church Community Theater.

Daniel Santiago as Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins at Laurel Mill Playhouse.

Aimee Santone as Mimi in Rent at Rockville Musical Theatre.

Jesse Saywell as Angel in Rent at Rockville Musical Theatre.

Kevin Schellhase as Little John in Robin Hood at Victorian Lyric Opera.

 Susan Schindler as Diana Goodman in Next to Normal at Silhouette Stages.

Katie Shaffer as Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy at Kensington Arts Theatre.

John Sheldon as Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q at Vagabond Players.

Pam Shilling as Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore at 2nd Star Productions.

Kendall Nicole Sigman as Janet Van De Graaf in The Drowsy Chaperone at Damascus Theatre Company.

Kendall Nicole Sigman as Yonah in Children of Eden at Damascus Theatre Company.

Emily Small as Toffee in Zombie Prom at Greenbelt Arts Center.

Christie Smith as Natalie Goodman in Next to Normal at Silhouette Stages.

Christopher Smith as Jimmy Winter in Nice Work If You Can Get It at The Arlington Players.

Kevin Sockwell as Father in Children of Eden at Damascus Theatre Company.

Jack Stein as Lord Farquaad in Shrek at Rockville Musical Theatre.

Brett Stone as John Adams in 1776 at McLean Community Players.

Jennifer Strand as Big Edie in Grey Gardens at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.

Devin Taylor as Bunny Byron in Babes in Arms at The FrederickTowne Players.

Jay Tilley as Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose at McLean Community Players.

Keith Tittermary as the Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone at Damascus Theatre Company.

Aaron Verchot-Ware as Reverend Hightower in Bat Boy: The Musical at Prince William Little Theatre.

Eric Verchot-Ware as Edgar/Bat Boy in Bat Boy: The Musical at Prince William Little Theatre.

Becca Vourvoulas as Eva Peron in Evita at Spotlighters Theatre.

Mary Wakefield as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha at Laurel Mill Playhouse.

Rob Wall as Che in Evita at Spotlighters Theatre.

Liz Weber as The Drowsy Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone at Damascus Theatre Company.

Liz Weber as Fraulein Schneider and Chuck Dluhy as Herr Schultz in Cabaret at Kensington Arts Theatre.

Liz Weber as Sarah McKendree Bonham in Quilters at Rockville Musical Theatre and Arts on The Green.

Jeffery Westlake as Benjamin Franklin in 1776 at McLean Community Players.

Matt Wetzel as the Balladeer in Assassins at Laurel Mill Playhouse.

Taylor Whidden-Knapp as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes at Other Voices Theatre.

Stephen P. Yednock as The Cat in the Hat in Seussical at Greenbelt Arts Center.

Joel Yetzbacher as Winthrop in The Music Man at Fairfax Theatre Company.

Kristen Zwobot as The Witch in Into the Woods at Reisterstown Theatre Project.

BEST ENSEMBLES:
A Grand Night for Singing at Montgomery Playhouse: Danny Santiago, Lauren-Nicole Gabel, Brian Lyons-Burke, Jennifer Georgia, and Rachel Weisenthal.
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Assassins at Laurel Mill Playhouse: Stephen Yednock, Joe Mariano, Meg Nemeth, Stephen Deininger, Morrigan Condo, John Scheeler, Jordan Essex, Brianna Scheeler, AnnaBelle Lowe, Maureen Rogers, Ron Able, Cassandra Ferrell, Stuart Deininger, Daniel Santiago, Penni Barnett, and Patrick Pase.
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Avenue Q at Vagabond Players: Calla Fuqua, Taylor Washington, Ryan Gunning, Emily Boling, Michael McGoogan MacKay. Second row: John Sheldon, Michael Paradiso, Jim Baxter, Aimee Lambing, Linae’ C. Bullock, and Andrew Worthington.
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Children of Eden at Damascus Theatre Company: Kevin Sockwell, Cheryl J. Campo, Kevin James Logan, Matty Montes, Kendall Nicole Sigman, Nick Cox, Katherine Worley, Rob Milanic, Katelyn Avon, Matthew Rubin, Noah Haren, Brianna DeLauder,
Stephanie Bonte-Lebair, Jessie Dulaney, Paul May, Jonah Schwartz, Michele D. Vicino-Coleman, Sophia Anthony, Elissa Borzilleri, Brittany Broadus, Katherine Judge, Melissa Law, Nicki Mazza, Amy Nisonger, Emma Shankman, Elizabeth Weiss, Zoë Zindash, Beth Hays, Tatiana Sollod, Samantha Vidas, Lindsey Ehrenfried, Cadence Frey, Kendall Rill, Maria Sales, Christina Williams, Elizabeth Weiss, and Michelle Williams.
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DAS BARBECÜ at Spotlighters Theatre: Andrea Bush, Allison Comotto, Jim Gross, Clare Kneebone, and Rob Wall.
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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Other Voices Theatre: Will Heyser Paone, Karen Heyser-Paone, Steve Custer, Adam Blackstock, Taylor Whidden-Knapp, Katherine Worley, Lee Hebb, and Jeanine Evans.
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Quilters at Rockville Musical Theatre and Arts in the Green: Liz Weber, Hillary Templeton, Megan Evans, Maisie Irene Rocke, Valerie Hubert, Amy Winter, and Zoe Alexandratos.
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Ragtime at The Memorial Players: Skye A. Barber, Marcos Santiago Calderon, Eden Deininger, Samantha McEwen Deininger,
Stephen Deininger, Stuart Deininger, Corey Dunning, Arden Fisher, Brinley Fisher, Jill Fisher, Karis Fisher, Jamie Griffith, Fred Gorman, Sue Arthur Gorman, Steven Gross, Renata Hammond, J. Purnell Hargrove, Darlene Harris, Carley Heck, Amber Hooper, Ginny Samford Hornbeck, Walter Montgomery Howard, Kendra Sweren Keiser, Valerie Konou, Sonia Korn, Beth Lesser, Miles Light, Thomas Light, John Lisch, J.R. Lyston, Randi Bradley Martin, Tracy McCracken, Janet McMannis, Jesse Milan Jr., Kenna Mitchell, Nicole Mitchell, Myles Jaden Muse, John O’Brien, Debby Phinney, Cecelia Rafferty, Sally Ratrie, Charlie Roberts, Elena Russinoff, John Seeley, Clarence Simmons Jr., Jeff Tegeler, Marian Tibrey, Mike Ware, Nathaniel Wells, Tyler McKay White.
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Seussical at Greenbelt Arts Center:  Bob Gudauskas, Jim Pasquale, Marie Nearing, Joanna Andrus, Win Britt, Tiffany Chadwick, Beatrice McNabb, Anna Shenk-Evans, Mayumi Griffie, Bridget Adams, Heather Babin, Laura Adams, Silas Fishburne, Elizabeth Gardner, Shawday Graves, Jamie Miller, Jeffery Lesniak, Jason Britt, Stephen P. Yednock, Harper Chadwick,  Amanda Dees, Rachel Pino-Elliott, Julie Dixon, John Carter, Kathleen Marilyn Moors, Joey Rolandelli, Isabela Martins, Carlin Wells, Findley Holland, and Sophie Cooper.
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1776 at McLean Community Players: Bob Ashby, Michael Bagwell, 
Matt Bogen, Jonathan Cagle-Mulberg, Marissa Chapman, Bob Cohen, Shawn Cox, Richard Dahl, Michael Doan, Michael Gerwin, Scott Scott Gustaveson, Jerry Hoffman, Mike Holland, Derek Marsh, Mytheos Holt, Leslie Lewis, Derek Marsh, James Kevin McCormack, Bob McGrath, Todd Meikle, James Myers, Sam Schwarz, Jon Simmons, Brent Stone, David Weaver, and Jeff Westlake.
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HOW WE SELECTED OUR HONOREES

DCMetroTheaterArts writers were permitted to honor productions and concerts, dance, and operas that they saw and reviewed and productions and concerts and dance performances that they saw but did not review. Every honoree was seen. These are not nominations. There is no voting.

The staff is honoring productions, performances, direction, and design in professional, community, university, high school, and children’s theatres, and are also honoring the same in musical venues. We are honoring work in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Philadelphia, PA, New Jersey, and Delaware.

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #5: Best Plays In Community Theaters in DC/MD/VA.

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #6: Best Plays in Professional Theaters in Philadelphia, New York, Delaware, and New Jersey.

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #7: Best Performances and Ensembles in Musicals in Professional Theaters in DC/MD/VA.

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2016 #8: Best Performances in Musicals in Community Theaters in DC/MD/VA.

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