THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Children’s, High School, and University Productions and Performances of 2013′ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts

Here are the choices of The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts for our Favorite productions and performances in Children’s Theatre and High School and University productions that we saw in 2013. Congrats to all the honorees and to everyone who performed on our local stages in 2013.

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FAVORITE CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

Momotaro and Ogres: L-R: Tia Shearer (Nakamon), Rafael Untalan (Daimon), Jacob Yeh (Momotaro), and Phillip Reid (Monmon). Photo by Margot Schulman.
Momotaro and Ogres: L-R: Tia Shearer (Nakamon), Rafael Untalan (Daimon), Jacob Yeh (Momotaro), and Phillip Reid (Monmon). Photo by Margot Schulman.

(1) Anime Momotaro at Imagination Stage. 

(Left to right) Erin Poplin (Grimm Sister), Meghan Mack (Evil Stepmother), Chris Hahn (Big Bad Wolf), and Malena Davis (Grimm Sister). Photo by Larry McClemons.
(Left to right) Erin Poplin (Grimm Sister), Meghan Mack (Evil Stepmother), Chris Hahn (Big Bad Wolf), and Malena Davis (Grimm Sister). Photo by Larry McClemons.

(2) Big Bad at Encore Stage and Studio.

(3) Big Nate, The Musical at Adventure Theatre MTC.

(4) Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre MTC.

(5) Goodnight Moon at Adventure Theatre MTC.
The cast of 'Gotas de Agua Drops of Water.' Photo courtesy of Teatro de la Luna.
The cast of ‘Gotas de Agua (Drops of Water.’ Photo courtesy of Teatro de la Luna.

(6) Gotas de Agua (Drops of Water) at Teatro de la Luna at Randolph Road Theatre.

(7) Las aventuras de Don Quixote de La Mancha at GALA Hispanic Theatre.

(8) The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe at Encore Stage and Studio.

(9) The Nutcracker at The Puppet Company.

Christopher Piper (Center) and Peter and the Wolf. Photo courtesy of The Puppet Co.
Christopher Piper (Center) and Peter and the Wolf. Photo courtesy of The Puppet Co.

(10) Peter and the Wolf at The Puppet Company.

(11) Peter Pan and Wendy at Creative Cauldron.

The cast of ‘Peter Pan and Wendy.’ Photo courtesy of Falls Church News Press.
The cast of ‘Peter Pan and Wendy.’ Photo courtesy of Falls Church News Press.

(12) Peter Pan and Wendy at Imagination Stage.

Stephen Gregory Smith and audience members at 'Tales from the Brothers Grimm.' Photo courtesy of Creative Cauldron.
Stephen Gregory Smith and audience members at ‘Tales from the Brothers Grimm.’ Photo courtesy of Creative Cauldron.

(13) Robin Hood at Elden Street Players’ Theatre for Young Audiences.
(14) Tales from the Brothers Grimm at Creative Cauldron.

Brittany Williams (Nansi) and Jobari Parker-Namdar (Ziggy). Photo by Michael Horan.
Brittany Williams (Nansi) and Jobari Parker-Namdar (Ziggy). Photo by Michael Horan.

(15) Three Little Birds at Adventure Theatre MTC.

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FAVORITE PERFORMANCES IN CHILDREN’S THEATRE  PRODUCTIONS

(1) Alex Alburqueque as Hydrofriend in Gotas de Agua (Drops of Water) at Teatro de la Luna.

Peter Pan (Jonathan Atkinson). Photo by Margot Schulman.
Peter Pan (Jonathan Atkinson). Photo by Margot Schulman.

(2) Jonathan Atkinson as Peter in Peter and Wendy at Imagination Stage.

Lucrecia Basualdo (Shepherd). Photo courtesy of GALA Hispanic Theatre.
Lucrecia Basualdo (Shepherd). Photo courtesy of GALA Hispanic Theatre.

(3) Lucrecia Basualdo as Shepherd and others in Las aventuras de Don Quixote de La Mancha at GALA Hispanic Theatre.

(4) Shayna Blass as Jenny in Big Nate, the Musical at Adventure Theatre MTC.

(5) Joe Brack as Mr. Duck in The Magic Finger at Imagination Stage. 

Maya Brettell, Sam Edgerly, Anissa Hartline, Dorea Schmidt, and Colin Cech. Photo by Mike Horan.
Maya Brettell, Sam Edgerly, Anissa Hartline, Dorea Schmidt, and Colin Cech. Photo by Mike Horan.

(6) Colin Cech as Bunny in Goodnight Moon at Adventure Theatre MTC.

(7) Joshua Dick as Francis in Big Nate The Musical at Adventure Theatre MTC.

(8) Marcela Ferlita as Rocio in Gotas de Agua (Drops of Water) at Teatro de la Luna.

Lucy (Megan Graves) wields her magic finger. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Lucy (Megan Graves) wields her magic finger. Photo by Margot Schulman.

(9) Megan Graves as Lucy in The Magic Finger at Imagination Stage.

Alex Vernon (The Fish) and Rick Hammerly (The Cat). Photo by Bruce Douglas.
Alex Vernon (The Fish) and Rick Hammerly (The Cat). Photo by Bruce Douglas.

(10) Rick Hammerly as The Cat in Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre MTC.

(11) Larry Keeling as Gregory/Scrooge in A Christmas Chaos at Elden Street Players Theatre for Young Audiences.

Captain Hook (James Konicek). Photo by Margot Schulman.
Captain Hook (James Konicek). Photo by Margot Schulman.

(12) James Konicek as Captain Hook in Peter Pan and Wendy at Imagination Stage.

(13) Sam Ludwig as Nate Wright in Big Nate, the Musical at Adventure Theatre MTC.

(14) Caroline Morely as Little Red Riding Hood in Big Bad at Encore Stage and Studio.

David Little, Tara Yates-Reeves, Jobari Parker-Namdar and Ayanna Hardy. Photo by Michael Horan.
David Little, Tara Yates-Reeves, Jobari Parker-Namdar and Ayanna Hardy. Photo by Michael Horan.

(15) Jobari Parker-Namdar as Ziggy in Three Little Birds at Adventure Theatre MTC.

(16) Peter Pereryra as Conta, King of Contamination  in Gotas de Agua (Drops of Water) at Teatro de la Luna.

Manolo Santalla (Don Quixote) and Alex Iraheta (Sancho Panza). Photo courtesy of GALA Hispanic Theatre.
Manolo Santalla (Don Quixote) and Alex Iraheta (Sancho Panza). Photo courtesy of GALA Hispanic Theatre.

(17) Manolo Santalla as Don Quixote in Las aventuras de Don Quixote de La Mancha at GALA Hispanic Theatre.

(18) Dani Stoller as Peter Pan in Peter Pan and Wendy at Creative Cauldron.

Momotaro and Ogres: L-R: Tia Shearer (Nakamon), Rafael Untalan (Daimon), Jacob Yeh (Momotaro), and Phillip Reid (Monmon). Photo by Margot Schulman.
Momotaro and Ogres: L-R: Tia Shearer (Nakamon), Rafael Untalan (Daimon), Jacob Yeh (Momotaro), and Phillip Reid (Monmon). Photo by Margot Schulman.

(19) Jacob Yeh as Momotaro in Anime Momotaro at Imagination Stage. 

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FAVORITE HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY PRODUCTIONS

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(1) A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine at Glenelg Country School.

The cast of ‘Avenue Q School Edition.’ Photo by Laura Marshall.
The cast of ‘Avenue Q School Edition.’ Photo by Laura Marshall.

(2) Avenue Q School Edition at West Potomac High School.
(3) Cabaret at American University.

(4) Dead Man’s Cell Phone at The George Washington University.

(L to R) – Jasmine Hall, Stanley Andrew Jackson III, Jazmine Robinson, Douglas Ruffin, and Nedra R. Snipes. Photo by Justin Knight.
(L to R) – Jasmine Hall, Stanley Andrew Jackson III, Jazmine Robinson, Douglas Ruffin, and Nedra R. Snipes. Photo by Justin Knight.

(5) Emma at The George Washington University.

(6) Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine at Howard University.

The cast of Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program's production of' 'Hamlet.' Photo by Sarah Gormley.
The cast of Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program’s production of’ ‘Hamlet.’ Photo by Sarah Gormley.

(7) Hamlet at Georgetown University.

(8) Hurt Village at Howard University.

The cast of ‘Les Miserables.’ Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
The cast of ‘Les Miserables.’ Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

(9) The Importance of Being Earnest at The Masqueraders at The United States Naval Academy.

(10) Les Misérables at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.

 (11) Lucky Stiff at Montgomery College.

(12) The Matchmaker at The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at University of Maryland.

The cast of ‘Molière Impromptu.' Photo Courtesy of Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
The cast of ‘Molière Impromptu.’ Photo Courtesy of Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

(13) Molière Impromptu at The University of Maryland School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

(14) Passagio at The Mason Players at George Mason University.

The cast of ‘RENT School Edition.’ Photo courtesy of McLean High School Theatre Company.
The cast of ‘RENT School Edition.’ Photo courtesy of McLean High School Theatre Company.

(15) RENT School Edition at McLean High School Theatre Company.

(16) The Rocky Horror Show at American University.

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(17) Shakespeare in Hollywood at Catholic University.

(18) Spring Awakening at Towson University.

The cast from 'Sweet Charity.' Photo courtesy of The Catholic University of America.
The cast from ‘Sweet Charity.’ Photo courtesy of The Catholic University of America.

(19) Sweet Charity at The Catholic University.

'Trojan Barbie.' Photo courtesy of Georgetown University.
‘Trojan Barbie.’ Photo courtesy of Georgetown University.

(20) Trojan Barbie: A Car-Crash Encounter with Euripides’ Trojan Women at Georgetown University.

(21) Twelfth Night at The George Washington University.

Dorothy (Awa Sal Secka), Kenneth L. Washington, Jr. (Lion), Ian A. Coleman (Tinman) and Kyle Louviere (Scarecrow). Photo courtesy of Monrgomery College College.
Dorothy (Awa Sal Secka), Kenneth L. Washington, Jr. (Lion), Ian A. Coleman (Tinman) and Kyle Louviere (Scarecrow). Photo courtesy of Monrgomery College College.

 (22) The Wiz at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre.
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FAVORITE HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCES 

(1) Liam Allen as Harry Weatherspoon in Lucky Stiff at Montgomery College.

(2) Rebecca Ballinger as Becca in That Kind of Girl at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

(3) Cathryn Benson as Luisa Baldini in Passaggio at George Mason University.

Riley Bartlebaugh (Dolly Levi) and Horace Vandergelder (Martin Thompson). Photo by Stan Barouh.
Riley Bartlebaugh (Dolly Levi) and Horace Vandergelder (Martin Thompson). Photo by Stan Barouh.

(4) Riley Bartlebaugh as Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker at The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at University of Maryland. 

(5) Montel Butler as Moritz in Spring Awakening at Towson University.

(6) Kelly Craige as Charity in Sweet Charity at The Catholic University of America.

Jean Valjean (Neal Davidson) and Hana Jones (Cosette). Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.
Jean Valjean (Neal Davidson) and Hana Jones (Cosette). Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.

 (7) Neal Davidson as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.

(8) Marian Donahue as Olivia Darnell in Shakespeare in Hollywood at The Catholic University of America.

(9) Andrew Flurer as Dwight in Dead Man’s Cell Phone at The George Washington University.

(10) Nick Fruit as Melchior in Spring Awakening at Towson University.

(11) Luke Garrison as Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity at The Catholic University of America.

(12) Max Johnson as Angel DuMott Schunard in RENT School Edition at McLean High School Theatre Company.

(13) Bridget Linsenmeyer as Wendla in Spring Awakening at Towson University.

Yana Madrid (Maria) and Ben Topa (Tony). Photo by  Judy Licht).
Yana Madrid (Maria) and Ben Topa (Tony). Photo by Judy Licht).

(14) Yana Madrid as Maria in West Side Story at Woodrow Wilson High School.

 (15) Graham Pilato as Oberon in Shakespeare in Hollywood at The Catholic University of America.

Stephanie Pounds (Big Mama) and Earl Moore (Buggy). Photo by Justin D. Knight.
Stephanie Pounds (Big Mama) and Earl Moore (Buggy). Photo by Justin D. Knight.

(16) Stephanie Pounds as Big Mama in Hurt Village at Howard University.

(17) Awa Sal Secka as Rita in Lucky Stiff  at Montgomery College.

Dorothy (Awa Sal Secka), Kenneth L. Washington, Jr. (Lion), Ian A. Coleman (Tinman) and Kyle Louviere (Scarecrow). Photo courtesy of Monrgomery College College.
Dorothy (Awa Sal Secka), Kenneth L. Washington, Jr. (Lion), Ian A. Coleman (Tinman) and Kyle Louviere (Scarecrow). Photo courtesy of Monrgomery College College.

(18) Awa Sal Secka as Dorothy in The Wiz at Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre.

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(19) Caitlin Simpson as Emma Woodhouse in Emma at The George Washington University.

(20) Caitlin Simpson as Viola in Twelfth Night at The George Washington University.

(21) Alex Stone as Mark Cohen in RENT School Edition at McLean High School Theatre Company.

 Jett Watson (Lady Bracknell). Photo by Roger Miller.
Jett Watson (Lady Bracknell). Photo by Roger Miller.

(22) Jett Watson as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at The Masqueraders at The United States Naval Academy.

LINKS:

DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s 2013 Special Awards.

THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Musicals of 2013′ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts.

THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Plays of 2013′ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts.

THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Performances by An Actor and Actress in a Musical′ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts.

THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Performances by An Actor and Actress in a Play′ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts.

THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Supporting Actor and Actress in a Musical’ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts.  

THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Supporting Actor and Actress in a Play′ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts.

THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Director in a Musical and Play by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts.

THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Musical Direction and Choreography′ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts.

THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Ensembles in a Musical and Play’ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts.

THE BEST OF 2013: ‘Favorite Designers of 2013′ by The Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts.



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