BEST OF 2013: Favorite Performances and Productions at Theatre/Music Training Programs in 2013 by the Staff of DCMetroTheaterArts

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The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts honor the schools, conservatories, and programs that train young actors, singers, and musicians (and some adults who always wanted to be on the stage). Congrats to all of these honorees and thanks to everyone who teaches and trains the actors, directors, designers, directors, playwrights, composers, musicians, singers, and lyricists of the future.

BEST PRODUCTIONS IN TRAINING PROGRAMS/SCHOOLS, AND CONSERVATORIES

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(1) Bat Boy: The Musical by the Pre-Professional Program at Act Two @ Levine

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(2) Bat Boy: The Musical at The Theatre Lab’s Musical Theatre Institute for Teens.

(3) Big Bad at Encore Stage and Studio.

(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.

(4) Deranged Durang at Lala Theatre at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.

The cast of ‘Fiddler on the Roof JR.’ Photo by Erica Keys Land.
The cast of ‘Fiddler on the Roof JR.’ Photo by Erica Keys Land.

(5) Fiddler on the Roof JR. at Bravo@KAT.

The cast of 'In the Heights' at  Act Two@Levine. Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.
The cast of ‘In the Heights’ at Act Two@Levine. Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.

 (6) In the Heights at Act Two @ Levine.

(7) Les Misérables at Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts.

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

(9) The Little Mermaid Jr. at Lopez Conservatory Program.

The cast of ‘Madama Butterfly and Miss Saigon’ at Strathmore March 10, 2013. Photo by Michelle Drumheller.
The cast of ‘Madama Butterfly and Miss Saigon’ at Strathmore on March 10, 2013. Photo by Michelle Drumheller.

(10) Madama Butterfly and Miss Saigon at Young Artists of America.

Double cast of ‘The Music Man Jr’: Left to right: Winthrop Paroos: Eli Schulman and Cole Edelstein. Zaneetas and Harold Hills: Anne Coulson and Zachary Conneen, Shira Minsk, and Jake Land. Photo by Erica Land.
Double cast of ‘The Music Man Jr’: Left to right: Winthrop Paroos: Eli Schulman and Cole Edelstein. Zaneetas and Harold Hills: Anne Coulson and Zachary Conneen, Shira Minsk, and Jake Land. Photo by Erica Land.

(11) The Music Man JR. at Bravo@KAT.

(12) Next to Normal at Act Two @ Levine.

The cast of 'Pippin.' Photo courtesy of Theatre Lab.
The cast of ‘Pippin.’ Photo courtesy of Theatre Lab.

(13) Pippin at The Theatre Lab’s Musical Theatre Institute for Teens.

(14) Requiem at Young Artists of America.

V. Savoy Mcllwain, (baritone) singing "Ol' Man River" with the members of YAA, during 'Showboat in Concert.' Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.
V. Savoy Mcllwain, (baritone) singing “Ol’ Man River” with the members of YAA, during ‘Showboat in Concert.’ Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.

(15) Show Boat in Concert at Young Artists of America.

(16) Side Show at Drama Learning Center.

The cast of ‘Songs for a New World.’ Photo courtesy of Drama Learning Center.
The cast of ‘Songs for a New World.’ Photo courtesy of Drama Learning Center.

(17) Songs For a New World at Drama Learning Center.

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(18) Spotlight 2013 at Adventure Theatre MTC.

(19) These Shining Lives These Shining Lives – a co-production between HCC’s Arts Collective and HCC’s Theatre Department.

BEST PERFORMANCES IN TRAINING PROGRAMS, SCHOOLS, AND CONSERVATORIES

(1) Ayanna Bakari as Charlemagne in Pippin at The Theatre Lab’s Musical Theatre Institute for Teens.

Ben Cherington as Edgar/Batboy. Photo courtesy of Theatre Lab.
Ben Cherington as Edgar/Batboy. Photo courtesy of Theatre Lab.

(2) Ben Cherington as Edgar/Bat Boy in Bat Boy: The Musical at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. 

Dan Felton (Jean Valjean) and Ian Coleman (Javert). Photo courtesy of Theatre Lab.
Dan Felton (Jean Valjean) and Ian Coleman (Javert). Photo courtesy of Theatre Lab.

(3) Ian Coleman as Javert in Les Misérables at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts.

(4) Kayla Dixon as Diana Goodman in Next to Normal at Act Two @ Levine.

Katie Gerard (Diana Goodman). Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.
Katie Gerard (Diana Goodman). Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.

(5) Katie Gerard as Diana Goodman in Next to Normal at Act Two @ Levine.

(6) Noah Kieserman as Usnavi in In the Heights at Act Two @ Levine.

Old Man (Bill Stanley) and Peter (Jon Kevin Lazarus). Photo by Nate Pesci.
Old Man (Bill Stanley) and Peter (Jon Kevin Lazarus). Photo by Nate Pesci.

(7) Jon Kevin Lazarus as Peter in Prelude to a Kiss at Arts Collective@HCC.

Eitan Mazia (Dan Goodman) in 'Next to Normal.' Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.
Eitan Mazia (Dan Goodman) in ‘Next to Normal.’ Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.

(8) Eitan Mazia as Dan Goodman in Next to Normal at Act Two @ Levine.

Ethan Miller (Tevye) and Goldie (Tobi Baisburd). Photo by Erica Keys Land.
Ethan Miller (Tevye) and Goldie (Tobi Baisburd). Photo by Erica Keys Land.

(9) Ethan Miller as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof JR. at Bravo@KAT.

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

Carley Rosefelt (Nina) and cast members of ‘In the Heights.’ Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.
Carley Rosefelt (Nina) and cast members of ‘In the Heights.’ Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.

(11) Carley Rosefelt as Nina Rosario in In the Heights at Act Two @ Levine.

(12) Bill Stanley as The Old Man in Prelude to a Kiss at Arts Collective@HCC.

Laura Taylor (Daisy) and Carter Grove (Violet) struggle for self-identity against a fantasy backdrop of circus misfits in ‘Side Show.’ Photo by Erika Hagen.
Laura Taylor (Daisy) and Carter Grove (Violet) in ‘Side Show.’ Photo by Erika Hagen.

(13) Laura Taylor as Daisy, and Carter Grove as Violet in Side Show at Drama Learning Center.

(14) Charlotte Torres as Berthe in Pippin at The Theatre Lab’s Musical Theatre Institute for Teens.

Sean Watkinson (Edgar/Batboy). Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.
Sean Watkinson (Edgar/Batboy). Photo by Carmelita Watkinson.

(15) Sean Watkinson as Edgar/Bat Boy in Bat Boy The Musical at Act Two @ Levine.

Lala Theatre’s cast of ‘Deranged Durang.’ Photo by Arturo Tolentino.
Lala Theatre’s cast of ‘Deranged Durang.’ Photo by Arturo Tolentino.

(16) The cast of Deranged Durang at Lala Theatre at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.

The cast of Les Misérables. Photo courtesy of Theatre Lab.
The cast of Les Misérables. Photo courtesy of Theatre Lab.

(17) The cast of Les Misérables at The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts.

The cast of ‘Songs for a New World.’ Photo courtesy of Drama Learning Center.
The cast of ‘Songs for a New World.’ Photo courtesy of Drama Learning Center.

(18) The cast of Songs For a New World at Drama Learning Center.

(l to r) Charlotte (Brenna Horner), Mr. Reed (William Mekelburg), Pearl (Ashley Zangla), Catherine (Natalie Collins), and Frances (Elizabeth Ung). PhotoArt by Cheri. http://photoartbycheri.com
(l to r) Charlotte (Brenna Horner), Mr. Reed (William Mekelburg), Pearl (Ashley Zangla), Catherine (Natalie Collins), and Frances (Elizabeth Ung). PhotoArt by Cheri. http://photoartbycheri.com

(19) The cast of These Shining Lives – a co-production between HCC’s Arts Collective and HCC’s Theatre Department.

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.

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