Photo by Theo Tate
“The Addams Family,” performed at the Alfresco Arts Center in October, has six nominations in the 17th annual Arts For Life Best Performance Awards on June 12. The musical’s cast includes (front row, from left) Shannon Slavik and Symphony Nague; (middle row) Mark Lull, Stephanie Sullivan and Scott Tripp; (back row) Johnna Patterson, Lou Ann Trebing, Steve Anderson, Sarah Chapman-Wiser and Leslie Aerts.
GRANITE CITY — Alfresco Productions had reason to celebrate Feb. 26.
Make that 19 reasons.
The Granite City-based theater company earned 19 nominations for the 17th annual Best Performance Awards, scheduled for June 12 at the Skip Viragh Center For The Performance Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis. The event is sponsored by Arts For Life, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating community and youth theater.
The nominations were announced during the seventh annual Arts For Life Trivia Night Feb. 26 at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in St. Louis. Awards will be given out in 27 achievement and performance categories.
Mark Lull, principal at Maryville Elementary, earned a pair of nominations. He was nominated for Best Actor In A Comedic Role for his performance as Uncle Fester in “The Addams Family” and Best Actor In A Cameo Role for his role as Herod in “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Last year, Lull earned a nomination for Best Actor In A Leading Role for his performance as Horton in “Seussical The Musical” but lost to Russ Reidelberger of Looking Glass Playhouse in Lebanon.
“The Addams Family,” performed at the Alfresco Arts Center in October, earned six nominations. The musical was nominated for Best Large Ensemble Musical Production, Best Actress In A Supporting Role, Best Actress In A Featured Role, Juvenile Performer and Costume Design.
Morgan Ladyman earned the Best Actress In A Featured Role for her performance as Wednesday. In the musical, Wednesday falls in love with a normal boy, causing chaos in the Addams household.
Ian Wonders of Granite City earned the Juvenile Performer nomination for his role as Pugsley.
Carrie Wenos Priesmeyer received the Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance as Alice Beineke. She also earned a Best Actress nomination for her role as Diana Goodman in “Next To Normal.”
“Next To Normal” also has six nominations. It also was nominated for Best Small Ensemble Musical Production, Director, Actor In A Leading Role, Actress In A Featured Role and Actor In A Supporting Role.
“Next To Normal,” performed in April, was a musical about a family that included an architect father, a manic-depressive mother and two teenage children.
“Avenue Q,” performed in June, was nominated for Best Small Ensemble Musical Production, Musical Direction, Actress In A Comedic Role and Actress in a Cameo Role.
Stephanie Sullivan earned a nomination for Best Cameo Actress in “Avenue Q” as well as in “Alice In Wonderland.”
London Kimble was nominated for Best Juvenile Performer in “Nunsense.”
A year ago, Alfresco Productions had four BPA nominations. This year, the company tied St. Louis-based Christ Memorial Productions for the second-most BPA nominations. Hawthorne Players in Florissant has 22 nominations.
“The Best Performance Awards recognize excellence in musical theater in the metropolitan St. Louis area, and 27 community theater companies participated last year,” Alfresco Productions stated in a press release. “Out of the record 48 shows eligible, 37 achieved nominations.”