Small Theatre Awards

Guidelines for the selection process for the Silicon Valley Small Venue Theatre Awards can be found HERE.

The 2014-2015 HONOREES ARE …(in no particular order):

Standout Musical Production

Violet – The Tabard Theatre Company
Hank Williams: Lost Highway – Douglas Morrisson Theatre
West Side Story – City Lights Theatre Company

Standout Classical Production

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Los Altos Stage Company
Death of a Salesman – San Jose Stage Company
Macbeth – ShakesBeerience (at Café Stritch) – Buck Hill Productions

Standout Dramatic Production

First Person Shooter – Foothill College Theatre Arts Department
The Immigrant – The Tabard Theatre Production
Proof – Hillbarn Theatre

Standout Comedy Production

Super Villain – The Pear Avenue Theatre
Curtains – South Bay Musical Theatre
You Can’t Get There from Here – Santa Clara Players

Standout Adult Contemporary Productions

 Art – City Lights Theatre Production
Venus in Fur – San Jose Stage Company
The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Sunnyvale Community Players

Standout New Works

Arc:hive Presents A Moment (Un)Bound: Or, The Unreal Past – Dragon Productions Theatre Company (2nd Stage)
Build (Northern California Premiere)– City Lights Theater Company

Standout Kids and/or Family-Friendly Production

Just So Stories – California Theatre Center
A Christmas Carol – Northside Theatre Company

Technical Standout Production

House and Garden – The Pear Avenue Theatre– Stage Management (Kelly Weber/James Kopp)
Build – City Lights Theater Company– Video & Lighting and Set Design (Nick Kumamoto, Ron Gasparinetti
West Side Story – City Lights Theater Company– Choreography (Jennifer Gorgulho) Wonder of the World – Douglas Morrisson Theatre – Sound Design (Donald Tieck)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Sunnyvale Community Players – Costumes (Jen Maggio)

Actors/Artists to Watch for Next Season: Vanessa Alvarez, Anaseini Pulu-Katoa, Sean Okuniewicz, Betsy Kruse Craig, Roneet Rahamim, David Leon, Akemi Okamura, Nikita Burshteyn, James Lucas, Drew Reitz, Kurt Gravenhorst, Barbara Heninger, Jessica Golden.

 

The 2013-2014 HONOREES ARE …(in no particular order):

Standout Musical Production

1776 – The Tabard Theatre Company
Little Shop of Horrors – Foothill College
The Last 5 Years –  i.e. Presents

Standout Classical Production

Pygmalion
– The Pear Avenue Theatre
A Streetcar Named Desire – Northside Theater Company
The Three Penny Opera – San Jose Stage Company

Standout Dramatic Production

The Whipping Man – Renegade Theatre Experiment
Fool for Love – The Pear Avenue Theater
Amadeus – City Lights Theatre Company

Standout Comedy Production

RX – Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Lend Me a Tenor – Hillbarn Theatre
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – South Bay Musical Theatre

Standout Adult Contemporary Productions

Take Me Out – Dragon Productions Theatre Company
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity – San Jose Stage Company
Last of the Red Hot Lovers – Broadway West

Standout New Works

She Kills Monsters – Renegade Theatre Experiment (West Coast Premiere)
King’s Legacy – Pear Avenue Theatre (World Premiere)
Animals Out of Paper – City Lights Theater Company (South Bay Premiere)

Standout Kids and/or Family-Friendly Production

Bah Humbug – Stage Kids California
Crazy for You – West Valley Light Opera
Coney Island Christmas – City Lights Theater Company

Technical Standout Production

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity San Jose Stage  (Set, Video and Fight Choreography)
Moby Dick Rehearsed – Stanford Repertory Theater (Lighting, Sound and Musical Direction)
An Ideal Husband – Douglass Morrisson Theatre (Costumes and Set)
The 39 Steps – California Theatre Center (Props and Costumes)

Actors/Artists/Theaters to Watch for Next Season: Drew Benjamin Jones, Brandon Jackson, Ruth E. Stein (Acting and Prop Design), Jocelyn Pickett, Sarah Thermond, Kalon Thibodeaux, Catherine Brady, Danraj Rajasansi, and Morgan Dayley.

Special Recognition:  For the D-Cups, Divas and Dudes concert cabaret event at the Theater on San Pedro Square to raise funds for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Recognition goes not only to the performers who entertained a sold out crowd, but to the venue making itself available for local talent at its very best and continually (year round)  supporting charitable causes important to the community. The panel was unanimous in its praise for this event from concept through execution and acknowledges all the work that went into a truly spectacular, uplifting evening.

PREVIOUS Honorees

2012-2013 HONOREES ARE (in no particular order):

Standout Musical Production

Reefer Madness– San Jose Stage Company
Avenue Q – Stage 1 Theatre
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee –
Los Altos Stage Company (Formerly Bus Barn Stage Company

Standout Classical Production

All My Sons – Douglas Morrison Theatre
King Lear – Shady Shakespeare Company
Fiddler on the Roof – South Valley Civic Theatre

Standout Dramatic Production

Les Liaisons Dangereuses– Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Trying – The Tabard Theatre Company
The Fragrance of Freedom – Tabia African-American Theatre Ensemble

Standout Comedy Production

Boom – Renegade Theatre Experiment
I Hate Hamlet – Broadway West Theatre Company
Harvey– Santa Clara Players

Standout Adult Contemporary Productions

Dinner With Friends – Northside Theatre Company
Race – San Jose Stage Company
 Eurydice- Douglas Morrison Theatre

Standout New Works

Hanging Georgia – The Pear Avenue Theatre
Bench Project 2 – The 06 Ensemble
Persuasion – San Jose Stage Company

Standout Kids and Family-Friendly Production

The Time Machine – California Theatre Center
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Junior– Los Alto Youth Theatre
The Wizard of Oz– Sunnyvale Community Players

Technical Standout Production

Ragtime (Costumes) – Hillbarn Theatre
Funny Girl  (Costumes)– South Bay Musical Theatre
Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman (Lights, Set, Props, Costumes, Sound) – City Lights Theatre Company
Curse of the Starving Class (Set and Props) – Stanford Summer Theatre

Artists/Theaters to Watch for Next Season: Adrienne Walters, Jessica Afonso, Christi Marie Wallace, Scott G. Hartman, Kereli Sengstack, Paz Pardo, Keith Marshall, Brandon Jackson, Limelight Actor’s Theatre (Gilroy), Theatre in the Mountains (Los Gatos)

2011-2012 HONOREES ARE (in no particular order):
Standout Musical Production
Story of My Life – The Tabard Theatre Company
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson – San Jose Stage Company
Finian’s Rainbow – South Bay Musical Theatre

Standout Classical Production
Mrs. Warren’s Profession – The Pear Avenue Theatre
Death of a Salesman – Broadway West Theatre Company
The Contrast – California Theatre Center

Standout Dramatic Production
Buried Child – San Jose Stage Company
August: Osage County – City Lights Theatre Company
Beauty Queen of Leenane – Northside Theatre Company

Standout Comedy Production
Eat the Runt – Renegade Theatre Experiment
Almost Maine – Bus Barn Stage Company
In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) – City Lights Theatre Company

Standout Adult Contemporary Productions
The Clean House – Bus Barn Stage Company
A Thousand Clowns – California Theatre Center
Betrayal – Only Connect Theatre Company

Standout New Works
Thanks for Playing, The Game Show Show – The Retro Dome
Decemberance – South Bay Musical Theatre

Standout Kids and Family-Friendly Production
Marvelous Wonderettes – Coastal Repertory Theatre
The Secret Garden – Los Alto Youth Theatre
Oliver – Sunnyvale Community Players

Technical Standout Production
Frost/Nixon (Video) – Douglass Morrison Theatre
Bells Are Ringing (Costumes) – West Valley Light Opera
Cat’s Paw (Set) – Dragon Productions Theatre Company
In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) (Costumes) – City Lights Theatre Company

Artists to Watch for Next Season: Monica Cappuccini, Martin Gutfeldt, Lydia Merriam-Pigg, Todd Wright, Autumn Mirassou, Max Tachis, Jeffrey Lo (Director, Writer, Jack-of-All-Trades), George Psarras (Sound Design/Composer)

 

2011 Honorees

Standout Musical Production
The Drowsy Chaperone – Hillbarn Theatre
Avenue Q – San Jose Stage
Three Little Words – Brad Handshy/Tabard/Theatre on San Pedro Square

Standout Classic Productions
Death of a Salesmen – The Pear Avenue Theatre
Equus – City Lights Theatre Company
Dial M for Murder – Broadway West Theatre Company

Standout Dramatic Productions
Compleat Stage Beauty – City Lights Theatre Company
Killer Joe – Renegade Theatre Experiment
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Broadway West

Standout Comedy Productions
Private Eyes – Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Noises Off – Coastal Repertory Theatre
Hay Fever – Broadway West

Standout Adult Contemporary Productions
Reasons to Be Pretty – San Jose Stage Company
Driving Miss Daisy – Tabard Theatre Company
Deathtrap – Northside Theatre Company

Standout New Works Productions
Lolita Roadtrip – San Jose Stage Company
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – The Pear Avenue Theatre

Standout Family and Youth Productions
Around the World in 80 Days – California Theatre Center
Seussical the Musical – Los Altos Youth Theatre
Anything Goes – South Valley Civic Theatre

Standout Set Design
Camping with Henry and Tom – Bus Barn Stage Company
Noises Off – South Valley Civic Theatre
Deathtrap– Northside Theatre Company

Standout Costumes
Xanadu – Guggenheim Productions/The Retro Dome
The Imaginary Invalid – Shady Shakespeare
Seascape – Dragon Productions Theatre Company

Standout Technical Design
Mack and Mabel (Props and Multimedia) – South Bay Musical Theatre
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Lights and Sound) – Broadway West Theatre Company

Actors to Watch For: Matt Tipton, James Creer, Tom Gough, Benjamin Boston, Justin Karr, Monica Colletti, Linda Piccone, Courtney Hatcher.

2010
Standout Musical Productions:
Urinetown – Sunnyvale Community Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors – Bus Barn Stage Company
Into the Woods – South Valley Civic Theatre

Standout Classic Productions:
The Glass Menagerie – The Pear Avenue Theatre
Private Lives – Bus Barn Stage Company
Bus Stop– Broadway West

Standout Dramatic Productions:
The Woman in Black – Northside Theatre Company
The Pillowman– San Jose Stage Company
The Shape of Things – Renegade Theatre Experiment

Standout Comedy Productions:
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein – Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Bull in a China Shop – Santa Clara Players
Black Comedy, White Liars – California Theatre Center

Standout Adult Contemporary Productions:
Side Man – Dragon Productions Theatre Company
The Producers – South Bay Musical Theatre
Another Night Before Christmas – City Lights Theatre Company

Standout New Works Productions:
The Poptimists – Tabard Theatre Company
Tell it Slant– The Pear Avenue Theatre
Right Place, Right Time – Renegade Theatre Experiment

Standout Family & Youth Productions:
Oklahoma – Los Altos Youth Theatre
The Christmas Mouse – Santa Clara Players
Secret Life of Girls – Palo Alto Children’s Theatre

Standout Set Design:
Treasure Island – Bus Barn Stage Company
The Seafarer – San Jose Stage Company
The Illusion –The Pear Avenue Theatre

Standout Costumes:
Hello Dolly –South Bay Musical Theatre
Sullivan and Gilbert – Douglas Morrison Theatre
Taming of the Shrew – Arclight Repertory

Standout Technical Design:
Dead Man Walking (Media) – City Lights Theatre Company
Woman in Black (Lights) – Northside Theatre Company
The Memory of Water (Lights) – Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Bug (Makeup and Props) – Renegade Theatre Experiment
Gypsy (Sound) – Hillbarn Theatre

Artists to watch for next season: Michael Johnson, Sarah Griner, Katie O’Bryon, David Mister, Dan Singletary (Musical Direction and Sound), StirFry Theatre (Company debut of Falsettoland), Casey Semple, Robert Campbell, Jennifer Jane Parsons, Mathew Lai, William J. Brown III, Chris Carter

2009 Honorees
Standout Musical Productions:
Ragtime – South Bay Musical Theatre (formerly Saratoga Drama Group)
Crowns – The Tabard Theatre Company
Altar Boyz- San Jose Stage Company

Standout Classical Productions:
Little Foxes – Hillbarn Theatre
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Douglas Morrisson Theatre
Metamorphoses – The Pear Avenue Theatre

Standout Contemporary Adult Productions:
Book of Liz – Renegade Theatre Experiment
Breaking up is Hard to Do – Bus Barn Stage Company
Proof – Broadway West
Standout Comedy Productions:
Leading Ladies – Bus Barn Stage Company
Greater Tuna –Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Luv – Northside Theatre Company

Standout Drama Productions:
I Am My Own Wife – San Jose Stage
First Person Shooter – City Lights Theatre Company
Breaking the Code – Bus Barn Stage Company
Standout Family and Youth Productions:
Lucky Duck – Los Altos Youth Theatre
Really Rosie – California Theatre Center
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown – Sunnyvale Community Players

Standout New Works Productions:
The Three Musketeers – City Lights Theatre Company
Puah’s Midwife Crisis – Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory
Standout Costumes:
Cinderella – Douglas Morrisson Theatre
Cats – West Valley Light Opera
Standout Set Design:
Kiss Me Kate – Sunnyvale Community Players
Lips Together, Teeth Apart – Theatre Q
Ragtime- South Bay Musical Theatre (formerly Saratoga Drama Group)

Standout Technical Design (Lights, Sound, Props)
Turn of the Screw – Broadway West (Lights)
Always…Patsy Cline – San Jose Stage Company (Sound)
First Person Shooter – City Lights Theatre Company (Multimedia)
LOCAL ACTORS AND ACTRESSES TO WATCH OUT FOR: Kerie Darner, Heidi Kobara, Carly Honfi, Rebecca Lipon, Morgan Voellger, Rami Margron, RaMond Thomas, Brian Palac, Jake Vincent, Geoff Fiorito, Travis Leland, Greg Goebel, Alan Kaiser, Peter Finlayson, and David Ammon.

2008 HONOREES
Standout Dramatic Productions:

Boy Gets Girl – City Lights Theatre Company
Glengarry Glen Ross – San Jose Stage Company
Mary’s Wedding – California Theatre Center
Standout Comedy Productions:
And Baby Makes 7 – Theatre Q
Picasso at the Lapin Agile – Northside Theatre Company
As Bees in Honey Drown – Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Standout Classic Productions:
Measure for Measure – Arclight Repertory
The Constant Wife – Santa Clara Players
Twelve Angry Men – Broadway West
Standout New Work Productions:
Letters from the Front – Crystal Springs Players
Space is Blue and Birds Fly in It – The Pear Avenue Theatre
The Sugar Witch – Northside Theatre Company
Standout Musical Productions:
My Fair Lady – Foothill Music Theatre
Beauty and the Beast – Saratoga Drama Group
Assasins – Actors Theatre Center
Standout Family and/or Youth Productions:
The Wizard of Oz – Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
Pandemonium – The Tabard Theatre Company

Standout Set Design:
Urinetown – Douglas Morrisson Theatre
I Hate Hamlet – Hillbarn Theatre
CTC Summer Repertory Season – California Theatre Center
Standout Costumes:
Picasso at the Lapin Agile – Northside Theatre Company
The Importance of Being Earnest – Bus Barn Stage Company
The Diary of Anne Frank – San Jose Stage Company
Standout Technical Design:
Oda Oak Oracle – Stanford Summer Theatre, Lights
Blade to the Heat – San Jose Stage Company, Sound
Northanger Abbey – The Pear Avenue Theatre, Props
Steel Magnolias – Broadway West, Props
Homeland Prayer- The Pear Avenue Theatre, Sound and Lights
Local Actors to Watch for Next Season: Mary Horne, EJ Taylor, Ross Harkness, Molly Thornton, Jeff Clarke, Jaclyn Blythe, Kendra Owens, Annamarie MacLeod, Amanda Felson, Kevin Hsieh, Julian Hornik, Dirk Leatherman, Daphne Nayar.

2007 Honorees
Standout Dramatic Productions:
The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? – City Lights Theatre Company
Golden Child – Hillbarn Theatre
The Woman in Black – California Theatre Center

Standout Comedy Productions:
Thumbs – Broadway West
The Baltimore Waltz – The Pear Avenue Theatre
Humble Boy – Dragon Productions Theatre Company

Standout Classic Productions:
Enchanted April – Busbarn Stage Company
Long Day’s Journey into Night – The Pear Avenue Theatre

Standout New Work Productions:
Gilligan’s Island – Actor’s Theatre Center
Bill of (W)Rights – Renegade Theatre Experiment
Voluntary Amneisia – City Lights Theatre Company

Standout Musical Productions:
Grand Hotel – Hillbarn Theatre
She Loves Me – Saratoga Drama Group
Tick, Tick…Boom – Busbarn Stage Company
Standout Family and/or Youth Productions:
Sideways Storeis from Wayside School – Renegade Theatre Experiment
A Year with Frog and Toad – Busbarn Stage Company
Standout Set Design:
Crime and Punishment – Northside Theatre Company
Humble Boy – Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Thumbs – Broadway West
Standout Costumes:
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches – City Light Theatre Company
Greater Tuna – San Jose Stage Company
Pippin – Foothill Music Theatre
Standout Technical Design:
Aida – West Valley Light Opera
Greater Tuna – San Jose Stage Company, Sound
The Woman in Black – California Theatre Center
Local Actors to Watch for Next Season: Katie Anderson, Afton Bolz, Camila Frausto, Beverly Griffith, Alika Spencer, Shannon Stowe, John Aney, Jason arias, Russ Bohard, Dan Kapler, Charles McKeithan, Charlie Showmaker, Nowel Wood.

2006 Honorees
Standout Contemporary Adult Productions:
Waitingg to Dance – Renegade Theatre Experiment
Proof – City Lights Theatre Company
True West – San Jose Stage Company
Standout Comedy Productions:
Romance in D – Bus Barn Stage Company
The Nerd- City Lights Theatre Company
California Suite – Northside Theatre Company
Standout Classic Productions:
The Miracle Worker – Broadway West Theatre Company
The Belle of Amherst – The Pear Avenue Theatre
Inherit the Wind – San Jose Stage Company
Standout New Work Productions:
Pear Slices – The Pear Avenue Theatre
Dot You! A Musical Jab at the Last Three Years of the 20th Century – T & T
Standout Musical Productions:
John & Jen – Bus Barn Stage Company
My way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra – Hillbarn Theatre
Oklahoma! – Saratoga Drama Group
Standout Family and/or Youth Productions:
A Taffeta Christmas – The Tabard Theatre Company

Standout Set Design:
The Rocky Horror Show – Actors Theatre Center
The Art of Dining – Dragon Productions Theatre Company
The Little Theatre’s Productions of Hamlet – Santa Clara Players

Standout Costumes:
Urinetown – San Jose Stage Company
La Cage aux Folles – Saratoga Drama Group
Mame – West Valley Light Opera

Standout Technical Design:
My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra – Hillbarn Theatre
Proof – San Jose Stage Company
Tenders in the Fog – San Jose Stage Company

Local Actors to Watch for Next Season: Julieanne Arnal, Allison Asher, Terry Boero, Lillian Bogovich, Jessica Lynn Carroll, Courtney Stokes, Kristin Stokes, Adam Campbell, Ted D’Agostino, Steve Lambert, Fred Sharkey, Christina Thomas, Jim Woodbury.

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