Chanticleers 23rd Annual Awards Night

Photo: A Christmas Carol nominees: Safiyah Hernandez and C. Conrad Cady
A Christmas Carol nominees: Safiyah Hernandez and C. Conrad Cady

Stars of our local community theater gathered together on Sunday, January 8th  to celebrate Chanticleers Theatre’s 23rd Annual Awards Night. Our own version of the Academy Awards, the evening was filled with entertaining scenes from all the 2016 shows, “outstanding award” presentations and plenty of humor from Master of Ceremonies, Brook Robinson.

Awards were decided on the basis of judges’ votes. Ten independent “secret” judges attend all the 2016 season shows and use a point system to evaluate actors’ performances, set design, costumes, etc. The highest scoring nominee in each category is then announced at the January awards ceremony each year. The nominees for 2016 awards were:
Awards for an “outstanding performance” in each category were presented to:

Outstanding Costumes: Barbara McKee and Suzan Lorraine (Drinking Habits)
Outstanding Set Design: Barbara McKee and Georgia Lee (Drinking Habits)
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Emily Jeanes (Drinking Habits)
Oustanding Supporting Actor: Kip Wixson (Tuesdays with Morrie)
Outstanding Lead Actress: Charlotte Jacobs (Drinking Habits)
Outstanding Lead Actor: Kerel Rennacker  (Tuesdays with Morrie)
Outstanding Director: Jacqui Herrera (Tuesdays with Morrie)
Outstanding Production: Tuesdays with Morrie

A number of special awards were also given. A plaque for ensemble performance was awarded to the cast and director, Chris Ciabattoni, of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Special lifetime member awards were presented to Barbara and Dwight Perry, who have contributed selflessly in countless ways to Chanticleers Theatre for more than 30 years.  Also honored with a special award was Jer Kruse, who has contributed to Chanticleers for over a decade in many capacities, including President of the Board of Directors, Playhouse Facility Manager, and currently Board Treasurer and Technical Director. Jer’s award was very special, in the form of a miniature “porcelain throne” in reference to the role he played in project managing the upgraded new restrooms at Chanticleers last summer. Chanticleers’ Artistic Director, John Baiocchi delivered a special note of recognition and thanks to all who contributed on the technical, behind-the-scenes side of all the 2016 productions.

The evening ended with the unveiling of posters for Chanticleers’ 2017 Season shows: Rumors, director John Maio; Wait Until Dark, director Michael Sally; Elvis Has Left the Building, director Jacob Russell-Synder; and The Addams Family, A New Musical, director John Baiocchi.

Following the awards presentation, everyone enjoyed a champagne and dessert reception.

Congratulations to all on a very successful 2016 season. Chanticleers Theatre is grateful to all the actors, crew and volunteers who made 2016 a great year for the theatre and all the audience members who enjoyed the results of your work. We thank you!