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Nominees of ‘Year’s Best’ from your San Diego Theatre Critics Circle announced

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San Diego/La Jolla CA---The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, or the newly renamed ‘The Craig Noel Awards for Theatre Excellence’, now celebrating its eleventh year is once again ready to honor the best of the best in theatre for this last year of 2013.

Throughout the year most in the Critics Circle attend, at minimum, about one hundred performances in and about the San Diego area; some even more. Throughout the season these shows are discussed on a monthly basis for this once a year celebration. Now the long awaited process has been cooked to our perfection and the time has come to announce the nominees based on the consensus of our collective experiences:

Outstanding Resident Musical

"Chicago," San Diego Musical Theatre


"Fiddler on the Roof," Lamb’s Players Theatre


“South Pacific,” Moonlight Stage Productions


“In the Heights,” San Diego Repertory Theatre


“Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein,” Moonlight Stage Productions

Outstanding New Musical

"A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder," The Old Globe

"The Last Goodbye," The Old Glob

Outstanding Musical Direction

Don LeMaster, "The Sound of Music," San Diego Musical Theatre

G. Scott Lacy "Fiddler on the Roof," Lamb’s Players Theatre

Elan McMahan, "South Pacific," Moonlight Stage Productions

Kris Kukul , "The Last Goodbye," The Old Globe

Greg Jarrett, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Choreography

Randy Slovacek," Chicago," San Diego Musical Theatre

Javier Velasco, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Orchestrations

Jonathan Tunick, "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" ,The Old Globe

Kris Kukul, "The Last Goodbye," The Old Globe,

Harold Wheeler, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

ACTING AWARDS

Outstanding Ensemble

“The Brothers Size,” The Old Globe


“The Bluest Eye,” Moxie Theatre & Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

“Time Stands Still,” North Coast Repertory Theatre


“Other Desert Cities,” The Old Globe


"Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," ion theatre,


“Extraordinary Chambers,” Mo’olelo Performing Arts Compay


“The 39 Steps,” Lamb’s Players Theatre

Outstanding Solo Performance

Hershey Felder, “An American Story for Actor and Orchestra”

Sean Sullivan, “Baby Redboots Revenge,” San Diego Fringe Festival

Eliza Jane Schneider, "Freedom of Speech," Moxie Theatre


Herbert Siguenza, "A Weekend with Pablo Picasso," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female

Eileen Bowman, “Pete ‘n’ Keely,” Lamb’s Players Theatre


Emma Radwick, “Chicago,” San Diego Musical Theatre


Allison Spratt Pearce, "The Sound of Music," San Diego Musical Theatre

Hilary Maiberger, “South Pacific,” Moonlight Stage Productions,


Erin Davie & Emily Padgett, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male

Randall Dodge, “South Pacific,” Welk Resorts Theatre


Phil Johnson, “Pete ‘n’ Keely,” Lamb’s Players Theatre


Jefferson Mays, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Ken Barnett, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Jai Rodriguez, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male

A. Saunders, "Chicago," San Diego Musical Theatre


Randall Dodge, "The Sound of Music," San Diego Musical Theatre


Phil Johnson, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Musical," Intrepid Shakespeare Company

Randall Dodge, "The Wizard of Oz," Moonlight Stage Productions


Spencer Smith, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female

Chilina Kennedy, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Lisa O’Hare, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Victoria Strong, "The Sound of Music," San Diego Musical Theatre


Linda Libby, "Company," Cygnet Theatre

Susan Denaker, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male

Miles Anderson, “The Merchant of Venice,” The Old Globe


Russell Harvard, “Tribes,” La Jolla Playhouse


John Lavelle, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” The Old Globe

Claudio Raygoza, “Shining City,” ion theatre


Steven Lone, "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," ion theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Female

Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson, “The Trip to Bountiful,” New Village Arts

Mhari Sandoval, “Time Stands Still,” North Coast Repertory Theatre

Kandis Chappell, “Other Desert Cities,” The Old Globe


Caroline Kinsolving, "Venus in Fur," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Deborah Gilmour Smyth, "Wit," Lamb's Players Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female

Kandis Chappell, “Pygmalion,” The Old Globe


Yolanda Franklin, “The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler,” Diversionary Theatre

Mary Beth Peil, "His Girl Friday," La Jolla Playhouse


Meghan O’Neill, “Tribes,” La Jolla Playhouse


Linda Libby, "The Importance of Being Earnest," Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male

Don Sparks, “Pygmalion,” The Old Globe


Antonio T.J. Johnson, “Gem of the Ocean,” Cygnet Theatre


Brian Abraham, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," ion theatre


Steve Gunderson, "His Girl Friday," La Jolla Playhouse


Sherman Howard, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” The Old Globe

TECHNICAL AWARDS

Outstanding Sound Design

Joseph Huppert, “Extraordinary Chambers,” Mo’olelo Performing Arts


Dan Moses Schreier, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” The Old Globe

Christopher Luessmann, "The Wizard of Oz," Moonlight Stage Productions


Jon Lorenz, "Wit," Lamb's Players Theatre


Lindsay Jones, "The Tallest Tree in the Forest," La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Costume Design

Robert Morgan, “Pygmalion,” The Old Globe


Linda Cho, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Deirdre Clancy, “The Merchant of Venice,” The Old Globe


Shirley Pierson, "The Importance of Being Earnest," Cygnet Theatre

Paul Tazewell, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Lighting Design

Christopher Loren Renda, “The Trip to Bountiful,” New Village Arts


Philip S. Rosenberg, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

York Kennedy, “Other Desert Cities,” The Old Globe


David Lander, "His Girl Friday," La Jolla Playhouse


Justin Townsend, "The Last Goodbye," The Old Globe

Outstanding Scenic Design

Alexander Dodge, “Pygmalion,” The Old Globe


Alexander Dodge, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe

Alexander Dodge, “Other Desert Cities,” The Old Globe


Robert Brill, "His Girl Friday," La Jolla Playhouse


David F. Weiner, “Extraordinary Chambers,” Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

Outstanding Projection Design

Aaron Rhyne, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe


Marc Anthony Thompson, “The Mountaintop,” San Diego Repertory Theatre


Keith Skretch, "Double Indemnity," The Old Globe


Victoria Petrovich, "A Weekend with Pablo Picasso," San Diego Repertory Theatre

John Narun, "The Tallest Tree in the Forest," La Jolla Playhouse

DIRECTING AWARDS

Outstanding Direction of a Play

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, “The Bluest Eye,” Moxie Theatre & Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

Claudio Raygoza, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," ion theatre


Seema Sueko, “Extraordinary Chambers,” Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company


Adrian Noble, “The Merchant of Venice,” The Old Globe

Glenn Paris, “Shining City,” ion theatre


Sam Woodhouse & Kim Rubinstein, "Venus in Fur," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Darko Tresnjak, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” The Old Globe,

Ray Limon, “Chicago,” Welk Resorts Theatre


Randall Hickman, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” Premiere Productions


Sam Woodhouse, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Matthew J. Vargo, "Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein," Moonlight Stage Productions.

PRODUCTION AWARDS

Outstanding Dramatic Production

“The Bluest Eye,” Moxie Theatre & Mo’olelo Performing Arts

“Extraordinary Chambers,” Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company

“The Merchant of Venice,” The Old Globe


“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” The Old Globe

"Venus in Fur," San Diego Repertory Theatre,

"Wit," Lamb's Players Theatre.

Outstanding Special Event

DNA New Work Series, La Jolla Playhouse

“San Diego, I Love You!,” Circle Circle dot dot

“Accomplice: San Diego,” La Jolla Playhouse San Diego

San Diego Fringe Festival,

Without Walls Festival, La Jolla Playhouse.

Other awards that will be announced from the stage on Feb. 10:

Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theater Company,

Actor of the Year


Lifetime Achievement Award

Outstanding Young Artist/Sandra Ellis Troy Scholarship

For more information about The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and past award winners go to sdcriticscircle.org

Please be sure to check your email for your invitation; RSVP and join us in this celebration that is all about you, your talent and your giving spirits.

Dates: Feb. 10, 2014

Organization: San Diego Theatre Critics Circle

Production Type: Awards Show

Where: Museum of Contemporary Arts, San Diego, in La Jolla

Price: Free and by invitation

Web: sdcriticscircle.org

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