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Theatre League gives nods to 'Pump Boys,' 'reasons to be pretty'

Justin Baldwin earns Featured Actor commendation from the League of Cincinnati Theatres
Mikki Schaffner

AWARDS

The League of Cincinnati Theatres has recognized Ron Shaw with an award for his scenic design in the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center’s production of “Pump Boys & Dinettes” and Justin Baldwin for his performance in New Edgecliff Theatre’s production of “reasons to be pretty”.

Shaw was praised for the show’s “delightful” setting: a shabby gas station, run by Jim and L.M., next door to the Double Cupp Diner, managed by sisters Prudie and Rhetta Cupp.

According to one LCT panelist, “I thought the set was perhaps the best designed and executed I've ever seen at the Carnegie.”

Shaw, an associate professor at Northern Kentucky University, last designed at the Carnegie in 2011 for the theatre’s production of “The Odd Couple.” He has worked as a set, lighting and costume designer at other venues including Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, ArtReach Touring Theatre, Charlotte Repertory Theatre and the Children's Theatre of Charlotte.

“Pump Boys & Dinettes” is a hilarious and heartwarming country western music revue, with original songs including “Farmer Tan” and “The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine.” The show continues through April 29. Details and ticket information can be found at www.thecarnegie.com.

Baldwin was recognized in the category of featured actor in a play.

According to one LCT panelist, “Baldwin's character is a male stereotype, but he was able to skillfully craft it so Kent did not come off as one-dimensional.” Another praised Baldwin’s “raw emotional truthfulness.”

Baldwin serves as the associate managing director at New Edgecliff. Earlier this year, he appeared in the LCT Award-winning ensemble of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial at Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. A 2008 graduate of Miami University, Baldwin spent three years with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, where his credits included “Macbeth,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Measure for Measure” and “Pericles.” He’s also appeared in “The History Boys” at New Stage Collective and “A Christmas Carol” with Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

“reasons to be pretty” continues through April 28. Details and ticket information can be found at www.newedgecliff.com.

The League of Cincinnati Theatres was founded in 1999 to strengthen, nurture and promote Cincinnati’s theatre community. LCT provides its member companies and individual members with education, resources and services to enhance the quality and exposure of the theatre community in Cincinnati and increase community awareness, attendance and involvement. More information about the League can be found at www.leagueofcincytheatres.info.

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