Two from metro-east win Theater Circle awards

For the News-DemocratMarch 19, 2014 

Three productions were singled out for multiple awards during the second annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards Monday. Mustard Seed Theatre's a cappella World War I Christmas musical "All Is Calm," The Black Rep's Civil War drama "The Whipping Man" and St. Louis Actors Studio's existential comedy "Waiting for Godot" took honors for ensembles, productions and other awards in their categories.

Fairview Heights native Terry Meddows, a graduate of Belleville East High School and Illinois Wesleyan University, won outstanding actor for his performance in "Waiting for Godot." He is a veteran performer with St. Louis Actors Studio and other St. Louis companies, and can currently be seen in "The Awakening" at the Missouri History Museum, presented by SLAS.

Rob Lippert of O'Fallon won Best Lighting Design for the musical "Night of the Living Dead," which received its regional premiere at New Line Theatre last fall. He tied with Michael Case of "All is Calm," the only tie of the night. Lippert said in his acceptance speech that "Night" was his first professional show in St. Louis. He is now designing sets and lights for New Line and sets for Stray Dog Theatre's upcoming 'Cabaret," and has worked with metro-east community theater groups Looking Glass Playhouse, Brass Rail Players and Cathedral Players.

About 300 people attended the ceremony Monday at COCA in University City. The nominations were based on more than 100 professional theater productions in St. Louis during 2013.

The St. Louis Theater Circle was founded in 2012 by area critics, including Lynn Venhaus, representing the Belleville News-Democrat, to honor outstanding achievements in professional theater.

The list of award winners:

COMEDY

Outstanding Ensemble: "Waiting for Godot," St. Louis Actors Studio

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Emily Baker, "Boeing Boeing," Dramatic License Productions

Outstanding Supporting Actor: Anderson Matthews, "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Outstanding Actress: Judi Mann, "The Lyons," Max & Louie Productions

Outstanding Actor: Terry Meddows, "Waiting for Godot"

Outstanding Director: Bobby Miller, "Waiting for Godot"

Outstanding Production: "Waiting for Godot"

DRAMA

Outstanding Ensemble: "The Whipping Man," the Black Rep

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Elizabeth Townsend, "Good People," Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Supporting Actor: Bobby Miller, "King Lear," St. Louis Actors' Studio

Outstanding Actress: Sarah Godefroid Cannon, "Jane Eyre," Mustard Seed Theatre

Outstanding Actor: Jerry Vogel, "An Iliad," Upstream Theater

Outstanding Director: Tom Martin, "Our Town," Insight Theatre Company

Outstanding Production: "The Whipping Man," the Black Rep

MUSICALS

Outstanding choreographer: Dana Lewis, "My Fair Lady," Stages St. Louis

Outstanding musical director: Joe Schoen, "All Is Calm," Mustard Seed Theatre

Outstanding ensemble: "All Is Calm," Mustard Seed Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress: Zoe Vonder Haar, "Always . . . Patsy Cline," Stages St. Louis

Outstanding Supporting Actor: Antonio Rodriguez, "Cafe Chanson," Upstream Theater

Outstanding Actress: Pamela Brumley, "My Fair Lady," Stages St. Louis

Outstanding Actor: Hugh Panaro, "Les Miserables," the Muny

Outstanding Director: Deanna Jent, "All Is Calm"

Outstanding Production: "All Is Calm"

DESIGN

Design awards to plays (comedies and dramas)

Outstanding set design: Beowulf Borritt, "Fly," Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding costume design: Patricia McGourty, "Sense and Sensibility," Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Lighting Design: James Sale, "Double Indemnity," Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Sound Design: Ellie Schwetye, "The Woman in Black," Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble

Design Awards to musicals

Outstanding set design: Robert Mark Morgan, "West Side Story," the Muny

Outstanding costume design: Dorothy Marshall Englis, "My Fair Lady," Stages St. Louis

Outstanding lighting design (a tie): Michael Sullivan, "All Is Calm," Mustard Seed Theatre, and Rob Lippert, "Night of the Living Dead," New Line Theatre

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

Outstanding New Play: Nancy Bell, "Old Hearts Fresh," Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Special award for a unique theatrical experience: Em Piro and St. Louis Fringe Festival

Special award for a body of work: Scott Miller, artistic director of New Line Theatre

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