Friday, September 16, 2016

Presenters for this year's Zoni Awards have been announced!

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The presenters have been announced for the 26th annual ariZoni Awards of Theatre Excellence* -

Youth Ceremony

Actress and Actor in a Supporting Role – Play & Musical
Presenters: Noah Delgado and Adam Miller - Actor’s Youth Theater

2015 Scholarship Awards
Presenter: Karen Rolston, East Valley Children’s Theater, ariZoni Board Member

Performance: “Good to Be Bad” from Twilight’s Quest
Performed by Theater Works YouthWorks
Presenter: Shelby Maticic, Brelby Theatre, ariZoni Board Member

Lighting Design and Scenic Design
Presenters: Kathie McMahon and Suzie Olson - East Valley Children’s Theater

Costume Design and Hair and Makeup Design
Presenters: Patricia Tonzi, ariZoni Board Member/Fountain Hills Theater
Ross Collins, Fountain Hills Youth Theater

In Memoriam
Presenter: Rob Stuart, ariZoni Board Member

Performance: Selections from Legally Blonde
Performed by Musical Theatre of Anthem
Presenter: Damon J. Bolling, ariZoni Board Member

Sound Design and Property Design
Presenters: Matt McAuley and Steven Pleasants - Ghostlight Theatre

Choreography and Music Direction
Presenters: Thomas Graca and Jesse Pike - Starlight Community Youth Theatre

Original Script and Original Music Composition
Presenters: Grace Napoletano and Connor Brigola - Studio 3 Performing Arts Academy

Performance: “It Sucks to Be Me” from Avenue Q: School Edition
Performed by Desert Foothills Youth Theater
Presenter: Gil Benbrook, ariZoni Board Member

Artistic Specialization
Presenter: AJ Palubinskas - Theater Works YouthWorks

Actress and Actor in a Major Role - Play & Musical
Presenters: Camden Wawro and Callista Walker - Spotlight Youth Theatre

Performance: “Purple Summer” from Spring Awakening
Performed by Spotlight Youth Theatre
Presenter: Kandyce Hughes, ariZoni Board Member

Director – Play & Musical
Presenters: Jessica Kishbaugh and Sarah Brayer - Musical Theatre of Anthem

Overall Production - Play & Musical
Presenters: Kayla Dobbs and Chloe Otstot - Desert Foothills Youth Theater

Adult Ceremony

Actress and Actor in a Supporting Role – Play
Presenters: John Perovich and Brian Maticic - Brelby Theatre

Actress and Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical
Presenters: Shaun Michael McNamara, All Puppet Players,
Randy Messersmith, Scottsdale Community College

Accountant Explanation; 
Richard Powers Hardt, ariZoni Board of Directors, Marissa Graves, Accountant

Guest Actor – Play or Musical
Presenter: Gary Caswell, Don Bluth Front Row Theatre

Performance: “I Do, I Do In the Sky” from The Drowsy Chaperone
Performed by ASU Lyric Opera Theatre
Presenter: Brian DeMaris, ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

Max McQueen Distinguished Service Award:
Recipient: Tempe Center for the Arts
Presenters: Dwayne Hartford and Max McQueen

Lighting Design and Scenic Design
Presenter: Toby Yatso - ASU Lyric Opera Theatre

Costume Design and Hair and Makeup Design
Presenter: Karen McAuley, Ghostlight Theatre

In Memoriam
Presenter: Rob Stuart, ariZoni Board Member

Performance: “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” from Sweeney Todd
Performed by Mesa Encore Theatre
Presenter: Suze St. John, Mesa Encore Theatre

Director – Play
Presenter: Michael Kary, GCU’s Ethington Theatre

Director – Musical
Presenter: Kevin Dressler, MCC Theatre and Film Arts

Sound Design and Property Design
Presenters: Sedona Tracey and Matthew Harris, Desert Foothills Theater

Choreography and Music Direction
Presenters: Patricia Tonzi, ariZoni Board Member/Fountain Hills Theater, Suzu Henderson, Fountain Hills Theater

Excellence in Stage Management
Recipient: Linda Ferington
Presenters: Rebecca Weinstein, ariZoni Board of Directors, Peter Hill, Fountain Hills Theater

Original Script and Original Music Composition
Presenter: Cambrian James, Hale Centre Theatre

Artistic Specialization
Presenter: David Seitz, Glendale Community College

Performance: “The Moon and Me” from The Addams Family
Performed by Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
Presenters: Jere Van Patten and Linda Barton, Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

Actress and Actor in a Major Role - Play
Presenters: Allyson Van Patten, MCC Act I Musical Productions,
Tom Piemme, Sun City Grand Drama & Comedy Club

Actress and Actor in a Major Role - Musical
Presenters: Thomas F. Graca and Pat Drapac, Starlight Community Theater

The Kyle Lawson Outstanding Contribution Award
Recipient: Gil Benbrook
Presenters: Michael Barnard, Phoenix Theatre, Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

Performance: “You Don’t Know/I Am the One” from Next to Normal
Performed by Nearly Naked Theatre
Presenter: Damon Dering, Nearly Naked Theatre

Overall Production - Play
Presenter: Cate Hinkle, Theater Works

Overall Production - Musical
Presenter: Brooke Unverferth, Stray Cat Theatre

The 26th annual ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence takes place on Monday, September 19th at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The Youth Celebration starts at 5:30PM, and the Adult Celebration begins at 8:00PM. Tickets are on sale now - CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets today

*as of September 16th

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