Nominations for the 12th Annual Column Awards were streamed live over the Internet yesterday afternoon from the Irving Arts Center in Irving, Texas. Brad Stephens received a nomination in the category of Best Actor in a Musical, Non-equity for his performance in last October’s Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical at Greater Lewisville Community Theatre. This is his second Column Award nomination after winning Best Supporting Actor in a Play, Non-equity last year (All My Sons, ICT).
Stephens received the news via text message from good friend and fellow J&H cast-mate Diane Powell while attending a matinee performance of Othello in Albuquerque where his wife, Arlette Morgan, performs as Desdemona. Powell relayed that Morgan had also received a Best Featured Actress nod for the role of Jane Ashton in Brigadoon at Artisan Center Theater. In addition, both Jekyll & Hyde female leads, Courtney Sikora (Lucy Harris) and Michelle Foard (Emma Carew), received nominations as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Jaceson Barrus also earned an nomination for Best Lighting Design.
“I’m delighted to find myself in the company of some of the most talented performers in Dallas/Fort Worth,” Stephens said upon receiving the news. “Jekyll & Hyde was the most demanding role I’ve yet tackled and I’m humbled and grateful to receive such recognition. I’m especially happy for my co-stars who truly deserve this honor as does my gifted and supportive wife.”
Jekyll & Hyde was named one of DFW’s best productions of 2010 by John Garcia, Senior Chief Theater Critic and founder of The Column Online. “I was completely blown away by how Director Sharon Veselic and her highly talented cast actually created a fantastic, thrilling, and visually exciting production,” he exclaimed. Garcia also named Stephens, Sikora and Foard among his Breakthrough Performers of the Year. “The trio of leads tore into the score with vocal finesse with a hard working ensemble cresting right along with them in commitment and talent.”
The Column is the creation of professional actor/part time theater critic John Garcia. What began a little over a decade ago as a small email group of theater friends has grown into a major daily entertainment related column with over 19,000 subscribers. The Column Awards annually honors excellence in local theater productions. Additionally, The Column Awards strives to raise funds for the fight against AIDS by primarily contributing to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Finally, The Column Awards is dedicated to developing a love of theater in local youth.
Nominees were selected from a list of eligible productions and individuals by the collective subscribers of the Column throughout the month of January. Subscribers will vote on the nominees in a secondary round of voting beginning today. Winners will be announced at the annual Column Awards Gala on March 14th in the Carpenter Theater at the Irving Arts Center.
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Courtney Sikora as "Lucy"
Why does a wise man take leave of his senses? Where is that fine line where sanity melts? When does intelligence give way to madness? These questions and more are explored in Greater Lewisville CT’s production of Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical, now playing weekends through Hallowe’en.
The production sees Brad Stephens in the dual role of Dr. Henry Jekyll, a brilliant scientist whose experiments unwittingly unleash his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19-century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde. Stephens co-stars with a talented cast including Courtney Sikora as Lucy, Michelle Foard as Emma, Damon Wadyko as Utterson and E. Scott Arnold as Danvers.
Michelle Foard as "Emma"
Directed by Sharon Veselic with musical direction by John Norine and choreography by Joshua Scott Hancock, the show performs Friday and Saturday nights at 8 PM with Sunday matinees at 3 PM through October 31st. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre is located at 160 W. Main Street in Lewisville, TX. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors (65+) and juniors (18 and under). All shows have reserved seating. Visit www.glct.org to make reservations.
Based on the novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, the musical was conceived by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn. The music is by Wildhorn and the lyrics and book are by Leslie Bricusse. The show ran on Broadway for 1,543 performances in 1997 through 2001.
Special thanks to Michelle Mokry of Michi’s Hair Design for donating her time and considerable skills to the design of Jekyll/Hyde’s hair and make-up. Visit her at www.michishair.com.
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I am very pleased to announce, rather unexpectedly, that I have accepted the lead role in Greater Lewisville Community Theatre’s upcoming production of Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical, running October 15 – 31, 2010.
This recent change in my plans came clear out of the blue. As most of you may know, I had my eye on the role of Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird ever since Artisan Center Theater announced it last year as part of their 2010 season. However, my involvement next month in The Sound of Music at Casa Mañana proved to create a huge conflict in the former’s rehearsal schedule.
Then director Sharon Veselic contacted me about a couple of open roles for Jekyll & Hyde. During our correspondence, I dropped the hint that I wouldn’t mind auditioning for the lead should her Jekyll/Hyde fall through. Apparently that happened because I suddenly found myself singing “This Is the Moment” for the director and production team last evening, winning the role. Now I am thrilled to sink my teeth into this coveted part.
Jekyll & Hyde is a musical based on the novel, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Convinced the cure for his father’s mental illness lies in the separation of Man’s evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19-century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde. The original stage conception was by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn. The music is by Wildhorn and the lyrics and book are by Leslie Bricusse. The show ran on Broadway for 1,543 performances in 1997 through 2001.
My thanks to Sharon Veselic, Donna Cates, Dennis Canright and the folks at Artisan Center Theater for this opportunity and encouragement. This will be a lot of fun. Hope everyone can come out to see it!