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Nominated for Best Supporting Actor

Nominations for the 2012 Column Awards were announced Sunday evening via a live webcast in front of a live audience.  Brad Stephens received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Play, Equity.  Stephens was nominated for his portrayal of The Scarlet Pimpernel in last year’s Circle Theatre production of Seven in One Blow, a panto written by Randy Sharp and the Axis Company, directed by Robin Armstrong.

Stephens received news of the nomination backstage during a sold-out performance of Noises Off at Theatre Arlington Sunday night.  “The work is always it’s own reward,” he said, “but it is a thrill to have your efforts recognized by your peers, especially in a pool of fantastic DFW theater talent.”  This is Stephens third nomination for a Column Award, winning one in 2010 for his work in All My Sons at ICT MainStage.

The Column Awards honors excellence in theatre throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth theater community, both in Equity and Non-Equity theater companies.  This marks their 13th year uniting and celebrating the accomplishments of all artists who bring to life the art of theater.

Nominations are made by the over 22,000 readers who subscribe to The Column.  Practically everyone and anyone who is involved in DFW theater is a subscriber as well as those who love to attend and support this beautiful art.  Thus, those nominated have been chosen not only by the very peers with whom they work but also the very audiences for whom they perform.

“This year the voting was higher than any previous year since the creation of the electronic ballot,” stated Executive Director/Producer & Founder of The Column Awards, John Garcia.  “The first day of voting alone shattered all previous years in just one day! The final voting total was close to a staggering 200,000 votes.” he stated.

“I think this was one of the most bountiful seasons of riches with the outstanding talent provided by theater companies both big and small.  So to go from countless hundreds of possible individuals and shows to just six is such a difficult decision made by the voter.  But they hold the power as The Column Awards are their voice” Garcia said.

The Column Awards is also a major fundraiser gala for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, a charity they have supported since year one.  They have raised & donated close to $70,000.00 to BC/EFA to date. The Column Awards is the only awards organization in the entire United States that donates all money raised (after expenses) from ticket sales of the gala to BC/EFA.  The Column Awards has been very honored to have been acknowledged by the national media, BC/EFA, Actor’s Equity Association, and the Broadway community for their fundraising efforts.

This year’s Column Awards black tie/formal wear Gala will be held Monday February 27, 2012 at the Patty Granville Performing Arts Center in Garland, Texas.  Cocktail reception starts at 7:00pm with the ceremonies beginning at 8:00pm.  Announcement of celebrity guest stars will be forthcoming.

For ticket info and all information about The Column Awards, go to www.thecolumnawards.org.

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Review: “Plenty of Holiday Fun”

Circle Theatre’s new show offers plenty of holiday fun

By Mark Lowry
Special to DFW.com

FORT WORTH — In the States, we like our holiday theater with a heavy dose of Dickens. But in his homeland, they prefer it with corny jokes and singalongs in a daffy fairy tale retelling, otherwise known as panto.

Fort Worth gets a taste of the form at Circle Theatre with Seven in One Blow or The Brave Little Kid by New Yorker Randy Sharp and Axis Company. Sharp and her colleagues were at Saturday night’s opening at Circle, and they have every reason to be pleased with the second professional production of their confection.

The anchor story is the Brothers Grimm tale of the Kid (a terrific Mikaela Krantz) who killed seven flies with one swat and then bragged about the feat without mentioning that the victims were insects.

That led others to think the kid had slain something much larger. Re-imagined as an urban tale, it’s narrated by homeless guys Mack (Shane Strawbridge as the most motivating emcee you’ll ever encounter) and Frankie (Eric Dobbins). The fly-slaying kid’s journey includes an Ogre (perfectly ogre-the-top Jim Johnson) and Scarlet Pimpernel (a hilariously stiff Brad Stephens).

Directed by North Texas’ maestro of farce, Robin Armstrong (who also handles costume design), Circle’s production takes some liberties with the British panto style and with Sharp’s original version. For instance, the role of the QK is meant as a “dame” role, or a man in outlandish drag. Here, Kevin Scott Keating is dressed as a foppish king, holding and voicing a sharp-tongued rod puppet for the Q part of that equation. The swap works.

Others in the cast having too much fun include Sherry Hopkins (as a formalwear Witch), Michael James (as December) and Amy Elizabeth Jones as a green vegetable kids normally don’t like.

For about the first half of Circle’s existence, it produced silly melodramas at Christmastime. It makes sense that, to close its 30th season, it would return to a delightfully bonkers way of making merry.

SEVEN IN ONE BLOW or The BRAVE LITTLE KID runs through December 17, 2011 at Circle Theatre, 230 West Fourth St., Fort Worth, TX 76102 in Sundance Square.  Call the box office at 817-877-3040 to reserve tickets or visit www.circletheatre.com.

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The Brave Little Kid

Brad Stephens accepted an offer earlier this week to perform in Circle Theatre’s production of Seven in One Blow by Randy Sharp, directed by Robin Armstrong.  Stephens will play the Scarlet Pimpernel in a play sure to delight children and adults alike.  Running November 17 through December 17, 2011, the production rounds out the Fort Worth theater’s 30th season.

This “family friendly” play was written and conceived by Randy Sharp and Axis Company. It is adapted from a classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, featuring a blend of music, creative technology and live performance. Children (and adults) in the audience will be encouraged to participate in many of the Kid’s challenges with singing and organized “shout outs.”

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Circle Theatre website.

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