The journal of a Kentucky culture vulture
Nov18Filed under: Balagula Theatre, Central Kentucky Arts News, Theater; Tagged as: Aidan's Gift, Artists Collaborative Theatre, Balagula Theatre, Bardstown High School, Bernice Sizemore's 70th Birthday, Cody Anderson, Elizabeth Orndorff, Gareth Evans, Gone Astray, Kentucky Theatre Association, Little Women, Lynn McReynolds Chenault, Morehead State University, Nancy Gall-Clayton, Natasha Williams, Natasha's Bistro and Bar, One Freaky Afternoon in the Office Lunchroom, Overtones, Owensboro High School, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Peggy Kenney, Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Competition, Ryan Case, Samuel Beckett, Shelby County Community Theatre, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Teresa Myers, Village Players, Walter May
It’s only November, but Balagula Theatre can already lay claim to an award-winning season. The company, based at Natasha’s Bistro and Bar, took its productions of Samuel Beckett’s Play and Not I to Morehead State University for the community theater festival at the Kentucky Theatre Association’s annual conference, and it came home with several of the top prizes.
Best performance: “Selected Plays of Samuel Beckett,” performed by the Balagula Theatre Company
Outstanding director: Ryan Case and Natasha Williams, “Selected Plays of Samuel Beckett,” Balagula Theatre
Outstanding actor: Ryan Case, “Selected Plays of Samuel Beckett,” Balagula Theatre
Excellence in lighting design: Gareth Evans, “Selected Plays of Samuel Beckett,” Balagula Theatre
Excellence in scenic design: Gareth Evans, “Selected Plays of Samuel Beckett,” Balagula Theatre
The remainder of the community theater festival award winners were:
1st Runner Up for best performance: “Overtones,” performed by Shelby County Community Theatre
Outstanding actress: Lynn McReynolds Chenault, “Overtones,” Shelby County Community Theatre
Outstanding supporting actor: Cody Anderson, “Little Women,” Artists Collaborative Theatre, Elkhorn City
Outstanding supporting actress: Teresa Myers, “One Freaky Afternoon in the Office Lunchroom,” Village Players, Fort Thomas
Outstanding ensemble: “Overtones,” Shelby County Community Theatre
Excellence in costume design: “Little Women,” Artists Collaborative Theatre
Outstanding technical crew: “Little Women,” Artists Collaborative Theatre
Excellence in stage management: Peggy Kenney, “One Freaky Afternoon in the Office Lunchroom,” Village Players
Spirit award: “Little Women,” performed by Artists Collaborative Theatre
The Lexington area was also distinguished in KTA’s inaugural Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Competition, where Danville’s Elizabeth Orndorff won the top prize for “Aidan’s Gift” and Lexington’s Walter May was second runner up with “Gone Astray.” First runner up was “Bernice Sizemore’s 70th Birthday” by Nancy Gall-Clayton of Louisville.
In the High School festival, Paul Laurence Dunbar’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” was first runner up. The winner was Owensboro High School’s “Almost, Maine” and the second runner up was Bardstown High School’s “Zoo Story.”
For their wins, Balagula Theatre, Shelby County Community Theatre, Owensboro High School and Dunbar High will participate in the Southeastern Theatre Conference‘s play competitions when the annual regional theater event comes to Lexington March 3-7.
About Rich Copley & Copious Notes
Raised by opera-loving parents in a rock ’n’ roll world, Rich Copley has parlayed his broad interests into his career writing about arts and entertainment. Since 1998, he has covered performing arts, film and faith-based popular culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper in Lexington, Ky. MORE | E-mail Rich