Live from the Seventh Annual Henry Awards


The Colorado Theatre Guild will honor the best and the brightest from 2011-12 season during their seventh annual awards ceremony tonight at the L2 Arts and Culture Center in Denver. Check back for a live feed from the ceremony starting at 7 p.m.

10:05 p.m. — That’s all she wrote, folks. Three hours and nearly 25 awards later, the hosts wrap up the festivities. The big winners tonight — the Arvada Center, the Town Hall Arts Center and the Curious Theatre Company, among others — have set the bar pretty high for next year.

10:00 p.m. — John Ashton present award for outstanding season for a theater company — WINNER — Arvada Center.

9:57 p.m. — Ben Dicke and Billie McBride present award for outstanding production of a musical — WINNER — Ragtime, the Arvada Center.

9:55 p.m. — Paige Price and Mary Lou Westerfield present the award for outstanding production of a play — WINNER — Red, Curious Theatre company.

9:51 p.m. — Erik Edborg and SmAnTha Schmitz present the award for outstanding direction of a musical — WINNER  — Nick Sugar, The Who’s Tommy, Town Hall Arts Center.

9:47 p.m. — Mary Dailey presents the award for outstanding musical direction — WINNER — Donna Debreceni, The Who’s Tommy, Town Hall Arts Center. (The crowd erupts; screams from the cast of Tommy).

9:43 p.m. — Steve Wilson and Melanie Mayner present the award for outstanding direction of a play — WINNER — Christy Montour-Larson, Red, Curious Theatre Company.

9:37 p.m. — Steve Wilson delivers “A Word About the state of Denver media.”

“We need to take a greater role in advocating for our work,” Wilson says. “It’s more important than ever to support and encourage those who are still working to evaluate (what we do) … The critic as adversary is really an archaic notion.”

9:30 p.m. PERFORMANCE — “Pinball Wizard” from the Town Hall Arts Center’s production of The Who’s Tommy. Cast includes Lisa Finnerty, Keegan Flaugh, Anna Gibson, Ashlie Amber-Harris, Tim Howard, Rob Janzen, Matt LaFontaine, Cora Marsh, Russell Mernagh, Norrell Moore, Melissa Morris, Rob Riney, James Thompson, Markus Warren.

9:16 p.m. Michael Morgan presents award for journalistic excellence in the arts to former Denver Post theater critic John Moore. Morgan score from Holst’s The Planets on cellphone as he pays a lovingly absurd tribute to Moore’s work as a theater critic. The band breaks out in a cover by the Avett Brothers; crowd applauses raucously.

Audience rises in standing ovation.

“This has been a year of great change, not only for myself but for the whole theater community,” Moore says. “To quote the Flaming Lips, I think brighter days are ahead for the whole planet … I got into this job with two goals: To work hard and to tell stories.”

“You turn on the other half of my brain,” Moore adds.

9:15 p.m. Rebecca Gorman O’Neill presents award for outstanding regional theatre company — WINNER — Thunder River Theatre Company, Carbondale.

9:10 p.m. Rachel Founder and Pesha Rudnick present award for outstanding lead actor in a play — WINNER — Sean Scrutchins, 9 Circles, Curious Theatre Company.

9:05 p.m. Sheila Traister and ZZ Moor present award for outstanding lead actress in a play — WINNER — Lisa Bruneau, Heartbreak House, Denver Center Theatre Company.

9:02 p.m. Tim McCracken and Tracy Shaffer present award for outstanding new play — WINNER — Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera AloneBuntport Theatre.

8:52 p.m. — Jim Hunt calls for Brian Colonna and Erin Rollman to join him onstage. “They’ve been incredible hosts for so many years.” Leads ‘In Memoriam’ slideshow; recites Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” Pays tribute to journalist Holly Bartges, CTG judge, teacher and theatergoer Kay Marie Mirich, sound engineer Leslie Burnside, Platte Valley Players founding member Sheri Simon, theater mentor and Evergreen Theatre alum P.K. Worley, union members Richard LaRue and John Peterson.

8:43 p.m. — PHAMALY theater company’s Lucy Roucis presents the CTG’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Tom McNally. McNally: “I want to thank the CTG for giving this award to a teacher … I have been so lucky to do that.” Pays tribute to UNC’s theater department. “What we do is so damned important … Don’t let anybody put down what you do … Let me tell you about the theater arts: We’re the shit.”

8:38 p.m. — PERFORMANCE — The cast of the Vintage Theatre Company’s production of Avenue Q  performs “For Now.” The ensemble includes Michael Bouchard, Patrick Brownson, Leslie Randle-Chapman, Eric Fry, Anna High, Paul Jaquith, Carolyn Lohr, Mackenzie Paulsen, Keith Rabin Jr., Mark Shonsey. Donna Debreceni and the house band play the score. On a side note, this production will be at the Aurora Fox theater next year.

8:35 p.m. — Fresh off her win, Megan Van de Hay presents award for outstanding lead actor in a musical — WINNER — Tally Sessions, Chess, The Arvada Center.

8:30 p.m. — Nick Sugar presents award for outstanding lead actress in a musical — WINNER — Megan Van de Hay, Ragtime, Arvada Center.

8:27 p.m. — “Hosts in training” Steven Burge and GerRee Hinshaw present award for outstanding supporting actor in a play — WINNER — Benjamin Bonnefant, Red, Curious Theatre company.

8:25 p.m. — Karen Slack and Andy Waldschmidt present award for outstanding supporting actress in a play — WINNERS — Hannah Duggan, Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone and Erin Rollman, The Roast Beef Situation, Buntport Theatre company.

8:15 p.m. — A word from the Colorado Theatre Guild — Deb Flomberg and Gloria Shanstrom present the new, refitted Colorado Theatre Guild website.

8:10 p.m. — Performance — “Along Came Bialy” from the Town Hall Arts Center’s production of The Producers. Bernie Cardell emerges alone to kick off performance. Joined by Paula Bach, Rich Cadwallader, Nicole Campbell, Kevin Doherty, Kris Graves, TJ Hogle, Ryan Howard, Tim Howard, Rae Klapperich, John Mackey, Eric Mather, Mary McGroary, Meghan McMahon, Bekah, Ortiz, Jenny Parris, Chirs Russell, Liam Speros. Donna Debreceni and the house band plays.

8:10 p.m. — Schtick with Brian Colonna and “in training” hosts continues. Teach the duo to “walk and talk” at the same time. “You see, I sometimes smile, too.”

8 p.m. –Isabelle Clark presents special award for the National Theatre Conservatory, which graduated its final class in May.

7:53 p.m. — Randy Weeks presents special award for the Actors’ Equity Association.

7:51 — Lorenzo Sarinana and Jack Wefso present award for outstanding ensemble performance — WINNER — Red, Curious Theatre Company.

7:48 — Michael and Rachel Bouchard present award for outstanding choreography — WINNER — Nick Sugar, The Who’s Tommy, Town Hall Arts Center.

7:46 p.m. — Brian Landis Folkins and Christy Montour-Larson present award for outstanding scenic design — WINNER — Susan Crabtree, Red, Curious Theatre Company.

7:45 p.m. –Boni McIntyre and Keith Rabin Jr. present award for outstanding costume design — WINNER —  Christina Wright, American Night, Denver Center Theatre Company.

7:40 — Megan Van De Hey and Wayne Kennedy perform “Our Children” from the Arvada Center’s production of Ragtime.

7:35 — Emily Tarquin presents Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Multi-Media Presentation to Charlie Miller. A short video from the Denver Center Theatre Company precedes presentation.

7:35 — Michael Emmitt and Carla Kaiser Kotrc present award for outstanding lighting design. WINNER — Shannon McKinney, Red, Curious Theatre

7:31 — Lisa DeCaro and Len Matheo support award for outstanding sound design. WINNER — Will Burns, Red, Curious Theatre

7:30 p.m. — Michael J. Duran supports award for outstanding supporting actor in a musical. WINNER — Seth Caikowski, The Drowsy Chaperone, Boulder Dinner Theatre. 

7:30 p.m. — Stephen Day presents award for outstanding supporting actress in a musical. WINNER — Arlene Rapal, Avenue Q, Vintage Theatre Productions. (Director Bernie Cardell accepts).

7:22 p.m. — The Buntport Theatre’s Brian Colonna and Erin Rollman take the stage, with “hosts in training” Steven Burge and GerRee Hinshaw in the background. “There is quite a learning curve to what we do here,” Burge says, before Rollman announces that it’s her final year hosting.

7:15 p.m. — The show is kicking off the ceremony with the opening monologue from Boulder Dinner Theatre’s performance of the musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The BDT orchestra is joining crew from the show for a live rendition of “Toledo Surprise.”

7:05 — People are still streaming into the L2 Arts and Culture Center on East Colfax Avenue, and most of the reserved seats up front are still unoccupied. The band is starting to play its first notes, however, and the lights are going down.