Kelsey Theatre Productions Nominated
For 21 Perry Awards

8/8/08


Artistic Director Kitty Getlik reports that Kelsey Theatre productions from the 2007-08 season were nominated for a total of 21 Perry Awards, a recognition program of the New Jersey Association of Community Theatres (NJACT). Two productions, "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Singin' in the Rain," were showered with 17 nominations between them. Both shows were presented by Maurer Productions OnStage, a company under the creative direction of MCCC alumnus John Maurer ('84), Diana Gilman Maurer and Dan Maurer. Representatives from NJACT reviewed almost 500 plays around the state during the season.

"Driving Miss Daisy" received the following nominations in the Play category: Allwyn L. Baskin for Outstanding Play Lead Actor; Eve Connolly for Outstanding Play Lead Actress; M. Kitty Getlik for Outstanding Lighting Design; Dan Maurer for Outstanding Sound Design; Diana Maurer for Outstanding Costuming; Alycia Bauch-Cantor for Outstanding Properties; John Maurer and Amy Foris for Outstanding Scenic Design; Dan Maurer for Outstanding Direction; and John and Diana Maurer and Dan Maurer for Outstanding Production.

"Singin' in the Rain" received the following nominations in the Musical category: Jim Petro for Outstanding Lead Actor; Nicole Farina-Machin for Outstanding Lead Actress; Vicky Czarnik for Outstanding Featured Actress; Ray Murphy for Outstanding Ensemble Actor; Jane Coult for Outstanding Choreography; John Maurer for Outstanding Scenic Design; John Maurer for Outstanding Direction; and John and Diana Maurer and Dan Maurer for Outstanding Production.

Other nominations included Melissa Rittmann for Outstanding Featured Actress and Ruth Rittman for Outstanding Costuming in Pierrot Productions' "3 Penny Opera;" and Ruth Rittman for Outstanding Costuming in The Yardley Players' "Clue." In the Outstanding Original Production/Play category, MCCC student Kyrus Westcott was nominated for "NKD Sex. Lies. Life," presented by K2 Entertainment.

Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Sept. 21. For a complete list of nomations, visit the NJACT website.

"Driving Miss Daisy" actors Allwyn Baskin and
Eve Connolly have been nominated for
Best Actor and Best Actress in a play.
Nicole Farina-Machin earned a nomination for her starring role in the musical, "Singin' in the Rain."

Ray Murphy and Vicky Czarnik have been nominated for supporting roles in "Singin' in the Rain."

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