After a very successful and jam-packed opening weekend, M&M Stage’s production of LI’L ABNER has completed the official 2015 eligibility form and is now eligible for nomination at The 2015 (yes, 2015) Kelsey Awards, taking place in August of 2015.
LI’L ABNER, which is directed by Matt South and choreographed by the very talented Laura Murey Ghaffoor, opened this past August 1st inside The Kelsey Theatre. If you haven’t caught it yet, this production runs for one more weekend (August 8-10, 2014) before the Dogpatch is gone for good. CLICK HERE to read The Kelsey Report Review of this production and to get more information about how you can purchase tickets for this final weekend.
The Kelsey Awards are presented by K2KEntertainment and The Kelsey Theatre Advisory Board. They both have jointly administered the Kelsey Awards since 2011, the year of the first live Kelsey Award ceremony. (CLICK HERE to see previous nominees and winners.) What sets this event apart from any other theater community theater award event is the fact that the general public (YOU!) choose the nominees AND the winners in each and every category. Throughout the summer, you will vote for your favorite productions and performers from the mainstage season at Kelsey Theatre. The 2014 Kelsey Awards are THIS August 16th at 8PM … CLICK HERE for more details!
But of course, since The Kelsey Theatre features full-length productions all year, the work for The 2015 Kelsey Awards have already begun, and LI’L ABNER is the 2nd show to become eligible for next year’s awards. Below, you will find a list of all of the categories that the show has submitted for nomination:
Please note – The list below show ELIGIBILITY STATUS, not nomination status. Nominees are determined via voting of all the ELIGIBLE candidates from ALL the show during the 2014-2015 Kelsey Theatre season. Voting begins in June 2015.
+OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
+OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN – Nick Mastalecz
+OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN – Robert Rutt
+OUTSTANDING COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGN – Louisa Murey
+OUTSTANDING SET & SCENIC DESIGN – Mike Almstedt, Nicholl Strouse, and Matt South
+OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY – Laura Murey Ghaffoor
+OUTSTANDING VOCAL & MUSIC DIRECTION – Charlie DeMets
+OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL – Matt South
+OUTSTANDING COMIC PERFORMANCE – Kathleen Kutalek as “Mammy Yokum”
+OUTSTANDING KELSEY THEATRE DEBUT PERFORMANCE – Glenn Kraft as “Abner Yokum”; Amber Payne as “Daisy Mae”
+OUTSTANDING MUSICAL NUMBER – “Jubilation T. Cornpone”
+VILLAIN OF THE YEAR – Tom Bessellieu as “General Bullmoose”; Evan Bilinski as “Earthquake McGoon”
+OUTSTANDING THEATRICAL ROMANTIC COUPLE – Glenn Kraft & Amber Payne as “Abner Yokum” & “Daisy Mae”
+OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERFORMER – Reise Kraft as “Crony”/”Dr. Smithborn”/”Secretary”; Trevor Frantz as “Lonesome Polecat”/”Crony”/”Dr. Schleifetz”/”Secretary”
+OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL – Kathleen Kutalek as “Mammy Yokum”; Kristina Lunetta as “Appasionata von Climax”
+OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – Del Howard as “Marryin’ Sam”; Evan Bilinkski as “Earthquake McGoon”; Tom Bessellieu as “General Bullmoose”
+OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL – Amber Payne as “Daisy Mae”
+OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – Glenn Kraft as “Abner Yokum”
CLICK HERE to visit The Kelsey Report official website and to get more information about The Kelsey Awards!