2016 Kelsey Awards Recap: Highlights, Big Moments and ‘JMK’ Galore

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Curtains up! With JMK hosting the show for a third and final time, the 2016 Kelsey Awards were the hot ticket in town this past Saturday as all the Kelsey Theatre production companies converged under the same roof at the same time to celebrate the 2015-2016 Kelsey Theatre season.

Here are the 2016 Kelsey Awards photo highlights. (Videos will be coming soon!)


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What was your favorite moment from The 2016 Kelsey Awards?! We want to know! CLICK HERE to vote for your favorite moments! The results of this poll will be posted Friday, August 26!

ACT ONE

VIDEO: The 2015-2016 Season in Review

The award ceremony kicked off with a recap of the shows that went up during the 2015-2016 season at Kelsey. This video includes photos by Rob Gougher, Kyrus Keenan Westcott, John Maurer, and more.

JMK: Opening Monologue & Song

Outstanding Sound Design & Outstanding Lighting Design

Outstanding Sound Design Winner – Michael Mandl for Guys & Dolls

Outstanding Lighting Design Winner – M. Kitty Getlik for The Diary of Anne Frank

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The Cast of City of Angels Performs

Outstanding Costume & Make-up Design/Outstanding Set & Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume & Make-up Design Winner – Michelle Rittmann & Koren Zander for The Addams Family

Outstanding Set & Scenic Design Winner – Bryan Schendlinger for The Addams Family

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VIDEO: Upcoming Plays & Special Events

The audience received a special preview of all of the plays (non-musicals) and special events that are coming to the Kelsey Theatre next season:

Honoring Marc Flicker

 

Choreographer Rachel Tovar’s “Where is the Love” Performance

 

Outstanding Debut Performance/Outstanding Young Performer

Outstanding Debut Performance Winner: Shannen Doyle as “Violet” in Violet

Outstanding Young Performer Winner: Isabel Kinney as “Anne Frank” in The Diary of Anne Frank

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JMK: Seasons of Love

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JMK enlist the help of an audience volunteer, Edgar, to help them sing the big high note at the end of “Seasons of Love” from RENT. The result was quite funny.

 

Outstanding Comedic Performance/Outstanding Vocal Performance

Outstanding Comedic Performance Winner – Evan Bilinski as “Lurch” in The Addams Family

Outstanding Vocal Performance – Jordan Virgil as “Bonnie” in Bonnie & Clyde

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The Cast of Violet Performs

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play/Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play Winner – Paul Cohen as “Hermann Van Daan” in The Diary of Anne Frank

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play Winner – Kyla Mostello Donnelly as “Karen Watson” in August: Osage County.

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The Cast of Miss Saigon Preview Their September Production

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play/Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play Winner – Tim Moran as “George Bailey” in It’s A Wonderful Life

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Winner – Angela Fasanella as “Mary Bailey” in It’s A Wonderful Life

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JMK: The Tag Team Duet


READ MORE: The Pennington Players Introduce Their Cast of “In The Heights”


ACT TWO

The JMK Show

Leading up to the ceremony on Saturday, JMK starred in an online video series called “The JMK Show”. Did you happen to miss this series? No worries! CLICK HERE to watch them all!

JMK: The Raffle Winner

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Our raffle winner reads her JMK-written acceptance speech.

Outstanding Villainous Performance/Outstanding Romantic Leads

Outstanding Villainous Performance Winner – Matthew Cassidy as “Dr. Mandril” in City of Angels

Outstanding Romantic Leads Winners – Kyrus Keenan Westcott and Shannen Doyle as “Flick” & “Violet” in Violet.

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The Cast of The Addams Family Performs

Outstanding Choreography/Outstanding Music Direction

Outstanding Choreography Winner – Rachel Tovar for The Addams Family

Outstanding Music Direction Winner – Peter de Mets for Little Women

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VIDEO: A Preview of the 2016-2017 Musicals

The audience got a sneak peak at the HUGE musicals that will be premiering at Kelsey Theatre this upcoming season:

Outstanding Director of a Play/Outstanding Director of a Musical

Outstanding Director of a Play Winner – Judi Parrish for The Diary of Anne Frank

Outstanding Director of a Musical Winner – Kat Ross Kline for Little Women

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The Cast of Avenue Q Reunites for the First Time Since 2013

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical/Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical Winner – Nicholas Pecht as “Nicely Nicely Johnson” in Guys & Dolls

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical Winner – Shannen Doyle as “Wednesday Addams” in The Addams Family

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JMK: Maria Gets Some Puppet Closure

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical/Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical – Matthew Muccigrossi as “Bert” in Mary Poppins

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical – Samantha Sharpe as “Jo March” in Little Women

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Tara Keelen & Alexandra Cusumano Preview the October 2016 Production of In The Heights

A Tribute to John Shanken-Kaye

 

The 2016 John Shanken-Kaye Lifetime Achievement Award

The Cast of Mary Poppins Performs

Outstanding Production of a Play

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The cast and creative team of The Diary of Anne Frank accept the award for Outstanding Production of a Play.

JMK: Stage Manager Love

Outstanding Production of a Musical

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The cast and creative team of The Addams Family accept their award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, the biggest award of the night.

JMK: Kiss the Show Goodbye


SEE MORE: Click Here to See All the Photos from The 2016 Kelsey Awards Ceremony

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