2017 Pulsar Award Winners

This year marked the 13th annual City Pulse Pulsar Awards. The awards are dedicated to recognizing great theater in the Metro Lansing area and calling attention to some of the hardest working members of the local thespian community. This year’s awards ceremony was Monday night at the Lansing Brewing Co.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. To have been considered a nominee, a show must have been seen and scored by at least three Pulsar judges to qualify.

The Pulsar judges were Erin Buitendorp, Mary Cusack, Kathy Helma, Tom Helma, Meegan Holland, Paul Wozniak, David Winkelstern, Sue Winkelstern and Ute Von Der Heyden.

All of the Lansing area’s community, professional or college theater groups were in contention. Pulsars do not cover children’s theater, high school theater, gala presentations, student showcases or workshop shows. The season ran from July 1 last year to June 30 of this year.

Best Play

“A Painted Window” Williamston Theatre

Best Musical

“Heathers” Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Director, Play

Mary Job “Taking Shakespeare” — Williamston Theatre

Best Director, Musical

Blake Bowen “Heathers” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Musical Direction

Yasmin Gewirtz “Peter and the Starcatcher” — Owosso Community Players

Best Choreography

Karyn Perry “Heathers” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. Lee Jones

Best Set Design

“Urinetown” — MSU Department of Theatre

Best Properties

Michelle Raymond “Summer Retreat” — Williamston Theatre

Best Sound Design

Jason Painter Price “The Tempest” — MSU Department of Theatre

Best Lighting Design

Daniel Walker “A Painted Window” — Williamston Theatre

Best Costumes

Morgan Bowen and Shannon Bowen “Heathers” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Make-up/Hair

Meredith Wagner “Urinetown” — MSU Department of Theatre

Best Make-up/Hair

Anna Szabo “Eurydice” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Original Script

Christy Hall “A Painted Window” — Williamston Theatre

Best Specialization

Alison Dobbins, Media Design “The Tempest” — MSU Department of Theatre

Best Lead Actor, Play

Michael Hays “The Hemingway Play” — Riverwalk Theatre

Best Lead Actress, Play

Terry Heck “Taking Shakespeare” — Williamston Theatre

Best Supporting Actor, Play

Lynch Travis “A Painted Window” — Williamston Theatre

Best Supporting Actress, Play

Ja’Nay Duncan “Disgraced” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Featured Actor, Play

Heath Sartorius “Eurydice” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Featured Actress, Play

Laura Croff “Wonder of the World” — Riverwalk Theatre

Best Lead Actor, Musical

Martin Underhill “Man of La Mancha” — Starlight Dinner Theatre

Best Lead Actress, Musical

Bethany Heinlein “Urinetown” — MSU Department of Theatre

Best Supporting Actor, Musical

Jonathan Hamilton “Urinetown” — MSU Department of Theatre

Best Supporting Actress, Musical

Emma Kron-Deacon “Heathers” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Featured Actor, Musical

Grant Cleaveland “Urinetown” — MSU Department of Theatre

Best Featured Actress, Musical

Laura Croff “Catch Me If You Can” — Riverwalk Theatre

Best Ensemble Cast

“1984” Williamston Theatre

Special Recognition for Contributions to Greater Lansing Theater

Carmen Decker