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2018-2019 City Pulse Pulsar Award Nominees

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The curtain has closed momentarily on Lansing’s community theater scene, signaling the beginning of the 2019 Pulsar Awards. Hosted by City Pulse, this annual event recognizes the Lansing area’s community, professional or college theater programs.

Leading the ballots this year were Riverwalk Theatre with 36 nominations and the MSU Department of Theatre with 30 nominations. On their heels were Williamston Theatre and Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. with several nominations for their work on “Silent Sky” and “Shakespeare in Love,” respectively, to name a few.

Owosso Community Players, although with fewer nominations, is a heavy contender this year for its attention to detail in the staging of “Mamma Mia!” Other standouts this year included Riverwalk’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and MSU Department of Theatre’s “Oklahoma!”

The Pulsars do not cover children or high school theater, gala presentations, student showcases or workshop shows. To have been nominated, each play/musical was required to have been viewed and scored by three judges. This year’s judges were: Tom Helma, Kathy Helma, David Winkelstern, Sue Winkelstern, Paul Wozniak, Mary Cusack, Ute von der Heyden, Erin Buitendrop and Meegan Holland.

The printed version of this article contained categorization errors. This version has been corrected in regards to Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Sound for a play and musical. 

Best Director (Musical)

John Lennox, Lansing Community College — “Hair”

Garrett Bradley, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Brad Willcuts, MSU Department of Theatre — “Oklahoma!”

Ben Cassidy, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “The Wild Party”

Brian Farnham, Riverwalk Theatre — “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

 

Best Director (Play)

Tony Caselli, Williamston Theatre — “Silent Sky”

Susan Chmurynsky, Riverwalk Theatre — “These Shining Lives”

Rob Roznowski, Riverwalk Theatre — “Freud’s Last Session”

Vanessa Sanders, Riverwalk Theatre — “Jitney”

Ann Folino White, MSU Department of Theatre — “Men on Boats”

 

Music Direction

Matt Meeuwse, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Dave Wendelberger, MSU Department of Theatre — “Oklahoma!”

Angie Constien-Schwab, Riverwalk Theatre — “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

Jillian Boots, Owosso Community Players — “Disney’s Tarzan”

Angie Constien-Schwab, Riverwalk Theatre — “Hairspray”

 

Best Set Design

Kirk A. Domer, MSU Department of Theatre — “Oklahoma!”

Meredith Wagner, MSU Department of Theatre — “The Bacchae”

Dirk Rennick and Dan Wenzlick, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Chad Swan-Badgero, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “Shakespeare in Love”

Leroy Cupp, Riverwalk Theatre — “Noises Off”

 

Best Choreography

Erica Duffield, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Alisa Hauser, MSU Department of Theatre — “Oklahoma!”

Amanda Tollstam, Riverwalk Theatre — “Hairspray”

Erica Duffield, Owosso Community Players — “Disney’s Tarzan”

David Furumoto, MSU Department of Theatre — “The Bacchae”

 

Best Property Designer

Michelle Raymond, Williamston Theatre — “To Quiet the Quiet”

Michelle Raymond, Williamston Theatre — “Silent Sky”

Michelle Raymond, Williamston Theatre — “New Releases”

Jean Burk, Alaina Humphrey and Gloria Vivalda, Riverwalk Theatre — “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

Grace Foiles, MSU Department of Theatre — “A View from the Bridge”

 

Best Original Script

Christy Hall, Williamston Theatre — “To Quiet the Quiet”

Jonathan Wei, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “The Same Moon”

 

Best Sound

Griffin Irish, MSU Department of Theatre — “The Bacchae”

Quintessa Gallinat, Williamston Theatre — “Silent Sky”

Jason Painter Price, MSU Department of Theatre — “Oklahoma!”

Jason Painter Price, Williamston Theatre — “To Quiet the Quiet”

Joey Lancour, MSU Department of Theatre — “A View from the Bridge”

Best Lighting Design

James Thomason, MSU Department of Theatre — “Men on Boats”

Joseph Dickson, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “Indecent”

Ray Kelley, MSU Department of Theatre — “The Bacchae”

Rachel Aho, MSU Department of Theatre — “Oklahoma!”

Daniel Huston, Williamston Theatre — “Silent Sky”

 

Best Costume Design

Lark Burger, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “Indecent”

Karen Kangas-Preston, Williamston Theatre — “Silent Sky”

Alissa Britten, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Jenna Light Gove, MSU Department of Theatre — “The Bacchae”

Chanae Houska, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “Shakespeare in Love”

 

Best Hair & Makeup

Lori Bailey-Smith, Riverwalk Theatre — “Hairspray”

Sadonna Croff, Ixion Theatre Ensemble — “Fight Girl Battle World”

Erica Duffield, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Daniel Moore, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “Shakespeare in Love”

Ketura Le’Audrey, MSU Department of Theatre — “The Bacchae”

 

Best Specialization

Paul Schmidt, Ixion Theatre Ensemble — “Fight Girl Battle World”

David Schwab, Riverwalk Theatre — “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

Bradley Branam, Williamston Theatre — “Silent Sky”

Julian Hendrickson, Lansing Community College — “Student Body”

Alexis Black, Williamston Theatre — “To Quiet the Quiet”

 

Best Lead Actor (Musical)

Kameron Going, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “The Wild Party”

Ryan Adolph, MSU Department of Theatre — “Oklahoma!”

Chase Cain, MSU Department of Theatre – “Oklahoma!”

Drew Doman, Riverwalk Theatre — “Hairspray”

Ben Holzhausen, Riverwalk Theatre — “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

 

Best Lead Actor (Play)

Spencer Smith, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “Every Brilliant Thing”

Jeff Magnuson, Riverwalk Theatre — “The Elephant Man”

Kevin Craig, MSU Department of Theatre — “A View from the Bridge”

Alek Kristopher, MSU Department of Theatre — “A View from the Bridge”

Brian de Vries, Riverwalk Theatre — “Freud’s Last Session”

 

Best Lead Actress (Musical)

Amanda DeKatch, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Isa Rodriquez, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Isa Rodriquez, MSU Department of Theatre — “Oklahoma!”

Sharon Combs, MSU Department of Theatre — “Oklahoma!”

Sally Hecksel, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “The Wild Party”

 

Best Lead Actress (Play)

Katherine Banks, Williamston Theatre — “Silent Sky”

Taylor Rupp, Riverwalk Theatre — “These Shining Lives”

Brenda Lane, Williamston Theatre — “To Quiet the Quiet”

Sandra Birch, Williamston Theatre — “New Releases”

Hanna Feuka, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “Shakespeare in Love”

 

Best Supporting Actor (Play)

Phineas Reed, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “Shakespeare in Love”

Dale Wayne Williams, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “Shakespeare in Love”

Raied Jawhari, MSU Department of Theatre — “A View from the Bridge”

Steve Wojtas, Williamston Theatre — “To Quiet the Quiet”

John Lepard, Williamston Theatre — “To Quiet the Quiet”

 

Best Supporting Actor (Musical)

Rusty Broughton, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Chad DeKatch, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Robert Mueller, Riverwalk Theatre — “Hairspray”

Sean Holland II, Riverwalk Theatre — “Hairspray”

Brennan Hattaway, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “The Wild Party”

 

Best Supporting Actress (Play)

Sarab Kamoo, Williamston Theatre — “Silent Sky”

Annie Dilworth, Williamston Theatre — “Silent Sky”

Laura Croff, Riverwalk Theatre — “The Elephant Man”

Erin Hoffman, Riverwalk Theatre — "These Shining Lives"

Anasti Her, Riverwalk Theatre — "These Shining Lives"

 

Best Supporting Actress (Musical)

Anna Birmingham, MSU Department of Theatre — “Oklahoma!”

Taren Going, Riverwalk Theatre — " Hairspray"

Laura Croff, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — "The Wild Party"

Carly Jacobs, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — "The Wild Party"

Isabella Edmonds-Hogan, Riverwalk Theatre — “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

 

Best Featured Actor (Play)

Heath Sartorius, Riverwalk Theatre — “Theses Shining Lives”

Chad Swan-Badgero, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “Shakespeare in Love”

DJ Shafer, MSU Department of Theatre — “The Bacchae”

Richard Kopitsch, Ixion Theatre Ensemble — “Fight Girl Battle World”

Charles Sartorius, Riverwalk Theatre — “These Shining Lives”

Best Featured Actor (Musical)

Robert Mueller, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “The Wild Party”

Jimmy McCormick, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “The Wild Party”

Boris Nikolovski, Riverwalk Theatre — “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

Jimmy McCormick, Riverwalk Theatre — “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

Charlie Hoch, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

 

Best Featured Actress (Play)

Jlor Zjor, Ixion Theatre Ensemble — “Fight Girl Battle World”

Eve Davidson, Riverwalk Theatre — “The Elephant Man”

Laura Croff, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. — “Shakespeare in Love”

Karen Sheridan, Williamston Theatre — “Silent Sky”

 

Best Featured Actress (Musical)

Janell Hall, Riverwalk Theatre Co. — “Hairspray”

Alissa Britten, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Stephanie Banghart, Owosso Community Players — “Mamma Mia!”

Zaria Aikens, MSU Department of Theatre — “Oklahoma!”

Jean Burk, Riverwalk Theatre — “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

 

Best Ensemble (Play)

“Indecent” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

“Men on Boats” — MSU Department of Theatre

“Memory of Two Mondays” — MSU Department of Theatre

“Student Body”— LCC Theatre Program

“Noises Off” — Riverwalk Theatre

 

Best Musical

“Mamma Mia!” — Owosso Community Players

“Oklahoma!” — MSU Department of Theatre

“Hairspray” — Riverwalk Theatre

“The Wild Party” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” — Riverwalk Theatre

 

Best Play

“To Quiet the Quiet” — Williamston Theatre

“These Shining Lives” — Riverwalk Theatre

“Freud’s Last Session” — Riverwalk Theatre

“A View from the Bridge” — MSU Department of Theatre

“Memory of Two Mondays” — MSU Department of Theatre

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