Aurora Fox picks up multiple nominations for local theater awards

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AURORA | The programming at the Aurora Fox theater is among the best in the state, according to nominations released yesterday for the Colorado Theatre Guild’s annual Henry Awards.

The Fox earned 13 nominations in the CTG’s 2013-14 list for achievements in acting, choreography, direction lighting design and stage design released earlier this week. The Fox is also a nominee in the “Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company” category. Billed as Colorado’s equivalent of the Tony Awards, the CTG’s yearly Henry Awards started in 2006 and serves as the guild’s annual fundraising event.

This year’s list of nominees recognizes several productions from the Aurora Fox theater’s 2013-14 season, an ambitious lineup that included productions of the drama “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman in August, the regional premiere of “Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a production of “Painted Bread” by Melissa Lucero McCarl and a big-budget take on the musical comedy “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

“Metamorphoses,” directed by Geoffrey Kent, picked up nominations for outstanding production, outstanding direction, outstanding lighting design, outstanding scenic design and outstanding sound design.

“Monty Python’s Spamalot,” directed and choreographed by Piper Lindsay Arpan, earned nominations for outstanding choreography and outstanding costume design. Sarah Rex picked up a nomination for outstanding actress in a musical for the show, and Michael Bouchard won a nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a musical.

“Painted Bread,” a drama based on the life of painter Frida Kahlo, received nominations for outstanding lighting design and outstanding scenic design. Karen Slack, who played the lead role in the show, earned a nomination for outstanding actress in a play.

The Fox and other Aurora-based troupes were largely snubbed during last year’s Henry Awards ceremony. Though local shows and actors nabbed plenty of nominations for the annual awards ceremony honoring local theater, only one Aurora actor beat out competitors for the prize named after local theater guru Henry Lowenstein. That win was among the most unlikely of the evening: Aurora singer and actress SuCh won the Henry Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance in the Aurora Fox’s April production of the musical “The Color Purple.”

Winners will be announced during the The Colorado Theatre Guild’s 9th Annual Henry Awards at 6 p.m., July 21 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd in Arvada, Colorado. Tickets start at $30. Information: 720-898-7200 or coloradotheatreguild.org.