Aurora Fox, Vintage Theatre nab combined 15 nominations for 11th annual Henry Awards


AURORA | A bevy of players in the Aurora theater scene were recognized June 20 in the Colorado Theatre Guild’s list of nominees for the 11th annual Henry Awards.

Leading the local pack, the Aurora Fox Arts Center and Vintage Theatre Productions — both of which are located in the Aurora Cultural Arts District — were tapped for a combined 15 nominations in an array of categories. Both theaters received nods in the overarching “Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company” category, joining companies from Denver, Lakewood, Arvada and Aspen.

The majority of nods for the Vintage, which received a total of nine individual nominations, were tied to the theater’s spring run of “Rabbit Hole,” directed by Bernie Cardell.

Cardell and his production team were recognized in both the “Production of a Play” and “Direction of a Play” categories. Actors Marc Stith, Deborah Persoff and Maggy Stacy, as well as the ensemble, were recognized in various categories for stage roles.

Marcia Ragonetti was also nominated for her role in “Sunset Boulevard” at the Vintage in the “Outstanding Actress in a Musical” category.

The Fox, which received six individual nominations, was recognized for several of its productions from the 2015-16 season. The fall run of “Jekyll and Hyde” directed by El Armstrong was nominated in the “Outstanding Production of a Musical” category, and actress Lauren Shealy was nominated as an “Outstanding Actress in a Musical” for her role as Lucy. The Fox’s final production of the season, “Catch Me If You Can” directed by Piper Lindsay Arpan, nabbed nominations for Arpan’s choreography and Nikki Harrison’s costume design. The Fox also received a nod for Laura High’s costume design in the late fall production of “Little Women.”

Ignite Theatre nabbed one nomination in the category of “Outstanding Choreography” for Reace Daniel’s work in the spring run of “The Wild Party.” The show ran at The Aurora Fox in April and May.

Phamaly Theatre company, which regularly performs at The Fox, received three nominations for its production of “Cabaret” at the Denver Center for Performing Arts last summer.

More than 45 Colorado theater aficionados played a hand in judging 196 of 219 eligible shows for the 2015-2016 Henry Awards, which are named in honor of longtime Denver theater producer Henry Lowenstein.

Winners of the 11th annual Henry Awards, as well as additional special awards, will be announced during a ceremony held July 18 at the PACE Center in Parker.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated where this year’s Henry Awards ceremony will take place. The ceremony will be held at the PACE Center in Parker.