EMACT honors for Quannapowitt Players

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Reading’s Quannapowitt Players (QP) have garnered a record 23 nominations for the 2011 DASH Awards, the highest level of recognition among community theaters in Eastern Massachusetts.

QP has earned the distinction of receiving nominations for every one of the five productions staged in its Hopkins Street Theater over the course of its 2010-2011 season, and QP’s nominations cut across all categories of theatrical achievement, including performance, direction, design and technical production.

The DASH awards are presented each year by the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters (EMACT), to recognize the highest level of achievement among hundreds of community theater organizations and productions across the region.
“I know it’s a cliché to say it’s an honor just to be nominated, but it’s really the truth,” said QP President James J. Girgenti. “There’s such a high caliber of community theater in this region and to be recognized by our peers as being among the best of the best is absolutely an honor.”

QP’s staging of the mystery thriller The Woman In Black garnered 10 nominations, including Best Production, Best Direction (Kimberly Enders Fanning), Best Set Design (Jason Benagh), Lighting Design (Bruce Pennypacker), Sound Design (Brian Fanning and Valerie Forgione), Make Up and Hair (Marc Capizzi) and Costumes (Anna Bruce), Stage Management (Judy Forgione), and nominations in the Best Actor category for both Kendall Hodder and Shawn Maguire.

QP also earned a Best Production nomination for Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, as well as nominations for Best Acting Ensemble, Best Lighting Design (Mike McTeague), Sound Design (Brian and Kimberly Fanning), Stage Management (Mark West), Props (Marc Capizzi) and Hair and Make Up (Marc Capizzi).

The Kander and Ebb musical Chicago received nominations for Best Choreography (James J. Girgenti) and Best Set Design (Jason Benagh), as well as two nominations in the Best Supporting Actor category, for Bob DeVivo and Johnny Perroni.

Rounding out a season of top-level productions were The Paisley Sisters’ (All New 1964) Television Christmas Special, which was nominated for Best Hair and Make Up Design (Marc Capizzi) and the fast-paced farce Lend Me A Tenor, nominated for Best Stage Management (Monica Bruno). DASH Award winners will be announced at the annual EMACT Gala on August 27.

Quannapowitt Playhouse will kick off its 75th anniversary season on September 16 with the world premiere of All You Need Is Love, an original musical journey, featuring the music of The Beatles.


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