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Footlights Performing Arts Awards Announce Final Nominees

Footlights Performing Arts Awards Announce Final Nominees
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May 4, 2017 - (Milwaukee, WI) –
 The final nominees for the first-ever Footlights Performing Arts Awards for Greater Milwaukee were announced at the Intercontinental Milwaukee Thursday morning. President and publisher of Footlights Steve Marcus and presenting sponsor United Performing Arts Fund were in attendance, and awards host John McGivern announced the final nominees.

Voting closed April 28, and votes were submitted by artists and industry professionals alike. “This is not a competition; rather it’s a reflection as well as a promotion of the fine work that takes place on Milwaukee stages almost every night of the year,” Steve Marcus said during his introductions at Thursday’s press conference.

The winners will be announced live June 22, 2017 at Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Quadracci Powerhouse. The awards ceremony, which is sponsored by UPAF, will be hosted by John McGivern, with an after-party at Intercontinental Milwaukee to follow. Tickets for both are now on sale, and can be purchased via the following links: 

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A complete list of the finalist nominees can be found below. Professional nominees listed first:

Best Costume Design
Chris March, La Cage Aux Folles
Shima Orans, Beauty and the Beast
Kathy Smith, Ernest in Love

Roger Bochek, A Christmas Carol
Roger Bochek, My Fair Lady
Rhonda Schmidt, Anything Goes

Best Technical Design
Jason Fassl, Genesis
David Gipson, Beauty and the Beast
Noele Stollmack, La Cage Aux Folles

Holly Blomquist, Anon(ymous)
Katrina Smith, Little Shop of Horrors

Best Scenic Design
Todd Edward Ivins, A Christmas Carol
James Ortiz, Beauty and the Beast
Sarah E. Ross, The Drowning Girls

Roger Bochek, My Fair Lady
Nick Korneski, Anything Goes

Best Choreography
Ryan Cappleman, The Pirates of Penzance
Dani Kuepper, Molehill Stories
John de los Santos, La Cage Aux Folles

Megan and Tricia Hohnl, Beauty and the Beast
Melissa Meier, Chicago

Best Direction
Leda Hoffman, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
Pam Kriger, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Mary MacDonald Kerr, Luna Gale

Jerry Becker, Beauty and the Beast
Dustin J. Martin, 33 Variations
Tommy Lueck, Little Shop of Horrors

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Play
Marques Causey, Luna Gale
Sean Duncan, Bonny Anne Bonny
Di’Monte Henning, Lobby Hero

Nicholas Callan Haubner, 33 Variations
Sam Sherman, Wonderland
Scott Ziolecki, To Kill a Mockingbird

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Play
Molly Rhode, UnSilent Night
Rana Roman, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Jennifer Vosters, Coriolanus

Ruth Arnell, 33 Variations
Alyssa Falvey, Wonderland
Bette Von Gunten, Boeing Boeing

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Musical
Michael Accardo, Man of La Mancha
Shawn Holmes, La Cage Aux Folles
Jeff Schaetzke, Violet

Tim Dondlinger, My Fair Lady
Thomas Hess, Young Frankenstein
Jerry Krajewski, Chicago

Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Musical
Angela Iannone, Ernest in Love
Ella Rose Kleefisch, Violet
Stephanie Staszak, La Cage Aux Folles

Katie Katschke, Fiddler on the Roof

Best Leading Performance by a Male in a Play
Anthony Crivello, McGuire
C. Michael Wright, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Matt Zembrano, The Foreigner

Nicholas Callan Haubner, The Odd Couple
Josh Scheibe, Boeing Boeing
Kelly Vance, To Kill a Mockingbird

Best Leading Performance by a Female in a Play
Marti Gobel, The Taming
Jenny Wanasek, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tami Workentin, Luna Gale

Madeline Conway, Wonderland
Beth Perry, 33 Variations
Anna Marie Zorn, Enchanted April 

Best Leading Performance by a Male in a Musical
Ray Jivoff, La Cage Aux Folles
Nathaniel Stampley, Man of La Mancha
Chaz’men Williams Ali, Beauty and the Beast

Ryan Charles, Jesus Christ Superstar
Ben Johnson, Anything Goes
Rick Richter, Fiddler on the Roof

Best Leading Performance by a Female in a Musical
Allie Babich, Violet
Karen Estrada, I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change
Gillian Hollis, Beauty and the Beast

Marann Curtis, Grease
Rae Elizabeth Paré, Anything Goes
Alicia York, My Fair Lad

Best Performance 
Back to Bach, Wisconsin Philharmonic
The Magic Flute, Milwaukee Opera Theatre
The Story of the Nutcracker, Studio of Classical Dance Arts

Billy Joel and Friends, Musical MainStage Concert Series at Sunset Playhouse
Comicality 2017, Hartford Players
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Student Concert, Cedarburg Performing Arts Center

Best Play
Fences, Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Luna Gale, Renaissance Theaterworks
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

33 Variations, Waukesha Civic Theatre
The Glass Menagerie, Carroll University
Wonderland, Outskirts Theatre 

Best Musical
Beauty and the Beast, Skylight Music Theatre
La Cage Aux Folles, Skylight Music Theatre
The Mikado, Milwaukee Opera Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors, Sunset Playhouse
My Fair Lady, Falls Patio Players
Parade, Lake Country Playhouse 

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About Footlights
Footlights is the playbill-of-choice for countless performing arts organizations in the region, serving companies of all sizes, including Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, In Tandem Theatre, as well as countless music groups and local college and universities’ dance, music, and theatre programs. Footlights extends playbill services to Chicago, Madison, and many locations in between.  

Footlights playbills and are products of Marcus Promotions, Inc.  

About United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF)

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has been setting the stage for 50 years by providing critical investment in our region’s vibrant performing arts scene.  UPAF’s mission is to secure community resources, promote the performing arts as a regional asset and improve the quality of life through responsible investment in and financial support of the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin.

UPAF is proud to celebrate a half-century of making our community a better place to live, work and play.  In 2016 UPAF’s Annual Campaign raised more than $12 million to support the area’s performing arts environment. UPAF proudly bears Charity Navigator’s highest distinction for nonprofits – a four-star rating – and the highest point ranking of any Milwaukee area non-profit. The UPAF 50th Anniversary Campaign is generously sponsored by Herb Kohl Philanthropies.  

As an umbrella organization, UPAF supports a breadth of performing arts groups that collectively offer something for everyone through its 15 Member Groups and numerous Affiliates.  More than one million people are touched each year through performances, educational outreach, special events and community partnerships.

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