And the Nominees Are…

No Comments 12 August 2014

The Richmond Theatre Critics Circle (RTCC) has announced nominations for the Seventh Annual RTCC “Artsies” Awards.  Cadence Theatre Company in partnership were nominated for eleven awards, including:

Clybourne Park—Best Play

Good People—Best Play

Keri Wormald –Best Direction of a Play (Clybourne Park)

Anna Johnson—Best Direction of a Play (Good People)

Anna Johnson—Best Direction of a Play (Detroit)

Best Leading Actress in a Play—McLean Jesse (Clybourne Park)

Best Leading Actress in a Play—Dawn A. Westbrook (Good People)

Best Supporting Actress in a Play—Jacqueline O’Connor (Good People)

Best Supporting Actor in a Play—Andrew Firda (Clybourne Park)

The Ernie McClintock Award for Best Ensemble Acting (Clybourne Park)

The Ernie McClintock Award for Best Ensemble Acting (Detroit)

We congratulate all of this year’s nominees! Included below is a full list of nominees and details regarding the awards ceremony in October:

Best Musical

Cabaret, Richmond Triangle Players

The Color Purple, Virginia Repertory Theatre

The Drowsy Chaperone, Swift Creek Mill

Fiddler on the Roof, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Shrek The Musical, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Best Direction (Musical)

Robin Arthur, Shrek the Musical

Chase Kniffen, The Color Purple

Penny Ayn Maas, Cabaret

Richard Parison, Fiddler on the Roof

Tom Width, The Drowsy Chaperone

Best Actor (Musical)

David Benoit, Fiddler on the Roof

Ronnie Brown, Shrek the Musical

Chris Hester, Cabaret

Jason Marks, Shrek the Musical

Josh Marin, The Color Purple

Jerold Solomon, The Color Purple

Best Actress (Musical)

Felicia Curry, The Color Purple

Grey Garrett, Beyond the Rainbow, Swift Creek Mill

Christie Jackson, The Drowsy Chaperone

Nicole Oberleitner, Caberet

Aly Wepplo, Shrek the Musical

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Musical)

Steve King, The Drowsy Chaperone

Josh Marin, The Wild Party, Firehouse Theatre

Doug Schneider, Cabaret

Matt Shofner, The Drowsy Chaperone

Scott Wichmann, Olympus on my Mind, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Musical)

Carolyn Meade, The Wild Party

Carolyn Minor-Daughtry, The Color Purple

Nicole Oberleitner, The Drowsy Chaperone

Desiree Roots, The Color Purple

Jeanie Rule, Cabaret

Best Musical Direction

Paul Deiss, The Drowsy Chaperone

Kim Fox, Cabaret

Ben Miller, The Color Purple

Ben Miller, The Wild Party

Anthony Smith, Fiddler of the Roof

Best Choreography

Robin Arthur, Shrek the Musical

Dennis Clark, The Drowsy Chaperone

Karen Getz, Fiddler on the Roof

Penny Ayn Maas, Cabaret

Leslie Owens-Harrington, The Color Purple

Best Play

Clybourne Park, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Firehouse Theatre (aka ‘Chad Deity’)

Good People, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep)

Joshua Plant, Chamberlayne Actors Theatre

Quality of Life, HATTheatre

Best Direction (Play)

Anna Johnson, Detroit, Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep

Anna Johnson, Good People

Kerry McGee, Chad Deity

David Emerson Toney, ‘night, Mother, Firehouse Theatre

Keri Wormald, Clybourne Park

Best Actor (Play)

Joseph Carlson, A Streetcar Named Desire, Firehouse Theatre

Jeff Cole, Wittenberg, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare

Aaron Orensky, Joshua Plant

Alexander Sapp, Grace, TheatreLAB

Scott Wichmann, Say Goodnight Gracie, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Best Actress (Play)

Eva DeVirgilis, Hypocrites & Strippers, Richmond Triangle Players

McLean Jesse, Clybourne Park

Katrinah Carol Lewis, Death & the Maiden, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare

Catherine Shaffner, ‘night, Mother

Dawn A. Westbrook, Good People

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Play)

Andrew Firda, Clybourne Park

Mauricio Marces, Chad Deity

Stephen Ryan, The Importance of Being Earnest, Henley Street/Richmond

Shakespeare/Richmond Triangle Players

Alexander Sapp, Richard III, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare

Alexander Sapp, Tartuffe, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Play)

Jennifer Frank, The Dixie Swim Club, Swift Creek Mill

Jacquie O’Connor, Good People

Melissa Johnston Price, Other Desert Cities, Virginia Repertory Theatre

Debra Wagoner, Tartuffe

Raven Wilkes, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henley Street/Richmond Shakespeare

The Ernie McClintock Award for Best Ensemble Acting

Clybourne Park


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity


Quality of Life

Most Promising Newcomer

Isabella Cipolina, The Miracle Worker, Swift Creek Mill

Ally Dodds, Fiddler on the Roof

Brad Frazier, Tartuffe

Grace Mincks, Beyond the Rainbow

Diego Salinas, Joshua Plant

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design

Geno Brantley, Chad Deity

Joe Doran, The Drowsy Chaperone

Joe Doran, The Color Purple

Lynne M. Hartman, Other Desert Cities

Robert Perry, Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design

Maura Lynch Cravey, The Drowsy Chaperone

Sue Griffin, The Color Purple

Sue Griffin, Fiddler on the Roof

Sue Griffin, Tartuffe

Elizabeth Weiss Hopper, Shrek the Musical

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design

Ben Burke, Other Desert Cities

Tennessee Dixon, Death & the Maiden

Frank Foster, Cabaret

Ron Keller, Color Purple

Tom Width, The Drowsy Chaperone

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Andrew Craig, Death & the Maiden

Derek Dumais, The Color Purple

Chase Kniffen, Say Goodnight Gracie

Joey Luck, Cabaret

Joey Luck, Chad Deity

Outstanding Achievement in Fight Choreography

James Long, Chad Deity

Liz Marks Memorial Award for Ongoing Contribution to Richmond Area Theater

The Acts of Faith Festival

The black-tie awards gala will be 10/19, 7pm at Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre ($15). It will feature musical performances from productions nominated for Best Musical, as well as an original song penned by the event’s emcees, local actors Debra Clinton and Jason Marks.  A new category has been added: Most Promising Newcomer to recognize the efforts of young performers and encourage them to continue to hone their skills. The RTCC has chosen the Acts of Faith festival, the largest faith-based theater festival in the United States, to receive the Liz Marks Memorial Award for its ongoing contributions to Richmond-area theater. The voting members of the RTCC include David Timberline & Rich Griset (Style Weekly), Julinda Lewis (Richmond Times-Dispatch), Bruce Levy (Show Biz Radio), and a recent addition to the Circle, Jerry Williams (TVJerry.com / WRIR). They must have seen at least two-thirds of the locally-produced shows during the last season to vote.  Non-voting members include Tony Farrell (Richmond Times-Dispatch), Liz Jewett (Richmond.com), Jen Maciulewicz (GayRVA.com), Matt Miller (GayRVA.com), John Porter (WCVE-FM) and Joan Tupponce (One Woman’s View).

Pictured: Jay O. Millman and Dawn A. Westbrook. Photo credit Jason Collins Photography.


Now Playing… An August Adventure!

No Comments 10 July 2014

Due to popular demand, SPARC and Cadence Theatre Company have launched a brand new location for An August Adventure for 2014!

August Adventure has been a Richmond favorite for years. This year, the August Adventure camps began selling out within 24 hours of their February release. So many families have contacted us and asked to be placed on our waiting lists that we felt the time was right to expand August Adventure to 3 locations; this year we are introducing August Adventure at Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church.

August Adventure at Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church will be held during the same dates as the other August Adventure camps, August 11th through August 22nd, and will share the same show titles: Disney’s Jungle Book Jr. and Disney’s High School Musical Jr.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to register for the newly released third section of August Adventure – register fast! We anticipate the Tuckahoe location selling just as quickly as our other camps!

Register and learn more about An August Adventure by clicking this link: http://www.sparconline.org/classes/classes_summer.shtml

Photo by Hannah Caffacus Photography and Chandler JJ Photography.


Announcing our
2014-2015 Intern Company!

No Comments 15 May 2014

Cadence Theatre Company Introduces Seven Great Young Theatre Leaders

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre offers seasonal and summer internships for qualified college students, graduates and young professionals who are actively pursuing careers in professional theater. This year we are pleased to announce that we have selected the following highly talented individuals to join us:


NickNicholas Batchelor
(Summer 2014 Production Intern)
was born and raised in Richmond Virginia. He is a senior working on a B.A. in Theatre at Longwood University. He has participated in a series of Longwood productions, including: The Love of Three OrangesHedda Gabler,  La’Amour, an adaptation by Gene Muto, and Blithe Spirit. Before attending Longwood, Nicholas graduated cum laude from John Tyler Community College with an A.A. in theatre. While there, he studied and worked under Kerrigan Sullivan.  Though his first love is acting, Nicholas enjoys working behind the scenes, particularly in the props department.  Nicholas’ first props triumph was during Hedda Gabler. Nicholas is building his props expertise as well as other backstage skills, becoming an all-around theatre asset.


MarquisMarquis Hazelwood
(2014-2015 Production Intern)
has been in and around the Richmond theatre community for five years. He was an intern at TheatreLab, where he played the role of Solomon in Speech and Debate.  Marquis takes an active part in Cadence Theatre Company, playing Vin in Sons of The Prophet, working backstage for The Pillowman and Detroit, and being happily involved with CTC’s 4th Wall Student Forum. He spent his high school years under the tutelage of Keri Wormald, doing everything from acting in On The Razzle to changing gels for Pride and Prejudice. He is excited to work with Cadence again!


AlvinoAlvino Medina
(2014-2015 Administrative Intern)
is  originally from Florida. He moved to Richmond last year, after living on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  He played soccer at Louisburg College before graduating with a B.A. in History from Salisbury University. He has also studied acting at HATTheatre. Alvino’s credits include roles in While Shakespeare Slept and After the Revolution. Currently, he works as an ESL teacher with Henrico County Public Schools.




534968_10150922562785935_833820689_nConnor Murphy
(2014-2015 Administrative Intern)
is a graduate of the School of Music at James Madison University. During his time at JMU, he concentrated in Music Industry, and was a production intern for APE Digital in Los Angeles, California.  A classically trained bassoonist and contrabassoonist, Connor played in the JMU productions Kiss Me Kate and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He currently performs with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Northern Neck Orchestra.



connor scully 1Connor Scully
(2014-2015 Production Intern)
is originally from Fairfax, Virginia. He is graduating from VCU in December 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre. He has worked as a member of Stage B Theatre Company, and as a board member of SALT, VCU’s student theatre organization, where he has also directed and appeared in  shows. He has most recently been seen in VCU’s RamapaloozaOne Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and Henley Street – Richmond Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Connor has worked on several shows for Cadence, including Next to NormalGood People, and Detroit.


ErynEryn Snyder
(2014-2015 Production Intern)
filled a rental car with everything she owned in 2009, and moved from the coast of Maine to Richmond to pursue her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from VCU. She graduated in 2011 with a thesis that explored the power of small female ensembles. While there, Eryn directed The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds. Her credits include: Leisl in The Sound of Music, Flo Owens in Picnic, and Lady Larken in Once Upon A Mattress. She spent 18 months teaching in Spain, knows an awful lot about consignment shops, and is learning the guitar (in hopes of being just like Maria von Trapp one day). Eryn is thrilled to work with Cadence!

NancyNancy-Wren Bradshaw
(2014-2015 Administrative Intern)
is an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, studying Drama and Arts Administration. She currently serves as a production coordinator on the Virginia Players’ Lab Series committee and is assistant lighting designer of U.Va.’s First Year Players. Additionally, she served as the light board operator for the U.Va. drama department’s Crazy for You and Virginia Players’ Gnaw Bone. She held an internship with TheatreLAB, and looks forward to working closely with the great people at Cadence Theatre Company.

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