Meet the 4th Wall!

No Comments 03 September 2014


4th-wall-logo_rgbThe mission of The 4th Wall is to enable young theatre lovers to connect audiences and actors by truly breaking through the imaginary wall that often separates them. With the guidance and support of theatre arts professionals, members become theatre insiders. Their insights appear on CTC’s website, Facebook page, and other community publications. 4th Wall members will invite their peers to contribute actively to the arts community, thereby invigorating the growth of young audiences and by extension, strengthening all artistic endeavor.

DSC_6956Responsibilities will include the following for all CTC and Virginia Rep main stage shows:

  • Attend 4 mandatory meetings (September, December, February, May)
    Usher and do a curtain speech at least once for all Cadence Mainstage shows and usher for 3 of Virginia Rep’s Mainstage shows
  • Write reviews & blog posts
  • Promote Utix ($10 day-of-show tickets) for high school and college students with valid ID via social media and word-of-mouth
  • Create or help produce promotional videos and radio spots
  • Change Facebook profile pictures the week of show to promote the opening
  • Volunteer in opportunities such as: helping to run auditions, moderating the CTC Talk Back Sunday Series, underground marketing, RTCC awards, Christmas Parade, and others as needs arise

DSC_6954Benefits to membership:

  • Two free tickets to each of CTC and Virginia Rep Mainstage shows
  • Name, picture, and personal bio on websites for CTC and Virginia Rep
  • Work with professional theatre artists and mentors
  • Build resume and portfolio, experience, and contacts
  • Enjoy Workshops & Guest Speakers

Meet The 4th Wall!

Alex Shedd is an actor, writer, director, photographer, film buff, musician, fencer, and a cappella singer. He has been with The 4th Wall from the start, and is excited for another great year.

Sam Bardon is a Center For the Arts Theatre alumni and loves all things theatre! This is her first year as a 4th Wall member and she is thrilled for this wonderful season to begin!

Dani Brown is a third-year 4th Wall veteran, a hoarder of all things music and movies, and absolutely loves Christmas!

Izabela Clarke attended the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and helped backstage at the Nicole Miller show. Her favorite food is avocados!

Hannah Caffacus is a second-year 4th Wall member, techie, actor, and comedian. She loves guacamole, rock climbing, and all things theatre!

Corbin Bleu look-alike, Mahalia Jean-Pierre, is an artist, actress, musician, and entrepreneur! She enjoys long walks on the beach, cosmetology, and Sudoku!

Disney Princess wanna-be Elaina Riddell does her best to find the magic in every day life through art. From writing to acting, stage management to creating fashions, she takes every opportunity she can to express herself and observe other artists at work.

Nate Smith is an actor and film nerd who is very excited for his first year with the 4th Wall Student Leadership Program. He has a love for melodramatic phrasing and his favorite plant is Lamb’s Ear.

In addition to theatre, of course, Skye Shannon enjoys art, volleyball, and Dr. Pepper. She is excited for another awesome year with The 4th Wall!

Jessica Meyer has performed at the only re-creation of the Blackfriars Playhouse in the world. Her initials spell JAM because she’s always jamming!

Matalin Collins is new to The 4th Wall and absolutely loves theatre, music, and dance. She is a Disney fanatic who builds roller coaster models out of Popsicle sticks.

Kaelie Ukrop is an actor, stage manager, director, and all around theatre enthusiast that is jazzed to be a part of The 4th Wall for her first time. When not being a “crazy theatre person,” Kaelie loves riding her bike around Richmond and finding cool coffee shops to explore.

Daniel Kunkel is a native of Richmond. He enjoys music and theatre and the crunchy little bits of bacon on a salad. He wants to grow up and not own a ferret.

Kari Kolla is an aspiring entertainment manager and a pop culture aficionado. She enjoys surrealism and thrift stores and wishes Halloween came more than once a year.

Chandler Jez is named after Chandler Bing from Friends. He has not consumed soda in three years. He loves Neapolitan ice cream, which he has always called Napoleon ice cream.

Josina Ennas is an actress, stage manager, and Disney enthusiast. She’s super stoked to be part of The 4th Wall this year and regularly uses words like “stoked.”

Raven Wilkes can recite the entire 2003 live action film version of Peter Pan by heart, but sadly, has never been asked to do so. She is a British culture enthusiast with hopes of becoming knighted one day. One time in NYC, she managed to both shock Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) and make him smile at the same time.

Photos by Jason Collins Photography.


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.


Give Today. Change Tomorrow.

No Comments 30 July 2014

The Amazing Raise is a two-day online giving event hosted by The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. The event inspires and empowers our community to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofit organizations in just 36 hours. Regardless of where you call home, The Amazing Raise invites those who love the Central
Virginia region to come together and make an amazing impact by supporting local nonprofits.

In addition to online donations collected during The Amazing Raise, a wide array of incentive prizes totaling more than $150,000 will be awarded to participating nonprofits throughout the event. Some prizes are awarded for reaching milestones (greatest number of donations) while others are awarded for a nonprofit’s creativity (video storytelling). Throughout the event, there are more than 50 opportunities for nonprofits to win additional support!

Donations will be accepted during the 36-hour period on the secure website, TheAmazingRaise.org, or authorized Amazing Raise online donation forms embedded on our website. Authorized forms display The Amazing Raise logo. The online leaderboard allows nonprofits and donors to track The Amazing Raise’s progress in real-time. We’ll be following the fun along with you, so be sure to follow us and The Amazing Raise on Facebook and Twitter – and tag us in your posts with #AmzgRz!

The Amazing Raise begins at 6 AM on Wednesday, September 17 and continues until 6 PM on Thursday, September 18.


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