2017 Herman Nominations and Ceremony Information

We are excited to announce the nominees for our 2016-2017 Herman Awards! The Herman Awards Banquet is an annual tradition by Center Stage Theatre. Think of them as our own “Mini-Tony Awards” night. Started in 1982, the Herman Awards allow us to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication that our casts and crews have shown over the season. The Hermans are voted upon by our season ticket holders and voting members (ballots will be mailed soon).

We invite you to join us for the Herman Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the First Baptist Church located at 125 John Street in Historic Downtown Goldsboro. A social hour starts at 5:30 pm with the awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 pm. The theme of this year’s awards banquet is “Let’s Get Animated.” Come dressed as your favorite character from animated movies, television, comic strips, comic books, or any other animated source material as we reflect and celebrate the casts and crews of our 2016-2017 season.

Please RSVP by July 22, 2017. Tickets are $10/each or $25/family and you can RSVP by sending a check in the mail to: Center Stage Theatre, P.O. Box 1255, Goldsboro, NC 27533. Tickets are also available through designated ticket sales representatives.

And now, here are the nominations. Congratulations to all nominees!

Best Show of the Season

  • Into the Woods
  • Sylvia
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Lend Me a Tenor
  • Bye Bye Birdie

Best Direction of a Play or Musical

  • Michael Manning (Into the Woods)
  • John Gillis (Sylvia)
  • Stephen Langston (A Christmas Carol)
  • Keith Parrish (Lend Me a Tenor)
  • Sandra Evans (Bye Bye Birdie)

Best Set

  • Michael Manning (Into the Woods)
  • Bill Royall (Sylvia)
  • Gene McLendon (A Christmas Carol)
  • Gene McLendon (Lend Me a Tenor)
  • James Sauls (Bye Bye Birdie)

Best Costuming

  • Donna Forehand (Into the Woods)
  • Julie Ham (Sylvia)
  • Jennifer Langston (A Christmas Carol)
  • Rebecca Flores (Lend Me a Tenor)
  • Donna Forehand (Bye Bye Birdie)

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play or Musical

  • Michael Manning as The Baker (Into the Woods)
  • Martin Mejia as Greg (Sylvia)
  • Martin Mejia as Bob Cratchit (A Christmas Carol)
  • Matt Gore as Max (Lend Me a Tenor)
  • Elliott Turner as Albert Peterson (Bye Bye Birdie)

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play or Musical

  • Sara Potter as The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods)
  • Nicole Weintraub as Sylvia (Sylvia)
  • Sue Nobers as Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)
  • Sequilla Arita as Maggie Saunders (Lend Me a Tenor)
  • Brooke Mayo as Rose Alvarez (Bye Bye Birdie)

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play or Musical

  • Keagan Kermode as Jack (Into the Woods)
  • Keith Parrish as Tom/Phyllis/Leslie (Sylvia)
  • Curtis Phillips as Fred (A Christmas Carol)
  • Roy “Doc” Heidicker as Tito Merelli (Lend Me a Tenor)
  • Kenan Stewart as Conrad Birdie (Bye Bye Birdie)

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play or Musical

  • Susan Leigh as The Witch (Into the Woods)
  • Cindy Roy as Kate (Sylvia)
  • Brooke Mayo as Mrs. Cratchit (A Christmas Carol)
  • Debbie McLendon as Maria Merelli (Lend Me a Tenor)
  • Kearston Hudson as Kim MacAfee (Bye Bye Birdie)

Best Special Performance by an Actor in a Play or Musical

  • Jim Grant as Cinderella’s Prince (Into the Woods)
  • Nick Ham as Ghost of Christmas Future (A Christmas Carol)
  • Gene McLendon as Henry Saunders (Lend Me a Tenor)
  • Raiford Turner as Hugo Peabody (Bye Bye Birdie)

Best Special Performance by an Actress in a Play or Musical

  • Wanda Becton as The Narrator (Into the Woods)
  • Sophie Bean as Fan (A Christmas Carol)
  • Julie Ham as Julia Leverette (Lend Me a Tenor)
  • Wanda Becton as Mrs. Mae Peterson (Bye Bye Birdie)

Best Vocal Performance by an Actor in a Musical

  • John Grantham as Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods)
  • Jim Grant as Cinderella’s Prince (Into the Woods)
  • Michael Corbitt as Mr. Harry MacAfee (Bye Bye Birdie)

Best Vocal Performance by an Actress in a Musical

  • Susan Leigh as The Witch (Into the Woods)
  • Bekah Shimer as Cinderella (Into the Woods)
  • Cindy Roy as Mrs. Doris MacAfee (Bye Bye Birdie)

The Katherine Costa Award for Best Choreography

  • Keagan Kermode (Into the Woods)
  • Heather Kaye (A Christmas Carol)
  • Crystal Hodges (Bye Bye Birdie)

The Rich and KJ Bernstein Production Team Award

  • Into the Woods (Diane Belmont, Stage Manager; Deanne Morris, Properties Manager; Charlie Taylor, Asst. Stage Manager; Brooke Mayo, Asst. Properties; Cassi Erdmann, Hair/Make Up)
  • Sylvia (Venessa Therrin, Asst. Director; Karen Parrish, Producer; Sequilla Arita, Properties; Elva Graham, Hair/Make up)
  • A Christmas Carol (Julie Ham, Asst. Director; Jennifer Langston, Producer; Mike Saviak, Stage Manager; David Langston, Properties Manager; Jessy Fields, Make Up)
  • Lend Me a Tenor (Karen Parrish, Producer; Cathy Woods, Asst. Director; Deanne Morris, Properties Manager; Jessy Fields, Make Up; Venessa Therrien, Stage Manager)
  • Bye Bye Birdie (Cathy Woods, Asst. Director/Stage Manager; Christie Mayo, Producer; Gretchen Jordan, Properties Manager)

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