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.
The following annual awards are given:
Best Show of the Season
Best Direction of a Play or Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play or Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play or Musical
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Play or Musical
Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Play or Musical
Best Special Performance by an Actor in a Play or Musical
Best Special Performance by an Actress in a Play or Musical
Best Vocal Performance by an Actor in a Musical
Best Vocal Performance by an Actress in a Musical
The Katherine Costa Award for Best Choreography
The Rich and KJ Bernstein Award for Best Technical Direction:
Rich and KJ were a young couple who loved technical theatre and didn’t hesitate to step on stage if needed. They used very innovative techniques behind the scenes whenever working on a play. Both were eager to lend their tech skills to improve any production with loads of energy, always putting in extra hours to “get it right”. Both Rich and KJ enjoyed teaching, always helping young thespians learn more about the tech side of theatre.
One Award from each production presented to an individual of the director’s choice
Shannon Horton Award
The Shannon M. Horton Award is presented each year to recognize a youth member of Center Stage Theater who has shown unusual dedication to the organization through the continued pursuit of excellence, team spirit, and service beyond self. The recipient must be under the age of nineteen at the time of nomination and must have shown a willingness to put personal desires aside for the benefit of the group. The recipient must demonstrate the resolve to cheerfully carry out whatever task or part is assigned them, both on and off stage, and the initiative to volunteer to help when they see something that needs to be done.
One Award presented to an individual of the President’s Choice
Fran Newby Award
Named after former CST member, Fran Newby, for her selfless service to CST, nominees for the Fran Newby Award should be a CST member that has gone “above and beyond” for the current season. Fran Newby currently resides in the mountains of NC.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Previous season winners will be added to this page soon.