Sunday, March 17 — The 13th annual WATCH awards were handed out in front of a sold out audience at the Little Theatre of Alexandria in Alexandria, VA. WATCH (Washington Area Theatre Community Honors), represents 34 local community theatres, 15 of which received awards.
In the Play category, Lee Blessing’s Going to St. Ives, produced by the Colonial Players of Annapolis, was the top award recipient of the evening, winning Outstanding Lead Actress (Lolita-Marie as “May N’Kame”), Outstanding Direction (Edd Miller) and Outstanding Play.
Matt Baughman, now onstage in Proof at Theater on the Run, won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for his role as Charlie Gordon in Flowers for Algernon at Elden Street Players, a role which we saw him originally create for Landless Theatre in 2007.
Stephen Sondheim musicals were the most honored by the WATCH adjudicators. The Arlington Players’ production of the Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler A Little Night Music won the Outstanding Musical Award. And TAP director Christopher Dykton won the Outstanding Director Award as did Craig Petinatti of Kensington Arts Theatre for the Sondheim/James Lapine collaboration Sunday in the Park with George. The top performance awards for a musical went to Jennifer Lyons Pagnard as “Mrs. Lovett”,Sweeney Todd, again by Sondheim/Wheeler, done by Little Theatre of Alexandria. Outstanding Lead Actor in a musical broke the Sondheim streak by going to Fred Nelson as “Tevye”, in 2nd Star Productions’ presentation of Fiddler on the Roof from Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein.
Laura and Mike Clark of ShowBizRadio, were at the Awards, and have posted full coverage, including the full list of recipients.