The Arvada Center came away with the top honor Monday, July 16, at the 7th Annual Colorado Theatre Guild Henry Awards, a local celebration of the theatre community. The event, attended by 500 theatre supporters, was held at the L2 Arts and Culture Center in Denver.
Nominated for 25 awards, the Arvada Center won in four categories including the coveted “Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company.” Other honors include “Outstanding Production of a Musical” for "Ragtime" that opened the 2011-12 theater season last September. Megan Van De Hey won “Outstanding Actress in a Musical” for her brilliant portrayal of “Mother” in "Ragtime," and Tally Sessions who starred as “Anatoly” in the musical "Chess" received the award for “Outstanding Actor in a Musical."
“We are excited to be recognized by the Colorado Theatre Guild for our work this past season,” said Arvada Center’s Artistic Producer Rod A. Lansberry. "This award recognizes everyone involved in all of our productions and the elements that made them a critical success. From the actors to the artistic and creative teams, box office, city and center administration and of course our audiences whose loyal support allows us to continue to create the quality we strive for.”
Established in 2006, the Henry Awards honor outstanding achievements during the past season and serve as the Colorado Theatre Guild’s annual fundraising event. The awards are named for longtime local theatre producer Henry Lowenstein. Nominations are determined through a judging process conducted by more than 30 local theatre reporters, reviewers and assigned judges. The Henry Award is considered the highest honor in Colorado Theatre.
In its 36-year history, the award winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has grown to become one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada and by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all its patrons. For more information go to arvadacenter.org or call 720-898-7200.