The 2019 Brickenden Awards

Catharine Brickenden

The 2019 Brickenden Awards for Theatrical Excellence were presented at the Wolf Performance Hall on Monday night. Emcee Aidan Thomas led the presenters in recognizing companies and individuals in production- and performance-based categories for the 2019 calendar year.

Of the 20 awards presented, almost two thirds went to musical productions. The four youth awards were all presented to London Youth Theatre Education shows and individuals for the first time; LYTE had only been nominated twice in previous years.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Outstanding Comedy Production
Bakersfield Mist (Calithumpian Theatre Collective)
Outstanding Lighting Design
Joe Recchia, The Wedding Singer (Musical Theatre Productions)
Outstanding Sound Design
Andrew Rethazi and Steve Allen, The Wedding Singer (Musical Theatre Productions)
Outstanding Youth Musical
Seussical (London Youth Theatre Education)
Outstanding Youth Drama
The Wolves (London Youth Theatre Education)
Outstanding Set Design
Laura Sepulveda, Matilda the Musical (Original Kids Theatre Company Alumni)
Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Margot Stothers, Blank Slate (Theatre Nemesis)
Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Chris Wood, Jesus Christ Superstar (Pacheco Theatre)
Outstanding Costume Design
Becky Lenko and Patt Brocksom, Matilda the Musical (Original Kids Theatre Company Alumni)
Outstanding Makeup Design
Eva Mien, Susannah (London Community Players and Peck Productions)
Chris Doty Award
Sookie Mei
Outstanding Original Script
Stefannie Flannigan, Dirt
Outstanding Musical Production
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Allswell Productions and Musical Theatre Productions)
Outstanding Female Actor – Youth
Sydney Thompson (The Wolves, London Youth Theatre Education)
Outstanding Male Actor – Youth
Tanner Hamlin (Seussical, London Youth Theatre Education)
Outstanding Female Actor in a Lead Role
Melissa Metler, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Allswell Productions and Musical Theatre Productions)
Outstanding Male Actor in a Lead Role
Andrew Rethazi, Matilda the Musical (Original Kids Theatre Company Alumni)
Outstanding Director
Hailey Hill, The Laramie Project (Theatre Aezir)
Outstanding Drama Production
The Laramie Project (Theatre Aezir)
People’s Choice
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Allswell Productions and Musical Theatre Productions)

The winners of most awards were decided by votes from the public, the Brickenden core, youth, and original script panels, and the organization’s executive committee. The Chris Doty Award is selected by the Brickenden committee, Original Script is chosen solely by the reading panel, and the People’s Choice award is decided entirely through an online ballot.

Thank you to to everyone who worked in, attended, and supported theatre in London in 2019, and congratulations to all of the winners and nominees. The new year promises new challenges and new accomplishments for all!

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