Friday, January 29, 2010

Imagination Stage Receives 4 Helen Hayes Award Nominations!

On Monday, January 25 the nominees for the 26th Annual Helen Hayes Awards were announced. For those of you not familiar with the Awards, they are given in recognition of excellence in professional theatre in the Washington DC area (think the Tony Awards in DC).

While this is always an exciting event and many outstanding artists and productions are recognized, this year was just a little more exciting for us here at Imagination Stage. There is a brand new award: Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences. Productions in this category must be geared for children age 12 and under. Out of the five nominations, three of them were Imagination Stage shows!

· Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth (Written and Directed by Psalmayene 24)
· Heidi (Written by Martha King De Silva and Joan Cushing, Directed by Janet Stanford)
· Lyle the Crocodile (Written by Kevin Kling, Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer)

Our three nominations are joined by The Kennedy Center’s production of Barrio Grrrl! and Synetic Theatre’s The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish.

Our fourth nomination was for the awesome Tara Giordano for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Resident Musical for her portrayal of Heidi!

These nominations are the result of the passion and hard work of a lot of talented and creative people over the past year. We couldn’t be more excited to have this hard work acknowledged.

The winners are announced at a ceremony on April 5. To read a full list of the nominees and to learn more about the great work that the Helen Hayes Awards organization does for the DC community, visit:

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