Spreckels, 6th Street shine at theater awards
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By Don Gibble  March 14, 2014 12:00 am

This last Monday night at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa the Sonoma County theater community gathered together to honor each other for an amazing year in theater. 

Rohnert Park’s Spreckels Theatre and the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa both had many productions up for awards. 

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was the big winner, walking away with best theatrical production, best director Lennie Dean, best actor Ed McLoud, best supporting actor Dallas Munger and best sound and music design for Joe Winkler.

This was by far the best production at 6th Street. Artistic director Craig Miller has been doing an amazing job since he has taken over. 

Another nominee for best theatrical production was “Young Frankenstein.” Spreckels’ best production last year won for best supporting actress, Mary Gannon Graham. Managing director Gene Abravaya has also been doing an amazing job since he took the reins in 2011.

One of my favorite shows from last year was “Les Miserables.” 

It was produced at the Santa Rosa Junior College and was also nominated for best theatrical production. The one award it won was for best lighting design by Skylar Evans. The cast was just as good as the cast on Broadway.

Denise Elia-Yen won for best actress for “Singin’ in the Rain,” produced at 6th Street. “Singin’ in the Rain” also won best dance choreography for Laurie Glodowski and best musical direction for Benjamin Mertz, which tied with Jason Sherbundy for “Spamalot,” also produced at 6th Street.

The best moment of the night was when publicist Kim Taylor presented Eric Chazankin with the first honorary award for his amazing photography. 

Chazankin has photographed practically every theatrical production in Sonoma County. Taylor created an amazing photo montage the audience saw before Chazankin was presented with his award. 

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