A Gracious Community: Our Awards and Nominations

“Just remember that awards and nominations are nice, but they do not define us! It is our consistent production excellence that makes us the best little theater in the valley!”

– Ross Collins
Fountain Hills Theater Youth Artistic/Technical Director

 

While we do what we do here at Fountain Hills Theater because we love it—we are privileged to have garnered over 200 ariZoni and National Youth Arts Awards, in addition to special recognitions as well as additional awards and nominations. Here are the last three years of our award-winning accomplishments:

ariZoni Awards

Since 1990, the ariZoni Awards have promoted the visibility, cooperation and growth of theatre in the Valley and are dedicated to recognizing excellence in theatrical performances, as well as individuals who produce exceptional work in all aspects of theatre. Over the past 30+ years, Fountain Hills Theater has received 154 ariZoni Awards.

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The Glass Menagerie – Overall Production – Play
The Glass Menagerie Principal Actress – Shari Watts
The Glass Menagerie – Best Director – Ben Tyler
The Glass Menagerie – Hair & Makeup – Patsy Johnson & MaryBeth Ingram
The Glass Menagerie – Lighting Design – Peter J. Hill
The Glass Menagerie – Property Design – Sharla Curtis, Patricia Tonzi
Anne of Green Gables – Principal Actress – Lachlan Henderson
Anne of Green Gables – Best Director – Paige Beckman

Any Number Can Die – Overall Production – Play
La Cage aux Folles Best Actor – Patrick Russo
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells – Overall Production – Play
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Principal Actress – Allison Brown
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Supporting Actor – Sebastian Harris-Wylde
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Supporting Actor – David Woods
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Best Director – Ross Collins
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells Best Projection Design – Todd Carrie
Aladdin, Jr. Video Design – Keith Bollman

The Soul of Broadway: Act II – Overall Production – Musical
Young Frankenstein – Overall Production – Musical
Young Frankenstein – Projection Design – Todd Carrie
Disney’s The Aristocats Kids – Overall Production – Musical
Disney’s The Aristocats KidsPrincipal Actress – Hunter DiGrazia
The Fabulous Fable FactoryPrincipal Actor – Asher Sheppard
Disney’s The Aristocats KidsDirector – Ross Collins
Disney’s The Aristocats KidsMusic Direction – Paige Beckman
Disney’s The Aristocats KidsChoreography – Jenny Lynne Iverson
Disney’s The Aristocats KidsSet Design – Ross Collins
Disney’s The Aristocats KidsCostumes – Anne Kelleher, Marcie Rozalsky
Disney’s The Aristocats KidsHair & Makeup – Tralonie Smith

National Youth Arts Awards

The National Youth Arts Awards were started in 2000 by Rob Hopper, in San Diego, CA, has become a national resource for youth in the arts and honors their outstanding work with a yearly ceremony.

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Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play:
Hunter DiGrazia as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker

Outstanding Lead Performance (Junior Division):
Chloe Rozalsky as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker

Outstanding Supporting Performance (Junior Division)
Carly Cairns as Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker
Lachlan Henderson as Merryweather in Sleeping Beauty KIDS
Connor Klein as Sheldon in Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

Outstanding Ensemble (Junior Division): Sleeping Beauty KIDS

Outstanding Lead Actor (Junior Division), Musical — Dr. Dolittle Jr.: Zolton Bonnenfant as Dr. John Dolittle
Outstanding Supporting Actress (Junior Division), Musical — Charlotte’s Web: The Musical: Emily Campbell (as Templeton)
Outstanding Supporting Actress (Junior Division), Musical — Dr. Dolittle Jr.: Lachlan Henderson (as Polynesia)
Outstanding Supporting Actress (Junior Division), Musical — Dr. Dolittle Jr.: Chloe Rozalsky (as Madeline Mugg)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play — Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! — Summer Beckman (as May)
Outstanding Ensemble — Charlotte’s Web: The Musical
Outstanding Ensemble (Junior Division) — Dr. Dolittle Jr.

Prizm Awards

Fountain Hills ShowHopper Flex Pass holders annually nominate and vote for Prizm Awards recipients. An annual ceremony is held that recognizes our patrons’ selections for best, supporting and minor actors and actresses; for set, sound and lighting design, hair & makeup, director, musical director and choreographer. Volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the theater are also recognized. Those in attendance at the annual ceremony are Season Flex Pass holders, Prizm nominees and their families, and volunteers. The evening is hosted by an emcee and features a reception and live entertainment. Overall, it’s a wonderful event. Voting privilege and invitation to the ceremony is but one of the benefits of being a Season Flex Pass holder! For more info, email us, or call 480.837/9661 x3.

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OVERALL PRODUCTION
The 12 Days of Christmas – Produced by Noël Irick

 

ACTOR IN A MAJOR ROLE
An Act of God – Bob Sorensen as God

 

ACTRESS IN A MAJOR ROLE
Disenchanted! – Kori Stearns as Belle

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
The Producers – Patrick Russo as Roger Debris

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
The 12 Days of Christmas
Ava DeCampo, Savannah Grottenthaler, Victoria Pond, Sophia Vanella

 

ACTOR IN A MINOR ROLE
The 12 Days of Christmas – Adam Oberg

 

ACTRESS IN A MINOR ROLE
Pippin – Noël Irick as Bertha

 

DIRECTOR
The Foreigner – Ben Tyler

 

CHOREOGRAPHER
The 12 Days of Christmas – Noël Irick

 

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
The 12 Days of Christmas – Jay Melberg

 

SET DESIGN
The Foreigner – Jeff Blake

 

LIGHTING DESIGN
The Foreigner – Peter J. Hill

 

SOUND DESIGN
The Foreigner – Ross Collins & Ben Tyler

 

COSTUME DESIGN
The Foreigner – Gail Oliphant

 

HAIR & MAKEUP
The Foreigner – Anne Kelleher

 

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION
Gary D’Arconte
Suzanne Tomasello
Carol Coates

 

THE FIRST CLASS SERVICE AWARD
Kathleen Rubin

 

THE “THEY DID WHAT? WOW! Award
Donna Beers
Daniel Fecteau

 

THE OFFICE MAVEN AWARD
Nancy Fry

BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

BEST ACTOR IN A MAJOR ROLE
Travis Seay as Buddy Holly — Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

BEST ACTRESS IN A MAJOR ROLE
Victoria Fairclough as Roxie Hart— Chicago

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Patrick Russo as Mary Sunshine — Chicago

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Morgan Ottersbach as Mama Morton —Chicago

BEST ACTOR IN A MINOR ROLE
Alex Gonzalez as Hi Pockets Duncan —Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINOR ROLE
Lisa Barnes as Go To Hell Kitty — Chicago

BEST DIRECTOR
Peter J. Hill — Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER
Noël Irick — Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Jay Melberg — Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

BEST SET DESIGN
Peter J. Hill — Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Peter J. Hill — Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

BEST SOUND DESIGN
John Schoenwolf — Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Noël Irick & Gail Oliphant — Chicago

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
Patsy Johnson & MaryBeth Ingram — Chicago

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION
Bobbi Downing
Kendra Lytle
Sarah Brown

Best Overall Production 2016-17
Producer Patty Torrilhon/Director Petey Swartz
Leading Ladies

Best Actor in a Play 2016-17
Terry Gadaire as Leo/Maxine
Leading Ladies

Best Actor in a Play 2016-17
Roger Prenger as  Jack/Stephanie
Leading Ladies

Best Actor in a Musical 2016-17
Nicholas Hambruch as  Joseph
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Best Actress in a Musical 2016-17
Kim Cooper-Schmidt as Truly Scrumptious
Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang

Best Actress in a Play 2016-17
Shari Watts as Amanda Wingfield
The Glass Menagerie

Best Supporting Actor 2016-17
Patrick Russo as Goran
Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang

Best Supporting Actress 2016-17
Gina Tomkus as Baroness Bomburst
Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang

Best Actor in a Minor Role 2016-17
Asher Sheppard as Junkman/Childcatcher
Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang

Best Actress in a Minor Role 2016-17
Kendra Lytle as Turkey Lady
Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang

Best Musical Director 2016-17
Jennifer Whiting
Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang

Best Sound Design 2016-17
Todd Carrie
Leading Ladies

Best Set Design 2016-17
Peter J. Hill
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Best Lighting Design 2016-17
Peter J. Hill
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Best Costume Design 2016-17
Paul Snatic
Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang

Best Hair & Make-up 2016-17
Patsy Johnson
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Best Hair & Make-up 2016-17
Mary Beth Ingram
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Outstanding Contribution 2016-17
Patrick Russo

Outstanding Contribution 2016-17
Aimee Avery

In Loving Memory
Mandy Cruse
From Her Theater Family

Special Awards, Achievements, and Recognitions

Fountain Hills Theater produces extraordinary shows because its staff has proven itself to be extraordinary. Over the years, our staff has accumulated a number of special recognition and achievement awards. We are proud to share with you, this impressive list:

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Peter J. Hill
2016: Verde Valley Hall of Fame inductee
2009: ariZoni Awards Lifetime Dedication to Valley Theater
Nominee for Arizona Governor’s Arts Award