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CL Theater Award 

Honoring the best of the Charlotte stage

In a year when some bemoaned the drooping of Charlotte's fringe theater scene - and the paralysis of Charlotte Rep - there was actually an unprecedented amount of theater activity in the Queen City. Keeping up with all that was going on in 2004 meant attending over 75 productions and special events. We'll further winnow down the best of the best when we announce CL's 18th Annual Charlotte Theater Awards. Meanwhile, gaze at the bounty of quality stage performances, productions and theatercraft that Charlotte theatergoers witnessed last year.

For a complete list of nominees, go to charlotte.creativeloafing.com.

BEST ACTRESS, MUSICAL

Ashley Dove — Bat Boy: The Musical (Shelley Parker)

Heather Powell — I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! (Various)

Kelly Chapin Schmidt — West Side Story (Maria)

Leslie Shires — Chicago (Roxie Hart)

Lisa Smith — Cabaret (Sally Bowles)

Melissa Roberge — Nuncrackers (Sister Mary Robert Anne)

Susan Roberts Knowlson — The Last Five Years (Cathy Hyatt)

BEST ACTOR, MUSICAL

Bob Walker — Bat Boy: The Musical (Bat Boy)

Buddy Hammonds — Honk, Jr. (Ugly)

Dana Alderman — You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown)

Patrick Brandt — I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change! (Various)

Patrick O'Herron — Chicago (Billy Flynn)

Patrick Ratchford — The Last Five Years (Jamie Wallerstein), Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw)

Travis Osley — Pageant (Miss West Coast)

BEST DIRECTOR, MUSICAL

Alan Poindexter — Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy

Billy Ensley — Bat Boy: The Musical

Glenn T. Griffin — Pageant

Linda Booth — Honk, Jr.

Michael Edwards — I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!

Steve Umberger — Cabaret

Tom Hollis — Chicago

BEST CONDUCTOR/MUSIC DIRECTOR

Bill Congdon — She Loves Me

Craig Spradley — Bat Boy: The Musical

Drina Keen — Chicago

Ginger G. Wyrick and Amy Boger Morris — West Side Story

Jeana Neal Borman — Honk, Jr., The Last Five Years

John Coffey — Cabaret

Scott R. McKenzie — Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER

Annette Saunders & Rebecca Tomaszewski — Psycho Beach Party

Billy Ensley — Bat Boy: The Musical

Debra Gillingham — Annie

Eddie Mabry — Chicago, West Side Story

Linda Booth — Honk, Jr., Cabaret

Ron Chisholm — Prince Brat and the Whipping Boy

Stuart Williams and Kathy Caradine — Pageant

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY

Cat Zeggert — Wonder of the World (Cass)

Donna Scott — Rumors (Claire Gantz)

Elizabeth Wells Berkes — Barefoot in the Park (Corie Bratter)

Emily Van Dyke — Psycho Beach Party (Florence "Chicklet" Forrest)

Greta Marie Zandstra — Bright Ideas (Genevra Bradley)

Leslie Beckham — Laughing Wild (Woman)

Nikki Adkins — If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (The Mouse)

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY

Brian Robinson — Barefoot in the Park (Paul Bratter)

Lee Thomas — Wonder of the World (Kip)

Marshall Case — Play about the Baby (Man)

Michael Nester — Bright Ideas (Joshua Bradley)

Michael Simmons — Laughing Wild (Man)

Steven Ivey — If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (The Boy)

Tony Wright — White Man Dancing (Stuart)

BEST DIRECTOR, COMEDY

Chip Decker — Wonder of the World, Bright Ideas

Jill Bloede — Madeline

Jim Yost — Play About the Baby, Psycho Beach Party

Joanna Gerdy — If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, 'Tis the Season

Lon Bumgarner — Betty's Summer Vacation

Terry Loughlin — Over the River and Through the Woods

TJ Derham — Laughing Wild

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA

Catherine Smith — Copenhagen (Margerethe Bohr)

Christy K. Basa — Our Country's Good (Liz Morden/Lt. Will Dawes)

Cody Harding — Hansel & Gretel (Gretel), The Lesson (The Pupil)

Gloria King — Collected Stories (Ruth Steiner)

Joy Blythe — Wiley & The Hairy Man (Wiley)

Laura Depta — Cyrano de Bergerac (Cyrano)

Pamela Nichols Galle — 1963 (Sara Jane Chandler)

Tara MacMullen — Mud (Mae)

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA

Brian Robinson — Take Me Out (Kippy Sunderstrom)

Carl McIntyre — 1963 (Ezra Chandler)

Jeremy Davis — Take Me Out (Darren Lemming)

Mark Scarboro — Lobby Hero (Jeff)

Martin Thompson — Art (Serge)

Peter Smeal — Lonely Planet (Carl)

Simon Donoghue — Copenhagen (Niels Bohr)

Tony Wright — Glengarry Glen Ross (Richard Roma)

BEST DIRECTOR, DRAMA

Alan Poindexter — Oedipus Rex, Hansel & Gretel

Anthony Cerrato — Mud

Dave Mowers — Art

Dennis Delamar — A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

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