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CL's 16th Annual Charlotte Theater Award Nominations 

Amid the swirling snows, there came a voice. There was a midnight journey halfway around the world to the Desert of Sin, best known for its sacred peak, Mount Sinai.Then the yearly bone-chilling climb to the top of the mountain. Two huge tablets were hewn from the mountain's granite. Thunder crashed down from the heavens and a finger of fire wrote names in stone.

Frankly, my editors and I would prefer a diskette or a simple e-mail. Theater, however, is an ancient art stretching back more than two millennia, and it's, well, theatrical. Rites and customs tend to linger and become codified. The divinities of the hallowed artform are loath to change.

Here, then, transcribed from their original source, are some of the official nominations for CL's 16th Annual Charlotte Theater Awards.

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Beth Gardner -- Crimes of the Heart (Babe Magrath)
Catherine Smith -- Fuddy Meers (Claire)
Greta Marie Zandstra -- The Commedia Puss in Boots (Puss)
Julie Janorschke -- Someone's Knocking (Gladys)
Lolly Foy -- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Grace Bradley)
Lorraine Larocque -- Desdemona (Desdemona), The Miss Firecracker
Contest
(Carnelle Scott)
Tamara Scott -- The Misanthrope (Celimene)

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY
Duke Ernsberger -- A Tuna Christmas (Arliss Truvy, Dee Dee Snavely,
Petey Fisk, and others)
Glenn Griffin -- Jeffrey (Jeffrey)
Graham Smith -- The Misanthrope (Alceste)
John Price -- The Illusion (Alcandre)
Justin Bitton -- The Pitchfork Disney (Presley Stray)
Mark Sutton -- The Canterville Ghost (The Ghost)
Mike Collins -- Art (Marc), Deja Vu (Frank J. Broomfield, III)

BEST DIRECTOR, COMEDY
April Jones -- Fuddy Meers
Chad Calvert -- The Illusion
Dennis Delamar -- Lend Me a Tenor
James Yost -- The Pitchfork Disney, Someone's Knocking
Julie Janorschke -- Desdemona
Randell Haynes -- The Misanthrope
Tony Wright -- A Midsummer Night's Dream

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Ann Owens -- The Gin Game (Fonsia Dorsey)
April Jones -- The Crane Wife (Crane Wife)
Cody Harding -- Romeo & Juliet (Juliet Capulet)
Laura Depta -- Book of Days (Ruth Hoch)
Penny Fuller -- The Glass Menagerie (Amanda Wingfield)
Sarah McCafrey -- Proof (Catherine)
Serena Ruden -- A Lie of the Mind (Beth)

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Allen Fitzpatrick -- M. Butterfly (Rene Gallimard)
Biniam Tekola -- Jungalbook (Mowgli)
Graham Smith -- Proof (Robert)
J LaRue -- M. Butterfly (Song Liling)
Mark Sutton -- The Crane Wife (Kokuro)
Michael Milligan -- The Glass Menagerie (Tom Wingfield)
Patrick Hurley -- All My Sons (Chris Keller)
Stan Peal -- Long Day's Journey into Night (James Tyrone, Jr.)

BEST DIRECTOR, DRAMA
Alan Poindexter -- And Then They Came for Me, The Crane Wife
April Jones -- Jungalbook
Christy K. Basa & John Hartness -- Bent
Lon Bumgarner -- The Laramie Project, The Gin Game
Michael Simmons -- Terra Nova
Robert Moss -- M. Butterfly
Steve Umberger -- Proof

BEST ACTRESS, MUSICAL
Cat Zeggert-Gimmel -- Sweet Charity (Charity Hope Valentine)
Emily Johnson -- Annie, Jr. (Little Orphan Annie)
Erin Cusack -- The Fantasticks (Luisa)
Jessica Welch -- Always... Patsy Cline (Patsy Cline)
Susan Roberts Knowlson -- Oklahoma! (Laurey), Show Boat (Magnolia Hawks)

BEST ACTOR, MUSICAL
Billy Ensley -- George M! (George M. Cohan)
Greg Glover -- Annie, Jr. (Daddy Warbucks)
James Banks -- The Fantasticks (Matt)
Jared Bradshaw -- Jekyll & Hyde (Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde)
Patrick Ratchford -- Oklahoma! (Curly), Show Boat (Gaylord Ravenal)

BEST DIRECTOR, MUSICAL
Billy Ensley -- Sweet Charity
Jamey Varnadore -- The Fantasticks
Ron Chisholm -- Show Boat
Ted Swindley -- Always... Patsy Cline
Tom Vance -- Oklahoma!

BEST CONDUCTOR/MUSIC DIRECTOR
Bill Congdon -- Oklahoma!, The Fantasticks
Drina Keen -- Sweet Charity, George M!, Show Boat
Patty McBrayer -- The Sound of Music
Scott McKenzie -- Always... Patsy Cline

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER
Delia Neil -- The Crane Wife
Eddie Mabry -- Annie, Jr., George M!
Jacob Pinion -- The Serpent
Jamey Varnadore -- The Sound of Music
Joseph Baez & Tanya McClellan -- Much Ado About Nothing
Keith Martin -- Sweeney Todd
Linda Booth -- Sweet Charity, Oklahoma!

BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER
Benny Gomes -- The Move
Dawn Chiang -- M. Butterfly
Eric Winkenwerder -- Jungalbook, The Crane Wife, The Canterville Ghost
Hallie Gray -- The Pitchfork Disney, The Laramie Project, The Illusion
John Hartness -- Bent, Dracula
Rick Moll -- Closer, Someone's Knocking
Ronnie Higdon -- The Diary of Anne Frank
Todd O. Wren -- The Misanthrope

BEST SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER
David Hyde & Alex Lee -- The Pitchfork Disney
Gary Sivak -- And Then They Came for Me, The Crane Wife, Negras Eros, The Canterville Ghost
Gary Sivak & Roger Davis -- Jungalbook
James Vesce -- The Move
Jonathan Herter -- M. Butterfly
Randell Haynes -- The Misanthrope
Rodney Rollins -- Fully Committed
Ronnie Higdon -- The Diary of Anne Frank, The Memory of Water

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