Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

The Audrey DeVere
Legacy Theatre Awards CVLT's Annual Awards Ceremony

Audrey Awards

Performance Dates & Tickets

August 26, 2017
Saturday at 7:30 PM
Red Carpet Pre-show Reception at 6:45 PM
$15 all seats
(nominee admission is free)
Call 440-247-8955 (Mon-Sat, 1-6 PM)

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About the Show

Recognizing the volunteers who make everything we do at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre possible.

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre inaugurated The Audrey DeVere Legacy Theatre Awards (aka 'The Audrey Awards') to recognize the actors, staff, board members, and others who keep our almost entirely volunteer-run organization moving.

The evening includes a 'red carpet' welcome reception at 6:45 PM, featuring champagne and hors d'oeuvres. The ceremony itself (patterned after the Tony Awards, with a bit of live entertainment and comedy) begins at 7:30.

Awards will be given to actors, directors, and volunteers, plus special awards for unique contributions to the organization This year's special award will be presented to Cleveland's own Jan Jones-Artz. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held. Wine and beer will be available at a cash bar. Dress code for the event is 'black tie optional, but encouraged.'

Audrey DeVere

The eponymous Audrey DeVere was an early performer with CVLT, first appearing in the mid-1930s. She played fourteen roles at the Theatre over three decades, taking turns on CVLT's original Township Hall 'Opera House' stage (lost to fire in 1943), its temporary home at the Chagrin Falls High School auditorium on Philomethian Street, as well as the Main Stage at the current CVLT building. Audrey's son, Rollin DeVere II, has served on the organization's board for many years, performed on its stages dozens of times, and is the Theatre's resident historian. His wife (Judith), son (Rollin DeVere III), and daughter (Lydian DeVere) have also trod the boards there. Even her great-granddaughter and son-in-law made an appearance in 2006, making the DeVere name practically synonymous with Chagrin Valley Little Theatre to its regulars.

2017 Nominees

Those who have held a membership or season subscription during the current season are eligible to vote online here. Paper ballots also available.

Best Female Performance in a Special Event:

  • Jennifer Betz, for her appearances with the RSVP improvisational theater troupe
  • Colleen O’Leary, for her musical performance in Right Down Broadway
  • Brianna Arko, for her appearance in Murder By the Falls
  • Emily Stack, for her musical performance in Paint the Town, A New Year’s Cabaret

Best Male Performance in a Special Event:

  • Ron Davis, for his musical performance in Right Down Broadway
  • Mort Goldman, for his appearances with RSVP improvisational theater troupe
  • Shaun McGrath, for his operatic solos in Paint the Town, A New Year’s Cabaret
  • Eric Oswald, for his appearance in Murder By the Falls

Best Supporting Actress in a River Street Playhouse production:

  • Jennifer Betz as “Honey” — Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Rose Gabriele — The 10-10 Festival of New Plays
  • Denise Larkin as “Aneece” — Belles: The Reunion
  • Claudia Lillibridge as “Roseanne” — Belles: The Reunion
  • Mary Britta Shirring — The 10-10 Festival of New Plays
  • Macey Staninger as “Paige” — Belles: The Reunion
  • Brenda Willis as “Sherry” — Belles: The Reunion

Best Supporting Actor in a River Street Playhouse production:

  • John Hickman as “Nick” — Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Matt Mortensen — The 10-10 Festival of New Plays
  • Krystopher Perry as “Ross Gardner” — Visiting Mr. Green

Best Lead Actress in a River Street Playhouse production:

  • Jenny Barrett as “Audrey” — Belles: The Reunion
  • Darlene Rocco as “Martha” — Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Kathy Steiner as “Peggy” — Belles: The Reunion
  • Christine Wright as “Olivia” — Sex With Strangers

Best Lead Actor in a River Street Playhouse production:

  • Don Edelman as “Mr. Green” — Visiting Mr. Green
  • Joe Kenderes as “Ethan” - Sex With Strangers
  • Rob Walter as “George” — Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best Direction of a River Street Playhouse production:

  • Kourtney Highland — Sex With Strangers
  • Claudia Lillibridge – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Carol Jaffee Pribble – Visiting Mr. Green
  • Yvonne E. Pilarczyk and Dawn Hill – The 10-10 Festival of New Plays
  • Barbara L. Rhoades – Belles: The Reunion

Best River Street Playhouse production:

  • Sex With Strangers
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Visiting Mr. Green
  • The 10-10 Festival of New Plays
  • Belles: The Reunion

Best Supporting Actress in a non-musical production:

  • Kristen Jezek as “Miss Poppenghul” — Moonlight and Magnolias
  • Dottie Emerick as “Constance Crawford” — Drop Dead!

Best Supporting Actor in a non-musical production:

  • Timothy Champion as “Ben Hecht” — Moonlight and Magnolias
  • John Peters as “Chaz Looney” — Drop Dead!

Best Lead Actress in a non-musical production:

  • Jenny Barrett as “Mona Monet” — Drop Dead!

Best Lead Actor in a non-musical production:

  • Ed Conrad as “David O. Selznick” — Moonlight and Magnolias
  • Robert McCoy as “Victor Fleming” - Moonlight and Magnolias
  • Adam Young as “Brent Reynolds” — Drop Dead!

Best Direction of a non-musical production:

  • Stephen Kay — Moonlight and Magnolias
  • Barbara L. Rhoades — Drop Dead!

Best non-musical production:

  • Moonlight and Magnolias
  • Drop Dead!

Best Costuming:

  • Jen Ryan – The Addams Family
  • Jackie Kruyne – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Brian Smith – Little Shop of Horrors

Best Choreography:

  • Jen Justice — Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Pamela LaForce – The Addams Family
  • Pamela LaForce – Little Shop of Horrors

Best Musical Direction:

  • David W. Coxe – Little Shop of Horrors
  • Andy Novak – The Addams Family
  • Lynne Provance — Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Best Supporting Actress in a musical:

  • Nina Takacs as “Alice Beineke” — The Addams Family
  • Genevieve Vince as “Audrey II: The Body” — Little Shop of Horrors
  • Aja Norman, Jen Ryan, and Kimberly Sullivan as “Crystal, Chiffon and Ronette” — Little Shop of Horrors

Best Supporting Actor in a musical:

  • Steve Brofman as “Mal Beineke” — The Addams Family
  • Enrique Caraballo as “Lucas Beineke” — The Addams Family
  • Michael A. Green as “Mr. Mushnik” — Little Shop of Horrors
  • Steven Heintel as “Audrey II: The Body” — Little Shop of Horrors
  • Mason Kacmar as “Pugsley Addams” — The Addams Family
  • Travis Reilly as “Asher” — Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Paul Sloop as “Pharaoh” — Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Steven R. Tiderman as “Orin Scrivello DDS and other characters” — Little Shop of Horrors
  • Anthony Williams as “Audrey II: The Voice”- Little Shop of Horrors

Best Lead Actress in a musical:

  • Jen Justice as “Morticia Addams” — The Addams Family
  • Alex Noel Petsche as “Wednesday Addams” — The Addams Family
  • Alex Noel Petsche as “The Narrator” — Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Nina Takacs as “Audrey” — Little Shop of Horrors

Best Lead Actor in a musical:

  • Don Knepper as “Uncle Fester” — The Addams Family
  • John Kolar as “Joseph” — Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Paul Sloop as “Gomez Addams” — The Addams Family
  • Nate Summers as “Seymour” — Little Shop of Horrors

Best Direction of a musical:

  • Pamela LaForce – The Addams Family
  • Michael J. Rogan – Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Greta Rothman – Little Shop of Horrors

Best Musical:

  • The Addams Family
  • Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Little Shop of Horrors