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Hendersonville Community Theatre announced winners of the 15th Annual Barnie Awards on March 2 at the Mountain Lodge and Convention Center in Flat Rock. Artistic Director Colby Coren hosted this year’s show. One hundred actors, volunteers and members attended.

HCT’s staff, board and familiar faces presented and performed, including Sage Albert, Facilities Director Tate Albert, Jaylan Brinson, Development Director McKenzie Eury, Executive Producer Jonathan Forrester, Board Member Laresa Griffin, Alexander Guazzo, Operations Director Janice Guazzo, President Chuck Kelsey, Managing Director Victoria Lamberth, Board Member Lisa McCarthy, Casting Coordinator Jennifer Memolo, Bob Pompeo, Technical Director Bob Reece and Charlene Spinks. 

Long-time member and Box Office Manger Sue Kamerick and Executive Producer Beth Bristol presented actor and volunteer Henry Styron with the Spotlight Award for outstanding service to HCT. Leslie Jean Newell was honored with the Lifetime Membership Award, making her an HCT member and giving her free season tickets for her lifetime.

About the Barnie Awards:

Originally established in 2004, the Hendersonville Community Theatre presented their first Barnie Awards in January 2004 for the 2003 season. Each year, the festive gala honors thespians, producers, directors, and theater lovers for their work the previous season.

Best Youth Actor/Actress in a Production

Jayna Gerber – The Redhead, The Love Talker
Claire Estes – Gowdie/Soma, The Love Talker/A Ghost Story

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama

Nancy Colangione – Big Mama, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

Madeline Johnson –Benny Southstreet, Guys & Dolls

Best Set Design/Dressing

 Bobby Foster & Jonathan Forrester-Rumors

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama

David Mycoff- Big Daddy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

Colby Coren-Nicely Nicely Johnson, Guys & Dolls

Best Lighting Design

Pat Durako- Hairspray Jr.

Jr. Production Best Actress

Chloe Ostman- Motormouth Maybelle, Hairspray Jr.

Best Leading Actress in a Comedy or Drama

Shari Azar- Margaret, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Celia Butterworth- Tracy Turnblad, Hairspray Jr.

Best Costumes

Kathleen Henby & Janice Guazzo- Hairspray Jr.

Jr. Production Best Actor

Alex Guazzo- Edna Turnblad Hairspray Jr

Best Leading Actor in a Comedy or Drama

Rick Huhn-Weller Martin, The Gin Game

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Craig Conner –Nathan Detroit, Guys & Dolls

Best Choreography

Molly Carlin Folk and Jonathan Forrester Hairspray Jr

Best Stage Manager

Beth Bristol- Nuncrackers

Best Director

Colby Coren, Tasha Pepi, Lenora Thom- Hairspray Jr.

Best Overall Production


People’s Choice Best Overall Production


Spotlight Award

Henry Styron

Lifetime Membership

Leslie Jean Newell