Top Ten lists are a lot of work to compile, but worth the time. What I realized this year is that there are "bests" that simply don't fit into a list. So here are some kudos that I feel the need to give out in random categories....in no particular order.
Best example of giving back - SYST Footlights Little Mermaid for their impromptu performance during a fire drill
Best use of recycled materials - WAMS Into the Woods for their Dunkin Donuts tray covered Rapunzel's tower
Best dancing - White Christmas at Westchester Broadway Theater for the win!
Best flying - Cathy Rigby in Peter Pan at the Palace
Funniest Four Guys - the four guys in Forever Plaid at the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre
Best quick change (onstage) - Dreamgirls at the Palace Theater
Slyest improvisation - Sister in Sister's Christmas Catechism at Long Wharf Theatre
"This is how you're getting to Heaven" Award to Daniel R. Willey, the only guy in Nuncrackers at the Phoenix Stage Company.
Best Double Play (as in appearing in two different shows) - R. Bruce Connelly in Say Goodnight, Gracie and The Price at Seven Angels
Classiest set - Rumors by Landmark Community Theatre at the Thomaston Opera House designed by Mark Rees
Best Devil - Walter Cramer in Damn Yankees at the Nancy Marine
Best Wigs - 9 to 5 at Musicals at Richter
Best chemistry between the leads - Sydney Taylor Turner and Jeremy Sevelovitz in Miracle on 34th Street at Seven Angels. Runner up: They're Playing Our Song at TriArts Sharon Playhouse
Best puppetry - Disney's Finding Nemo: The Musical
Best Thanksgiving Day Parade in a theater - Seven Angels Miracle on 34th Street
Best dancing on their knees - The ensemble elves in Elf at
the Palace Theater
Best preshow/intermission entertainment - Brian (Preston Bogan) and Michelle (Kaylin Spaulding) in Alice Through the Internet at Naugatuck High School
Best concessions hallway - Amity High School's Sweeney Todd
Best use of available space - Grease at Post University
Best Witch (in Into the Woods) - WAMS' Emily Pierce
Best tree - WAM'S' Waiting for Godot
Most effective use of youth ensemble - Oliver! at Westchester Broadway Theatre
Best costumes - White Christmas (again) Runner up: Hello, Dolly at Goodspeed Musicals
No Business Like Show Business Award to Naugatuck Teen Theatre's Annie Get Your Gun
Best Performance at a Master Class - Damon Branco with Linda Eder at the Warner Theatre
Best High School scenery - Newtown High School's How to Succeed in BusinessMost impressive lighting - 1214 Foundation's Seussical designed by Herrick Goldman
Best audience participation opportunity - Spamalot at TriArts Sharon Playhouse Runner up: The soap bubble bottles distributed at Whimsicality's Seussical Jr.