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Roster set for 30th annual Arty Awards Gala

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Randal Chun playing George, left, and Ryan Gaskins playing Howard rehearse a scene from "Moon Over Buffalo" at the Solano College Theater in Fairfield. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic file)

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FAIRFIELD — The annual Arty Awards Gala, which honors live theater, will celebrate its 30th year, with a new organization now at the helm.

The Performing Arts Network, whose roots date back to 1990, is taking over the event. The Arty Awards Gala will be its premier event in Solano County.

“PAN-Arts is passionate about our mission to promote the availability and visibility of compelling performing and visual arts in our county and surrounding regions,” wrote Rob Dellenbach, PAN-Arts president, in an email to the Daily Republic. “Assuming the responsibility for producing the Artys is a major next step in this effort.”

Dellenbach said he expects this to one of the best Artys Awards Galas ever.

There will be some changes ahead, he said. In the future, PAN-Arts hopes to expand the reach of nominations and infuse an even greater pool of talent and accomplishment into the mix. Rotating the hosting venue is an idea. Doing so encourages broader participation and competition for the awards, he said.

“I am excited to play a role in encouraging artists of all ages with opportunities to express and be recognized for their passion,” Dellenbach wrote.

PAN-Arts came together as the Solano College Theatre Association to facilitate the operation of the Solano Community College campus theater and later the Harbor Theatre in Suisun City.

“Its roles included scheduling the theaters, staffing productions and offering support with costumes, sets props, equipment, ticket sales and marketing,” Dellenbach wrote. “A couple of years ago, budget constraints led Solano College to take these responsibilities in-house on a more limited basis.

“Without funding for management and personnel, the organization’s board focused its efforts and talent on filling the void by reaching out to the greater community for opportunities to serve. Renamed Performing Arts Network Inc. in 2014, PAN-Arts’ vision has expanded to include support for performing and visual arts productions throughout the county and surrounding regions.”

The group’s mission is to support and promote the performing and visual arts in Solano County and surrounding regions, Dellenbach said.

This year already the organization has funded elementary school attendance at several plays and scholarships for training aspiring artists.

PAN-Arts also manages the Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Scholarship Fund for Performing Arts at Solano College, which provides assistance for artists to study at the college. It’s now raising money to support additional scholarships, events and productions and a broader network of artists.

Dellenbach brings a rich history to the Solano County arts scene. His family has been involved for more than 40 years, including plays at Solano College Theater, Harbor Theatre, Missouri Street Theatre and with the Lisa Clark Dancers, Fairfield High School bands and the Solano Chamber Society.

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  • 30th Annual Arty Awards Gala
  • 6 p.m. Sept. 14
  • Solano Community College Theatre, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield
  • www.pan-arts.org

The 2014 Arty nominees are:

Youth in an Adult Production

  • Special Youth Award

HIGH SCHOOL COMEDY/DRAMA PRODUCTION NOMINEES

Sound Design

  • Nathan Day, “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS
  • Christine Mani, “The Elephant Man,” BHS

Set Design

  • Nathan Day, “And Stuff” and “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS
  • Christine Mani, “The Elephant Man,” BHS

Lighting Design

  • Nathan Day, “And Stuff” and “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS
  • Christine Mani and Alecci Martinez, “The Elephant Man,” BHS

Costume Design

  • Nathan Day, “And Stuff,”  and  “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS
  • Dagmar Kuta and Shyanne Wilks, “The Elephant Man,” BHS

Supporting Actress

  • Julia Anderson and Khamille Muhammad, “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS
  • Heather Bennion, “And Stuff,” RHS
  • Jazmyn Passama, “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS
  • Francesca Rabadam and Juliana Romualdi, “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS
  • Maya Sigh Sharkey, “The Elephant Man,” BHS

Supporting Actor

  • Kieran Cross, “The Elephant Man,” BHS
  • Jordan Egbuna, “And Stuff ,” RHS
  • Meghan Heald and Josh Golsan, “The Elephant Man,” BHS
  • Aaron MacFall, “And Stuff,” RHS
  • Andrew Mayben, “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS

Lead Actress

  • Angelica Alexandre, “And Stuff,” RHS
  • Marjory Harper, “The Elephant Man,” BHS
  • Tiffany Henderson and Brooklyn Worthan, “I Hate Hamlet ,” RHS
  • Chloe Reyes, “And Stuff ,” RHS

Lead Actor

  • Kelsey Johnson, “And Stuff,” RHS
  • Kelsey Johnson and Mark Middleston, “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS
  • Elias Martin and Francis Samonte, “The Elephant Man,” BHS
  • Thomas Nabarrette, “And Stuff,” BHS
  • Thomas Nabarrette and Reginald Shelton, “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS

Director

  • Nathan Day, “And Stuff” and “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS
  • Christine Mani and Sheena Beeson, “The Elephant Man.” BHS

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL PRODUCTION NOMINEES

Sound Design

  • Annalissa Andrade, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • Don Smith, “Cinderella,” WCWHS

Set Design

  • Christine Mani, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • Annie Muehlenbruech, “Cinderella,” WCWHS

Lighting Design

  • Christine Mani, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • Annie Muehlenbruech, “Cinderella,” WCWHS

Costume Design

  • Alice McDaniels, “Cinderella,” WCWHS
  • Kaylyn Peterson, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS

Supporting Actress

  • Koleen Arribas, “Pippin,” SPSVHS
  • Lindsey Cooper, “Cinderella,” WCWHS
  • Mikayla Humphries and Abby Wonnacott, “Cinderella,” WCWHS
  • Margaret Nash, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • Maya Singh Sharke, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS

Supporting Actor

  • Christian Carreon, “Pippin,” SPSVHS
  • Josh Golsan, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • Trevor MacKenzie and Kenny Bakken, “Cinderella,” WCWHS
  • Michael Mitchell, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • Chad Sambajon, “Pippin,” SPSVHS

Lead Actress

  • Katrina Basinger and Bianca Rodriquez, “Cinderella,” WCWHS
  • Emily Broderick, “Pippin,” SPSVHS
  • Sydney Chow, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • Marjory Harper, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • Erin Reagan and Carlie Robinson, “Cinderella,” WCWHS

Lead Actor

  • Aaron Cadiz, “Pippin,” SPSVHS
  • Michael Cooper and Clayton Cooper, “Cinderella,” WCWHS
  • Kieran Cross, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • Elias Martin, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • Rialle Sarmiento, “Pippin,” SPSVHS

Choreography

  • Staci Arriaga, “Cinderella,” WCWHS
  • Juliette Henry, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • Kristen Mitra, “Pippin,” SPSVHS

Musical Director

  • Colby Hawkins and Heather King, “Cinderella,” WCWHS
  • Ryan Padilla Lee, “Pippin,” SPSVHS
  • Chris Piazza,” Guys and Dolls,” BHS

Director

  • Staci Arriaga, “Cinderella,” WCWHS
  • William Kraft, “Pippin,” SPSVHS
  • Christine Mani, “Guys and Dolls,” BHS

ADULT COMEDY OR DRAMA

Sound Design

  • Levi Duncan, “Moon Over Buffalo,” SCCTD
  • Aaron Flores, “Macbeth,” SCCTD
  • Adam Wayne Gistarb, “A Golden Fleecing,” SCCTD
  • Jeff Lowe, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” BAS
  • Annie Muehlenbruech, “Polter-hiest,” VGTG

Set Design

  • Brian Hough, “Same Time Next Year” and “The Sunshine Boys,” BOTTG
  • Jeff Lowe, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” BAS
  • Darcia Tipton, “Moon Over Buffalo,” SCCTD
  • Darcia Tipton, “Romeo and Juliet,” MST

Lighting Design

  • Ken Hein, “The Sunshine Boys,” BOTTG
  • Darsen Long, “A Golden Fleecing,” SCCTD
  • Craig Scharfen,” Romeo and Juliet,” MST
  • Conner Watson, “A Christmas Carol,” SRTC
  • Conner Watson, “Moon Over Buffalo,” SCCTD

Costume Design

  • Sylvia Gregory, “A Christmas Carol,” SRTC
  • Stacey Loew, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” BAS
  • Rebecca Valentino, “Moon Over Buffalo,” SCCTD
  • Rebecca Valentino, “Romeo & Juliet,” MST
  • Dyanne Vojvoda, “Same Time Next Year” and “The Sunshine Boys,” BOTTG

ADULT DRAMA NOMINEES

Supporting Actress

  • Salina Conse, “A Christmas Carol,” SRTC
  • Spring Nguyen, “Macbeth,” SCCTD
  • Stephanie Rivas, “Romeo and Juliet,” MST
  • Michelle Wilson, “A Christmas Carol,” SRTC
  • Courtney Yuen, “A Christmas Carol,” SRTC

Supporting Actor

  • Justin Hernandez, “A Christmas Carol,” SRTC
  • Justin Hernandez, “Romeo and Juliet,” MST
  • Brian Hulse, “A Christmas Carol,” SRTC
  • Chris Mantione, “A Christmas Carol,” SRTC
  • Curt Thompson, “Romeo and Juliet,” MST

Lead Actress

  • Emma Mercier, “Romeo and Juliet,” MST
  • Stephanie Rivas, “Macbeth,” SCCTD
  • Mikkel Simons, “Macbeth,” SCCTD

Lead Actor

  • Dan Clanton, “A Christmas Carol,” SRTC
  • Levi Duncan, “Romeo and Juliet,” MST
  • Justin Hernandez, “Macbeth,” SCCTD
  • Conner Watson, “Macbeth,” SCCTD

Director

  • Carla Spindt, “A Christmas Carol,” SRTC
  • Carla Spindt, “Macbeth,” SCCTD
  • Carla Spindt, “Romeo and Juliet,” MST

ADULT COMEDY NOMINEES

Supporting Actress

  • Krystique Bright and Alexandra Weatherbee, “A Golden Fleecing,” SCCTD
  • Krystique Bright, “Moon Over Buffalo,” SCCTD
  • Bonnie Gamble, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” BAS
  • Stephanie Hambright, “Moon Over Buffalo,” SCCTD
  • Jessica Johnson, “Polter-heist,” VGTG
  • Natasha Harris, “The Sunshine Boys,” BOTTG

Supporting Actor

  • Paul Cotton, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” BAS
  • Levi Duncan, “A Golden Fleecing,” SCCTD
  • David Fickuss, “Polter-heist,” VGTG
  • Pat Lemley, “Polter-heist,” VGTG
  • Henry Swenson, “Moon Over Buffalo,” SCCTD

Lead Actress

  • Gianna Biagi, “Polter-heist,” VGTG
  • Tara Dresbach,” The Importance of Being Earnest,” BAS
  • Rebecca Grayce, “Same Time Next Year,” BOTTG
  • Kathleen Kravets, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” BAS
  • Kristin Redford, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” BAS

Lead Actor

  • Chad Clevenger, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” BAS
  • Alan Coyne, “Same Time Next Year,” BOTTG
  • Mark Jordan, “The Sunshine Boys,” BOTTG
  • Tom McPike, “Polter-heist,” VGTG
  • Jerry Motta, “The Sunshine Boys,” BOTTG

Director

  • Rick Bullis, “A Golden Fleecing,” SCCTD
  • Douglas Duldine, “The Sunshine Boys,” BOTTG
  • Jeff Lowe, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” BAS
  • Annie Muehlenbruech, “Polter-heist,” VGTG
  • Hester Schell, “Same Time Next Year,” BOTTG
  • Carla Spindt, “Moon Over Buffalo,” SCCTD

ADULT MUSICAL NOMINEES

Sound Design

  • Mike Meszaros, “Godspell” and “Peter Pan,” MST

Set Design

  • Charles McFadden, “Peter Pan,” MST
  • Scott Woodard, “Godspell,” MST

Lighting Design

  • Craig Scharfen, “Godspell” and “Peter Pan,” MST

Costume Design

  • Gina Coyle, “Godspell,” MST
  • Carol Edlinger and Gina Coyle, “Peter Pan,” MST

Supporting Actress

  • Katie Bartomeo, “Peter Pan,” MST
  • Christina Gross,” Godspell,” MST
  • Hilary Owen, “Godspell,” MST

Supporting Actor

  • Anthony Lucido,” Godspell,” MST
  • Michael Scott Wells, “Peter Pan,” MST
  • Thomas Sklar, “Peter Pan,” MST

Lead Actress

  • Courtney King, “Peter Pan,” MST
  • Miranda Lawson, “Godspell,” MST

Lead Actor

  • Michael Scott Wells, “Godspell,” MST
  • Scott Woodard, “Peter Pan,” MST

Choreography

  • Staci Arriaga, “Godspell,” MST
  • Kevin Gruwell and Dae Spering, “Peter Pan,” MST

Musical Director

  • Cynthia Cook Heath, “Peter Pan,” MST
  • Maggie Holinbeck, “Godspell,” MST

Director

  • Dae Spering, “Peter Pan,” MST
  • Scott Woodard, “Godspell,” MST

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION NOMINEES

Outstanding High School Production of a Comedy/Drama

  • “And Stuff” and “I Hate Hamlet,” RHS
  • “The Elephant Man,” BHS

Outstanding High School Production of a Musical

  • “Cinderella,” WCWHS
  • “Guys and Dolls,” BHS
  • “Pippin,” SPSVHS

Outstanding Adult Drama

  • “A Christmas Carol,” SRTC
  • “Macbeth,” SCCTD
  • “Romeo & Juliet,” MST

Outstanding Adult Comedy

  • A Golden Fleecing,” SCCTD
  • “The Importance of Being Earnest,” BAS
  • “Moon Over Buffalo,” SCCTD
  • “Polter-heist,” VGTG
  • “Same Time Next Year” and “The Sunshine Boys,” BOTTG

Outstanding Adult Musical

  • “Godspell” and “Peter Pan,” MST

Legend

  • BAS: Bay Area Stage
  • BHS: Benicia High School
  • BOTTG: Benicia Old Town Theatre Group
  • MST: Missouri Street Theatre
  • RHS: Rodriguez High School
  • SCCTD: Solano Community College Theater Department
  • SPSVHS: St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School
  • SRTC: Solano Repertory Theatre Company
  • VGTG: Vacaville Gaslighters Theatrical Group
  • WCWHS: Will C. Wood High School
Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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