FAIRFIELD — An ancient Greek tragedy, a musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from a film and a classic tale of redemption were hits with Arty judges this past season. Each picked up several awards at Sunday’s 29th annual Arty Awards.
Rodriguez High School’s production of “Antigone” picked up six awards, including one for outstanding high school drama or comedy. The tragedy is believed to have been written in or before 441 B.C.
Benicia High School’s “Spamalot” took home 10 Artys, including one for outstanding high school musical.
Cast member Miguel Samonte was attending his first Artys show, dancing in a number from the show, taken from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” It would also be the first time he performed on the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts stage.
“It’s an honor,” he said of being part of the show. “In theater, high school rarely gets recognized, so this is an achievement.” A senior, Samonte plans a career in theater, dancing.
Missouri Street Theatre’s “Les Miserables” garnered six new Artys, including one for outstanding adult musical.
Family pride was very visible at the annual gala.
Julie Brudney’s 13-year-old daughter, Hannah Brudney, was up for the youth in an adult production award for her role in “Les Miserables.”
“We are very excited,” Julie Brudney said. “We feel like we are at the Tonys. We are really, really hoping she gets it.”
Younger sister Chloe Brudney, 10, thought her sister was “really, really good” in the show. She liked it so much that she saw the show four times.
Debbie Norbratin traveled from Portland, Ore., in hopes of seeing her brother Dan Clanton take home an Arty for best actor in an adult drama. Their mother, Jackie McEvilly, was also there.
“It runs in the family,” Jackie McEvilly said. “I used to be in theater. My boy is carrying on what I wish I had done.”
The show opened with the gender-bending “We Are What We Are” from “La Cage aux Folles.”
Benicia Old Town Theatre Group was given a special honor as it embarks on its golden anniversary in community theater. Dan Clark, president of the theater’s board of directors, encouraged the high school and youth performers to continue.
“Get involved in community theater, stay in community theater and enjoy,” Clark said.
Taking home Artys were:
Missouri Street Youth Theatre
Youth in an Adult Production
Sydney Chow, “The Pirates of Penzance,” BAS
HIGH SCHOOL COMEDY/DRAMA
Nathan Day, “Antigone,” RHS
Phil Alexander, “The Imaginary Invalid,” BHS
Nathan Day, “Welcome to Hell,” RHS
Dagmar Kuta, “The Imaginary Invalid,” BHS
Bianca Van Der Boon, “Cinderella Wore Combat Boots,” AHS
Joseph Munneke, “Antigone,” RHS
Tiffany Henderson and Amber Mitchell, “Antigone,” RHS
Reginald Shelton, “Antigone,” RHS
Nathan Day and Melanie Massoud, “Antigone,” RHS
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
Tatianna Bartlett, Lucas McEuen and Kim Thompson, “Spamalot,” BHS
Barrie Deans and Annie Muehlenbruch, “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” WCWHS
Tom McPike and Annie Muehlenbruch, “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” WCWHS
Kaylyn Peterson, “Spamalot,” BHS
Mariah Ramblas, “Spamalot,” BHS
Kieran Cross, “Spamalot,” BHS
Emily Esteban, “Spamalot,” BHS
Jed Weiss, “Spamalot,” BHS
Christine Mani, “Spamalot,” BHS
Patrick Martin and Chris Piazza, “Spamalot,” BHS
Kim Thompson, “Spamalot,” BHS
Rachel Quinonez, “Lend Me A Tenor,” FCT
Darcia Tipton, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged,” SCTA
Conner Watson, “Almost Maine,” SRTC
Mary Muehlenbruch, “Last Call at Chez Mort,” VGTG
Sarah Rozett, “Christmas Carol,” SRTC
Justin Hernandez, “Christmas Carol,” SRTC
Kat Gassett, “Rabbit Hole,” BOTGG
Shaun Carroll, “Rabbit Hole,” BOTTG
Margot Manburg, “Rabbit Hole,” BOTTG
Naomi Vergara, “Last Call at Chez Mort,” VGTG
Tim Dunlap, “Last Call at Chez Mort,” VGTG
Rebecca Grayce, “Almost Maine,” SRTC
Clinton Vidal, “What the Butler Saw,” BOTTG
Dyan McBride, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged,” SCTA
Craig Scharfen, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” MST
Brian Watson, “Les Miserables,” MST
Craig Scharfen, “Les Miserable,” MST
Barbara McFadden, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” MST
Dae Spering, “Les Miserables,” MST
Kiernan Donlevy, “Oklahoma,” BAS
Miranda Lawson, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” MST
Dan Legate, “Les Miserables,” MST
Staci Arriaga, “Damn Yankees,” MST
Ben Malkevitch, “The Pirates of Penzance,” BAS
Daren A.C. Carollo, “Les Miserables,” MST
High School Comedy/Drama
“High School Musical
“Rabbit Hole,” BOTTG
“Almost Maine,” SRTC
“Les Miserables,” MST
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AHS: Armijo High School
BAS: Bay Area Stage
BHS: Benicia High School
BOTTG: Benicia Old Town Theatre Group
FCT: Fairfield Civic Theatre
MST: Missouri Street Theatre
RHS: Rodriguez High School
SCT: Solano College Theatre
SCTA: Second Chance Theatre Alliance
SRTC: Solano Repertory Theatre Company
ST&BDC: Starbound Theatre & Bliss Dance Company
VHS: Vanden High School
VGTG: Vacaville Gaslighters Theatrical Group
WCWHS: Will C. Wood High School