Press Release – Plaza Theatre Company at the 2013 Column Awards

Plaza Theatre Company honored with nine 2013 Column Awards including BEST MUSICAL

On Monday, February 25th 2013, the 14th annual Column Awards were held in the beautiful Carpenter Performance Hall at the Irving Arts Center. Plaza Theatre Company was honored DSC_3102with nine Column Awards during the evening including wins for Best Equity Musical of the year for RAGTIME, and Best Directors of an Equity Musical. The win for Best Musical was Plaza’s third in the last four years, though it was their first in the Equity (professional) category.

The Column Awards organization is a non-profit group with a commitment to honoring excellence in the Dallas / Fort Worth theatrical community. This year, 34 local theaters received nominations including both professional and ameteur (Equity and non-Equity) companies. Plaza Theatre Company was honored with 44 nominations on the evening. Column Awards founder John Garcia and Broadway guest host Orfeh emceed the event handing out nearly 70 awards during the evening.

Column Award winners from PlazaCo’s 2012 season of shows included a win in the Equity category for Best Musical for RAGTIME as well as a win for Best Directors of anRagtime Major and Chimberley Equity Musical by Aaron and Milette Siler for their direction of RAGTIME. Tina Barrus also received the Column Award for Best Costumes of an Equity Musical for her work on RAGTIME. The three awards marked the first time Plaza Theatre Company has been awarded any wins in a professional category at The Columns. The win for RAGTIME as Best Equity Musical came in a tie with THE PRODUCERS from Uptown Players in Dallas.

All told, Plaza Theatre Company had six different productions from it’s 2012 season of shows receive an honor during the ceremony. In addition to the wins for RAGTIME, PlazaCo winners included Aaron Siler as Best non-Equity Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; Ben Phillips as Best non-Equity Supporting Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Aldolpho in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE; Luke Hunt as Best non-Equity Featured Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Froggy in THE FOREIGNER; Trich Zaitoon as Best non-Equity Featured Actress in a play for her portrayal of Aunt Mary Drexel in THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE; Stephen Singleton for the Chita Rivera Dance Award Male for his featured dance performance in FOOTLOOSE; and Aaron Siler for Best non-Equity Sound Design of a Musical for his design of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.

DSC_3881The gala event also features performances from local companies who have been honored with nominations for Best Musical of the Year. PlazaCo was privileged to present numbers from both of its Best Musical nominees – FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and RAGTIME. Performers came from among the original Plaza casts of both those shows.

In the six years since Plaza Theatre Company’s founding, the theatre troupe from Cleburne has been the recipient of 46 Column Awards including wins for Best Musical three of the last four years – for AIDA in 2010; for INTO THE WOODS in 2011; and now for RAGTIME in 2013. Also of note is the win for Best Costumes of a Musical for Tina Barrus who has now won five Best Costume Awards during the last four years.

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