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Elden Street Players Receive 10 WATCH Nominations

Matt Baughman as Charle Gordon and Lauren Kiesling as Alice Kinnian in the Elden Street Players production of "Flowers for Algernon."

Matt Baughman as Charle Gordon and Lauren Kiesling as Alice Kinnian in the Elden Street Players production of "Flowers for Algernon." Photo by David Siegel.

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From left, Kevin Dykstra (seated), Michale Clendenin, Michael Kharfen, Ian Brown, Ted Culler and Chuck Dluhy in Elden Street Players production of "Glengarry Glen Ross."

The Elden Street Players have been nominated for 10 Washington Area Community Honors (WATCH) for artistic and technical excellence in Community Theater. The Elden Street Players have been performing for 25 years.

The Players are in residence at the 114-seat Industrial Strength Theater, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon.

The Washington Area Theater Community Honors (WATCH) is the organization that adjudicates productions and presents annual awards recognizing artistic and technical excellence in Community Theater. The WATCH awards help to foster and encourage the growth of community theater. A total of 126 productions—from which the nominations were developed (43 musicals, 83 plays)—were adjudicated in 2012.

The 10 Elden Street Players nominations were for productions of "Clean House," “Flowers for Algernon" and "Glengarry Glen Ross." The WATCH awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Birchmere in Alexandria on Sunday evening, March 13.

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From left, standing, Lauren Kiesling as Alice, center seated, Matt Baughman as Charlie, and right standing, Steve Custer as Burt Selden in the Elden Street Players production of "Flowers for Algernon."

The Elden Street Players nominations included:

  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play—Lorraine Magee as Virginia in "Clean House"
  • Outstanding Cameo in a Play—Stuart Orloff as Teen Charlie in "Flowers for Algernon"
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play—Gloria DuGan in "Flowers for Algernon"
  • Outstanding Hair Design in a Play—Arthur Rodger in "Flowers for Algernon"
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play—Matt Baughman as Charlie Gordon in “Flowers for Algernon”
  • Outstanding Play—“Flowers for Algernon"
  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Play—Stan Harris in "Flowers for Algernon"
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play—Chuck Dluhy as Roma in "Glengarry Glen Ross"
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play—Michael Kharfen as Levene in "Glengarry Glen Ross"
  • Outstanding Set Design in a Musical—James Villarubia in "Rooms, A Rock Romance"