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Reston Community Players Receive 15 WATCH Nominations

The cast in the Reston Community Players production pictured is from "August Osage County." Seated first row: 
Dino Coppa as Steve Hediebrecht, Marisa Johnson as Karen Weston, KJ Jacks as Johnna Monevata, Andra Dindzans as Jean Fordham, Lee Slivka as Barbara Fordham. Seated second row: Gayle Nichols-Grimes as Mattie Fae Aiken, Rich Bird as Bill Fordham, Mary Suib as Violet Weston, Mark Yeager as Beverly Weston. Last row, standing: Randall Baughman as Charlie Aiken, David Gorsline as Sheriff Deon Gilbeau, Matt Williams as Little Charles Aiken, Leta Hall as Ivy Weston.

The cast in the Reston Community Players production pictured is from "August Osage County." Seated first row: Dino Coppa as Steve Hediebrecht, Marisa Johnson as Karen Weston, KJ Jacks as Johnna Monevata, Andra Dindzans as Jean Fordham, Lee Slivka as Barbara Fordham. Seated second row: Gayle Nichols-Grimes as Mattie Fae Aiken, Rich Bird as Bill Fordham, Mary Suib as Violet Weston, Mark Yeager as Beverly Weston. Last row, standing: Randall Baughman as Charlie Aiken, David Gorsline as Sheriff Deon Gilbeau, Matt Williams as Little Charles Aiken, Leta Hall as Ivy Weston. Photo courtesy of the Reston Community Players

The Reston Community Players has been nominated for 15 Washington Area Community Honors (WATCH) for artistic and technical excellence in Community Theater. The Reston Community Players have been entertaining area audiences since 1966.

The Players are in residence at the intimate 300-seat CenterStage, Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.

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 (43 musicals, 83 plays) were adjudicated in 2012 from which the nominations were developed.

The 15 Reston Community Players nominations were for productions of "August Osage County," "Legally Blonde" and "Lend Me a Tenor." The WATCH awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Birchmere in Alexandria on Sunday evening, March 13.

The 15 Reston Community Players nominations were for:

  • Outstanding Cameo in a Play—Mark Yeager as Beverly Weston in "August Osage County"

  • Outstanding Direction of a Play—Andrew JM Regiec for "August Osage County"

  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play—Gayle Nichols-Grimes as Mattie Fae Aiken in "August Osage County"

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play—Lee Slivka as Barbara Fordham in "August Osage County"

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play—Mary Suib as Violet Weston in "August Osage County"

  • Outstanding Light Design in a Play—Ken & Patti Crowley for "August Osage County"

  • Outstanding Play—"August Osage County"

  • Outstanding Properties in a Play—Mary Jo Ford & Alexandra Lee for "August Osage County"

  • Outstanding Set Construction in a Play—Timothy Hinton & David Johnson for "August Osage County"

  • Outstanding Stage Combat Choreography—Steve Lada for "August Osage County"

  • Outstanding Cameo in a Musical—Joseph Aquilina as "Kyle" in "Legally Blonde"

  • Outstanding Direction of a Musical—Joshua Redford in "Legally Blonde"

  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical—Molly Hicks Larson as Paulette Buonofuonte in "Legally Blonde"

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play—Ryan Manning as Max Levene in "Lend Me A Tenor"

  • Outstanding Makeup Design in a Play—Sue Pinkman in "Lend Me A Tenor"