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watch logoWashington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH)

The Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH) is an organization founded for the adjudication and presentation of annual awards recognizing artistic and technical excellence in community theatre throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, and that these honors will:

  • Foster and encourage the growth of community theater;
  • Promote and enhance the image of community theater; and
  • Educate and inform the general public about the theatrical opportunities provided by the member theaters.

The Colonial Players, Inc. has been a proud member of the WATCH community since 2007.


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16th Annual WATCH Awards (Calendar Year 2015)

The 16th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors' (WATCH Awards) winners will be announced on Sunday, March 6, 2015 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.

Adjudicators reviewed 110 productions (38 musicals, 72 plays) in 30 community theater companies. In each of the 38 categories, five nominees were selected based on the average scores of eight judges. Nominees were announced at a ceremony on January 17, 2016.

Awards (2)

Ernest in Love

  • Outstanding Light Design in a Musical - Frank A. Florentine
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Duncan Hood as "Carol Bolton"

Nominations (26)

The Liar

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play - Fred Fletcher-Jackson as "Dorante"
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Jeff Sprague as "Cliton"
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Sarah Wade as "Sabine/Isabelle"

Ernest in Love

  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Duncan Hood as "Dr. Chasuble"
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Barbara Bartos as "Lady Bracknell"
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Sarah Wade as "Cecily Cardew"
  • Outstanding Costume Design in a Musical - Carol Youmans
  • Outstanding Light Design in a Musical - Frank A. Florentine

Sherlock's Last Case

  • Outstanding Costume Design in a Play - Carrie Brady
  • Outstanding Properties in a Play - Constance Robinson
  • Outstanding Set Decoration in a Play - Constance Robinsonm, Beth Terranova
  • Outstanding Special Effects - Wes Bedsworth, Eric Hufford, Bernhard Mueller-Anderson, Beth Terranova

Side Man

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play - Jason Vellon as "Clifford Glimmer"
  • Outstanding Light Design in a Play - Eric Lund
  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Play - Sarah Wade, Jim Reiter
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play - Jim Reiter
  • Outstanding Play - Produced by Wes Bedsworth, Stage Managed by Herb Elkin

Morning's at Seven

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play - Lois Evans as "Cora Swanson"
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Michael N. Dunlop as "Theodore Swanson"
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Duncan Hood as "Carl Bolton"
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Paul Valleau as "Homer Bolton"
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Carol Cohen as "Ida Bolton"
  • Outstanding Costume Design in a Play - Dianne Andrew Smith
  • Outstanding Hair Design in a Play - Doug Dawson
  • Outstanding Light Design in a Play - Frank A. Florentine
  • Outstanding Play - Produced by Tom Stuckey, Stage Managed by Andy McLendon

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15th Annual WATCH Awards (Calendar Year 2014)

The 15th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors' (WATCH Awards) winners were announced on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.

Adjudicators reviewed 111 productions (34 musicals, 77 plays) in 31 community theater companies. In each of the 38 categories, five nominees were selected based on the average scores of eight judges. Nominees were announced at a ceremony on January 18, 2015.

Awards (3)

Coyote on a Fence

  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Play – Theresa Riffle & Carl Andreasen

Bat Boy

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical – Ron Giddings as “Bat Boy”
  • Outstanding Light Design in a Musical – Frank Florentine

Nominations (16)

Coyote on a Fence

  • Outstanding Direction of a Play – Edd Miller
  • Outstanding Light Design in a Play – Frank Florentine
  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Play – Theresa Riffle & Carl Andreasen

Superior Donuts

  • Outstanding Cameo in a Play – Mary MacLeod as “Lady Boyle”
  • Outstanding Cameo in a Play – Ben Carr as “Kiril Ivakina”
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play – Terry Averill as “Arthur Przybyszewki”
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play – Darius McCall as “Franco Wicks”
  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Play – Ben Cornwell

Bat Boy

  • Outstanding Direction of a Musical – Beverly Hill van Joolen
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical – Ron Giddings as “Bat Boy”
  • Outstanding Light Design in a Musical – Frank Florentine
  • Outstanding Makeup Design in a Musical – Eddie Hall
  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical – Wes Bedsworth
  • Outstanding Special Effects – Terry Averill, Wes Bedsworth, Frank Florentine, Eddie Hall, Keith Norris
  • Outstanding Stage Combat Choreography – Andrew Pecoraro

A Few Good Men

  • Outstanding Play

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14th Annual WATCH Awards (Calendar Year 2013)

The 14th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors' (WATCH Awards) winners were announced on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.

Adjudicators reviewed 114 productions (42 musicals, 72 plays) in 33 community theater companies. In each of the 38 categories, five nominees were selected based on the average scores of eight judges. Nominees were announced at a ceremony on January 19, 2014.

Awards (4)

Shipwrecked

  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – Robert Tucker as “Player #2″
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Christina Enoch Kemmerer as “Player #1″

Trying

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play – Karen Grim as “Sarah Schorr”

1776

  • Outstanding Hair Design in a Musical – Beverly Hill van Joolen

Nominations (25)

Shipwrecked

  • Outstanding Costume Design in a Play – Kaelynn Miller
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play – Ron Giddings
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – Robert Tucker as “Player #2″
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Christina Enoch Kemmerer as “Player #1″
  • Outstanding Play
  • Outstanding Properties in a Play – JoAnn Gidos

Trying

  • Outstanding Direction of a Play – Darice Clewell
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play – Michael N. Dunlop as “Judge Francis Biddle”
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play – Karen Grim as “Sarah Schorr”
  • Outstanding Play

1776

  • Outstanding Cameo in a Musical – Kaelynn Miller as “Martha Jefferson”
  • Outstanding Costume Design in a Musical – Andrea L. Elward
  • Outstanding Hair Design in a Musical – Beverly Hill van Joolen
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical – Ray Flynt as “Benjamin Franklin”
  • Outstanding Properties in a Musical – Lois Banscher
  • Outstanding Set Decoration in a Musical – Lois Banscher
  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical – Wes Bedsworth

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

  • Outstanding Costume Design in a Play – Julie Bays & Carol Youmans
  • Outstanding Hair Design in a Play – The Cast
  • Outstanding Properties in a Play – Connie Robinson
  • Outstanding Set Decoration in a Play – Edd Miller et al.

Communicating Doors

  • Outstanding Direction of a Play – Michelle Bruno
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play – Lilian Oben as “Ruella”
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play – Pamela Woodward as “Poopay”
  • Outstanding Set Construction in a Play – Dick Whaley

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13th Annual WATCH Awards (Calendar Year 2012)

The 13th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors' (WATCH Awards) winners were announced on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.

Adjudicators reviewed 126 productions (43 musicals, 83 plays) in 33 community theater companies. In each of the 38 categories, five nominees were selected based on the average scores of eight judges. Nominees were announced at a ceremony on January 20, 2013.

Awards (3)

Going to St. Ives

  • Outstanding Play
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play – Edd Miller
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play – Lolita-Marie as “May N’Kame”

Nominations (15)

Cinderella Waltz

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play – Dann Alagna as “Zed”
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Monica Garcia as “Mother McGee”
  • Outstanding Costume Design in a Play -- Beth Terranova

Chapter Two

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play – Jo Sullivan as “Jennie Malone”
  • Outstanding Light Design in a Play – Frank Florentine & Shirley Panek
  • Outstanding Set Decoration in a Play – Edd Miller

Going to St. Ives

  • Outstanding Play
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play – Edd Miller
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play – Lolita-Marie as “May N’Kame”
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play – Heather Quinn as “Dr. Cora Gage”
  • Outstanding Costume Design in a Play – Beth Terranova
  • Outstanding Hair Design in a Play – Gina Quaye

Moonlight and Magnolias

  • Outstanding Play
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play – Ron Giddings
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – Kevin Wallace as “Victor Fleming”

12th Annual WATCH Awards (Calendar Year 2011)

The 12th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors' (WATCH Awards) winners were announced on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.

Adjudicators reviewed 127 productions (40 musicals, 87 plays) in 32 community theater companies. In each of the 38 categories, five nominees were selected based on the average scores of eight judges. Nominees were announced at a ceremony on January 15, 2012.

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Awards (0)

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Nominations (4)

The Diviners

  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Play - Wes Bedsworth

Inventing van Gogh

  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Pat Reynolds as "Paul Gauguin"

Company

  • Outstanding Stage Combat Choreography - Richard Koster

the shape of things

  • Outstanding Play

11th Annual WATCH Awards (Calendar Year 2010)

The 11th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors' (WATCH Awards) winners were announced on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.

Adjudicators reviewed 121 productions (35 musicals, 86 plays) in 31 community theater companies. In each of the 38 categories, five nominees were selected based on the average scores of eight judges. Nominees were announced at a ceremony on January 16, 2011.

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Awards (3)

Frozen

  • Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play - Thurston Cobb as "Ralph"

Earth and Sky

  • Outstanding Lighting Design in a Play - Terry Averill
  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Play - Wes Bedsworth

Nominations (16)

Frozen

  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Play - Ben Cornwell
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Laura E. Gayvert as "Agnetha"
  • Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play - Mary McLeod as "Nancy"
  • Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play - Thurston Cobb as "Ralph"
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play - Jim Gallagher
  • Outstanding Play

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

  • Outstanding Cameo in a Musical - Danny Brooks as "Trentell/Arthur"
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Jamie Miller as "Jennifer and other characters"

Mrs. California

  • Outstanding Properties in a Play - Grace Bumgardner, Lois Banscher
  • Outstanding Hair Design in a Play - Doug Dawson
  • Outstanding Makeup Design in a Play - Doug Dawson

Dog Logic

  • Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play - Ben Carr as "Hertel"

Earth and Sky

  • Outstanding Lighting Design in a Play - Terry Averill
  • Outstanding Sound Design in a Play - Wes Bedsworth
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Pat Reynolds as "David Ames"
  • Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play - Erin Leigh Casey as "Sara McKeon"

10th Annual WATCH Awards (Calendar Year 2009)

The 10th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors' (WATCH Awards) winners were announced on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.

Adjudicators reviewed 114 productions (32 musicals, 82 plays) in 30 community theater companies. In each of the 38 categories, five nominees were selected based on the average scores of eight judges. Nominees were announced at a ceremony on January 17, 2010.

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Awards (1)

She Loves Me

  • Outstanding Cameo in a Musical - Roy Barbacow as "Waiter/Caroler"

Nominations (9)

Two Rooms

  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Beth Terranova as "Ellen Van Oss"
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play - Heather Quinn as "Lanie Wells"

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

  • Outstanding Costume Design in a Play - Linda Swann
  • Outstanding Hair Design in a Play - Linda Swann

She Loves Me

  • Outstanding Properties in a Musical - JoAnn Gidos, Grace Bumgardner
  • Outstanding Lighting Design in a Musical - Richard Koster
  • Outstanding Cameo in a Musical - Roy Barbacow as "Waiter/Caroler"

Over My Dead Body

  • Outstanding Special Effects - Frank Pittelli, Dick Whaley

Wonder of the World

  • Outstanding Special Effects - Dick Whaley

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9th Annual WATCH Awards (Calendar Year 2008)

The 9th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors' (WATCH Awards) winners were announced on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.

Adjudicators reviewed 114 productions (30 musicals, 84 plays) in 29 community theater companies. In each of the 28 categories, five nominees were selected based on the average scores of eight judges. Nominees were announced at a ceremony on January 18, 2009.

Awards (4)

Hauptman

  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Jim Reiter as "Dr. Condon, Alexander Woolcott, HL Mencken, Albert Osborne,Arthur Koehler, Guard & Policeman"
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play - Pat Reynolds as "Bruno Richard Hauptman"
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play - Beth Terranova
  • Outstanding Play - Produced by Tom Stuckey, Stage Managed by Brigette Marchand and Josh Riffle

Nominations (17)

Enchanted April

  • Outstanding Costume Design - Jean BeallDonna Soraparu
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play - Darice Clewell as "Lotty Wilton"
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play - Mary Fawcett Watko
  • Outstanding Play - Produced by Herb Elkin, Stage Managed by Mary Koster

Kiss Me, Kate

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical - Matt Garcia as "Fred & Petruchio"

Hauptman

  • Outstanding Sound Design - Wes Bedsworth
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Jim Reiter as "Dr. Condon, Alexander Woolcott, HL Mencken, Albert Osborne,Arthur Koehler, Guard & Policeman"
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play - Pat Reynolds as "Bruno Richard Hauptman"
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play - Beth Terranova
  • Outstanding Play - Produced by Tom Stuckey, Stage Managed by Brigette Marchand and Josh Riffle

Rabbit Hole

  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Joshua Greenwald as "Jason"
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Millie Ferrara as "Nat"
  • Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play - Jamie Miller as "Izzy"
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play - Jim Gallagher as "Howie"
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play - Kris Valerio as "Becca"
  • Outstanding Direction of a Play - Tom Newbrough
  • Outstanding Play - Produced by Charlotte Robinson, Stage Managed by Judi Hilton-Hyde

8th Annual WATCH Awards (Calendar Year 2007)

The 8th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors' (WATCH Awards) winners were announced on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA.

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Adjudicators reviewed 109 productions (30 musicals, 79 plays) in 29 community theater companies. In each of the 38 categories, five nominees were selected based on the average scores of eight judges. Nominees were announced at a ceremony on January 20, 2008.

Awards (1)

Kindertransport

  • Outstanding Cameo in a Play - Jeff Sprague as "The Ratcatcher and other characters"

Nominations (4)

A Moon for the Misbegotten

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play - Kelley Slagle as "Josie Hogan"

Jekyll & Hyde

  • Outstanding Stage Combat Choreography - Jamie Hanna

Kindertransport

  • Outstanding Sound Design - Wes Bedsworth
  • Outstanding Cameo in a Play - Jeff Sprague as "The Ratcatcher and other characters"