NKU theatre faculty, students nominated for 10 League of Cincinnati Theatres awards

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Friday – June 13, 2014

The Northern Kentucky University 2014 production of Monty Python’s Spamalot has been nominated for several awards from The League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT).

Spamalot is a musical derived from the 1975 comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The show retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in a satirical way.

LCT nominations for Spamalot include Outstanding Musical; Ensemble in a Musical; Director of a Musical (Ken Jones, playwright-in-residence and Rosenthal Endowed Chair of the NKU Department of Theatre and Dance); Music Director (Jamie Strawn, associate professor); Choreography (2007 NKU alumnus Roderick Justice); Costume Design (Ronnie Chamberlain, assistant professor); Lighting Design (Terry Powell, associate professor); and two nominations for Featured Actor in a Musical (Bradley Goren, junior Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre major; and Hunter Henrickson, senior Bachelor of Arts in Theatre major).

Chamberlain was also nominated for Costume Design for As You Like It.

Jones is playwright-in-residence and the Rosenthal Endowed Chair of the NKU Department of Theatre and Dance. He has had over 400 productions of his 27 produced plays, with 8 published, and listings in several anthologies and monologue books. He has received a Telly Award, a Communicator’s Award, and the Post-Corbett award for Best Literary Artist, the Dupont Fellowship, the Kentucky Commonwealth Theatre Award, the Kentucky Playwright’s Award, several Acclaim Awards and an Emmy nomination. He is now a nominee for LCT’s Director of a Musical.

“The Director of a Musical really means that I had some pretty good ideas with a wonderful group of people to execute those ideas,” Jones said. “It was a great honor to be nominated in a category with some really outstanding directors.” He said Spamalot was one of the more accomplishing musicals he has directed at NKU and that both Goren and Henrickson are deserving of the Featured Actor in a Musical award.

The annual LCT Awards Celebration will be held June 16 at Arnold’s Bar and Grill (201 E 8th St, in Cincinnati). The finalists are up against other professional theatre companies such as Carnegie Theatre and Playhouse in the Park.

For more information about the nominations and awards ceremony visit http://www.leagueofcincytheatres.info.

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