BETC’s Wins include Outstanding Play, Ensemble, Director of a Play, Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor
(July 25, 2023 – BOULDER, COLO.) – History was made last night at the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Awards Ceremony when regional Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado (BETC) won nine Henry Awards, the most for a Tier 2 theatre company in the storied ceremony’s history. BETC, nominated in 11 categories, took home nine awards for its production of The Royale, including for Outstanding Play, Ensemble, Director of a Play (Jada Suzanne Dixon), Lead Actor (Lavour Addison), Supporting Actress (Alicia “Lisa” Young), Supporting Actor (Cris Davenport), Costume Design (Sarah Zinn), Lighting Design (Emily A. Maddox) and Sound Design (CeCe Smith). The only other theatre company to win nine Henry’s was Tier 1 giant the DCPA Theatre Company.
Last night’s stupendous success at the Henry Awards ceremony was a fitting and joyous sendoff for BETC co-founders Rebecca Remaly and Stephen Weitz, who announced in March their departure from the theatre company they founded 17 years ago.
Big night for the Henry Award winning cast and crew of BETC’s The Royale. Back row, left to right: Augie Truhn, Lavour Addison, Cris Davenport, Cameron Davis, Stephen Weitz. Front row, left to right: CeCe Smith, Alicia “Lisa” Young, Jada Dixon and Emily Maddox.
BETC co-founders, Rebecca Remaly and Stephen Weitz, pose in their retirement costumes with Producing Artistic Director Jessica Robblee and Managing Director Mark Ragan at Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2023 Henry Awards.
“I would have retired a long time ago if I thought this would happen,” said Weitz, accepting the evening’s top award for BETC’s production of The Royale.
BETC’s new Producing Artistic Director, Jessica Robblee, also walked away with a Henry for her portrayal of Emily Dickinson in Clover and Bee’s production of The Belle of Amherst.
“Overall, it was a historic and momentous night for BETC,” said Mark Ragan, BETC’s new Managing Director. “I wish I could have beamed every BETC patron into the ceremony to share in the celebration.”
BETC announced its 18th season – “Dwell in Possibility” – earlier this month and subscription packages are now on sale here.
ABOUT BETC (Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado)
Founded in 2006 by Rebecca Remaly and Stephen Weitz in Boulder, Colo., BETC creates powerful and engaging top-quality performances and programs with meaningful impacts beyond the stage. BETC cultivates connection, turns over mental soil, and welcomes people of all ages and diverse backgrounds to imagine, create, laugh, cry, and dive into powerful stories powerfully told. In 2023, Remaly and Weitz handed leadership of this award-winning regional theatre company to Jessica Robblee, to serve as BETC’s Producing Artistic Director and to Mark Ragan, who now serves as BETC’s Managing Director. For its 18th Season, BETC will perform in Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver, and add two new comedy series including one for families and kids.
ABOUT HENRY AWARDS:
Established in 2006, the Henry Awards honor outstanding achievements during the past theatre season and serves as the Colorado Theatre Guild’s annual fundraising event. The awards are named for longtime local theatre producer Henry Lowenstein. Nominations are determined through a judging process conducted by more than 100 statewide peer professionals, academics/educators and other theatre lovers. Nominations are determined through a judging process conducted by statewide theatre reporters, educators, and assigned judges.
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