Role Call: Henry Nominee Sydney Parks Smith

Sydney Parks Smith, 2017 Henry nominee for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play, answered our Role Call and spilled her thoughts about some of her most memorable roles.

 


Role I was nominated for this year:

I was nominated for the role of Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County at OpenStage Theatre and Company.

Role I totally nailed:

The role I totally nailed, I believe to be, Janice in Italian American Reconciliation. She’s one helluva woman. She stands on a balcony and really let’s her ex-husband know why exactly they broke up as well as people in neighboring neighborhoods as well. Just really dig this woman. She was an operatic character without ever having to sing.

Role with the best costume:

Role with the best costumes for me was when I played Irene Adler in Sherlock Holmes. I was very lucky because the costume designer is also my best friend, Rebecca Stafford and she made me look incredible. Corsets and gorgeous fabrics and I also had the gorgeous hair because of Denise Freestone my hair designer. I just looked incredible. It was one of those rare moments on stage where you know you look really good all the time.

Role that scared the hell out of you:

The role that scared the hell out of me was Agnes Eggling in Bright Room Called Day. It was really the realization that being in that circumstance and not knowing who Nazis were or what they were going to do and the fact that she was so terrified that all she could do was die alone in her apartment. It was the realization for me as a human being that being put in that situation I don’t know what I would do when all along I thought that I’d be the strong one out there fighting. You never know until you are in it really.

Role that was a blast:

Role that was a blast. Sylvia Fowler in The Women. Not only is she one of the cattiest, fantastic characters I’ve ever played. We had a Saturday matinee a while ago with OpenStage and it was our last Saturday matinee ever. Myself and all the ladies decided to mark that last matinee by touching each other’s boobs and touching our boobs as many times we could in one show without the audience noticing. It was fantastic.

Role I was funniest in:

The role I was funniest and I think is Katherine the Scottish Maid in Boston Marriage. I’m not even going to attempt the Scottish dialect now because that’s horrifying. But I will tell you that being able to play this sad, ridiculous woman, all she wants to do is make people happy and those two women just tortured her and between facial expressions and just schlumpoin’ around on the stage. I think I was pretty funny.

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Role that was least like me:

The role least like me is Scraps in the play Talking With This is a woman who was obsessed with The Wizard of Oz, but beyond that I was so afraid of who she was and how people viewed her and was so afraid of the outside world. She hid under this patchwork dress and a mask and all she did was clean her house and take care of her children. I do those things but I also get out an awful lot and I’m obviously not afraid to show people who I am.

Role that was most like me:

The role most like me is Katherina in Taming Of The Shrew. If you know me I don’t need to explain but I was cast in the role for a reason is because I just, well I’m not going to swear but I don’t take a lot of bleep from anyone, especially the boys. She’s a killer role I had such a good time with that.

Role you were sexiest in:

The role I felt sexiest in was as Wikewitch in Anton in Show Business. In this show I played three men. Wikewitch was a very sexually driven Russian director. I basically wore a unitard and strapped the girls down and was packing some heat and had facial hair. The thing that was sexiest for me was I got to let go of all of my feminine constructs of beauty and it didn’t matter to me if I looked pretty or not. It was very freeing.

Role I was totally wrong for:

The role I was totally wrong for Hermie in Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Not for the reasons you think, like I just didn’t fit the role. I physically did not fit the role because I was asked to play the role when another actress dropped out and I actually was six months pregnant when the show started and if you know the show Hermie is a drunk. So there was a lot of confusion with some audience members who were actually worried for my unborn child. When I was pretending, acting, like I was drunk onstage.

Role I love with all my heart:

Barbara in August: Osage County. I read the show eight, nine years ago and have been in love with the show ever since because there’s not a show like this where women are written in this way and it’s such an honest way. She’s close to who I am in ways that were even hard for me to take when I started rehearsal. Also I got to say things like porking Pippi Longstocking, you never get to do that on stage.


Note from the author: When I started this series I wanted to be fair to all the nominees in the Outstanding Lead Actress in Play. Each actress was asked to participate in the series. If their schedules allowed, we filmed a Role Call with them. If the actress was not able to film a video, they were invited to do a written version. All stories were released the week of the Henry Awards in alphabetical order.

List of nominees:


2017 Henry Awards: Ticket information

  • Monday, July 17
  • 6 p.m. drinks; 7 p.m. awards
  • PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, MAP IT
  • Tickets: $23 for CTG members, $30 non-members or $50 VIP. Tickets are available at parkerarts.org, or by calling 303-805-6800. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $35.

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2016-17 HENRY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Established in 2006, the Henry Awards honor outstanding achievements during the past season and serves as the Colorado Theatre Guild’s annual fundraising event. The awards are named for longtime local theatre producer Henry Lowenstein.

The Special Award categories are nominated by the theatre community and the winners determined by a vote of the CTG Board.

Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company

  • Arvada Center
  • Colorado Springs TheatreWorks
  • DCPA Theatre Company
  • Lone Tree Arts Center
  • Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
  • Thunder River Theatre Company

Outstanding Production of a Play

  • “August: Osage County,” OpenStage Theatre & Company, Dulcie Willis, Director
  • “The Book of Will,” DCPA Theatre Company, Davis McCallum, Director
  • “Constellations,” TheatreWorks, Joye Cook-Levy, Director
  • “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” OpenStage Theatre & Company, Wendy S. Moore, Director
  • “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Thunder River Theatre Company, Corey Simpson, Director
  • “The Game of Love and Chance,” TheatreWorks, Murray Ross, Director
  • “Tartuffe,” Arvada Center, Lynne Collins, Director

Outstanding Production of a Musical

  • “Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage,” The Catamounts, Meridith C. Grundei, Director; Gary Grundei, Musical Direction
  • “Evita,” Lone Tree Arts Center, Gina Rattan, Director; Max Mamon, Musical Direction
  • “Man of La Mancha,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company, Scott RC Levy, Director; Sharon Skidgel, Musical Direction
  • “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” PACE Center & Inspire Creative, Kelly McAllister, Director; Tanner Kelly, Musical Direction
  • “Motones vs. Jerseys,” Midtown Arts Center, Kenny Moten, Director; Jalyn Courtenay Webb, Musical Direction
  • “Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You There,” Lone Tree Arts Center, Randal Myler, Director; Dan Wheetman, Musical Direction
  • “Porgy and Bess,” Aurora Fox Arts Center, donnie l. betts, Director; Jodel Charles, Musical Direction

Outstanding Direction of a Play

  • Lynne Collins, “The Drowning Girls,” Arvada Center
  • Joye Cook-Levy, “Constellations,” TheatreWorks
  • Davis McCallum, “The Book of Will,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Matt Radcliffe, “The Elephant Man,” Springs Ensemble Theatre Company
  • Murray Ross, “The Game of Love and Chance,” TheatreWorks
  • Corey Simpson, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Thunder River Theatre Company
  • Dulcie Willis, “August: Osage County,” OpenStage Theatre & Company

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

  • donnie l. betts, “Porgy and Bess,” Aurora Fox Arts Center
  • Meridith C. Grundei, “Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage,” The Catamounts
  • Kelly McAllister, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” PACE Center & Inspire Creative
  • Scott RC Levy, “Man of La Mancha,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company
  • Randal Myler, “Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You There,” Lone Tree Arts Center
  • Gina Rattan, “Evita,” Lone Tree Arts Center
  • Nick Sugar, “First Date,” Lake Dillon Theatre Company

Outstanding Musical Direction

  • Neal Dunfee, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” BDT Stage
  • Gary Grundei, “Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage,” The Catamounts
  • Max Mamon, “Evita,” Lone Tree Arts Center
  • Sharon Skidgel, “Man of La Mancha,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company
  • Jason Tyler Vaughn, “Murder Ballad,” The Edge Theater Company
  • Jalyn Courtenay Webb, “Motones vs. Jerseys,” Midtown Arts Center
  • Dan Wheetman, “Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You There,” Lone Tree Arts Center

Outstanding Actor in a Play

  • William Hahn, “Burn This,” The Edge Theater Company
  • Kevin Hart, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
  • Sammie Joe Kinnett, “The Game of Love and Chance,” TheatreWorks
  • Steven P. Sickles, “Le Bete,” OpenStage Theatre & Company
  • Micah Speirs, “The Elephant Man,” Springs Ensemble Theatre Company
  • Dan Tschirhart, “The Flick,” OpenStage Theatre & Company
  • Adam Verner, “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” OpenStage Theatre & Company

Outstanding Actress in a Play

  • LuAnn Buckstein, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
  • Carley Cornelius, “Constellations,” TheatreWorks
  • Denise Burson Freestone, “August: Osage County,” OpenStage Theatre & Company
  • Kathleen McCall, “The Glass Menagerie,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Emma Messenger, “Misery,” The Edge Theater Company
  • Sydney Parks Smith, “August: Osage County,” OpenStage Theatre & Company
  • Caitlin Wise, “The Game of Love and Chance,” TheatreWorks

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

  • Leonard E. Barrett Jr. , “Porgy and Bess,” Aurora Fox Arts Center
  • Joshua Blanchard, “Cabaret,” Lake Dillon Theatre Company
  • Stephen Day, “Man of La Mancha,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company
  • Miles Jacoby, “Evita,” Lone Tree Arts Center
  • August Stoten, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” PACE Center and Inspire Creative
  • Colin Summers, “Million Dollar Quartet,” Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
  • Joe Von Bokern, “Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage,” The Catamounts

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

  • Jacquie Jo Billings, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Miners Alley Playhouse
  • Colby Dunn, “The Toxic Avenger,” Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
  • Sarah Groeke, “Cabaret,” Lake Dillon Theatre Company
  • Cecilia Iole, “The Little Mermaid,” Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
  • Marissa Rudd, “Sister Act,” Midtown Arts Center
  • Tracy Warren, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” BDT Stage
  • Danielle Hermon Wood, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” PACE Center and Inspire Creative

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

  • Nathan Cox, “The Tempest,” Thunder River Theatre Company
  • Rodney Lizcano, “The Book of Will,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Wesley Mann, “The Book of Will,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Owen O’Farrell, “The Tempest,” Thunder River Theatre Company
  • Hunter Ringsmith, “Equivocaton,” Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Sandoval, “The Book of Will,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Corey Simpson, “The Tempest,” Thunder River Theatre Company

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

  • Miriam A. Laube, “The Book of Will,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Carolyn Lohr, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
  • Leslie O’Carroll, “Silent Sky,” Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
  • Amelia Pedlow, “The Glass Menagerie,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Christina Sajous, “Disgraced,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Linda Suttle, “A Time to Kill,” Vintage Theatre Productions
  • Edith Weiss, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Breckenridge Backstage Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

  • Brandon Bill, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” PACE Center and Inspire Creative
  • Ben Hilzer, “Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage,” The Catamounts
  • John Jankow, “A Christmas Story,” Midtown Arts Center
  • Matt LaFontaine, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Arvada Center
  • Bob Moore, “Cabaret,” Lake Dillon Theatre Company
  • Nicholas Park, “First Date,” Lake Dillon Theatre Company
  • Kyle Ashe Wilkinson, “Titanic,” Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

  • Jenna Bainbridge, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Arvada Center
  • Joan Bruemmer-Holden, “Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage,” The Catamounts
  • Charlotte Campbell, “A Christmas Story,” Midtown Arts Center
  • Anna High, “Porgy and Bess,” Aurora Fox Arts Center
  • Rebecca Hoodwin, “Cabaret,” Lake Dillon Theatre Company
  • Carol Rose, “The Little Mermaid,” Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
  • Megan Van De Hey, “The Toxic Avenger,” Breckenridge Backstage Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble Performance

  • “August: Osage County,” OpenStage Theatre & Company
  • “The Book of Will,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • “The Drowning Girls,” Arvada Center, Lynne Collins, Director
  • “The Game of Love and Chance,” TheatreWorks
  • “Motones vs. Jerseys,” Midtown Arts Center
  • “Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You There,” Lone Tree Arts Center
  • “Porgy and Bess,” Aurora Fox Arts Center

Outstanding New Play or Musical

  • “The Book of Will,” by Lauren Gunderson
  • Directed by Davis McCallum; Produced by DCPA Theatre Company
  • “The Firestorm,” by Meridith FriedmanDirected by Pesha Rudnick; Produced by LOCAL Theater Company
  • “Full Code,” by David Valdes GreenwoodDirected by Stephen Weitz; Produced by Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
  • “The History Room,” by Charlie ThurstonDirected by Pesha Rudnick; Produced by Creede Repertory Theatre
  • “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Music and Lyrics by David Nehls, Book by Kenn McLaughlinDirected by Gavin Mayer; Produced by Arvada Center
  • “Lost Creatures,” by Melissa Lucero McCarlDirected by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski; Produced by And Toto too Theatre Company
  • “Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You There,” by Randal MylerDirected by Randal Myler; Produced by Lone Tree Arts Center

Outstanding Choreography

  • Mary Ripper Baker, “Man of La Mancha,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company
  • Joan Bruemmer-Holden & Amanda Berg Wilson, “Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage,” The Catamounts
  • Jeff Duke and Stephanie Hansen, “The Little Mermaid,” Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
  • Kelly Kates, “The Robber Bridegroom,” Town Hall Arts Center
  • Michael Lasris, “A Christmas Story,” Midtown Arts Center
  • Matthew D. Peters, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” BDT Stage
  • Kate Vallee, “42nd Street,” Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Outstanding Costume Design Tier 1

  • Camille Assaf, “The Book of Will,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Stephanie Bradley, “Game of Love and Chance,” TheatreWorks
  • Janson J. Fangio, “Enchanted April,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company
  • Sydney Gallas, “Man of La Mancha,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company
  • Clare Henkel, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Arvada Center
  • Clare Henkel, “Tartuffe,” Arvada Center
  • Lex Liang, “Shrek,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company

Outstanding Costume Design Tier 2

  • Kari Armstrong, “The Snow Queen,” Bas Bleu Theatre Company
  • Buntport Theater, “The Crud,” Buntport Theater
  • Pamela Clifton, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
  • Judith Ernst, “The Wizard of Oz,” Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
  • Tricia Music, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” PACE Center & Inspire Creative
  • Jesus Perez, “The Little Mermaid,” Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
  • Annabel Reader, “Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage,” The Catamounts

Outstanding Lighting Design Tier 1

  • Charles R. MacLeod, “The Glass Menagerie,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Shannon McKinney, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Arvada Center
  • Jon Olson, “The Drowning Girls,” Arvada Center
  • Holly Anne Rawls, “Man of La Mancha,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company
  • Paul Toben, “The Book of Will,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Brian Tovar, “Frankenstein,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Mike Wood, “Constellations,” TheatreWorks

Outstanding Lighting Design Tier 2

  • Seth Alison, “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” PACE Center & Inspire Creative
  • Brandon Ingold, “August: Osage County,” OpenStage Theatre & Company
  • Jen Kiser, “Evita,” Lone Tree Arts Center
  • Sean Jeffries, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Thunder River Theatre Company
  • Sean Jeffries, “The Last Romance,” Thunder River Theatre Company
  • Sean Mallary, “Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage,” The Catamounts
  • Brett Maughan, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” BDT Stage

Outstanding Scenic Design Tier 1

  • Lisa Orzolek, “Disgraced,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Brian Mallgrave, “The Drowning Girls,” Arvada Center
  • Brian Mallgrave, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Arvada Center
  • Christopher L. Sheley, “Man of La Mancha,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company
  • Sandra Goldmark, “The Book of Will,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • Paul Black, “Mamma Mia,” Theatre Aspen
  • Jason Sherwood, “Frankenstein,” DCPA Theatre Company

Outstanding Scenic Design Tier 2

  • Shaun Albrechtson, “Steel Magnolias,” PACE Center & Inspire Creative
  • James Brookman, “August: Osage County,” OpenStage Theatre & Company
  • M. Curtis Grittner, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
  • Sean Jeffries, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Thunder River Theatre Company
  • Sean Jeffries, “The Last Romance,” Thunder River Theatre Company
  • Lori Rosedahl, “The Flick,” OpenStage Theatre & Company
  • Kyle Scoggins, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Miners Alley Playhouse

Outstanding Sound Design Tier 1

  • Jason Ducat, “Constellations,” TheatreWorks
  • Jason Ducat, “The Drowning Girls,” Arvada Center
  • Benjamin Heston, “Man of La Mancha,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company
  • Morgan McCauley, “Tartuffe,” Arvada Center
  • Stowe Nelson, “The Book of Will,” DCPA Theatre Company
  • David Thomas, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Arvada Center
  • Zach Williamson, “The Secret Garden, “ DCPA Theatre Company

Outstanding Sound Design Tier 2

  • Travis Duncan and Jeremiah Walter, “The Elephant Man,” Springs Ensemble Theatre Company
  • Carlos Flores, “Misery,” The Edge Theater Company
  • Sean Jeffries, “The Tempest,” Thunder River Theatre Company
  • Allen Noftall, “Evita,” Lone Tree Arts Center
  • Allen Noftall, “Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You Theatre,” Lone Tree Arts Center
  • Jon Northridge, “Million Dollar Quartet,” Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
  • Tom Quinn and Kenny Storms, “Murder Ballad,” The Edge Theater Company

Lifetime Achievement in Theatre goes to Ed Baierlein and Sallie Diamond

Todd Debreceni for Excellence in Special Makeup Effects

Outstanding Improvisational Theatre – SCRIPTprov™

Author: Avery Anderson

Avery Anderson is the general manager of Met TV. He hosts “The Nightly Met,” an entertainment show that highlights local art and culture. He loves the theater and all art and is an advocate for local theater companies through his many stories. He also enjoys gardening and being outside.
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