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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff chB | May 9, 1991
The first lady of the American theater, Helen Hayes, at age 90 was resplendent in a blue sequined gown as she presided over the glittering 1991 Helen Hayes Awards at the National Theatre in Washington.The 19 awards were given out by a roster of special guests, including Charles Dutton, Stacy Keach, David Garrison and Kelly McGillis.Washington's Arena Stage won nine categories including Outstanding Resident Production for "Stand-Up Tragedy" by Bill Cain.The awards ceremony is presented by the Washington Theatre Awards Society.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
It's doubtful anyone attending Colonial Players' 65th season closer would react with "been there, done that" to playwright Sarah Ruhl's "Dead Man's Cell Phone. " Having enjoyed a bowl of lobster bisque in a cafe, a young woman answers the ringing cellphone of the man at the next table, who has just died of a heart attack, and she is drawn into the lives of his family and others who call his phone while it is in her possession. In trying to console them, she finds her life changed.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | March 18, 1993
She was known as "the first lady of the American theater." Emphasis on the word "lady."Helen Hayes, who died yesterday at age 92 of heart failure in a hospital near her home in Nyack, N.Y., epitomized grace, charm and a quality that eludes many lesser souls in her profession -- unpretentiousness.Referring to her lofty title in an interview two years ago, Miss Hayes was quoted as saying, "It's a role I never wrote, nor did I practice it in front of a mirror. I'm too lazy to pretend offstage."
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,[Special to The Sun] | August 31, 2007
The Titanic is once again afloat, thanks to Richard Montgomery of Annapolis, who has expanded his theater set-designing career to ship design with his latest project, creating the set for Titanic: The Musical, which opened last week at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. "It doesn't get any better than this," Montgomery said the day after its premiere. "Everything was working." Theater owner and Titanic director Toby Orenstein agreed, saying it's one of the most difficult shows the company has ever done, and the first night went smoothly.
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By SANDY ALEXANDER and SANDY ALEXANDER,SUN REPORTER | February 17, 2006
Toby's Dinner Theatre and Rep Stage have continued their streak of Helen Hayes award nominations, receiving two apiece in this year's contest. Both companies have collected more than three dozen nominations, but leaders say it continues to be a thrill to be recognized by the prestigious contest for Washington-area theaters. "I'm always very excited to be included," said Toby Orenstein, owner of Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. Kasi Campbell, associate artistic director for Rep Stage, which is in residence at Howard Community College, said her colleagues in the theater community try not to put too much emphasis on awards.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 8, 2000
Rep Stage, the professional Equity theater in residence at Howard Community College, has won two Helen Hayes Awards. They were presented last month at the 16th awards ceremony in Washington. Jay A. Herzog,a professor of theater at Towson University, won for Outstanding Lighting Design, and Daniel Conway, a professor of theater at the University of Maryland, College Park, won forOutstanding Set Design, Resident Productionfor last year's play "Ambrosio." KasiCampbell, director of "Ambrosio," said Rep Stage has been nominated 17 times and these were its first wins.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2003
Two Howard County theaters have earned a combined eight nominations for the Helen Hayes Awards, which honor theatrical achievement in Washington, Virginia and Maryland. Three Rep Stage actors were nominated: Bruce Nelson, as a supporting actor for his role in Faith Healer; Christopher Lane, as a lead actor in The Swan; and Tana Hicken, as a lead actress in The Belle of Amherst. Toby's Dinner Theatre received a nomination for Outstanding Resident Musical (a show that does not tour) for Jekyll & Hyde The Musical as did Toby Orenstein for her direction of that show, lead actor Russell Sunday and lead actress Janine Gulisano.
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By Melinda Rice and Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 7, 1998
The morning after David James made local theater history, his acting career came full circle as he stepped into a bunny costume.It was more than 25 years ago that James made his Hollywood stage debut. But it was in Hollywood, Maryland. And it was as Peter Rabbit in a first-grade play at Holly Park Elementary School.This week, James became the first person to win a prestigious Helen Hayes award for a dinner theater production, and the first to win for a play performed in Howard County.The next morning, still buzzing with excitement from the awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center Monday night, he showed up early at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia for his role as Peter Cottontail in a children's theater production.
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By Melinda Rice and Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 5, 1998
Toby's Dinner Theater made history and raised expectations this year when an actor in its production of "Wizard of Oz" won the Helen Hayes Award -- the Washington equivalent of Broadway's Tony Award.The win for best supporting actor in a resident musical was one of nine nominations that the Columbia theater received this year. David James' win for his performance as the Scarecrow was the first Helen Hayes trophy awarded to a Howard County theater, and the first given for a performance staged at a dinner theater -- a venue that typically garners little respect in the theater world.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2004
Two Howard County productions won two Helen Hayes Awards apiece this week at an annual ceremony honoring theater in the metropolitan Washington area. Awards went to lead actor Tom McKenzie and choreographer Ilona Kessell for their work in Ragtime: The Musical at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. Director Kasi Campbell and lead actor Bruce Nelson won for their work in The Dazzle at Rep Stage, a professional company housed at Howard Community College. The theaters were nominated for a combined 16 awards, making a strong showing against about 60 professional theaters, including ones with large budgets and well-known reputations such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Arena Stage.
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April 22, 2007
On April 16, 2007, JOSEPH HAYES; beloved father of Joseph Hayes, Jr., Helen Hayes, Sandra Wright-Short and Shirley Bush. He is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation at THE DERRICK C. JONES FUNERAL HOME, P.A., 4611 Park Heights Avenue, on Monday, April 23, 2 until 7 P.M. Mr. Hayes will lie in state on Tuesday, April 24, at Perkins Square Baptist Church, 2500 Edmondson Avenue, at 9 A.M. Family will receive friends at 10 with funeral service to follow at 10:30 A.M.
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By SANDY ALEXANDER and SANDY ALEXANDER,SUN REPORTER | April 21, 2006
Bruce Nelson won his second Helen Hayes Award this week for his work with Rep Stage, the professional theater company in residence at Howard Community College. The Hayes Awards are given annually for excellence in Washington-area theater. At a ceremony Monday night, Nelson, who lives in Baltimore, was named outstanding supporting actor for his role in The Violet Hour. That production featured the same playwright and director -- Richard Greenberg and Kasi Campbell, respectively -- as Rep Stage's production of The Dazzle, for which Nelson won a Hayes Award in 2004.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 21, 2006
For its coming production of Moliere's Tartuffe, Bay Theatre Company has had to think big. The troupe, the only one in the county that relies entirely on professional paid actors, has brought together its largest cast to date. Capping what director and company co-founder Lucinda Merry-Browne described as "without a doubt our most successful season yet," she estimated that 150 actors auditioned for the 11 roles. It is a bit of a squeeze for the intimate theater space in the West Garrett office building in downtown Annapolis.
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By SANDY ALEXANDER and SANDY ALEXANDER,SUN REPORTER | February 17, 2006
Toby's Dinner Theatre and Rep Stage have continued their streak of Helen Hayes award nominations, receiving two apiece in this year's contest. Both companies have collected more than three dozen nominations, but leaders say it continues to be a thrill to be recognized by the prestigious contest for Washington-area theaters. "I'm always very excited to be included," said Toby Orenstein, owner of Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. Kasi Campbell, associate artistic director for Rep Stage, which is in residence at Howard Community College, said her colleagues in the theater community try not to put too much emphasis on awards.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2005
Two Columbia theaters have been recognized among the best in the Washington area for the eighth consecutive year. At the 21st Helen Hayes Awards celebration this week, David James was named outstanding supporting actor in a resident musical for his role in Godspell at Toby's Dinner Theatre. His nomination was one of seven Toby's received this year, bringing the theater's total over the years to 45 nominations and six awards. Rep Stage, a professional theater company in residence at Howard Community College, received one nomination this year.
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By Dana Klosner-Wehner and Dana Klosner-Wehner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 20, 2005
For more than 30 years Howard Community College has been serving the area's residents. When the doors opened in the fall of 1970, the college consisted of one building and had an enrollment of 1,000 students, in credit and noncredit courses. The school has grown to nine buildings on 120 acres, with 6,711 credit students and over 14,000 noncredit students enrolled, according to Randy Bengfort, director of public relations and marketing. The school offers about 170 degree programs with about 30 new programs added in the last four years.
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By Nelson Pressley and Nelson Pressley,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 13, 2000
For some people, getting nominated for a Helen Hayes Award, Washington's annual theater prize, would be reason to jump for joy. Ilona Kessell, the resident choreographer at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia, was nominated twice last month for her work on "Follies" and "State Fair." Her reaction? "I try not to think about it," the 46-year-old Baltimore County resident says. Her reason is personal: The Hayes Awards didn't recognize dinner theater for a number of years, and a little resentment lingers.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | April 1, 2004
Rob and Channez McQuay have a nice date planned for May 10: They will be attending the Helen Hayes Award ceremony in Washington as nominees. The married couple, who live in Columbia, appeared in Ragtime at Toby's Dinner Theatre in September and October. In March, they found out they had earned two of the nine nominations for that show, which tells the story of members of different ethnic and social groups in the early 20th century. Channez was nominated as best supporting actress in a resident musical (one that does not tour)
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 5, 2004
Rep Stage, Howard County's professional equity theater in residence at Howard Community College in Columbia, has announced its lineup of plays for the 2004-2005 season. The company begins with one brilliant playwright's take on another: Tom Stoppard's English translation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, a piece that asks such questions as "What is love?" and "What does it truly mean to be an artist?" The Seagull spotlights Karl Miller, who played Septimus Hodge in last season's production of Stoppard's Arcadia; Nigel Reed, a Helen Hayes Award winner for Outstanding Lead Actor in Rep Stage's extraordinary production of The Judas Kiss a couple of seasons back; and Bruce Nelson, last year's Helen Hayes Outstanding Actor for Rep Stage's The Dazzle.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2004
Two Howard County productions won two Helen Hayes Awards apiece this week at an annual ceremony honoring theater in the metropolitan Washington area. Awards went to lead actor Tom McKenzie and choreographer Ilona Kessell for their work in Ragtime: The Musical at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. Director Kasi Campbell and lead actor Bruce Nelson won for their work in The Dazzle at Rep Stage, a professional company housed at Howard Community College. The theaters were nominated for a combined 16 awards, making a strong showing against about 60 professional theaters, including ones with large budgets and well-known reputations such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Arena Stage.
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