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Lights, camera, action - Red Carpet Gala honors local actors

Sean Costas (left) and Kevin Yeager shake hands on the red carpet at the Theatre and Actors Guild Inaugural Red Carpet Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, at Breezy Point Resort. Costas acted in Stage North’s “Little Shop of Horrors,” which won best musical, and Yeager acted in Brainerd Community Theatre’s “Woman in Black,” which won best drama or play. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal1 / 8
Ben Gordon, of Pine River, looks like he belongs on the red carpet at the Theatre and Actors Guild Inaugural Red Carpet Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, at Breezy Point Resort. Gordon won best leading male actor in a musical for his performance the Stage North show “Little Shop of Horrors.” Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal2 / 8
Nancy Waller, board member for Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts, strikes a pose on the red carpet at the Theatre and Actors Guild Inaugural Red Carpet Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, at Breezy Point Resort. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal3 / 8
Mark Ford (left) and Lloyd Brokaw sport their best attire on the red carpet at the Theatre and Actors Guild Inaugural Red Carpet Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, at Breezy Point Resort. Ford was nominated for his roles in “My Fair Lady” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal4 / 8
Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal Ben Gordon, of Pine River, looks like he belongs on the red carpet at the Theatre and Actors Guild Inaugural Red Carpet Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, at Breezy Point Resort. Gordon won best leading male actor in a musical for his performance the Stage North show “Little Shop of Horrors.”5 / 8
Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal Nancy Waller, board member for Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts, strikes a pose on the red carpet at the Theatre and Actors Guild Inaugural Red Carpet Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, at Breezy Point Resort.6 / 8
Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal Mark Ford (left) and Lloyd Brokaw sport their best attire on the red carpet at the Theatre and Actors Guild Inaugural Red Carpet Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, at Breezy Point Resort. Ford was nominated for his roles in “My Fair Lady” and “Miracle on 34th Street.”7 / 8
Sean Costas (left) and Kevin Yeager shake hands on the red carpet at the Theatre and Actors Guild Inaugural Red Carpet Gala Saturday, Jan. 27, at Breezy Point Resort. Costas acted in Stage North’s “Little Shop of Horrors,” which won best musical, and Yeager acted in Brainerd Community Theatre’s “Woman in Black,” which won best drama or play. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal8 / 8

Glitz, glamor and goodwill filled Breezy Point Resort on Saturday, Jan. 27, as local actors and theater personnel walked the red carpet and earned awards for their hard work at the Theatre and Actors Guild Inaugural Red Carpet Gala.

The event featured a dinner and awards ceremony, rewarding actors, directors, choreographers, costumers and set designers who participated in Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts, Stage North and Brainerd Community Theatre productions in 2017. A group of judges attended all 11 shows the three theater companies put on and chose their candidates via anonymous ballots.

Kevin Yeager, guild president, was excited about the event's success in its first year, as about 150 people showed up.

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"I could not be more pleased with, not only the turnout, but also the sense of solidarity that was shown through the evening. The guild was created with the mindset of nurturing the 'family' aspect of our theater community. Awards were certainly a part of the gathering, but realistically a very small part," he said. "I am very proud of the fact that this is probably the first time ever that all of these fantastically talented people were all in one place at the same time. The energy and sense of support was palatable. It really did feel like a family."

Yeager has already reserved the resort for the second annual gala next year.

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Winners in a drama or play

Best stage lighting: Brainerd Community Theatre, "Woman in Black"

Best costuming: Brainerd Community Theatre, "Play On"

Best scenic design: Brainerd Community Theatre, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

Best supporting male actor: Nicolas Kory, Billy, "Play On"

Best supporting female actress: Sharon Hartley, Big Mama Pollitt, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

Best leading male actor: Ed Eyestone, Norman Thayer, "On Golden Pond"

Best leading female actress: Nicole Rothleutner, Maggie the Cat, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

Best drama or play: Brainerd Community Theatre, "Woman in Black"

Winners in musical

Best stage lighting: Stage North, "Little Shop of Horrors"

Best costuming: Stage North, "Little Shop of Horrors"

Best scenic design: Stage North, "Little Shop of Horrors"

Best choreography: GLAPA, "Legally Blonde"

Best supporting male actor: Jesse Brutscher, Mr. Mushnik, "Little Shop of Horrors"

Best supporting female actress: Laura Oldham, Paulette Bonafonte, "Legally Blonde"

Best leading male actor: Ben Gordon, Seymore, "Little Shop of Horrors"

Best leading female actress: Rachael Kline, Audrey, "Little Shop of Horrors"

Best musical: Stage North, "Little Shop of Horrors"

Theresa Bourke

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