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City Pulse announces winners of 2015-2016 Pulsar Awards

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Heath Sartorius (left) and Connor Kelly split the Best Actor Pulsar for their dueling leads in Lansing Community College's production of "Never Swim Alone."
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City Pulse recognized the best in local theater Monday with the 12th annual Pulsar Awards. The biggest winner of the evening was Lansing Community College’s theater program, which took home 11 awards, including eight acting awards. Connor Kelly and Heath Sartorius split the Best Actor award for their dueling leads in LCC’s production of “Never Swim Alone,” and the college’s steampunk-themed take on “The Threepenny Opera” took the Pulsar for Best Musical.

“It was a wonderful cast and wonderful production,” said Melissa Kaplan, performing arts producer for LCC. “It shows that a piece like this has incredible longevity, that it can be adapted time and time again.”

Michigan State University Department of Theatre took home three awards for the elaborate set design, props and costumes of “Stage Door.” Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.’s “Telling Lansing,” based on the stories of local military veterans, earned five Pulsar awards, including Best Play and Best Ensemble for the play’s cast of veterans. Max Rayneard, who compiled the stories and shaped them into the play, won the Pulsar for Best Original Script.

“For Max to take parts of our lives and express our love of country and what we go through, everything that goes along with military service, that was amazing,” said Theresa Boussom, a cast member in the play. “It was comforting, reassuring — it was therapeutic for all of us.”

Best Play

"Telling Lansing" Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Musical "The Threepenny Opera" LCC Theatre Program

Best Director — Play Blake Bowen “Telling Lansing” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Director — Musical Connie Curran-Oesterle “The Threepenny Opera” — LCC Theatre Program

Best Lead Actor — Play Heath Sartorius and Connor Kelly “Never Swim Alone” — LCC Theatre Program

Best Lead Actor — musical Zachary Riley “The Threepenny Opera” — LCC Theatre Program

Best Lead Actress — PlayKaren Sheridan “Chapatti” — Williamston Theatre

Best Lead Actress — musicalSarah Lynn “The Threepenny Opera” — LCC Theatre Program

Best Supporting Actor — PlayHeath Sartorius “Motortown” — LCC Theatre Program

Best Supporting Actor — musicalTravis Williams “The Threepenny Opera” — LCC Theatre Program

Best Supporting Actress — PlayEmily Clark “Beyond Therapy” — Riverwalk Theatre

Best Supporting Actress — musicalKelly McNabb “The Threepenny Opera” — LCC Theatre Program

Best Featured Actor — Play Todd Heywood “Motortown” — LCC Theatre Program

Best Featured Actress — Play Sarah Hauck “All My Sons” — Riverwalk Theatre

Best Musical Director John Dale Smith “The Threepenny Opera — LCC Theatre Program

Best Choreographer Brad Willcuts “ Grease” — MSU Department of Theatre

Best Set Design Elspeth Williams “Stage Door” — MSU Department of Theatre

Best PropertiesPeter Verhaeghe “Stage Door” — MSU Department of Theatre

Best Sound Design John Lepard “Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol” — Williamston Theatre

Best Lighting Joe Dickson “Telling Lansing” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Costumes Karen Kangas-Preston “Stage Door” — MSU Department of Theatre

Best Make-Up/Effects Daniel Moore “ Proof” — Over the Ledge Theatre Co.

Best Original Script Max Rayneard “Telling Lansing” — Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Ensemble — Play “Telling Lansing” Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.

Best Ensemble — Musical “Rent” Riverwalk Theatre

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