The Nominees Are ... 

The Ostrander Awards return to the Botanic Garden.

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It's time again for the Ostrander Awards. The 27th annual ceremony honoring excellence in Memphis theater is Sunday, August 29th, from 6 to 11 p.m., at the Memphis Botanic Garden. There will be cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 7, followed by music and dancing, followed by antics that will be giggled about in gossip circles for the next 365 days at least.

OSTRANDER NOMINEES 2010

Music Direction

Marsha Neely, God's Trombones, Hattiloo Theatre Renee Kemper, Hank Williams: Lost Highway,

Circuit Playhouse Renee Kemper, Hairspray, Playhouse on the Square Gary Beard, La Cage aux Folles, Theatre Memphis Angelo Rapan, 13, Harrell Theatre Choreography

Mitzi Hamilton/Kathy Caradine, La Cage aux Folles,

Theatre Memphis Shorey Walker/Jordan Nichols, Hairspray, Playhouse Chris Hanford/Megan Homas, 13, Harrell Theatre Jay Rapp, Pippin, Playhouse

Supporting Actress/Musical

Katie Ward, 13, Harrell Theatre Carla McDonald, Hairspray, Playhouse Laura Stracko, The 25th Annual Putnam County

Spelling Bee, Playhouse Kim Baker, Pippin, Playhouse Laura Stracko, Hairspray, Playhouse

Supporting Actor/Musical

Jason Lee Blank, 13, Harrell Theatre Karlos Andre Nichols, Hairspray, Playhouse Matt Reed, Hairspray, Playhouse Kent Fleshman, Pippin, Playhouse David Foster, Hairspray, Playhouse

Leading Actress/Musical

Deborah Manning Thomas, Mahalia, Hattiloo Theatre Courtney Oliver, Hairspray, Playhouse Jenny Odle Madden, The 25th Annual Putnam County

Spelling Bee, Playhouse Emily Chateau, Guys and Dolls, Germantown

Community Theatre (GCT) Hannah Dowdy, Oliver!, Playhouse

Leading Actor/Musical

Tim Greer, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Circuit Jonathan Christian, La Cage aux Folles, Theatre Memphis Pete Montgomery, The 25th Annual Putnam County

Spelling Bee, Playhouse Ken Zimmerman, Hairspray, Playhouse Jordan Nichols, Hairspray, Playhouse

Direction of a Musical

Emily Wells, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Circuit Amy Hanford, 13, Harrell Theatre Mitzi Hamilton, La Cage aux Folles, Theatre Memphis Dave Landis, Hairspray, Playhouse Musical Production

Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Circuit 13, Harrell Theatre Hairspray, Playhouse La Cage aux Folles, Theatre Memphis

Supporting Actress/Drama

Christina Wellford Scott, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,

Theatre Memphis Cecelia Wingate, Cicada, Voices of the South Mary Buchignani, Fallen Angels, Theatre Memphis Liz Sharpe, Trouble in Mind, Circuit Angela Fredriksson, Is He Dead?, GCT

Supporting Actor/Drama

Steve Swift, Cicada, Voices of the South Tony Isbell, The Seafarer, Circuit Jason Hansen, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Circuit Tony Isbell, Buffalo Gal, Next Stage/Theatre Memphis Justin Asher, The Crucible, Harrell Theatre

Leading Actress/Drama

Jude Knight, Souvenir, Next Stage/Theatre Memphis Jo Lynne Palmer, Driving Miss Daisy, Theatre Memphis Christina Wellford Scott, Buffalo Gal, Next Stage/

Theatre Memphis Erin Shelton, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Theatre Memphis Teresa Willis, Trouble in Mind, Circuit

Leading Actor/Drama

Ron Gephart, Visiting Mr. Green, GCT Bill Andrews Frost/Nixon, Playhouse Michael Gravois, The Seafarer, Circuit Elijah Zelonky, Over the Tavern, GCT David Shipley, Souvenir, Next Stage/Theatre Memphis

Direction of a Drama

Jerry Chipman, Buffalo Gal, Next Stage/Theatre Memphis Bennett Wood, Souvenir, Next Stage/Theatre Memphis Jerre Dye, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Theatre Memphis Bob Hetherington, The Seafarer, Circuit Dramatic Production Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Theatre Memphis Souvenir, Next Stage/Theatre Memphis The Seafarer, Circuit Buffalo Gal, Next Stage/Theatre Memphis

Ensemble Cast

13, Harrell Theatre The Seafarer, Circuit God's Trombones, Hattiloo Theatre Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Theatre Memphis Hairspray, Playhouse Featured Role

Kent Mathis, Is He Dead?, GCT Renee Kemper, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and

Living in Paris, Circuit

Eugart Yerian Lifetime Award Otis Smith

A complete list of nominees, including the college and university division, can be found at memphisflyer.com's theater blog, Intermission Impossible

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