Anthem theater group earns recognition

STAFF REPORT~ 9/26/2012

Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) was honored with six ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence (ZONI) at the awards ceremony on Sept. 17 at Tempe Center for the Arts.  The theatre was nominated for 36 ariZoni Awards for the 2011-2012 season.
“We are honored to have received awards for all aspects of our productions including acting, directing, music directing, and choreography,” said Jackie Hammond, MTA’s Producing Artistic Director. “We are incredibly thankful for the support of the community, our sponsors, and our wonderful families." 
Listed below are the winners:
Supporting Actress in a Youth Musical
Ali Whitwell as Lucy – 13
Supporting Actor in a Youth Musical
Maxximillian Carlisle-King as Archie – 13

Guest Actor in a Youth Musical
Matt Newhard as Rooster – Annie

Musical Direction in a Youth Musical
Jackie Hammond and Mark 4Man – 13

Choreography in a Youth Musical
Sherry Henderson – 13

Director in a Youth Musical
Laura O’Meara – Willy Wonka Jr.

MTA opened its fifth season in their brand new theater with the straight play, Our Town. The fall schedule also includes Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., Flat Stanley Jr. and Frog & Toad KIDS . For information, visit

About ariZoni Theatre Awards

The ariZoni Theatre Awards is a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting the visibility and growth of theatre in the Valley of the Sun & Maricopa County.  Each year at its annual awards ceremony, the Board bestows an outstanding contribution award and a distinguished service award to deserving individuals or organizations for their contributions to theatre.  Most importantly, after completion of an exhaustive judging process, involving close to 100 judges, awards of excellence are presented to those individuals who have excelled in performance and production during the just-completed season.  These awards represent true celebrations of excellence in theatre.