Moonlight Sweeps San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards
The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle has announced the winners of its 16th annual Craig Noel Awards for Theatrical Excellence, which were presented in a ceremony on Feb. 12, 2018, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego. Named for the late founding artistic director of San Diego’s longest-established theater, The Old Globe, the Craig Noel Awards honor the top achievements in San Diego professional theater.
The City of Vista’s Moonlight Stage Productions received most awards from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards. The awards covered the 2017 year of theatrical performances in San Diego County.
Moonlight swept the awards winning five total:
- Outstanding Resident Musical for In the Heights
Outstanding Direction of a Musical for In the Heights to James Vasquez
Outstanding Choreography of a Musical for In the Heights to Carlos Mendoza
Outstanding Musical Direction of a Musical for In the Heights to Elan McMahan
Outstanding Performance in a Musical, Male to Randall Hickman for The Little Mermaid
Founded in 1983 and re-established in 2002, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is an independent, nonprofit organization of print and online theater critics dedicated to open and honest dialogue about theater in San Diego County and to honoring artistic excellence. The members of our organization are professional critics writing for daily newspapers, magazines, entertainment trade publications and websites in San Diego County. The organization’s major event is an awards program held each February, honoring the previous year’s finest in theater production, direction, acting, playwriting, scoring and technical achievements. The event is presented free of charge to the theatrical community thanks to the gracious support of private underwriters. In 2002, the awards were renamed in honor of Craig Noel, longtime artistic director at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and the founding father of San Diego’s theater community, who passed away in 2010.
Fred Tracey, Moonlight Ampthitheatre