MORONGO BASIN THEATRE GROUPS GARNER SIX DESERT STAR AWARDS

The Desert Theatre League, an organization of 39 live theatre producing organizations in the Hi- and Low-Deserts, announced its 2019-2020 Desert Star Awards Sunday. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-2020 theatrical season was ended early. The Theatre League said fortunately, most producing members were able to complete the majority of their scheduled season before health guidelines terminated activities. Consequently, DTL judges attended and adjudicated sufficient productions to permit issuing Desert Star Awards in most categories.

Theatre 29, which had garnered 38 nominations, was awarded five trophies.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical  
Christopher Schoonover – “Little Shop of Horrors”

Outstanding Lead Male Performer in a Cabaret/Revue
Ben Costello – “Ben Costello’s Company B – On The Air!”

The Ladies of Company B are Sarabeth Matilsky, Jayme Zwicker-Bateman, Anna Carnes, Patricia Zuniga, and Britney Vachon-LaGuardia.

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Musical – Youth Theatre
Kathryn Villalobos – “Disney’s High School Musical Jr.”

Outstanding Lighting Design
Lisa Goldberg – “Little Shop of Horrors”

Outstanding Props and Special Effects – Professional
Matthew McAvene Creations – “Little Shop of Horrors”

The Groves Cabin Theatre, with six nominations, got one nod.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy
Bianca Danielle Stoker – “Educating Rita”

Thought Theatre had six nominations but no trophies this year.

The Hi-Desert Cultural Center closed prior to the COVID-19 closures and had no nominations.

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