Limestone Theatre a Strong Winner at Metrolina Theatre Awards
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Left to right; front row: Dr. Carrie Ameling, Jorge Donoso, and Cody Bostic. Second row: Lauren Roberts, Cynthia Tate, Jena Alford, and Dr. Tim Baxter-Ferguson. Back row: Damon Green and Bryan Long.

Limestone Theatre was a dominant force at the 9th Annual Metrolina Theatre Awards (MTA) in Charlotte, N.C.

The November production of Dr. Faustus resulted in four outstanding awards; lead male actor, supporting female actor, direction, and costume design. The April production of Lend Me a Tenor was recognized with an Outstanding Costume Design.

Dr. Faustus and Lend Me a Tenor also received eight additional nominations in various categories. MTA nominations are especially notable achievements themselves as nominees are not nominated by a single person. Rather, a representative group from MTA makes its nominations after seeing an average of 300 productions each year in North and South Carolina.

 For Dr. Faustus, the award winners were:
• Jorge Donoso; Outstanding Lead Male Actor
A Limestone senior hailing from Greenville, Donoso is a Theatre major who has appeared on the Limestone Center Theatre stage in numerous productions. He is also President of the College's chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, an honorary theatre fraternity. He is also a member of the College's Men's Chorus Ensemble and the Limestone College and Community Chorus.

• Lauren Roberts; Outstanding Supporting Female Actor
This sophomore from Blacksburg is an Art major who made her debut on the Limestone acting debut in Morticia and Crow's Halloween Horror Show.

• Dr. Carrie Ameling; Outstanding Director
An Associate Professor of Theatre and English at Limestone and native of Austin, Texas, Dr. Ameling received her bachelor of fine arts in Theatre from Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas) and her master of arts and doctoral degrees from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio). She studied acting, directing, and musical theatre at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. At Limestone, Dr. Ameling teaches theatre and public speaking classes.

• Cody Bostic and Dr. Carrie Ameling; Outstanding Costume Designer

For Lend Me a Tenor, Dr. Ameling and Bostic were presented with the Outstanding Costume Designer Award.

Dr. Faustus and Lend Me a Tenorwere both nominated for the Outstanding Production Award.

Other nominations were:

• Dr. Tim Baxter-Ferguson for Outstanding Set Designer for Dr. Faustus and Lend Me a Tenor and Outstanding Special Effect for Dr. Faustus. For Dr. Baxter-Ferguson, the event marked a return to the MTAs as he was nominated for the work he completed for the September 2010 production of Agnes of God by the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST) in Charlotte. After earning his bachelor of arts in theatre from the University of Oregon, Dr. Baxter-Ferguson received his master's degree in English and Theatre and his doctorate in English from the University of South Dakota. His specialties are playwriting, improvisation, creative writing and 20th century American fiction. He is a winner of the South Carolina Governor's Distinguished Professor Award and a two-time winner of Limestone's Fullerton Excellence in Teaching Award.

• Cynthia Tate; Best Actress in a Leading Role for Dr. Faustus
A senior Theatre major from Spartanburg, Tate has been involved in theatrical productions since the 5th grade. At Limestone, she has appeared in Spooky Dog and the Teen-age Gang Mysteries, Almost, Maine, and Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. She has also stage-managed two productions, Robin Hood and Arsenic and Old Lace.

• Christopher Gentry; Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Dr. Faustus
A junior majoring in Musical Theatre and hailing from Cartersville, GA., Gentry studied at the South Carolina Governor's School, where he performed in Into the Woods as Jack and in Sweeney Todd as Antony. He made his Limestone acting debut during the Fall 2011 production of The Rainmaker as Noah.

• Bryan Long and Damon Green; Best Lighting Design for Lend Me a Tenor
Long is a senior Theatre major at Limestone and hails from Greenville. He has been in Limestone productions of Lend Me a Tenor; Much Ado About Nothing; The Drowsy Chaperone; Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll; The Rainmaker; and Switched.

• Melinda Johnson; Best Lighting for Dr. Faustus
Johnson hails from Spartanburg and is majoring in Liberal Studies.

• Dr. Carrie Ameling and Jena Alford; Best Choreography for Dr. Faustus
Alford is a junior Theatre major from Gaffney. She has been a part of many Limestone productions including Steel Magnolias as Shelby, Dr. Faustus as Helen of Troy, and most recently Dancing at Lughnasa as Kate Mundy.

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Left to right; front row: Dr. Carrie Ameling, Jorge Donoso, and Cody Bostic. Second row: Lauren Roberts, Cynthia Tate, Jena Alford, and Dr. Tim Baxter-Ferguson. Back row: Damon Green and Bryan Long.