Critics Choice Award

We are thrilled to share that The Encore has been awarded 22 Wilde Awards! The Wilde Awards are like the Tony Awards of Michigan theater! The top honor is the CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD that was awarded to The Encore for “transforming a promising black box theater in Dexter, MI to one of the strongest regional theaters in the U.S., and setting an example for diversity of productions.”

Our other awards include:

BEST MUSICAL – 42nd Street AND Little Shop of Horrors

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL – Dan Cooney, A Christmas Story; Scott Thompson, 42nd Street

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – Natalie Kaye Clater, Once on This Island; Scott Thompson, 42nd Street

BEST MUSIC DIRECTION – R. Mackenzie Lewis, 42nd Street

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – David Moan, 42nd Street

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL – Allison Bell, 42nd Street; Leah Wilson, Once on This Island

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – Danté Murray, Once on This Island

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL – Jessica Grové, A Christmas Story; Bryana Hall, Once on This Island; Gayle E. Martin, 42nd Street

BEST SET DESIGN – Sarah Tanner, Once on This Island42nd Street; Shane Cinal, A Christmas Story

BEST COSTUME DESIGN – Marilee Dechart and Sharon Larkey Urick, 42nd Street

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN – Nikki Belenski, Once on This Island


THE TERRY HECK RISING STAR AWARD – Gavin Cooney, A Christmas Story