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Actor Jim Hunt honored for lifetime achievement at Henry Awards

Award-winners Jim Hunt and Laura Norman in Ghost-Writer.
Award-winners Jim Hunt and Laura Norman in Ghost-Writer.

Jim Hunt is one of the most respected, well-reviewed and best-loved actors in the Denver area. He has given memorable performances as a wheedling tramp in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker; a foppish musician in Bach at Leipzig; the loving, baffled father of Eurydice, who has passed into the land of the dead in Sarah Ruhl's beautiful play of the same name; and James Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night, for which he received a Best of Denver nod from Westword. Last night at the Colorado Theater Guild's Henry Awards, he was given an award for lifetime achievement in theater.

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"It's kind of fortuitous turning seventy and having this award happen," he says. "I guess I would be lying if I didn't say ... It doesn't feel ominous, but you think, This is very late in life when you get one of these. Should you be alarmed? And I'm still so busy. In the last thirty months I've been in thirteen shows. Five a year for the last couple of years, and every year in different venues. I love the opportunities I get. And at my age, I thank my lucky stars every day that my brain still holds words. That is the deal breaker. If you can't remember lines, you don't get to play any more.

"The award does feel like a milestone," he continues. "I really have been doing theater in Colorado for a long time. I lived in Michigan for three years after college, but I came back here in the summers and was still part of the theater scene as an audience member. I moved back and performed at the old Gaslight, and saw there was good theater happening here: The Changing Scene, Theatre Under Glass.

"I went through my bout with stage fright in the mid- to late 1980s, and it was really Josh Hartwell (an actor, playwright and director) who got me back into theater in 2001 with a production of Never the Sinner at Theatre on Broadway. That was an annealing moment somehow. From then on, theater moved back into the center of my life," Hunt says.

"The award is wonderful, and I'm going to keep working. I'm scheduled to do After the Revolution for Curious. Later in fall, I'll be rehearsing The Woman in Black for Breckenridge. I would love to do Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest someday, and I wouldn't mind another shot at James Tyrone. I don't have an ambition to do Shakespeare -- King Lear, for instance -- and I'm not sure why. There's tons of it stuck in my head. It would terrify me and I think it's probably just the legend and the poetry and not wanting to get a single word wrong," he confesses.

"I'm not saying I would turn it down."

Keep reading for the rest of the Henry Awards list.

The Colorado Theatre Guild is a non-profit devoted to supporting the theater community, at the same time it provides the public with information, access and opportunities relating to live theater events across Colorado. For the Henry Awards -- named after legendary Denver theater figure Henry Lowenstein -- local critics and other members of the community vote on productions along the Front Range. Last night's awards event, the eighth annual ceremony, was held at the Arvada Center. And the winners are...

2012-2013 CTG HENRY AWARDS

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

RUTH GOTTSCHALL

Sense & Sensibility The Musical, Denver Center Theatre Company

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

THOMAS RAINEY

Kiss of the Spider Woman, Lake Dillon Theatre Company

Outstanding Sound Design Tier 1

BRIAN FREELAND

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Curious Theatre Company

Outstanding Sound Design Tier 2

ADAM STONE

Wake, Buntport Theater

Outstanding Lighting Design Tier 1

SHANNON MCKINNEY

Man of La Mancha, Arvada Center

Outstanding Lighting Design Tier 2

JACOB M. WELCH

Kiss of the Spider Woman, Lake Dillon Theatre Company

Outstanding Costume Design Tier 1

CHRIS CAMPBELL

Man of La Mancha, Arvada Center

Outstanding Costume Design Tier 2

LINDA MORKEN

The Wizard of Oz, Boulder's Dinner Theatre

Outstanding Scenic Design Tier 1

BRIAN MALLGRAVE

Man of La Mancha, Arvada Center

Outstanding Scenic Design Tier 2

ABSTER PRODUCTIONS

August: Osage County, Abster Productions

Outstanding Choreography

KITTY SKILLMAN HILSABECK

Man of La Mancha, Arvada Center

Outstanding Ensemble Performance

HAIR

Town Hall Arts Center

Nick Sugar, Director; Donna K. Debreceni, Musical Direction

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

JEANNE PAULSEN

Romeo & Juliet, Denver Center Theatre Company

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

BOB MOORE

The Sunshine Boys, Lake Dillon Theatre Company

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

SuCh

The Color Purple, Aurora Fox Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

JOSHUA BLANCHARD

Kiss of the Spider Woman, Lake Dillon Theatre Company

Outstanding New Play

SWEET TOOTH

Written by Buntport Theater Ensemble

Buntport Theater

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

LAURA NORMAN

Ghost-Writer, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

JONATHAN FARWELL

Amadeus, OpenStage Theatre & Company

Outstanding Direction of a Play

ROBERT WELLS

The 39 Steps, Town Hall Arts Center

Outstanding Musical Direction

DAVID NEHLS

Man of La Mancha, Arvada Center

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

ROD A. LANSBERRY

Man of La Mancha, Arvada Center

Outstanding Production of a Play

THE BROTHERS SIZE

Curious Theatre Company

Dee Covington, Director

Outstanding Production of a Musical

MAN OF LA MANCHA

Arvada Center

Rod Lansberry, Director; David Nehls, Musical Direction

Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company

CURIOUS THEATRE COMPANY

Special Awards

Lifetime Achievement in Theatre

JIM HUNT

Outstanding Regional Theatre

THEATREWORKS

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

Outstanding Volunteer

RANDY DIPNET

Advocate for Theatre Arts Education

COLORADO STATE THESPIANS



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