Andria Theatre hosts annual Andria Awards

'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' takes home Best Production of the Year award.

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The cast of Andria Theatre's "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" take the stage during the Andria Awards, which were held Friday, May 6, at the downtown Alexandria theater. The show took home the award for the best production of the year.
Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA – It was a night of glitz, glam and awards for the Andria Theatre as it hosted its annual red-carpet style Andria Awards Friday, May 6.

This was the first time the awards were hosted in-person after a hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ann Hermes, who retired from her position as the executive director of the Alexandria community theater in April, was honored during the event. A slideshow with clips and photos of her 40-year history with the Alexandria Area Arts Association and Andria Theatre were played. Over the past four decades, she has been involved in countless shows, both on and off-screen and has directed several productions, too.

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Ann Hermes, left, was honored during the Andria Theatre's Andria Awards Friday, May 6. Hermes, who recently retired as the executive director of the community theatre, has been a part of the theater for 40 years, both on the stage and behind the scenes. Joining her on stage were Bonnie Bina, president of the Alexandria Area Arts Association and Dave Christman, Andria's artistic director.
Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press

During the Andria Awards, one of Hermes' favorite awards to give out has always been the “Newcomer” award and going forward, this award will now be known as “The Annie.”

This year’s winners of the award were Patrick Sieve, who starred as Buddy in “Elf the Musical” and Heather Hjelle, who starred as Jolene Oakes in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”


Taking home the award for Best Production of the Year was “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

Here’s a look at the rest of the awards given out Friday evening:

  • Best Male in a Play – Kip Sundlee for his role of Brooks Hatlen in “The Shawshank Redemption.” 
  • Best Male in a Musical – Joe Korkowski for his role of Max Goldman in “Grumpy Old Men.” 
  • Best Female in a Musical – “Becky Byrne for her role of Ariel Truax in “Grumpy Old Men.” 
  • Best Male Student – Adison Newman for his role of Jafar in Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”. 
  • Best Female Student – Parker Zwach for her role of Rizzo in “Grease.”  
  • Best Production Number of the Year – “Rubrecht” from “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” 
Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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