|Timmy Perry and Hollis Long in HCT's Willy Wonka - Photo Credit Thomas Giroir|
The sixth annual National Youth Theatre Awards honored outstanding work by young performers in the arts. More than 200 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from more
than 100 theatres in more than 50 cities spanning 12 states. A limited number of adult performers were also recognized for their performances in productions for young audiences.
Hartford Children's Theatre performers Timmy Perry and Hollis Long won for their performances in the HCT Family Main Stage fall production of Willy Wonka. Perry, an 11-year-old Plantsville resident, received the "Best Leading Actor Award - Junior Division" for his performance as
"Charlie Bucket" while Long, a 13-year-old West Hartford resident, received the "Best Supporting Actress Award - Junior Division" for her performance as gum-smacking "Violet Beauregarde."
14-year-old Emily Bordonaro ("Veruca Salt") of Avon, Sheri Zicardi ("Mrs. Teavee") of Bloomfield and Christopher Cavallo ("Willy Wonka") of Hartford received nominations.