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Little Shop of Horrors

Tantrum Theater’s 2016 production of "Little Shop of Horrors."

Photographer: Daniel Rader

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Tantrum Theater wins multiple awards at Theatre Roundtable


The College of Fine Arts and the OHIO Theater Division celebrated recent awards and nominations of Tantrum Theater at the Theater Roundtable Awards ceremony held last month in Columbus, OH.

Central Ohio’s annual celebration of theatre took place at the Jewish Center of Columbus. The event was attended by a wide spectrum of theater-makers from the Columbus metropolitan area – from professional companies and community theater groups to university theater departments. The event also included various performances and special awards that were given by the Columbus Critics Circle.

Tantrum’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” won the Excellence in Music Direction and Orchestration award (Seth Alexander, Steven Huang, Daniel Mullins, Alexander Shinn and Peter Vilardi), and the Excellence in Scenic Design award (C. David Russell). “Tammy Faye’s Last Audition” won the Excellence in Scenic Design award (C. David Russell) and the Excellence in Lighting Design award (Daniel Winters).

In addition, three season productions “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Tammy Faye's Final Audition” and “Dancing at Lughnasa” received 10 acting and musical production nominations.

“The scope of the variety of organizations represented taught us that Central Ohio is a deep and vibrant theatre community joyously inclusive of professional and community organizations. We are looking forward to continuing to participate in the community as audience members and in turn to welcoming that community into our home at the Abbey Theater in Dublin,” said Ian Wolfgang Hinz, producing director of Tantrum Theater.

“The audible gasp of amazement when the Little Shop of Horror’s photo was shown during the scenic design awards portion of the evening was particularly notable and a moment that I won’t soon forget,” said Hinz.

Tantrum Artistic Director Dan Dennis was a presenter for the evening’s festivities, which included awards for the past season’s productions, several lifetime achievement awards and an in-memoriam to late CAPA president and CEO Bill Conner. 

“The recognition from Theatre Roundtable is fantastic! It means we’re getting the word out about the great work we are doing with Tantrum. It feels good to begin to be a part of the theater community in Columbus. We hope to see more and more people at the Abbey Theater in Dublin for Tantrum’s second season,” said Dennis. 

Tantrum’s second season opens May 30 with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare. The show will be directed by Tantrum’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Dennis and run May 30–June 17. The critically acclaimed musical “Caroline, or Change,” written by Tony Kushner with music by Jeanine Tesori and directed by Robert Barry Fleming will run July 5–22. Finally, timed to coincide with the annual Dublin Irish Festival, “Into the West,” adapted for the stage by Greg Banks from the screenplay by Jim Sheridan and originally commissioned and produced by Travelling Light Theatre Company, UK runs August 1–19. The show will be directed by Jen Wineman.

All shows will be performed at the Abbey Theater, Dublin Rec Center, 5600 Post Road, Dublin, OH 43017.

A full performance calendar, and tickets, are available at www.tantrumtheater.org