Westfield Community Players Actor, Director Nominated For Awards

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John Correll (Photo courtesy of Westfield Community Players)

John Correll (Photo courtesy of Westfield Community Players)

WESTFIELD – John Correll has been nominated for a 2013 Perry Award as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Robert in the Westfield Community Players’ production of David Auburn’s drama, { P r o o f }, and Steve Lemenille was nominated for Outstanding Director of a Play for his work on the production.

Correll, who resides in Winfield, has also directed for Westfield Community Players and Alliance Repertory Company, Cranford Dramatic Club, Circle Players, and The Villagers Theatre. He has been seen on stage at Westfield Community Players, The Bickford Theatre, The Union County Performing Arts Center, Circle Playhouse, Summit Playhouse, The Villagers Theatre and many more places over many years. He is a member of Alliance Repertory Company and Innovative Stages in NY.

Steve Lemenille (Photo courtesy of Westfield Community Players)

Steve Lemenille (Photo courtesy of Westfield Community Players)

Lemenille has received other NJACT Perry Award nominations in the past, including 2012 nominations for Outstanding Production of a Play as producer and as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, both for Rehearsal for Murder at WCP. He resides in Clark and has been involved in theater since his college days at Jersey City State College (now NJCU) where his first major role was that of Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank produced by Tower Players. He subsequently went on to act with Bergen County Players, act and direct for Stage Crafters of Fairlawn and Regal Dinner Theater Productions. He was also a core social studies instructor and drama director for 29 years with the Hackensack Board of Education. Lemenille is currently the president of Westfield Community Players and will be directing Barefoot in the Park, which opens Oct. 5.

The New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting local theater around the state. The group’s core mission is to celebrate outstanding achievements by artists of all disciplines involved in the performance and production of New Jersey Community Theater. This is accomplished through the NJACT Perry Awards, New Jersey’s premiere community theater awards program. Originally founded by William Perry Morganas the AVY Awards over 35 years ago, the organization has transformed itself several times, but has always kept its focus on celebrating creativity, craftsmanship and community in local theater. The 2013 Perry Award Ceremony will take place on Sept. 22 at the Somerset DoubleTree Hotel.

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