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MMT Gala


Music Mountain Theatre in Lambertville, N.J., celebrated its second full season with its annual Awards Gala Sunday, Jan. 5.

Over 100 theater subscribers, performers and fans turned out for the red carpet event honoring last season’s productions. The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the attendees made their way into the theater for the awards show.

The show began as Producing Director Ginny Brennan welcomed the attendees and thanked everyone for making the second season a huge success. The show was emceed throughout by Co-Artistic Directors Louis Palena and Jordan Brennan and featured popular performances from the second season.

Taking home the marquee award for Best Musical was the cast and crew of “The Will Rogers Follies, a show about Will Rogers” – a unique American, who, though he died in 1935, remains a beloved figure remembered for his humor, his wisdom, and his just plain common sense.

The award for Best Actress in a Musical went to Siiyara Nelson for her portrayal of Aida in “Aida.” Patrick Mertz took home the award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

The Best Play award was presented to the cast and crew of “Steel Magnolias” while “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” won the award for best Ensemble.

Lauren Brader (Susan in “Wait Until Dark”) and Roger Madding (Mike in “Wait Until Dark”) walked away with the awards for Best Actress and Actor in a Play. The awards for Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Musical went to Michael Gearty (The D’Ysquith Family in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”) and Jomarie Apelt (Bloody Mary in “South Pacific”).

The crowd cheered as Skylar Carter (Ralphie) took home the award for Outstanding Youth Performance in “A Christmas Story.” The production was the top award winner as Anna Hentz also won for Best Guest Director.

The third season is now underway at Music Mountain Theatre featuring “Nunsense A-Men” on the Mainstage and Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” for Young Audiences. For information visit or call the box office at 609-397-3337.