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Hartford, CT (January 9, 2012) – Hartford Children’s Theatre has won four 2011 Connecticut Theatre Awards including “Best Community Theatre.” Additionally, HCT’s production of Pinkalicious received the honor of “Best Musical,” Tori Mooney of West Hartford was named “Best Actress in a Musical” for her performance in the title role, and 13 year old West Hartford resident Hollis Long received the “Best Actress Under 25” award for her performances in HCT’s Annie and Willy Wonka. announced the first annual Connecticut Theatre Awards in October 2011 and invited its readers to nominate the best musicals and straight plays that graced the stages of both professional and community theatres throughout Connecticut in a variety of categories. Voting ran through December 31, 2011 and winners were announced on Friday, January 6, 2012. The first annual awards broke traffic records on the national theatre website. For a complete list of winners, visit:

“All of us at Hartford Children’s Theatre are thrilled to be recognized by,” said HCT Artistic Director Ryan Ratelle. “We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all of the patrons who voted for us and our sincere congratulations to all of our winners. We are continually amazed at the level of talent and dedication each of our performers, designers and technical staff bring to each production. has done a brilliant job of
highlighting regional and local theatre. These first annual awards have truly shown how alive and well the arts are here in Connecticut. Congratulations to all of our fellow winners.”

HCT Executive Director Michael R. Kintner added, “These awards, along with our recent National Youth Theatre awards, are further recognition of HCT's ongoing efforts to improve the artistic excellence of our productions. The same performance quality will be on stage this coming weekend with the opening of Little Women at HCT's Carriage
House Theatre.”

Hartford Children’s Theatre is Connecticut’s leading provider of theatrical training and quality entertainment for children and families. The mission of Hartford Children’s Theatre is to enrich the lives of the children of Greater Hartford and surrounding communities by providing access and exposure to high quality theatre for young audiences along with theatrical education and music training classes. Executive Director Michael R. Kintner, Artistic Director Ryan Ratelle
and Education Director Lisa Foss helm the organization now entering its 22nd year.

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