Best Emerging Actress
Gracie Anderson welcomes audiences to share whenever she is onstage. That was clear last year at the Bloomington Civic Theatre's (now known as Artistry) version of Hairspray. As Tracy Turnblad, Anderson needed to be the bright center of attention in the wild musical ride through 1960s Baltimore and the burgeoning Civil Rights movement. She did that with a strong singing voice and even stronger performance that mixed comedy with just the right amount of heart. She played another strong woman in Freshwater Theater's Pioneer Suite. There, she was a captivating Martha Dorsett, the first woman admitted to the Minnesota Bar. Her skills in these distinct roles mark Anderson as a performer to watch.