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    Theater nominated for nine awards

    Stoneham Theatre has been nominated by the Independent Reviewers of New England for nine awards. Jenna McFarland Lord is nominated for best set design for transforming the Stoneham stage into a Cambridge pub for “Distant Music.” Michael Buckley also was recognized for his work in “Distant Music”; he is nominated for best actor in a play. Stoneham Theatre’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is nominated for three awards: Ephie Aardema is nominated for best actress in a musical; Andrew Giordano for best supporting actor in a musical; and Stephanie Granade for best supporting actress in a musical. Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” scored the most nominations for Stoneham Theatre: Jeff Adelberg is nominated for best lighting design; Nathan Leigh for best sound; Esme Allen for best supporting actress in a play; and Alexander Platt for best supporting actor in a play. The awards, founded in 1997 to celebrate theater excellence in the Boston area, will be awarded April 7 at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. For more information, visit