Marcos Espinoza, Jr.

Marcos Espinoza Jr.

CASA GRANDE — The BlackBox Foundation’s Marcos Espinoza Jr. has won an ariZoni award for “Actor in a Major Role, Youth Play.”

The teen won the award for his performance as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in the BlackBox Foundation’s teen production of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.”

BlackBox Foundation’s Teen Theater presented the play in October 2019. The show, which is set in 1888 Victorian London, is written by Noah Smith and is adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.

The ariZoni Theatre Awards is a nonprofit organization that recognizes excellence in theater shows statewide. Before nomination for an ariZoni, a member of the awards committee must see the show. Judges watch about 120 shows a year, rating each one on a scale of 1 to 10, with a ranking of 5 being average, according to the ariZoni website.

The BlackBox show was also nominated for best director and best actor in a leading role.

For more information about donating to the organization, visit the page on Facebook, found under BlackBox Foundation.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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