Sunday evening the 2014 Elly nominations were announced for the regional community theater awards. In all, there were 438 nominees from 58 theaters and 124 productions. Five Nevada County company’s brought in a total of 35 nominations this year. Sierra Stages production of “Avenue Q” received the lions share with 11 nominations in all, including Best Overall Production of a Musical.
Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra garnered five nominations for its spring production of “Miss Saigon.” LeGacy Presents got two nominations for Jeffrey Mason’s adapted script and production of a the script for “A Christmas Carol.” Quest Theaterworks earned nine nominations for three of its young peoples productions, “A Faery Hunt,” “Emperors New Clothes” and “A Fairy Quest.” Synthetic Unlimited received six nominations for its productions of “American Buffalo” and “Othello.”
Sierra Stages’ Ken Getz earned two nominations for Best Musical Direction, one for “Avenue Q” and a second for “Closer than Ever.” Other double nominees include Erin Beatie for her lighting design and Pam Hodges for set design of both “Avenue Q” and “Miss Saigon.”
Colfax High School, under the direction of local community theater great John Deaderick, earned six nominations for two productions. Deaderick was nominated for Direction and Original Script in “The Missing Simple Sister: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure.”
The Elly nominations, overseen by the nonprofit Sacramento Regional Theater Alliance, pull from community theaters within a 70-mile radius of the capital city.
Elly Award nominations include Lead and Supporting Actor and Actress, Director, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Set Design, Overall Production plus Musical Direction and Choreography, if applicable.
The nominations are announced for productions in the following categories: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Original Scripts, Adapted Scripts and Young People’s Scripts (new); Education- Musicals, Education- Plays, Young People’s- Musicals and Young People’s-Plays, according to Sacramento Regional Theater Alliance.
The Elly Awards are named for Eleanor McClatchy, former publisher of the Sacramento Bee and arts patron. Elly winners will be announced at special ceremonies in September.
For more about the Ellys, including a complete list of all nominees, go to www.sarta.com.
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