And the nominees are … Local theater companies stand out in Elly Awards |

And the nominees are … Local theater companies stand out in Elly Awards

Brett Bentley
Staff Writer

Western Nevada County’s theatrical community woke up to quite an ovation Monday.

The Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA) announced its annual list of nominations for community theater Elly Awards, including 32 individual nods between 11 productions and six local companies and a high school.

Among the highlights are two nominations for Overall Production by Community Asian Theatre of the Sierras (CATS) “The Teahouse of the August Moon” and Sierra Stages production of “Death of a Salesman.”

SARTA is an alliance of producing organizations, individual theatre artists and technicians, and administrators formed to foster and promote high quality theatre in the Sacramento area and neighboring regions, according to their website. The Elly Awards includes theatres within a 70-mile radius of Sacramento.

The nominations are for productions that occurred between the summer of 2011 and this spring. More than 400 Elly nominees for the 2011-12 season were announced.

“We’re pleased and happy to be acknowledged for the work that we’re doing. And happy to be in the company of all the other theater groups that received nominations,” said Peter Mason, president of Sierra Stages board of directors. “We try to do our best on each production that we do. We think we put on really quality productions.

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“So when we get award nominations, it’s great. There’s a lot of folks who work really hard to put on our shows.”

According to SARTA, this past season 244 shows were submitted by 78 theatres. Sixty-one theatres and 125 productions received nominations. Sierra Stages is among 10 community theatres receiving the most nominations with 12. Others included Sutter Street Theatre; Roseville Theatre Arts Academy; Runaway Stage Productions; El Dorado High School; Flying Monkey Productions; The Acting Company; River City Theatre Company; St. Francis High School and California Stage.

The strong presence of local theater productions among the nominations this year is a reflection of the talent we have in the area – much more than people expect in a rural California community, Mason said.

“There’s just a lot of energy around theater right now and there’s a lot of really creative people producing great shows,” Mason said.

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 Works, Education- Musicals, Education- Plays, Young People’s-Musicals and Young People’s- Plays.

Among the youth categories, the Nevada County Performing Arts Guild (PAG) received four nominations for its children’s theater productions and Bear River High School received three nominations for its spring production of “Singin’ in the Rain.”

There were multiple nominations for locals Pam Hodges, Rodger Hoopman, Robert Rossman, Mila Johansen, and Corinne Gelfan. In addition, local Lyra Dominguez received a nod for her role as lead actress in Placer Community Theatre’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” said Jeannie Wood, executive director of CATS.

Winners will be announced at two ceremonies this September. The Youth Elly Award ceremony will be Sept. 16. The Adult Elly Award ceremony will be Sept. 23 at the Crest Theatre. For more information, please visit

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