Nevada County theater groups prominent in Elly nominations |

Nevada County theater groups prominent in Elly nominations

Nevada County theater groups were well-represented in this week’s Elly nominations.

For starters, PAG racked up 15 nominations in the Young People’s Theatre category.

“The most we have received in the past is 11,” said PAG founder-artistic director Mila Johansen. “Also, Harry Kawa, our light man of more than 13 years, was nominated twice. This is big for him. Also, many of our very best actors were recognized. We are so excited to receive this recognition from our peers from around the Sacramento area.”

Catherine Ione was selected as a costume design nominee for both PAG’s “Little Mermaid” and “Narnia” productions. Paulette Rudolph was nominated for best director in “Little Mermaid.”

In “Narnia,” Chelsea Claiser is a contender for leading actor (child female) and Danny Douros for leading actor (child male). Alex Bloksberg was also nominated for leading actor (child male) in “Little Mermaid.”

Kawa competes against himself for lighting design – he was nominated for his work in PAG’s “Little Mermaid” and “Narnia.”

Likewise, PAG competes against itself for overall production: The group received nominations for both “Little Mermaid” and “Narnia.”

Johansen was nominated for her set design work in “Little Mermaid.”

“Narnia” also received additional recognition as Tori Hill was nominated for supporting actor (child female), and Cody Stein, James Borksey and Sean Henry vie for supporting actor (child male).

Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra received kudos for its “The Woman Warrior” in the drama category. Nominations were earned by Ione for costume design; Chris Goetke for lighting design; and Teresa Shea for set design.

“CATS is extremely proud of our designers and actors,” said Jeannie Wood, CATS executive director. “It’s a win for everyone. Way to go!”

In the original works category, Pete Flahives of Community Players of Nevada County was nominated for adapted script: original works.

The Ellys are named after Eleanor McClatchy, former president of McClatchy Newspapers. She was dedicated to supporting performing arts in the Sacramento region and was a theater patron.

The Ellys will be awarded Sept. 29 in Sacramento.

For more information about the Ellys, call the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance office at (916) 443-8229 or check out

– Carol Feineman

Back Stage appears weekly in Prospector. Call in comments and art news: 477-4232.

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