|Dracula, the Panto!
Union Mine High School
UMHS – Theatre at the Mine
6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado
Oct 20 – 31
Oct 20, 21, 22, 25, 27 at 630pm
Oct 22 at 2pm; Oct 31 at 530pm
Actor’s Theatre of Sacramento
Three Penny Theatre
1721 25th Street, Sacramento
Oct 21 – Nov 13
Fri/Sat at 8pm; Sun at 2pm
2016 Elly Winners
Big Idea Theatre is top winner with 6 Elly Awards
at the 34th annual Elly Awards Ceremony- Adult Division
presented by SARTA
Sacramento, CA –This year the 34th annual Elly Awards – Adult Division were announced at the elegantly decorated The Center at 2300 in Sacramento on Sunday night. Named for Eleanor McClatchy, a devoted patron of the arts and former publisher of the Sacramento Bee, the Elly Awards celebrates excellence in Sacramento’s local and regional community theater. A grand total of 33 Elly Awards, plus two lifetime achievement awards, were given to individuals and theaters from across a 10-county region in the Adult Division which includes Comedy, Drama, Musicals and Original Works. Sponsored by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA), this formal event was attended by nearly 275 active community theatre members and their families and friends.
Tonight’s ceremony opened with haunting rendition of The Wolves choreographed by Jacob Montoya of Sacramento Contemporary Dance Company. This year’s Elly theme was Some Enchanted Ellys and the ballroom was decorated with a magical, mystical moon and stars theme. Guests enjoyed bite-sized morsels of sweet and savory appetizers and adult beverages. Nominees proudly won their nominee ribbons and enjoyed having their photos taken in the photo booth. A loving remembrance of those that passed away this year was running on a small laptop. Throughout the evening, attendees were treated to musical numbers from productions in the Overall Production - Musical category which included: Downtown from Little Shop of Horrors-Rocklin Community Theatre; Crazy “Bout You Baby from Forever Plaid- The Acting Company; Yours, Yours, Yours from 1776- Stockton Civic Theatre and You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray – Rocklin Community Theatre. The fabulous Jim “Fingerz” Jordan was the awesome musical director and pianist for the evenings’ festivities.
The 165 Adult Elly nominations represented 60 productions from 33 different participating theatres. The final 33 Elly Awards recognized 16 productions and 13 theatres.
The productions receiving the most Elly Awards were:
The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Big Idea Theatre (5)
Talk Radio, Stage 3 Theatre Company (4)
Oklahoma!, William Jessup University ( 4)
Forever Plaid, The Acting Company (4)
The Tempest, American River College (3)
Say Uncle, Uncle Silas!, That’s Showbiz Theatre Company (2)
The Shadow Box, Resurrection Theatre (2)
Elly Awards for Overall Production in individual categories
in the Adult Division went to:
Comedy – The Motherf**ker with The Hat – Big Idea Theatre
Drama – Talk Radio – Stage 3 Theatre Company
Musical – Forever Plaid – The Acting Company
Original Script – Leslie Lewinter-Suskind – A Revolutionary Mind – California Stage
This year’s lifetime achievement awards went to Maggie Adair Upton and Allen Schmeltz.
Ms. Upton has had a long and varied career after receiving her MA in Theatre from Sacramento State College. She retired from Cosumnes River College where she was Managing Director of River Stage, where she also directed, acted and taught. She has served on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (Chair), and has been the executive director for Business Volunteers for the Arts, Harmony Arts, as well as the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival. Maggie enjoys being an adjudicator for Lenaea, the annual high school one-act theatre festival. Maggie is currently serving on the Playwrights Collaborative Steering Committee and does occasional short film ad commercial work. She continues to be actively involved in directing and performing in local productions at Chautauqua Playhouse, California Stage, Ovation Stage, Resurrection Theatre and Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre.
Mr Schmeltz received his award at the Youth Elly Awards and was honored again tonight as well.