An anticipatory buzz filled the West Sacramento Community Center on Sunday night as theatremakers from all over Sacramento gathered to hear the announcement of the 438 nominations for the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance’s Elly Awards.
SARTA’s Elly’s are the Sacramento area equivalent of the Tony Awards, with recognition for all aspects of production from lead and supporting actor and actress to costume, lighting, sound and set design to music direction and choreography to overall production in a seven different categories.
Seventy-eight theaters submitted 231 shows for consideration. Fifty-eight theaters and 124 of those productions received nominations.
As SARTA’s Elly judge coordinator and tabulator Larry Russ summed it up during his closing remarks, “75 percent of the participating theaters got nominations, and that really speaks to the quality of Sacramento theater.”
The theaters with the most nominations included Sutter Street Theatre (38 nominations – 36 youth programs and 2 adult), Roseville Theatre Arts Academy (30 – 26 y, 4 a), Rocklin Community Theatre (22 – 8 y, 14 a), The Acting Company (21 – 15 y, 6 a) and Big Idea Theatre (17 – all adult). The youth production with the most nominations was Shrek the Musical at St. Mary’s High School with 11 nominations, and the adult production with the most nods was Avenue Q at Sierra Stages with 12.
SARTA will host two ceremonies in September to announce the winners of the Elly’s. The Youth Elly Award Ceremony will be on Sunday, September 7 at 7 p.m. and the Adult Elly Award Ceremony will be on Sunday September 21 at 7 p.m. at the Red Lion Inn – Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento. Tickets for the Youth Elly’s will be on sale tomorrow, August 4, and tickets for the Adult Elly’s are planned to go on sale in about two weeks.
Congratulations to all the nominees!
Look for more Elly coverage coming in September.