City College Theater Department Celebrates 11 Elly Award nominations

HIGH REGARD FOR SCAPINO!  WITH NOMINATION FOR BEST OVERALL PRODUCTION

The Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance announced nominations for this year’s Elly Awards, on August 3. City College’s City Theatre brought home 11 nominations for the 2013-2014 school year’s theatrical productions, including a nomination for Best Overall Production in a Comedy for Scapino!

“City Theatre does really great theater, and it’s great that it’s been acknowledged by the nomination committee,” said Nancy Pipkin, who received a nomination for her costume design in Scapino! “Many of the things [City Theatre] produced this year were very worthy of consideration, and we feel very honored that our work was recognized.”

Named in honor of Eleanor McClatchy—late publisher of the Sacramento Bee and renowned arts lover—the Elly Awards are the Sacramento Area equivalent to the Tony Awards. Much like the Tony Awards, the Elly Awards recognize all aspects of theatrical production, from the actors on the stage to the designers and technicians behind the scenes.

This year, there are 438 nominations for 88 awards. The winners will be announced at 7 p.m. September 21 at the Red Lion Inn in Sacramento.

Larry Russ, the Elly judge coordinator and score tabulator was impressed at the overall production values in Sacramento area theaters.

“Seventy-five percent of the participating theaters got nominations, and that really speaks to the high quality of Sacramento theater,” he said in his closing remarks at the nomination party.

Scapino! earned the most out of the past year’s City College productions, with a total of six nominations including best Best Overall Production in a Comedy. Anthony M .Person received a nomination for his portrayal of the show’s title character.

“Being Scapino was incredible,” Person explained in a recent email. “I can’t tell you how excited I am. Actually, I can: I’m extremely excited.”

Cannery Row earned three nods, including set design, lighting design, and a nomination for Coleman Daniel for his portrayal of Hazel, the hard-working but slow-witted friend of Doc.

“It’s a bit surreal,” said Daniel. “I’m just always feeling like I’m a person who has been luckily cast in roles and parts around people who are really talented.”

Daniel added that the rest of the Cannery Row cast helped elevate his personal performance. “I’m so grateful to the people who were around me. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”

Tickets for the award ceremony and further information, including the full list of nominations, can be found at http://www.sarta.com.

Article originally written for the Sacramento City College Express

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