Green Valley Theatre Company brought home seven awards at the 33rd Annual Elly Awards Sunday night, including the award for Overall Production of a musical for In the Heights.
Green Valley was followed closely by Big Idea Theatre, whose production of The Language Archive garnered six awards, and San Joaquin Delta College, which took home five awards for its production of Death of a Salesman.
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. The Elly Awards recognize all aspects of theatrical production, from the actors on the stage to the designers and technicians behind the scenes.
SARTA is an alliance of non-professional, community-level theaters, artists, technicians and administrators who foster and promote high-quality theater in the Sacramento region, according to its website. It keeps community theater calendars, sends out audition and performance notices, and recognizes theatrical excellence with the annual Elly Awards Ceremony.
The productions receiving the most Elly Awards were:
In The Heights – Green Valley Theatre Company (7)
Language Archives – Big Idea Theatre (6)
Death of a Salesman – San Joaquin Delta College (5)
Anon(ymous) – Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College (3)
The Sound of Music – Stockton Civic Theatre (2)
Elly Awards for Overall Production in individual categories in the Adult Division went to:
Comedy – Language Archives – Big Idea Theatre
Drama – Death of a Salesman – San Joaquin Delta College
Musical – In the Heights – Green Valley Theatre
Original Works: Original Script – Frankenstein – Jes Gonzales – Resurrection Theatre
Original Works: Original Adaptation- Little Women – Deanne Eldridge – Free Fall
Two individuals received two Elly awards apiece – Benjamin T. Ismail for Direction and Sound Design for Language Archives and Harvey T. Jordan for Direction and Leading Male for Death of a Salesman. Both shows also won in their respective Overall Production category.
This year’s lifetime achievement awards went to Rodger McDonald and Janis Stevens. McDonald is a veteran director and actor in the Sacramento community, and recently completed his 250th production at Woodland Opera House. Stevens is been an adjunct professor at American River College, as well as an accomplished actor and director, and has touched the lives of countless numbers of students.
A full list of the 2015 Elly Award Recipients (Adult Division) can be found HERE.
A full list of the 2015 Elly Award Recipients (Youth Division) can be found HERE.
A full list of the 2015 Elly Nominees (Adult and Youth Divisions) can be found HERE.