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:
Peter and the Starcatcher – Green Valley Theatre Company (8)
Lizzie: The Musical – The Actor’s Playpen (4)
Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe – Green Valley Theatre Company (4)
The Wizard of Oz – Roseville Theatre Arts Academy (3)
Zoo Story – Quest Theaterworks (2)
The Good Body – Quest Theaterworks (2)
It’s A Wonderful Life – William Jessup University (2)
Elly Awards for Overall Production in individual categories in the Adult Division went to:
Peter and the Starcatcher – Green Valley Theatre Company – Comedy
Zoo Story – Quest Theaterworks – Drama
Lizzie: The Musical – The Actor’s Playpen – Musical
A full list of the 2017 Elly Award Recipients (Adult Division) can be found HERE.
A full list of the 2017 Elly Award Recipients (Youth Division) can be found HERE.
A full list of the 2017 Elly Nominees (Adult and Youth Divisions) can be found HERE.