|Assassins, PTP, 2011|
That being said, I am not a big fan of the really commercial awards. Everyone looks forward to the Academy Awards, while I am setting the DVR for the Spirit Awards. Funny, awkward, raw, and much more my speed. I'm not a fashion trend person, so I like the lack of importance on million-dollar dresses and tresses.
|Once on this Island, PTP, 2009|
|The Diary of Anne Frank, PTP, 2010|
This is also the first year my fiance received a nomination for lighting design. He lights up the stage (and my life, awwwww) so creatively, and I am so proud of him and all his work. So many awesome people have received nominations this year, and a lot of friends of mine are first-time nominees (Jessica!)! I'm so excited to attend with them and root them on!
|Arsenic and Old Lace, PTP, 2010|
I was also nominated, and am truly honored, as the judges are all members of other local theatre companies who take time out of their busy lives to see productions put on by other theatres and adjudicate them. I have been nominated before, and never won, but I feel that's not the point. Being nominated alone is a pretty big deal. It does validate the work you do, but again, IS NOT THE REASON.
The reason we do what we do, for me, is to share art and experiences with the community. We get a lot of kids and teens and families in to the theatre to experience live entertainment, a rare experience for many. We find a lot of our audience members return time and time again, and over time, many begin to get involved. We get a lot of kids who grow up in the theatre, expanding their interests. They continue to learn and grow and apply their skills in college and beyond. It's pretty cool. I, myself, have been a member since age six, and made many lasting friendships and learned and continue to learn many life lessons.
|The Producers, PTP, 2010|
So, nominees, best of luck! Winners, I congratulate you! Just remember that the awards are nice, but not the point. And remember the most important aspect of live theatre: have FUN!