Community theaters remain dark during the pandemic, but many of their brighter lights have received Elly Award nominations, which were announced in a virtual “pajama party” on Sunday, Aug. 2.
The Woodland Opera House took center stage with a staggering 47 nominations, or 11 percent of the 421 total.
According to the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA), which oversees the Ellys, the opera house’s “Newsies” led the way among adult productions with 14 nominations. Main Street Theatre Works’ “Leading Ladies” earned 12 nods and Sierra Stages’ “Cabaret” got 10.
Among youth productions, Christian Brothers High School’s “Peter and the Star Catcher” and Folsom High School’s “Shrek the Musical” each received 15 Elly nominations, while Woodland Opera House’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” earned 14.
From the coronavirus-shortened 2019-20 community theater season, 151 shows performed by 61 theaters were submitted for Elly Award consideration. The Sutter Street Theatre, Rocklin Community Theatre and Roseville Theatre Arts Academy joined Woodland Opera House in racking up more than 20 nods apiece.
“Elly Award nominations include lead and supporting actor and actress, director, costume design, lighting design, set design, sound design, make-up design, overall production plus musical direction and choreography,” SARTA explained in announcing the nominations.
SARTA will reveal the winners at another virtual ceremony at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, on Twitch TV.
The Ellys were launched 38 years ago and named after Eleanor McClatchy, who was The Sacramento Bee’s publisher and a longtime, enthusiastic supporter of local arts groups.
For more information about this year’s awards and the Sept. 13 virtual show, visit www.ellyawards.com or call (916) 443-8229.