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Local theaters earn Elly nominations

By August 31, 2010

Mother Lode News

Next month more actors, directors and producers than ever from local theater companies will fill the aisles of SacramentoÕs Crest Theater to await the names of coveted Elly Award winners, with a disproportionately high number of nominations going to Imagination Theater, El Dorado High School, Oak Ridge High School, El Dorado Musical Theater and Sutter Street Theater (formerly Stage Nine/GarbeauÕs).

The Elly Awards are named after the late Eleanor McClatchy, who was a patron of the theatrical arts. The Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance is the organization that presents the annual Elly Awards. Judges for the various categories, including high school musicals, childrenÕs plays and so on, agree to attend every play in their category. After they have seen everything they vote for their favorites.

Elly-worthy performances arenÕt just good. TheyÕre memorable. A complete list of Elly nominees is available at


El Dorado Musical Theater received a staggering 43 nominations for all youth productions.

The EDMT plays make audiences forget that what they are viewing is a childrenÕs musical production. At EDMT, every aspect of the production is of such a high caliber, imaginations simply soar.

Best young peopleÕs

musical nominations

EDMTÕs productions of ÒCats,Ó ÒLes MiserablesÓ and ÒThe Wizard of OzÓ are each nominated for best overall production.

Debbie Wilson of EDMT received eight nominations, four for choreography and four for direction in ÒCats,Ó ÒGrease,Ó ÒLes MiserablesÓ and ÒThe Wizard of Oz.Ó

Christine Martorana of EDMT received two nominations for costume design in ÒCatsÓ and ÒThe Wizard of Oz.Ó

EDMT actors receiving Elly nominations for best adult leading actor include Matt Provencal (ÒLes MiserablesÓ), Spencer Borup (ÒGreaseÓ) and Terry Hicks (ÒThe Wizard of OzÓ).

EDMT child actors who received nominations for best leading child actor include Andrew Wilson, Brian Farmer and Stefan Sorgea, all for ÒThe Wizard of Oz.Ó

Best adult actress nominations for Young PeopleÕs Musical were received by EDMTÕs Heather Clark (ÒCats,Ó ÒLes MiserablesÓ), Katherine Sorgea (ÒLes Miserables,Ó ÒThe Wizard of OzÓ) and Savannah Argyle (ÒLes MiserablesÓ).

Krista Mackin of EDMT received a nomination for best child actress for her performance in ÒThe Wizard of Oz.Ó

Best supporting child actor nominations went to EDMTÕs Andrew Wilson (ÒCatsÓ), Braiden Wells (ÒGreaseÓ), Christopher Meissner (ÒGrease,Ó ÒLes MiserablesÓ) and Jacob Goodyear (ÒLes MiserablesÓ).

Best supporting adult actress nominations went to EDMTÕs Heather Clark (ÒGreaseÓ), Katherine Sorgea (ÒHoliday ReunionÓ) and Lauryn Caruso (ÒLes MiserablesÓ).

EDMTÕs nominees for best supporting child actress are Jordan Sharp and Maddy Frey, both for ÒThe Wizard of Oz.Ó

Louis Hudson (best lighting design) and Jennifer Martin (best musical direction) received three nominations each for their work in EDMTÕs productions of ÒCats,Ó ÒLes MiserablesÓ and ÒThe Wizard of Oz.Ó Louis Hudson (ÒLes MiserablesÓ) and Stephanie Hudson (ÒThe Wizard of OzÓ) each received a nomination for best set design.

High School


El Dorado High School earned a spectacular 14 nominations in the high school education category. Ponderosa High School has an impressive 10 nominations and Oak Ridge High School has three nominations.

ÒBye Bye BirdieÓ presented by the El Dorado stage arts program received nominations for: Paul Tomei (direction), Michael McClellan (leading actor), Krista Unverferth (leading actress) and El Dorado High School (overall production).

El DoradoÕs ÒThe Man Who Came to DinnerÓ garnered nominations for: Carol Sohrweide (costume design), Paul Tomei (direction), Hayden Comer (leading actor), Kristine Miranda leading actress; Jimi Hicks, lighting design; El Dorado High School, overall production; Dave Shellnutt, set design; Ben Shilling, supporting actor; Gavin Sellers, supporting actor; and Chloe Faulk, supporting actress.

PonderosaÕs production of ÒSeussical: The MusicalÓ resulted in nine nominations: Spencer Reed (leading actor), Allison Sept (leading actress), Jordan Peck (supporting actor), Lily Blackburn (supporting actress), Jennifer Schmeltzer (lighting design and direction), Connor Carson (choreography) and Janet Matranga (musical direction and costume design). ÒSeussicalÓ also received a nomination for best overall production of a high school musical.

Christopher Meissner of Oak Ridge received his nomination for best leading actor for his performance in ÒOnce Upon a Mattress.Ó Aly Chavez received a nomination for best leading actress for her work in the same performance. Janet Henke is nominated for best costume design in ÒOnce Upon a Mattress.Ó

Comedy and musical


Imagination Theater received nominations in the comedy and drama categories.

Lanny Langston earned direction nominations for ÒThe ForeignerÓ and ÒGreater Tuna.Ó

ÒThe ForeignerÓ also garnered nominations for: Michael Bishop (leading actor), David Patrick (lighting design), Virgil Toothaker (set design), and Joyni Kiola (supporting) and Imagination Theater (overall production).

The Imagination Theater musical ÒBeauty and the BeastÓ got Terri Thomas (costume design) and Peter Wolfe (set design) nominations.

Best Young PeopleÕs

Play nominations

Receiving nominations for Young PeopleÕs Play Elly awards is FolsomÕs local theater on Sutter Street, which changed its name several times during the 2009Ð10 season.

Brady Tait received a nomination for best leading child actor for his performance in ÒJack and the BeanstalkÓ (Sutter Street Theatre).

Best leading child actress nominations were received by Hannah Hurst (ÒAlice in WonderlandÓ) and Ireland Bond (ÒJack and the BeanstalkÓ), both at Sutter Street Theatre. Additional nominees for best leading child actress are Miriam Mars (ÒCharlotteÕs WebÓ Ñ Stage Nine Theatre) and Sage Inneraity (ÒA Laura Ingles Wilder ChristmasÓ Ñ Stage Nine Theatre/GarbeauÕs).

Sutter Street TheatreÕs Joshua Huston received a nomination for best supporting adult actor (ÒCharlotteÕs WebÓ) and Brady Tait (ÒThe Surprising Story of the Three Little PigsÓ) and Zach Meyers (ÒRobin HoodÓ) each received a nomination for best supporting child actor.

Sutter Street TheatreÕs Connie Mockenhaupt received a nomination for best adult supporting actress for ÒJack and the Beanstalk,Ó while Elizabeth Poore received a nomination for best supporting child actress for her work in ÒRobin Hood.Ó

Colin Hoyt received three nominations for best lighting design (ÒCharlotteÕs Web,Ó ÒAlice in WonderlandÓ Ñ Stage Nine Theatre, ÒA Laura Ingalls Wilder ChristmasÓ Ñ Stage Nine Theatre/GarbeauÕs). Mike Jimena was nominated for best set design for ÒCharlotteÕs Web.Ó

Sutter Street Theatre received a nomination for best overall production of a young peopleÕs play with ÒAlice in Wonderland.Ó

Elly information

This year 83 community theaters in the greater Sacramento area submitted 262 productions for Elly judging. The top 81 vote-getters will receive the Elly Award at the annual award ceremony Sept. 26, at the Crest Theater. The youth awards are at 6 p.m. and the adult awards start at 7 p.m.

The Elly Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of local and regional community theaters and artists in the greater Sacramento area.

For more information about this event and the upcoming Elly Awards ceremony contact the SARTA office at 916-443-8229 or visit the Website at

Susan Laird

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