This will be old news for some people, but since I know that a whole group of people watches this blog for information JUST LIKE THIS, I'd share it anyway. Plus, as a bonus, I've included a picture of me in a tuxedo. You don't see that everyday!
This past Sunday was St. Louis' annual "Arts for Life" best performance awards show. If you don't know what that is, this is where all the St. Louis theater people dress up in tuxedos and fancy dresses, then show up at this big dinner party and hug each other endlessly while acting surprised to see everyone there! It's tremendously fun, actually.
Oh, and then there is the awards show portion of the evening. This part is like a local "Tony" awards show...or any other awards show you've seen on TV. Local amateur musical theater groups are nominated in a number of categories for their shows of the previous year. So this particular event was honoring the musicals that were produced in 2009.
Our production company, Christ Memorial Productions (CMP), was honored to have received 16 nominations for our fall 2009 production of "Annie." Out of those 16 nominations, we took home 2 awards: one for Actress in a Cameo Role - Kristen Heard as "Star to Be", and another for outstanding juvenile performance - Marissa Pineda as "Molly."
There are three things that I am very proud of for CMP related to these awards:
- In the past two years, we've received a breathtaking 28 nominations!
- In each of the past two years, we've been nominated for Best Large Ensemble Musical Production - the coveted "Best Musical" award!
- As of the last Sunday, our show "Annie" had won the popular vote on the Arts for Life website for best show! People like us! They really like us!
I think this is a great testament to the hard work and dedication that all of our cast, crew, and volunteers put in for each of these shows. Putting on our fall production every year is certainly the high light of my year.
Since we were nominated for one of the "Best Musical" awards, we get to perform at the show, too! This year, a portion of the orphans (those who could attend) and Burt Healy performed (by request) the number "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile." I just stumbled on a picture from this performance at the awards show on the website, too. If you click here you can see Rachel on the very left (partially cut off) and Rebecca 4th from left.
It is a cliche, but it IS actually an honor to be nominated. These shows that are put together are incredible. You can't complain about who actually GETS the awards each year, because everyone is so deserving. St. Louis has an amazing and prolific theater community, and I'm happy to be involved with local theater.
As promised, here is the picture of me (oh, and the rest of the family) all dressed up. I don't do this for many things, so enjoy it while you can! Believe it or not, I actually own the tux!
Left to right, myself, Gregg, proprietor of "One Dad's Life", my youngest daughter Rachel, my wife Dianne, and my oldest daughter, Rebecca.
That's it for now, see you next year at the show. HUGS!!!