by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM
Jacksonville Beach’s Players by the Sea held its annual end of the season Pelican Awards ceremony on Saturday August 17, at their theatre. The event is like a local version of the Tony Awards, although, believe us, much funnier than the Tonys.
The Pelicans are several things: a celebration of theatre, a family party for theatre lovers and volunteers, and an acknowledgement by Players of the priceless value of the volunteer hours given throughout all phases of production and support. From acting to backstage tech, concessions, construction, the list goes on and on and our community theatres could not exist without the dedicated work of their volunteers.
The Producers of this event, JOE SCHWARZ , Executive Director and the PBTS Board of Directors, selected RON SHREVE AND JOCELYN GERONIMO as the Directors and Emcees of the show. Both were hilarious and kept things moving efficiently. BRADLEY AKERS and KATHERINE THAMES provided assistance as Stage Managers. A video screen high above center stage announced the nominees, and twelve presenters incorporated a lot of humor in their very creative approaches to passing out the coveted awards.
The audience saw a brief musical preview of “Young Frankenstein”, which opens September 13 and is the first Main Stage production for the coming season.
Incoming President MICHAEL SMITHGALL was introduced; he is taking over the leadership reins from outgoing President HOLLY GUTSHALL whose term expired. Holly’s excellence in this position for the last four years was acknowledged with an Outstanding Service Award plaque.
After the merriment and excitement of the awards ceremony, the enthusiastic theatre folks moved on to eating, their second greatest love outside the stage. Board member CRAIG SMITH filled a gallery table with food from his Alhambra Theater & Dining venue which delighted the appreciative and lively attendees.
Players has an excellent season planned for 2013-2014; check it out at playersbythe sea.org.
THE PLAYERS BY THE SEA PELICAN AWARD WINNERS FOR 2012-2013 ARE:
BEST PLAY – Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
BEST MUSICAL – Avenue Q
BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY – Holly Gutshall & Joe Schwarz – Conversations After a Burial
BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL – Shirley Sacks – Avenue Q
BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY – Bill Ratliff – Sordid Lives
BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY – Gayle Featheringill – The Trip to Bountiful
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY – Kevin Bodge – Conversations After a Burial
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY – Lindsay Curry – Dog Sees God
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – Nicholas Sacks – Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL – Katie Swider – Avenue Q
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – Daniel Austin – Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – Pablo Milla – Avenue Q
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL – Kerri J. Alexander – Passing Strange
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION – Bryant Miano – Avenue Q
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY – Alejandro Rodriguez – Five Guys Named Moe
OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERFORMER – Dante Gonzalez – Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
OUTSTANDING CAMEO PERFORMANCE – Charlie White – Olive and the Bitter Herbs
BEST SET DESIGN – MAINSTAGE – Brian Grant – Avenue Q
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN – MAINSTAGE – Carl Vorwerk – The Trip to Bountiful
BEST SET DESIGN – STUDIO – Anne Roberts – Conversations After a Burial
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN – STUDIO – Jim Wiggins – Passing Strange
BEST COSTUME DESIGN – Ron Shreve – Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
OUTSTANDING STAGE MANAGER – Lori Drake & Sara Bryant – Dog Sees God
OUTSTANDING BACKSTAGE VOLUNTEER – Ross Bratlee
OUTSTANDING SERVICE – Holly Gutshall
PLAYERS BY THE SEA PELICAN AWARDS 2013
by DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM