The Pelican Awards are presented annually by Players by the Sea, Jacksonville Beach’s community theatre to honor the many contributions of its actors, musicians, technical staff, and volunteers. The celebration and awards ceremony for the 2017-18 ceremony was staged for a packed house filled with friends and passionate supporters. This year’s party was Black Tie Optional, and many attendees dressed as though in a fashion show. Note: While this is a free event, demand is high and seats are limited – if you’re planning on attending next year, you will need a reservation.
The evening began at 6:00 pm, when the audience gathered in the lobby and art gallery to enjoy wonderful party food which included shrimp cocktail, mac and cheese, wanton quiche, and delicious deserts.
Executive Director Suzanne Hudson-Smith was excellent as the Master of Ceremonies, who introduced each of the presenters.
The evening had a theme: the entertainment was a Miscast Cabaret, with actors in singing and dancing roles that would be an unlikely choice in real life. Interspersed between the awards, various actors displayed their considerable talents to the delight of the audience. As Players did five great musicals last season, they attracted some of the best voices in North Florida and these singers filled the stage with spectacular enthusiasm and energy.
BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY
Drew L. Brown –The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Anthony Mincey – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jen Mercer – Little Shop of Horrors
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Andrew Sardoni-Smokey Joe’s Café
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jessica Stewart-In The Heights
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Kerry Burke-McCloud -The Curious Incident of the Dog on the Night-Time
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
EMERGING YOUNG ADULT ACTOR/ACTRESS
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Pam Joiner-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Daniel Dungan – Smokey Joe’s Café, Joseph, In the Heights
BEST SOUND DESIGN
Nat Cimmon – All shows
BEST SET DESIGN
Aisha McBurnie – Little Shop of Horrors
DeWitt Cooper – In The Heights
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL/VOCAL DIRECTION
Anthony Felton -In The Heights
BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Bradley Akers – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Kris Jackson – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
OUTSTANDING BACK OF THE HOUSE VOLUNTEERS
Hunter Steinke, Baron Tetzlaff, Chelsea Black, Nathan Cimino
OUTSTANDING FRONT OF HOUSE VOLUNTEERS
Maureen Johnson, Judy Folger, Nina Williams, Jackie Janzen, Peggy McGuinness
BEST STAGE MANAGER
Lauren Hancock, Worth Culver
NEW VOICES: YOUNG VOICES PLAYWRIGHT SELECTIONS
Jereme Raickett, Production Manager, announced that all the Stage Managers were outstanding, and proclaimed them all winners: Baron Tetzlaff, Gayle Featheringill, Ashley Macko, Zac Stone, Amy Handcock, Ramona Ramdeen, Joycelyn Petty, Emilee Paris
We are looking forward to the 2018-2019 season. For more information about upcoming productions, visit Player’s facebook page or playersbythesea.org. To see photos of participants in the awards ceremony, visit Theatre Alliance of Greater Jacksonville on Facebook.