Jacksonville Beach’s Community Theatre: Players By The Sea 2018 Pelican Awards

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.

AWARD WINNERS

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY

Drew L. Brown –The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY

 Katie Johnson-Sylvia

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

Chelsea Black-Sylvia

EMERGING YOUNG ADULT ACTOR/ACTRESS

Cameron Thomas

BEST PLAY

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

BEST MUSICAL

 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

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

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.

About Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom

The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville have been reviewing plays together for the past nine years. Dick Kerekes has been a critic since 1980, starting with The First Coast Entertainer and continuing as the paper morphed into EU Jacksonville. Leisla Sansom wrote reviews from time to time in the early 80s, but was otherwise occupied in the business world. As a writing team, they have attended almost thirty Humana Festivals of New America Plays at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, and many of the annual conferences sponsored by the American Theatre Critics Association, which are held in cities throughout the country. They have reviewed plays in Cincinnati, Chicago, Miami, Sarasota, Minneapolis, Orlando, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota, San Francisco, Shepherdstown, and The Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, Massachusetts. They currently review about one hundred plays annually in the North Florida area theaters, which include community, college, university, and professional productions.

october, 2021

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