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Last night SARTA (Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance) announced the list of 2011-12 Elly Nominees for awards in regional community theater. Over 400 nominees for productions in a 70 mile radius of Sacramento during the 2011-12 theater season were announced at Roseville's Tower Theatre. The 30th annual Elly Award winners will announced at two ceremonies in September. The Youth Elly Award ceremony will be Sunday, September 16 at 7 p.m. at Folsom High School. The Adult Elly Award ceremony will be Sunday, September 23 at 7 p.m. at the Crest Theatre.
For the past season, 244 shows were submitted by 78 theatres, with 61 theatres and 125 productions receiving nominations. Receiving the most nominations were Sutter Street Theatre with 32, Roseville Theatre Arts Academy with 29) and Runaway Stage Productions with 25.
The award categories are Comedy, Drama, Musical, Original Works, Education- Musicals, Education- Plays, Young People's- Musicals and Young People's- Plays.
Individual Awards are given in categories including Lead and Supporting Actor and Actress, Director, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Set Design, Overall Production, Musical Direction and Choreography. following categories: Elly Award nominations include Lead and Supporting Actor and Actress, Director, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Set Design, Overall Production plus Musical Direction and Choreography, if applicable. The nominations are announced for productions in the following categories: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Original Works, Education- Musicals, Education- Plays, Young People's-Musicals and Young People's- Plays.
The awards are judged by volunteers who are required to see all the entries in the particular category they judge. The Ellys are named for the late Eleanor McClatchy, the former publisher of the Sacramento Bee, a committed patron of theater and the arts. Professional theaters do not participate in the awards. A complete list of nominees and wards is online at www.sarta.com.