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August 4, 2014

By Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento Bee

Aug. 04--The Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA) has announced its nominees for the 32 annual Elly Awards which will be handed out in two ceremonies. On Sept. 7 the Elly Youth awards will be announced at The Roseville Theatre Arts Academy, and the Elly Adult Awards on Sept. 21 at the Red Lion Inn, Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento.

Named for the late Eleanor McClatchy, former publisher of the Sacramento Bee and a patron of the arts, the Elly Awards celebrate achievement in community theater across the region. Theaters submit their own productions for judging and professional theaters do not take part.

For the just completed his Elly season 231 productions were submitted for Elly consideration by 78 theatres with 124 productions receiving nominations. The Elly judges are volunteers who see every production in the category they are judging.

The awards are given in creative categories encompassing acting, direction, design, choreography, musical direction, original and adapted scripts, and overall production. The categories are broken down into Comedy, Drama, Musical, Education, and Young People's Plays.

The theatres receiving the most nominations are Sutter Street Theatre (38); Roseville Theatre Arts Academy (30); Rocklin Community Theatre (22); The Acting Company (21); Big Idea Theatre (17); St. Mary's High School (17) and El Dorado High School (17).

The most Youth Programs nominations went to "Shrek the Musical," at St. Mary's High School (11), "Once on this Island," Sheldon High School (9), "Charlotte's Web," The Acting Company (9), "The Drowsy Chaperone," Christian Brothers High School (8), "Cats," River City Theatre Company (8), "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," Rocklin Community Theatre (8), "Shrek the Musical," River City Theatre Company (8).

Productions receiving the most Adult nominations are "Avenue Q" at Sierra Stages (12), "Oklahoma" at Rocklin Community Theatre (9), "The Glass Menagerie," San Joaquin Delta College (8), "The Vanishing Point," California Stage Company (7), "Spring Awakening," UC Davis Dept of Theatre and Dance (7), and "Peter Pan," at Missouri Street Theatre (7).

Nominated for best Overall Production Drama are California Stage Company's "The Vanishing Point," California Stage Company's "Journeys End," The Falcon's Eye Theatre's "The Crucible," Ovation Stage's "Buried Child," and San Joaquin Delta College's "The Glass Menagerie."

Nominees for the broadly defined comedy category are Synthetic Unlimited's "American Buffalo," Big Idea Theatre's "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," The Acting Company's "Bullshot Crummond," Stockton Civic Theatre's "It Runs in the Family," and City Theatre At Sacramento City College's "Scapino!"

Nominated for best Direction of a Drama are Eason Donner for Actor's Theatre Of Sacramento's "The Sunset Limited," Gina Williams for Big Idea Theatre's "Lonesome Hollow," James Wheatley for Celebration Arts' "The Train Driver," Penny Kline for Ovation Stage's "Buried Child," and Ray Tatar for California Stage's "The Vanishing Point."

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