St. Louis Theater Circle Awards- Fun, Food, Drink, Camaraderie And…Oh, Yes, Awards!

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Nominee “Arcadia” from West End Players Guild.

The time is drawing near when we shall be privy to the largest cast party of the year as the 5th Annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards will highlight local theatre in our area. The date is March 20th and you’ll have the time of your life. Those who are nominated will be a bit nervous but, as one who has been runner up in several awards presentations in the past (okay, I’ve won a few, too), the secret is the before and after of the presentations. That’s where the fun begins…and continues.

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Circle Award nominee, “Miss Julie, Clarissa and John” from The Black Rep.

Let’s take a few “by the numbers” looks at this year’s awards:

6- Six new companies have been nominated who have never been honored before (although some are new companies this year as well). They include Act, Inc., Equally Represented Arts (ERA), The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, Variety Children’s Theatre, Winter Opera St. Louis and YoungLiars.

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Nominee “Company” from Insight Theatre Company.

27- Total number of theatre companies nominated this year.

119- Total number of artists nominated this year.

24- Most nominations from one company- Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

11- Most nominations for one production- “Grey Gardens” for Max & Louie Productions.

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Will Bonfiglio (from “Buyer and Cellar” at Stray Dog) with one of his record number four acting nominations.

4- Most nominations for one individual across the categories- Will Bonfiglio- nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy, and Best Supporting Actor for Comedy, Drama and Musical.

12- Number of multiple nominates (2) for actors this year.

2- New categories. Both opera categories which have been switched out of the musical categories.

5- That’s right- this is the 5th Annual St. Louis Theater Circle Awards.

20- The most important date for you this month- Monday, March 20th.

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A scene from “Brighton Beach Memoirs” from first time nominees from Act, Inc.

It has been a pleasure for me to be part of this awards program as a founding member and I look forward to another successful year. All of the details are listed below as we have already started another calendar year of great theatre in our town. I look forward to seeing you at all of the venues this year and especially at the Circle Awards this month.

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Maybe you’ll see Frank N Furter and Rocky from the Stray Dog production at the Circle Awards…

The St. Louis Theater Circle Awards ceremony is being held Monday, March 20th at 7:00 PM at the Skip Viragh Center on the campus of Chaminade Prep on Lindbergh. General admission tickets are $15.00 and you can order them at brownpapertickets.com or pay (cash or check only) at the box office that evening.

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Another nominated show- “Glass Menagerie” at Upstream Theatre as part of the Tennessee Williams Festival.

In addition, With Love Catering will provide a pre-event buffet starting at 5:30 PM. Tickets this year will be $25.00 (plus tax + tip) for food and 2 drink tickets. Order at withlovecatering.com. A cash bar will also be available before and after the ceremony and at intermission. See you there!

 

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