Thursday, September 13, 2012
San Antonio's October 14 Theatre Awards Come with Popcorn, Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News
Globe Awards to be Served with a Side of Popcorn
by Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News
A funny thing happened on the way to last year's Alamo Theatre Arts Council Globe Awards.
When ushers got to the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, they found boxes of popcorn ready to go, so they handed 'em out. The unexpected treat proved popular with the crowd... until it had to be taken away.
“It turned out (the popcorn boxes) were for the ‘Ethics Follies,' which was (at the Empire) the next night,” said ATAC President Tom Masinter. “So the ushers came and took them back. This year, we're providing popcorn boxes because everybody loved it.”
Popcorn is a tiny element of this year's Globes, which take place Oct. 14 at the Empire. The event recognizes theatrical achievement on stages across the city. Awards are given for acting, directing, design and overall productions.
This year, 23 productions will receive awards at the gala on October 14.
The evening also includes a catered buffet and performances from seven productions, including “Next to Normal,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “A View from the Bridge.”
Masinter noted that Proxy, the Woodlawn and the Overtime — all fairly new companies — will be receiving awards this year.
“These are theaters that weren't around six or seven years ago,” he said. “We're proud to be recognizing them for their effort, as well as the ones that have been around for a long time.”
Comedy: “The 39 Steps,” San Antonio College; “Burn This,” Proxy Theatre Company; “For the Love of an Anesthesiologist” and “Ugly People,” Overtime Theater; and “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” Sheldon Vexler Theatre.
Drama: “A View From The Bridge,” Vex; “The Tempest” and “Jack and Jill: A Romance,” University of the Incarnate Word; “King Lear” and “The House of Bernarda Alba,” Classic Theatre; “Superior Donuts” and “Time Stands Still,” Playhouse; “I-DJ,” Overtime Theatre; “The Pillowman,” Woodlawn Theatre.
Musical: “The Secret Garden,” Harlequin Dinner Theatre; “Avenue Q” and “Next to Normal,” Woodlawn; “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Oklahoma!,” Playhouse; “Oliver!,” Vex; “Fascinating Rhythm!,” Allegro Stage Co.; “Cabaret,” Allegro and Northwest Vista College; “DOA: A Noir Musical,” Overtime.
In addition, the Jasmina Wellinghoff Award for contributions to the city's theater community will be given to Richard Rosen, executive director of Magik Theatre. And Globe attendees will get to vote for a People's Choice Award for an overall production on the night of the ceremony.
Tickets go on sale today for $35 a pop at Ticketmaster outlets and the Majestic Theatre box office. Visit atac-sa.org for more information.