The Jessies

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Each year the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society honors the best of Vancouver’s theatre community and tonight they’ll be announcing this season’s winners.

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to become more involved with the arts community over the last year so it’s exciting to see people I have watched & enjoyed being honored in such a way. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to check out the bulk of these productions due to scheduling conflicts but I’m hoping that having a guest theatre blogger on will help with coverage going forward.

Bard on the Beach

Here are a few of the Jessies nominees (of the 130 individuals nominated in more than 25 categories) that are highlights in my books:

  • When it comes to sound, costumes, lighting and design, Bard on the Beach has an impressive nine nominations for various shows from the 2008 season and The Drowsy Chaperone leads overall nominations.
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Large Theatre nominee Bernard Cuffling was excellent in Arts Club production of The History Boys.
  • Outstanding Production, Large Theatre nominees include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Playhouse Theatre Company), The History Boys (Arts Club Theatre Company), The Tempest (Bard on the Beach), Titus Andronicus (Bard on the Beach), Where the Blood Mixes (Playhouse Theatre Company & The Savage Society).
  • The nominees for small theatre productions include teams from the Pi Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Electric Company Theatre & The Virtual Stage, Blackbird Theatre and more.
  • Shout out to Jeremy Crittenden (who totally embarrassed me during an Altar Boyz performance) as his ensemble from The World Goes Round is nominated for Significant Artistic Achievement, Small Theatre.
  • The 27th annual Jessies awards ceremony takes place tonight at the Commodore Ballroom.

    Quick contest The theatre community has been really great with supporting my work (and offering up contest prizes). As such, if you’d like two tickets for opening night of A New Brain by William Finn on Granville Island tomorrow, I’ll give them to the first interested party that leaves a comment on this post.

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    1. LesleyMonday, June 15th, 2009 — 11:41am PDT


    2. Miss604Monday, June 15th, 2009 — 11:47am PDT

      Awesome, thanks Lesley the tickets to A New Brain are yours!

    3. Miss604Monday, June 15th, 2009 — 12:04pm PDT

      UPDATE: Lesley is no longer available so the next commenter gets the tickets!

    4. DarcieMonday, June 15th, 2009 — 12:22pm PDT

      I’m interested too!

    5. AdrienneMonday, June 15th, 2009 — 12:23pm PDT

      I’d love the tix if they’re still avail!

    6. Mom604Monday, June 15th, 2009 — 12:35pm PDT

      Bard on the Beach is an awesome experience. I have gone almost every year for the past 15 years. “Othello” was great and “A Comedy of Errors” was full of surprises, it was so much fun to watch and absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend it and would definitely go again!

    7. RobMonday, June 15th, 2009 — 3:22pm PDT

      I had a friend from Britain visit me recently and I mentioned ‘Bard on the Beach’ to her as a thing to do while here. She hesitated, not wanting to hear Shakespeare in a Canadian accent! She’s an admitted Shakespeare snob. 🙂

      I honestly can’t remember the accents of the players, but I do remember having an excellent experience at every BotB production I’ve seen. Part of the appeal of Shakespeare (I saw particularly memorable versions of Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice)is how universal his work is. And seeing it in such an awesome setting only adds to the experience.

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