Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Presenting the Presenters

First things first: John Porter has weighed in on Firehouse’s “Boy’s Life.” Check it out.

I only caught a little bit of the Emmys on Sunday but enough to peak my appetite for seeing beautiful people dressed up pretty. Neil Patrick Harris is a lot of fun as well as being a dashing man.

At this particular moment, I’m in the lounge of a car dealership watching Aaron Gilchrist on NBC 12 and he is one dashing man as well. And while he may not be willing to show off his singing voice like NPH, he is also a good sport and I am reminded that we are lucky to have him as Master of Ceremonies of the RTCC awards.

When we announced the nominees for the awards, we noted that two of the award presenters were going to be Mayor Dwight Jones and best-selling author David Robbins. Since then, several other great award presenters have agreed to join us for the evening.

I’ve already mentioned that Sabrina Squire is going to be a very special guest star, drawing the winner of two tickets to “Avenue Q.” Among the other people you’ll see on stage are:

Dr. Aaron Anderson, professor of Voice and Movement at Theatre VCU.

Jeanne Boisineau, renowned Hollywood casting director and local actress.

Melissa Chase, afternoon drive host for Q94 and disc spinner for XM Radio Channel 21.

David Fisk, executive director of the Richmond Symphony.

Virgil Hazelett, Henrico County Manager and recently named #1 on Style’s Power List.

Harry Kollatz, local author, senior writer for Richmond Magazine, and cofounder of the Firehouse Theater.

Keith Martin, Managing Director of the Richmond Ballet.

Rita McClenney , director of the Virginia Film Office.

And that’s just the people we’ve invited who are not active members of the theater community. I’m just as excited to have many of the RTCC winners from last year back on stage to present awards this year. Among them are: Audra Honaker, Jason Marks, Jenn Meharg, Stephen Ryan, Debra Wagoner, and Irene Zeigler.

And finally, two beautiful women who were also on stage last year will be featured on stage again this year: the stunning and multi-talented Dawn Westbrook-Boyd will present the Best Acting Ensemble award and the delightfully entertaining and lovely Jill Bari Steinberg will be co-presenting with the Mayor, hopefully keeping him on message.

What a lineup, ay? Have you got your tickets yet?

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