Friday, August 26, 2011

Stirring things up

The air is thick with anticipation as I write this. It’s Friday and Hurricane Irene is crawling her way up the east coast, the Richmonders I’ve talked to alternately scoffing at her imminent arrival or hunkering down for the apocalypse. In a theater-oriented sense, we are in that period of anticipation as rehearsals get intense in preparation for September openings. And, in a more specific RTCC-related sense, I’m excited because soon the Circle’s members will get together to decide the recipients of this year’s “Artsies.”

But this year critics won’t be the only ones casting votes. A new aspect of the evening’s festivities will be the People’s Choice award / raffle. Those attending will have the chance to vote for their favorite show of the year among the productions that were considered for RTCC awards (I’ll attach a list of those productions in a comment.) We thought this would be a way to gauge how different the critics’ choices are from the theater-going public…or at least the slice of that public that chooses to attend the awards. We also thought it’d be a fun twist to the night that would shake things up a little.

When you cast your vote, you will be entered into a raffle for a stunning piece from Carreras Jewelers. One vote will be picked at random and the person who cast it will receive the gorgeous necklace shown below. Rejena Carreras donated this star necklace in honor of all of the stars in our theater community. And, just in case you’re wondering, the pendant is 14 carat white gold, it is adorned with 15 differently shaped diamonds, and it is hanging from a white gold chain. It’s an understatement to say that it’s very pretty.

This is a fund-raising event though, so casting a vote (and entering the raffle) will cost $5. That way, not only do you get to state your opinion AND have a chance to win a beautiful piece of jewelry, you’ll also be benefitting your theater friends and colleagues by donating to the Theatre Artists Fund.

If you’ve attended in the past, you know the Artsies event is split into 3 acts with two intermissions. Voting will be allowed until the end of the 2nd intermission and then the winner will be announced during the evening’s final act.

I have no idea how well this will work or what the results might be. But I know that I’ll be casting at least a vote or two as one of the “People” in addition to the ones I’ll be casting as a critic in the hopes of adding another ‘star’ to my household…


Dave T said...

Here is the list of productions that were considered as part of this year's RTCC awards voting.

Show Company
Langston is my Man AART
Jitney AART / Sycamore Rouge
The Bluest Eye Barksdale / Theatre VCU
A Thousand Clowns Barksdale Theatre
Boeing-Boeing Barksdale Theatre
Circle Mirror Transformation Barksdale Theatre
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Barksdale Theatre
Irving Berlin's White Christmas Barksdale Theatre
Legacy of Light Barksdale Theatre
Nunsense Barksdale Theatre
Shipwrecked! An Entertainment Barksdale Theatre
Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming Barksdale Theatre
Godspell Cadence Theatre Company
Oleanna Cadence Theatre Company
Almost Maine Chamberlayne Actors Theatre
Bloody Murder Chamberlayne Actors Theatre
Dixie Swim Club Chamberlayne Actors Theatre
Fiddler's House Chamberlayne Actors Theatre
Dog Sees God Firehouse Theatre Project
Love Kills Firehouse Theatre Project
Something Intangible Firehouse Theatre Project
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Firehouse Theatre Project
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Firehouse Theatre Project
The Winter's Tale Henley Street / Richmond Shakespeare
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot Henley Street / Richmond Triangle Players
Waiting for Godot Henley Street Theatre
Pirates of the Chemotherapy I Am She Productions
A Christmas Carol (for two actors) Richmond Shakespeare
Arcadia Richmond Shakespeare
King Lear Richmond Shakespeare
Romeo & Juliet Richmond Shakespeare
Two Gentlemen of Verona Richmond Shakespeare
[title of show] Richmond Triangle Players
Comfort and Joy Richmond Triangle Players
Devil Boys from Beyond Richmond Triangle Players
The Beebo Brinker Chronicles Richmond Triangle Players
This Beautiful City Richmond Triangle Players
All's Well that Ends with Monique Richmond Triangle Players / Independent
Once On This Island Swift Creek Mill Theatre
Quilters Swift Creek Mill Theatre
The Foreigner Swift Creek Mill Theatre
The Winter Wondrettes Swift Creek Mill Theatre
Wait Until Dark Swift Creek Mill Theatre
Concord, Virginia Sycamore Rouge
The Odyssey Sycamore Rouge
The Velveteen Rabbit Sycamore Rouge
Art Sycamore Rouge / Richmond Shakespeare
The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) Theatre IV
Ferdinand the Bull Theatre IV
Honk! Theatre IV
The Little Red Hen Theatre IV
The Velveteen Rabbit Theatre IV

Dave T said...

Sorry for the messed up formatting; the list is copied from a spreadsheet. It's also in order of theater company just fyi.

philcrosby said...

What a very cool idea, especially the fundraising link. Good work, friends! Cannot wait for the event.

kb said...

this is such a fun idea! clarification: is there only one vote per person? or can i convince keith to vote like 80,000,000 times & win me a necklace?

Dave T said...

If Keith has $400 million to spare, he can certainly vote that many times (though I'd consider setting aside a small slice of that pile to support an up-n-coming theater company in the Petersburg area if I was him...)

But even for non-billionaires, we will not be restricting the number of votes per person. As people's passions persist, so the Fund grows...