This afternoon I attended the Jessie Nominations Party. It was the second year that I’ve gone, and I go because its much more fun to hear them read of the list of shows nominated (and sit in my seat playing the “I did see that, didn’t I?” game) than it is to read them on the internet later.
A few of my favorite moments:
- The announcers did not know how to pronounce ITSAZOO when announcing their nomination for Costume Design (Small Theatre)
- Celebrating with cast and designers I’ve worked with over the past two years on their nominations: Ron Reed (nominated for Best Supporting Actor, small theatre), Hamza Adams (nominated for Significant Artistic Achievement – Ensemble Cast, TYA), Drew Facey (2 nominations), Julia Mackey (nominated for Best Actress, small theatre) & Duncan Fraser (nominated for Best Actor, large theatre)
- Meeting @kenjimaeda in person (and on a day he got nominated!)
- Eating cherry tomatos stuffed with bacon?
I really enoyed my time this afternoon but there were a few things that kind of made me go “hmm…..”
- For all of Bard on the Beach’s 19 nominations, 15 were for the studio stage shows and 4 were for the mainstage.
- Ruby Slippers’ Life Savers, which I thought was okay, but didn’t love (which seems to be a common response from people I know who saw the show, and the critics) got 7 nominations across disciplines, the second highest in the small theatre category. I didn’t think it was that amazing.
- I spent much of the reception recognizing people and then playing the “I think I know who you are” game in my head, but not actually interacting with most of them. Makes me think that Vancouver Theatre needs more social events for folks in the industry to get to know one another.
To see a full list of nominees, visit www.jessies.ca.