Voting opened this morning for the fifth annual DCTS Audience Choice Awards in which the staff of DC Theatre Scene nominate the best productions and performances from the previous season, and the audience is invited to vote for their favorites. “We are very proud of the work appearing on our stages.” Lorraine Treanor, editor of DC Theatre Scene said. “We like to think of the Audience Choice Awards as one final round of applause for all DC area theatremakers.”
For the 2010-2011 season, the 17 member committee of nominators considered 252 professional resident plays, musicals, family shows and non-resident productions along with each performance within those stagings.
The nominations, announced this morning, recognize the work of 57 production companies performing in spaces as tiny as the DC Arts Center, and as commodious as those at Arena Stage and the Kennedy Center. The list includes 47 plays and musicals (across four categories) which the staff thought were the best, and 100 performances (across eight categories) which they determined were the most brilliant.
“The work was challenging; each nominator had only a very few votes. But the real challenge lies ahead,” Treanor continued. “Our voters get to choose only 1 favorite from each category. We ask them to think about which shows and performances excited them the most or moved them the most deeply. Then vote their hearts.”
This year, the awards will be determined in two rounds: Voters in Round One, begun today, will vote from the full slate of nominees. Voting ends at midnight, Thurs, Aug 25th. In Round Two, voters will chose from the top three finalists in each category. Those polls open Fri, Aug 26th and close at noon, Monday, August 29th with the winners announced soon after.
The voting is open to all theatregoers. A private link to the ballot is sent to everyone who has registered. Round One and Two invitations will only be sent to those who have signed up before midnight on Wed, Aug 24th.
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