Ah, the beauty of the spoken word - without benefit of computerized grandeur, 3-D effects, sterophonic Dolby sound or the sound of cell phones going off around me!! I am old enough to remember listening to the radio in a darkened room and allowing myself to be transported to another place and time by the words that eminiated from that small unpretentious box!! The new generation has missed so much in not allowing their imaginations to be developed!!
Four of the 7 shows listed will also make up The Kennedy Center's 2011-12 season.
(Les Miz, Memphis, La Cage, The Adams Family). Good line-up but it ain't gonna be cheap!! Mama Mia is an optional show available for additional $100 but the season will cost me close to $800 for 2 seats in Grand Tier. Great seats I do not want to let go but...............Yikes!
Why do we not follow the example of Playhouse of the Square and INVEST major bucks in what could be a destination cultural and epicurean center for Memphis. South Main street is stealing the thunder at the present time but they do NOT have the luxury of having 3 (count them THREE) active live theatres within walking distance of one another with offerings available fo all tastes. If you are not a devotee of live theatre then there is the Malco movie house to attend after enjoying a happy hour or dinner at the wide selection of restaurants and bars presently located there with the promise of more being added with the impetus of this planned development. Razing the old French Quarter Inn (as suggested in another comment) is a great idea and replacing it with a Trader Joe's would be a perect fit! Let us just hope that the developers are willing to proceed wihout depending on government finances and the use of our tax dollars to make it happen. Keep the neighborhood from Union to Poplar from the crass commercialism exhibited by CVS in going for more concrete and parking lots instead of historic and beautiful (and admittedly neglected I am sorry to admit) sites.
Community Theatre Judges = David Allen, Leigh Ann Evans, Josie Helming, Greg Krosnes, Louise Levin, Marler Stone, Sam Weakley, John Yorke, Tract Zerwig-Ford
College/University Judges = Kell Christie, Martha Graber, Rachel King-Barr, Michael Lupfer, Billy Pullen, Lindsey Roberts, Agnes Stark
Judges' Coodinator = Janie McCrary
Your point is made and accepted. The opinions of others as to who was or was not nominated are never, nor should they ever be, discounted or taken as unworthy. The manner in which the opinion is offered, however, can be. And there are those in this large and talented theatre community who annually express negative opinions of the entire process of selection and awards. But, the bottom line remains unchallenged, we enjoy one helluva party where we get to meet and greet friends who, in many cases, we only see once a year. We can celebrate the fact that there is so much abounding talent in this community that worthy productions, performances or technical achievments can miss inclusion as a" top 5" but will still be rightly championed by their admirers.
Do not need to "simmer down", Chris - was merely stating the process that is necessary to arrive at the nominees each year for those that might be interested or that think the choices are a "popularity contest". Many of my personal nominations/preferences do not make the cut either! Select 9 people to serve on a panel/committee and you will get 9 different opinions/choices. Amazingly. we are able to agree, agree to disagree and/or shake our head in disbelief but remain civil - for the most part- during the day-long meeting and leave late in the afternoon with continued respect for the opinions and friendship of our fellows in this annual rite.
Both the College/University judges and the Community Theatre judges have the perogative of making a "no nominations" decision in any category if, after due deliberations of all the possible nominees, they determine that an award of excellence is not warranted.
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