A week ago today, we announced something very special. We finally announced our 2017-2018 Season. It was a lovely night full of fun and memories as this event is like a homecoming for our beloved artists. The night also included a performance by Gracie Anderson (who recently played Patsy in our sold out run of Always...Patsy Cline) and Silas Sellnow (musical director for Always...Patsy Cline). We love being able to share our new season with them first and hear who is excited to audition or design for which show.
Our new season brings plenty of laughs from shows like You Can't Take it With You, fantastic musical numbers like ones in Guys & Dolls, and some very powerful scripts from award winning playwrights like Tracy Letts who wrote our January production Superior Donuts. Our season will even begin with Lyric Art's first ever remount of a show, Always...Patsy Cline.
This year we did something different with our Season Announcement event and we decided to award some of our beloved actors and designers. These artists were awarded for their contributions to productions in 2016. These awards, named the Name Pending Awards™
- Kelly Matthews for her portrayal as the blind Susan Hendrix in Wait Until Dark was awarded the "Bruised Knee Award." Kelly was awarded this for her can-do personality during the rehearsals of this show and always willing to run a scene over and over again, no matter how many times she had to fall down for it.
- Lauri Kraft was awarded the "Swing Award." In a Broadway touring production, a swing is someone who must be ready to jump into a variety of roles at any given notice. Lauri wears many hats as she not only choreographed Shrek but also acted brilliantly (and really did swing from a chandelier) in our summer production of Nice Work if You Can Get It.
- Jim Eischen was awarded the "Break Out Stars Award" and for good reason. If you seen any of our shows over the last few years, you've probably seen some of his work as a lighting designer. Not only that but you've probably seen his beautiful LED star lights. These dazzling lights have been shown in Shrek, Anatomy of Grey, Silent Sky and The Drawer Boy.
- Bill Williamson & Don Maloney were awarded our "Dynamic Duo" award. These two actors have not only been friends for more than 20 years, but they have both contributed to Lyric Art's together and individually. Don performed in Anatomy of Grey and immediately after joined forces with Bill to lead our production of The Odd Couple as Oscar and Felix. Later that year, Bill returned to Lyric Arts again to star as the "Old Man" in our sold out Christmas production of "A Christmas Story."
Lyric Arts has made some outstanding strides with our 21st season. Something we are particularly proud of is being able to pay our actors a stipend. This is something we've been wanting to do for many years and we are excited it's turned into a reality. This also makes Lyric Arts eligible for the Ivey Awards.
For dates and more information on each show, be sure to visit our website.