I am thrilled to announce that I have been nominated twice in the Best Music Direction category for The Montie Awards 2018! Here's a quick rundown of the situation:
What are the Montie Awards?
The theatre where I regularly work (The Players Theatre Company, Conroe, TX), is one of two theatre companies in the downtown Conroe area. It sits just across the square from Stage Right of Texas, the other theatre company.
For the last six years, the two companies organized The Montie Awards as a kind of local Tony Awards, complete with featured performers from last year (three shows I directed are performing, see below). In all of the typical categories, four nominees are named based on the 13 shows performed during the previous season. (six by Stage Right, and seven by the Players)
What is my history with the Montie Awards?
Since I have been involved with The Players, I have been fortunate to be nominated every year.
In year one (2015-2016 season), I was nominated, along with my co-director Sal Jiminez for Meet Me in St. Louis, which we collaborated on. This was especially exciting, as it was my first community theatre show.
In the 2016-2017 season, I was nominated for West Side Story, and ultimately won. I was immensely gratified, as this show won a number of awards, including my own. Sadly, it did not win Best Show of the Year, but we won plenty of others.
So what's going on this year?
This season (2017-2018) was an incredibly busy one for me. With The Players, I have directed Disney's Beauty and the Beast (along with Sal), Little Women, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Today, the nominees were finally released, and I was gratified to see that I was nominated for not just one, but two of the shows: Beauty and the Beast (which nomination is shared with Sal) and Little Women. In both cases, it was an incredible cast, and Beauty and the Beast had an incredible orchestra as well. I'm honored to be nominated.
Among the nominees, there are many talented actors, actresses, and technicians who I've worked with over previous years. They are too many to list, but click below to see a complete list.
Performers from all three of my shows are being featured during the ceremony, as shown on The Montie Awards Instagram account. Click the name for the appropriate post.
I'm looking forward to attend the awards ceremony next weekend! More news will come as things progress.