Thursday, November 15, 2012

The NAACP Theatre Awards - Awards

The NAACP Theatre Awards

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment columnist

The 2012 NAACP Theatre Awards

Dazzles Again!

Photos Per NAACPTA

     The 2012 NAACP Theatre Awards was recently held at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood. The pre-ceremony buffet was mouth watering scrumptious as it is every year and the red carpet 

Stelita Ebanks
 entries featured the glitz, sexiness and fashion that give award shows the anticipated attention of fans as well as the fashion police. The NAACP Theatre Awards annually honors stage actors, producers, directors, playwrights, lighting directors, set designers, musical directors, sound, Choreography and costume design for Thespians of color from both the local LA Theatre scene and major Equity stage productions.

     Ronald E. Hasson is the President of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP as well as being a National Board Member. The show is executively and creatively produced by Tia Boyd. Oscar Hernandez served as the show’s director and producer. Laura Wright is the talent executive.

Eva Marcille

 The show was co-hosted by gorgeous and sexy actress/model Eva Marcille 

George Wallace

and Mr. Las Vegas himself, the ever funny, superstar comic George Wallace. 

      The night’s performances included Singer/actress Shoshana Bean who performed the lead role of Elphaba on Broadway in the smash it play “Wicked,” singing “Defying Gravity,” Singer/actress Tichina Arnold star of TV and performing the lead role of Eviline on the Broadway stage version of “The Wiz,” who sung “No Bad News,” singers Eloise Laws and Leela James. Sakinah LeStage choreographed a dance troop number titled “A Salute To Dance.”

  The presenters included a slew of celebs too numerous to mention while the “big four” major prizes went to 

actor James Pickens, Jr. (Lifetime Achievement Award); 

 actress Nicole Ari Parker (The Spirit Award);  

producers and Front Row Production partners Alia M. Jones

 and Stephen P. Byrd who shared (The Trailblazer Award). 

Our congrats go out to all of the winners listed below.

Best Choreography – Equity
Fela! – Bill T. Jones

Best Choreography – Local
Chicago – Krystal Combs

Best Costumes – Equity
Blues for An Alabama Sky – Karen Perry

Best Costumes – Local
Rockin’ With The Ages 3 – Liz Perralta

Best Director – Equity
Blues for An Alabama Sky – Sheldon Epps

Best Director – Local
12’ X 9’ – Fred Thomas, Jr.

Best Director of a Musical – Equity
Twist – Debbie Allen

Best Director of a Musical – Local
Chicago – Anne Gesling

Best Ensemble Cast – Equity
Blues for An Alabama Sky

Best Ensemble Cast – Local
All My Sons

Best Lead Female - Equity
Twist – Tamyra Gray

Best Lead Female  – Local
Sunday Mourning – Kinnik Sky

Best Lead Male – Equity
Superior Donuts – Edi Gathegi

Best Lead Male – Local
The Motor Trade – Alex Morris

Best Lighting – Equity
Superior Donuts – Daniel Ionazzi

Best Lighting - Local
Hattie…What I need You To Know! – Sammie Wayne

Best Music Director – Equity
Fela! – Aaron Johnson
Best Music Director – Local
Chicago – Anne Gesling

Best One Person Show - Equity
The Night Watcher – Charlayne Woodard

Best One Person Show - Local
Oh, Yes She Did – Sandy Brown

Best Playwright – Equity
Superior Donuts – Tracy Letts

Best Playwright – Local
12’ X 9’ – Fred Thomas, Jr.

Best Producer – Equity
A Raisin In the Sun – Wren T. Brown

Best Producer – Local
12’ X 9’ – Fred Thomas, Jr. and Don B. Welch

Best Set Design – Equity
Blues For An Alabama Sky – John LaCorelli

Best Set Design – Local
Pity The Proud Ones – Miguel Montalvo

Best Sound – Equity
Bring It On – Brian Ronan

Best Sound – Local
Pity the Proud Ones – Kimberly M. Wilson

Best Supporting Female – Equity
The Old Settler – Tarina Pouncy

Best Supporting Female – Local
Sunday Mourning – Kaira Akita

Best Supporting Male – Equity (Tie)
Twist – Cleavant Derricks
A Raisin In the Sun – Brandon David Brown

Best Supporting Male – Local
Sunday Mourning – Juhahn Jones

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