The Averitt Center is rolling out the red carpet for local celebrities. The third annual Emma Awards Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Inspired by the Tony and Emmy Awards shows, the Emma Awards Ceremony is an Averitt Center for the Arts fundraiser event designed to recognize the best artists in the community.
"Our nominees and their fans get a kick out of walking down the red carpet and being interviewed and photographed by the ‘paparazzi,'" said Tim Chapman, the executive director of the Averitt Center. "And as their names are called, the looks on the winners' faces is always priceless!"
Nominees were selected from the casts and crews of the Averitt STARs Community Theater's 2013-2014 season productions: "The King and I," "Dracula," "Southern Hospitality," "Heartbreaks and Hallelujahs" and "The Music Man." Awards will be given in the following categories: Best Director, Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, Best Choreographer, Best Set Design, Best Costumes, and Best Show.
A Critic's Choice Award, chosen by a select, anonymous committee, and a People's Choice Award, chosen by popular vote, will be given in each category.
You can vote online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org. Votes are $1 each and you can purchase as many votes as you would like. Voting is open and continues through midnight Thursday. You can also vote in person by stopping by the Averitt Center to pick up a ballot.
"The Emma Awards are a great way to acknowledge our local performers' outstanding talent and raise money for the Averitt Center," Chapman said. "We are thrilled to be bringing it back this year! The competition is always fierce, so be sure to vote for your favorites!"
Tickets for the semiformal gala include a reception and can be purchased for $25 per person or $40 per couple at the Emma Kelly Theater Box Office Tuesday-Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m., or by calling (912) 212-2787. The evening will also feature entertainment by local performers, including some of the award nominees.