The stars will be out when the Averitt Center for the Arts hosts its fourth annual Emma Awards to honor the best local actors, directors and visual artists in the community.
The Tony and Emmy awards-inspired event acts as a major fundraiser for the Averitt Center. The awards ceremony is set for June 6 in the Emma Kelly Theater beginning at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.
A showcase musical number featuring cast members from previous Averitt STARS shows will highlight songs from all past shows. STARS was created in 1998 by a small group of community theater enthusiasts. It became a part of the Averitt Center for the Arts in 2006, and members have produced well-known shows including "Annie," "Hello Dolly" and "The Glass Menagerie."
Nominations for the Emma Awards were selected from the cast and crews from the Averitt STARS Community Theater's 2014-15 productions. There are two categories of winners - Critic's Choice and People's Choice - that give local actors, directors, choreographers and set designers a chance to earn recognition for their work with this season's community productions.
The Critic's Choice Awards are chosen by a select, anonymous committee, while the People's Choice Awards are based on popular vote. Both awards will be given in each category. Categories include Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Set Design, Best Choreographer, Best Costumes and Best Show.
Following the awards presentation, an after-party will be held in the new Whitaker Black Box Theater, where food and drinks will be served. Winners will walk the red carpet to show off their newly won awards.
To cast your vote for the People's Choice Awards, you can vote online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org or in person at the Averitt Center through June 5. Votes are $1 each, and you can vote as many times as you choose. All proceeds will help support the Averitt Center.
Tickets for the Emma Awards are $25 for one or $40 for two and are on sale at the Emma Kelly Theater Box Office. For questions, tickets and voting information, contact the Averitt Center at (912) 212-2787.