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CalStage Congratulates Janet Motenko on Elly Win!

CalStage favorite Janet Motenko wins Elly Award for her role in ITALIAN OPERA.

Janet Motenko
Janet Motenko

Sunday night, Sacramento community theatre gathered for the 33rd annual Elly Awards–an opportunity sponsored by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA) to come together to encourage and celebrate the good work presented over the past year.

Actress Janet Motenko, who joined California Stage for two productions this year, earned the Elly award for Best Leading Female in A Musical for her “hilarious” (SN&R) turn as Zerbinetta in CalStage’s West Coast premiere of Italian Opera. Her performance was hailed as something “so wonderful it [had] to be seen to be believed” by Bev Sykes of the Davis Enterprise. She and the rest Calstage’s “dream cast” were summarily enjoyed by packed houses this spring. Continue reading

Elly Awards Honor Ray Tatar and The Vanishing Point

Producer Ray Tatar honored for The Vanishing Point

California Stage’s own Ray Tatar and his production of Nedra Pezold Roberts’ The Vanishing Point earned 6 top honors at Sacramento’s 32nd Annual Elly Awards Gala Sunday night. The Elly Awards are presented every year by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA), which Tatar founded.

Playwright Nedra Pezold Roberts, The Vanishing Point
Playwright Nedra Pezold Roberts

California Stage’s world premiere production of Roberts’ The Vanishing Point—produced as part of the American Association of Community Theatres’ inaugural NewPlayFest—earned a total of 5 awards including one for playwright Nedra Pezold Roberts’ captivating script. Producing Artistic Director Ray Tatar, who accepted the award on her behalf, later said that Roberts’ was “over the moon” when she heard about the evening’s results. Her play received a second production at Jacksonville State University this past June with more in the works.

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