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TANYS E-News: ESTA winners, nominate for TANYS awards, BMI, member news, and more

In this issue of TANYS E-News, check out the New York State winning productions at the 2018 ESTA Festival, nominate a deserving individual or company for a TANYS award, enter your fabulous design in the 2018 BMI Supply Design Competition, and more!

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As always, TANYS is here for you as a resource and an advocate. We do our utmost to continue Inspiring Excellence in Theatre Communities. Thank you for your support!

Four NYS productions earn awards at 2018 ESTA Festival

TANYS is thrilled to share that four (4) member companies' productions from New York State earned multiple awards at the Eastern States Theater Association (ESTA) Festival, held May 4-6, 2018, at the KISS Theatre in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Two 2017 TANYS Festival-winning Short Productions, and two original one-acts that were adjudicated by TANYS within the 2017 cycle, competed at the ESTA Festival. All four productions earned 2018 ESTA Festival awards:
  • Everyone's Theatre Company, 12 Dollars: Outstanding Production, 1st Runner Up
  • Rome Community Theater, The Last Trip: Outstanding Production, 2nd Runner Up
  • Hand to Mouth Players, Leo, Izzy & Wally: Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Acting
  • Everyone's Theatre Company, Anderson Allen in 12 Dollars: Outstanding Achievement in Acting
  • Rome Community Theater, Ted Lenio in The Last Trip: Outstanding Achievement in Acting
  • Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre, Welcome to Norway: Spencer C. Watson Excellence in Technical Theatre Award
Black Sheep Theatre, Welcome to Norway
Everyone's Theatre Company, 12 Dollars
Rome Community Theater, The Last Trip
Hand to Mouth Players, Leo, Izzy & Wally

BRAVO and congratulations to all! Click here to read more, and see more photos!
Nominate a deserving individual or company for a TANYS award - deadline is September 30

The Theatre Association of New York State recognizes its member companies and individual members with awards each year. If you are a member of a theatrical company that you wish to nominate, or would like to nominate one or more individual members who have provided significant service to community theatre, you have until September 30, 2018 to submit nominations.

Shirley Cockrell Community Theatre Excellence Award
TANYS member companies may be nominated for the Shirley Cockrell Community Theatre Excellence Award, which recognizes a company that provides exemplary service to its community and aspires to maintain the highest level of artistic achievement. Shirley is a former TANYS president and board member, longtime adjudicator, and primary architect of the nationally respected TANYS adjudication program. For more information on this award and its requirements, click here.

Fredric Blumberg Distinguished Volunteer Award
The Fredric Blumberg Distinguished Volunteer Award will be given to an individual under the age of 65 who has faithfully provided significant and valuable service to community theatre for 15 years or more. A longtime professor of theatre and speech at SUNY Cortland, Fred was a founder and the first president of TANYS.

Sherman C. Ward, Jr. Distinguished Volunteer Award
The Sherman C. Ward, Jr. Distinguished Volunteer Award will be given to an individual over the age of 65 who has faithfully provided significant and valuable service to community theatre for more than 25 years. Sherman, a longtime TANYS member and TANYS adjudicator, served on the AACT Board as Region II Representative.

Enter your work in the 2018 BMI Supply Design Competition

Pssst... the TANYS Festival may still be a few months away, but NOW is the time to enter the BMI Supply Design Competition and Exhibition! Don't wait until your set is struck... lighting is taken down... costumes are stored away... or all evidence is otherwise destroyed.

Did you (or someone you know) design something fabulous for a production? Did your blood, sweat and tears make the audience gasp when they finally experienced the fruits of your hard work? Don't let those pesky actors get all the glory... it's time for your design to SHINE.

Here are suggested design categories (but you're not limited to these):

Costumes Lighting Make-up Hair
Sound Special Effects Technical Graphic Your specialty!

So document your great work NOW, and enter it in the BMI Supply Design Competition and Exhibition. Then get ready for the appreciation, potential awards, and CASH (yes, we give cash prizes) to follow! Click here for more information, guidelines and submission requirements.

2018 Festival hotel info

We're pleased to announce that the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn, NY is once again the official 2018 TANYS Festival hotel. Located at 74 State Street, the Hilton Garden Inn will be the site of the Friday night Afterglow and Saturday night Festival Banquet.

TANYS has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn, and negotiated a special room rate of $99 per night for the 2018 TANYS Festival (November 16-18). Reservations may be made by calling the Front Desk, (315) 252-5511 or online at .

When making reservations, provide your arrival date, departure date, and the Group Code / Special Rate Code TANY18. Available rooms are limited, so you are encouraged to make your reservations as early as possible. Reservations must be made no later than Friday, November 9, 2018.

Please note: All rooms are subject to tax. Tax exempt status is only granted to reservations where the non-profit organization is paying for the rooms and the organization is tax exempt. If your theater company is paying for your accommodations, rooms must be registered under the company name and a tax-exempt form must be provided at time of registration.

Member Company News: Oswego Players

Audrey Marie Munson was an American artist's model and film actress, considered "America's First Supermodel." Audrey was the model or inspiration for more than 12 statues in New York City. She led a tragic life in her later years as mental illness plagued her from her early 30s until her death at 104. Buried in New Haven, NY, she remains a local legend. Come join us as we learn of her life's journey through flashbacks, unique staging and stunning acting. A fundraiser for the Oswego Players, Accolade to Audrey is written by Dr. Michael Nupuf and Stephen Wolf, directed by Richard Mosher, featuring an all-star local cast.

Member Company News: Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre

Rochester's Black Sheep Theatre, in partnership with Aspie Works, is pleased to announce open auditions for our upcoming Holiday Trilogy by local playwright Justin Rielly.
  • Dates: Sunday, August 12 @ 4:00 PM and Monday, August 13 @ 7:30 PM
  • Location: Black Sheep Theatre in Village Gate, Suite D-313
  • Details: Cold reads from the plays, please bring calendar of conflicts for late Sept-Dec.
  • Production: Friday, Nov 30 - Saturday, Dec 1 and Thursday, Dec 6 - Sunday, Dec 9 (6 performances)

Member Company News: Rome Community Theater

Based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two competing con artists living on the French Riviera. Performances: September 27-30 and October 5-7.

Help us help YOU: submit your Member News!

TANYS is happy to help our current Organizational Members promote your great work. Tell us about your upcoming productions, workshops, events, awards, and other news - and we'll spread the word to all our fans!

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Have you joined or renewed your membership for 2018?

Don't forget to renew your membership for 2018! (Or join TANYS if you've never been a member.) Your membership helps support the efforts of TANYS, and provides BENEFITS for you individually and for your theatre company:
  • Individual TANYS members are eligible for discounted Festival registrations, access to the TANYS Lending Library, voting at membership meetings, and more.
  • Organizational TANYS members are eligible to receive adjudications and Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards, be invited to participate at Festival, submit promotional items to TANYS E-News, the Callboard newsletter, the TANYS Facebook page, and more. NOTE: A company must be an Organizational member of TANYS to request an adjudication or submit promotional items.

You can renew/join and pay online - it's fast, easy and secure. Or download a membership form and mail it with your check. Either way, don't delay - renew or join today!

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