Stage Awards – Recognition of Theatre Performances

Stage awards are given away for excellence in theatre and stage performances across various categories. The awards system differs from category to category – e.g. stage shows, musicals, dramas, operas and so on. Some have closed nominations monitored by a committee or board while some have open selection and nomination processes. The criteria for awards selection also varies across categories.

Let’s take a look at some of the 2016 Stage Award Winners. In December 2015 the shortlist was prepared and the final winners announced in January 2016. Categories such as Regional Theatre of the Year, London Theatre of the Year, and Fringe Theatre of the Year were some of them. Besides these, award categories like Producer of the Year, Theatre School of the Year, and Theatre Building of the Year appreciate the efforts of individuals, arts schools and theatre locations that contribute as a whole to the events.

USA

A look at popular theatre awards in New York for instance bring up big names like:

• Tony Award

• Drama Desk Award

• Drama League Award

• Clarence Derwent prizes

• New York Drama Critics’ Circle prizes

• Theatre World Award

• New York Innovative Theatre prizes

And so on. Broadway in New York is home to the theatre industry in the country and is a prestigious name in theatre and stage shows. Some of the other awards from around the US are Carbonell Awards, Backstage West Garland Awards. Elliott Norton Awards, Ivey Awards, LA Weekly Theatre Award, NAACP Theatre prizes, Ovation Awards, Sarah Siddons prize and the like.

UK

In the UK, London is the premier location for theatre and stage shows and some of the prestigious awards here are Laurence Olivier Awards, London Critics’ Circle Awards. Evening Standard prizes, Technical Theatre Awards.

While most of the above are given for individual performances in lead roles and for excellence in several technical aspects that go into the production, there are stage management awards that celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement in Production & Stage Management both individual and team.

The Schmidt and Jones Awards

These prizes are named after Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, creators of the longest running show in American theatre history, The Fantasticks. An original Broadway production of the show ran for 42 years showcasing 17,165 performances. Honoring excellence in musical theatre produced by schools in Texas counties through a panel of judges that consist of theatre professionals and educators, the awards are given in many categories – individual and team performances, design, music, props, production etc. – but the awards are handed out only to students. The Schmidt and Jones Awards have provided the golden opportunity to North Texas theatre students to showcase their talent and skills and achieve recognition with a Tony prize feel.

The Ovation Awards

In Los Angeles, the Ovation prizes which was put together to celebrate and honor the theatre community, are the only peer-judged awards. Annually, 35 different categories are recognized and awarded through a voting system and receiving one of them is an absolutely significant recognition point for theatre artists and folks.

Mentalism Secrets Revealed – The Real Truth About Stage Magic

If you have ever seen David Blaine perform the voodoo ash trick you will know what we mean, but it doesn’t stop there. We all know the mastery of Criss Angel and the amazing things he can do, and this information will empower you to the levels of these great people, including the difficulty of the levitation trick we all know and love to watch.

A combination of illusion and wonderful stage magic, mentalism is fast becoming recognized as a very powerful performing art, of the likes we have not really seen in the past. However when we look to the history and consider the great mentalists like Uri Geller and Richard Osterlind, we can see that it has been performed in different ways to achieve different results.

In history, mentalism was more about possessing supernatural powers and special mental abilities. The latest masters in this amazing field, like Criss Angel, David Blaine and Derrin Brown, have managed to redefine the art of mentalism for the 21st century.

One of the fantastic things about today’s mentalism is the total freshness of the illusions and tricks we have all come to know and love when watching these modern day masters perform their craft. Each illusion having its own level of difficulty means that anybody can learn these secrets of mentalism.

Most popular would be the tricks that involve the illusion of mind reading or telepathy. Imagine doing as these modern day masters do, and be able to foretell the outcome of certain events or read the minds of your audience, with the obvious outcome of absolutely baffling your audience!

Telepathy is one of those abilities that can be performed using many different props, and in so many different ways, it may not seem that two events are ever performed the same way. It truly is an amazing ability to possess, and mentalism is the way to learn it.

To make it one of the most exciting and awe-inspiring arts, there is usually a mix of clairvoyance, precognition and even psycho-kinesis thrown in to absolutely blow the minds of those lucky enough to witness it. Even by itself the art of psycho-kinesis, which is the art of being able to move or manipulate things with your mind, is thrilling to witness.

These things could include bending spoons, or moving objects, and we all know the excitement of seeing this happen before our eyes.

It may seem impossible at this stage, but with a little practice and the correct guidance, it really is possible for anyone to achieve the status that these modern day mentalists have achieved.

If you are one of those people who would consider yourself to be a budding mentalist, and would like to become involved in an in-depth course about mentalism, to learn the fundamentals and a lot of inspiring tricks, or if you are an accomplished mentalist and would just like a few more tricks to pump up your set, you have come to the right site.

We have a vast number of exciting and informative articles, as well as our EBook that contains all of the information on this site, and a further ‘exclusive’ EBook that contains many new tricks and descriptions of each. We hope you are ready to use only the powers of your mind, to completely defy the law of physics.