Stage Awards – Recognition of theater performances

Stage awards are awarded for excellence in theater and stage performances in different categories. The award system differs from category to category – e.g. stage shows, musicals, dramas, operas and so on. Some have completed nominations supervised by a committee or board, while others have open selection and nomination processes. The criteria for selecting prices also vary between categories.

Let's take a look at some of the 2016 stage winners. In December 2015, the short list was drawn up and the final winners were announced in January 2016. Categories such as the Regional Theater of the Year, London Theater of the Year and Fringe Theater of the Year were some of them. In addition to these, prize categories such as Producer of the Year, Theater School of the Year and Theater Building of the Year appreciate the efforts of individuals, art schools and theater venues that contribute as a whole to the events.


A look at popular theater prices in New York for example gives up big names like:

• Tony Award
• Drama Desk Award
• Drama League Award
• Clarence Derwent awards
• New York drama critic & # 39; circle Pricing
• Theater World Award
• New York Theater Awards

And so on. Broadway in New York is home to the country's theater industry and is a prestigious name in theater and stage shows. Some of the other awards from across the United States are the Carbonell Awards, the Backstage West Garland Awards. Elliott Norton Awards, Ivey Awards, LA Weekly Theater Award, NAACP Theater Awards, Ovation Awards, Sarah Siddons Award and the like.


In the UK, London is the premier venue for theater and stage shows and some of the prestigious awards here are the Laurence Olivier Awards, London Critics & # 39; Circle Awards. Evening Standard Awards, Technical Theater Awards.

While most of the above are given for individual performances in lead roles and for being outstanding in several technical aspects that go into production, there are awards for stage management celebrating excellence and outstanding performance in production and stage management both individually and as a team.

Schmidt and Jones Awards

These awards are named after Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, creator of the longest-running show in American theater history, Fantasticks. An original Broadway production of the show ran for 42 years and featured 17,165 performances. To honor excellence in music theater produced by schools in Texas counties through a panel of judges made up of theater professionals and teachers, awards are given in many categories – individual and team performances, design, music, props, production, etc. – but the awards are only awarded to students. The Schmidt and Jones Awards have provided the golden opportunity for theater students in North Texas to showcase their talents and skills and achieve recognition with a Tony Award.

The Ovation Awards

In Los Angeles, the Ovation awards put together to celebrate and honor the theater community are the only outstanding awards. Each year, 35 different categories are recognized and awarded through a voting system and getting one of them is an absolutely important point of recognition for theater artists and people.

"Adam's Apple" is the container of vocal cords. When we swallow, it moves up to the top of the throat to help prevent food or fluid from entering the lungs. When we yawn it sinks down our throats. These are natural reflexes, but a loud (swelling) larynx (Adam & # 39; s Apple) definitely works against good singing. As it rises, it reduces the space between the vibrating strings and the top of the neck, affecting the quality and light harmonies. If the larynx rises (a natural reflex) when we sing high tones, our sound becomes squeezed and the high range is severely limited. In short, if you want to be a good singer you MUST train the larynx to stay low in the neck.

I use the term "train" because most of us can't think the larynx up and down, like fingers or toes. We have to train it to do something that it really doesn't want to do.

The first thing you can do to lower the cord to sing is to breathe in, feeling like you are starting to yawn. This type of inhalation is sometimes called "inhalation with a sense of surprise." (You just saw the Grand Canyon for the first time, and you take the big open breath, surprised by the beauty.) This lowers Adams Apple and prepares you for good singing.

Always breathe in this way when you sing. then - when your throat is open and the vocal cord is low in your throat, pay particular attention to keeping them that way as you continue to sing. At first, you need to be very aware of this, but as you do it more and more your muscle memory will learn, and you will not think about it.

Training the larynx to stay low is very high on the list of "learning." and must be practiced frequently. I recorded some great exercises on my THE SINGER & # 39; S BIBLE specifically designed to train the larynx to stay low.