The IceHouse Theatre’s annual celebration of its actors and volunteers is set for Saturday night at the Mount Dora theater, with lots of awards for past accomplishments and highlights of the season to come:
The IceHouse Theatre presents the 2009-2010 Cubie Awards and 62nd Season Celebration
Saturday, June 19, 2010
“Everyone is invited to join us in celebrating the energy and talent that came together to create the 62nd Season’s productions,” says IceHouse Theatre’s managing artistic director, Darlin Barry. “The public is invited to join us in recognizing and honoring our mainstage actors, our Youth Theatre actors, our volunteers, our members and our sponsors for a successful season,” at the 2009 -2010 Cubie Awards and 62nd Season Celebration.
The shows being lauded are The Wizard of Oz, that most beloved musical journey of all time; Sylvia, a 90’s comedy in which a man found a stray dog who nearly ruined his marriage; Little Women, the Musical, a gorgeous musical adaptation for the holidays of the 1860’s classic; Twentieth Century, a hilarious farce set in 1933 that swirled around a spoiled Hollywood starlet and an egomaniacal director aboard a luxury train; Good News!, an effervescent 1920’s tap-dancing musical hit; and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, a witty and moving story of an older woman who hires a sarcastic dance instructor to meet her for lessons in her St. Petersburg Beach condo.
The Award festivities, nicknamed “Cubies” in honor of the theater company’s original ice-plant home on the shore of Lake Dora, are scheduled for Saturday, June 19. The evening begins with a 7 pm reception on the IceHouse Terrace with light appetizers and beverages and continues indoors with entertainment and the awarding of the Cubies at 8 pm in the theatre. The annual event is free of charge. Cocktail or dressy-casual attire are suggested for the evening.
Entertainment will include highlights from the upcoming 2010-2011 mainstage 63rd Season featuring several of the IceHouse Theatre’s well-known performers in selected scenes and musical numbers from Bye Bye Birdie, Little Shop of Horrors, Miracle on 34th Street, Steel Magnolias, Bingo, the Musical, and Later Life. Students from the IceHouse Youth Theatre program will also perform.
The annual Cubies are awarded by a slate of anonymous judges who vote for their favorites in two production categories: musical and comedy or drama. Male and female actors in each category are recognized for best, supporting, featured and cameo performances. One of the shows will also be chosen as production of the year. The IceHouse Youth Theatre’s education director, Gail Bartell, will recognize young performers in three age groups to receive the Rising Star Awards.
In addition to the performance awards, outstanding volunteers are recognized with awards for their participation in the front-of-house operations and backstage assistance. Our jack-of-all-trades, 13-year IceHouse volunteer Bernie Dedinsky, will bestow his specially-named “Bernie” award to the recipient of his choice whose volunteerism was outstanding this season.
The 2009-2010 Season has been funded in part by grants from United Arts of Central Florida and the Mount Dora Community Trust as well as corporate sponsorships from the First National Bank of Mount Dora, Florida Hospital Waterman, Waterman Communities and Carpet Works.
The IceHouse Theatre is a non-profit organization offering opportunities for everyone to participate in live theatre, either on stage, back stage, as ushers, in concessions or with special fundraising events. We welcome all newcomers and are proud to provide cultural enrichment to our community.