Vote Often and Early...so goes the old slogan. The Firehouse would love to see a great voter-turnout for the First Annual Townie Awards so although we are not advocating that you vote often (one vote per computer please!), we are suggesting you cast your vote now. The Townie Awards are an opportunity to recognize the contributions made by individuals and organizations--not only to the Firehouse, but to the greater community. The Society for the Development of the Arts and Humanities Board and Staff know that the Firehouse wouldn't be here without the continued generous support of many individuals and organizations and we sincerely thank you!
Categories include Best Producer (the organization you believe most deserves a Townie for their role in helping to produce theater at the Firehouse); Best Individual in a Supporting Role (an individual who you believe most deserves a Townie for their recent volunteer contributions to the Firehouse Center for the Arts); Lifetime Achievement Award (a vote for the non-profit organization that you think most deserves a Townie for their contribution to community arts); and Ultimate Townie, 2012 (the individual who you think contributes the most to the greater Newburyport community by making it more fun, more interesting, and/or better for those around them).
Cast your vote online before April 23 and then join fellow patrons of the arts for a festive Way-Off-Broadway Party and fundraiser at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 5th, to hear who the winners are! The evening will feature a red-carpet welcome to a fantastic party complete with red-carpet photos, drinks, delicious food, live and silent auctions, and Broadway tunes played on the new Steinway piano.
Don't delay – Way-Off Broadway is not far-off in the future and your favorite Townie hero deserves recognition!
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for downloadable forms or call Beth Falconer, Director of Development at 978/499-9931 for more information and check the website often for updates to be posted as received. In the mean time... mark your calendars!
And the nominees are:
Best Producer (Vote for the organization you believe most deserves a Townie for their role in helping to produce theater at the Firehouse):
- Mary Alice Arakelian Foundation
- The Harpley Foundation
- The Institution for Savings
- Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank
- The Provident Bank
Best Individual in a Supporting Role (Vote for the individual below who you believe most deserves a Townie for their recent volunteer contributions to the Firehouse Center for the Arts - The wonderful volunteer Firehouse Board Members were not eligible for this category).
- Jivonne Alley (Box Office Design)
- Ben Andreozzi (Weekly Box Office Volunteer)
- David Stawasz (Set Design and Painting for Proof, and a New Usher)
- Sam Collinson (130 Volunteer Hours!)
- JoAnn Boover (92 Volunteer Hours!)
Lifetime Achievement Award (Please vote for the non-profit organization that you think most deserves a Townie for their contribution to community arts. The Firehouse is so proud to be part of such an inspiring, creative community, and they honor you all, and sincerely hope they haven't missed anyone! Only non-profit arts organizations in Newburyport have been nominated.)
- The Actors Studio of Newburyport
- Exit Dance Theatre
- Maudslay Arts Center
- Newburyport Art Association
- Newburyport Chamber Music Festival
- Newburyport Choral Society
- Theater in the Open
- FINCH Coffeehouse
- Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
Ultimate Townie, 2012 (A write-in Vote! This person contributes to the greater Newburyport community by making it more fun, more interesting, and/or better for those around them.)