Summer’s here and the time is right…

…for dancin’ in the street. But, we’ll be dancing in the aisles. In the “old days” most theatre companies used to go dark to do maintenance and plan for the next season. Now? Now things are hopping in the theatre community all summer long. Performances, rehearsals, auditions, previews of the coming season.

But, it’s also when the Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards are presented. The one night each year that actors, directors, choreographers, designers – and, yes, patrons – gather together to acknowledge achievement in local production.

This past January the Valley Awards were brought under the operation umbrella of EatMoreArt!Vegas (EMAV) when Awards founder Jacob Coakley accepted an employment opportunity in Los Angeles. Though the two entities are run under separate wings to avoid any conflict of interest, EMAV Founder and Editor Sarah O’Connell felt it to be a natural fit.

This year the awards will welcome leaders from other disciplines as well as arts advocacy groups. Says O’Connell, “this will help spread the message that ‘A rising tide lifts all boats,’ even in the Mojave Desert.”

As the mission to support, promote, and increase cooperation among the arts continues into another year, EMAV Adjudication Coordinator Ralph Stalter, Jr. extends an invitation to join the voices already in harmony. If you have a love of the performing arts, you’re dependable and want to make a difference in the arts community, ask about becoming an adjudicator for the 2017-2018 season. Need more incentive than feeling good about volunteering? How does free tickets to eligible productions sound?