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2012 Ruby Griffith Awards

By • Jun 28th, 2012 • Category: News

Last weekend the Ruby Griffith Awards were presented. ShowBizRadio received this press release:

The Kensington Arts Theatre is the winner of this year’s Ruby Griffith Award for All-Around Production Excellence, for its production of Sunday in the Park with George. The awards ceremony, hosted by the British Players, was held on Sunday, July 15 at the Bretton Woods Recreation Center.

The annual awards honor the best performances in community theatre in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. They are named for Ruby Griffith, who came to the U.S. after a theatre career in England and became a founding member and artistic director of the (at that time) British Embassy Players in 1964.

The awards have been administered by the British Players since 1972. At that time, only the all-around award was presented. With the start of the 1991/92 season, however, two new achievement awards were added: the Ruby Griffith Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Musical, and the Ruby Griffith Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Play. Three runners-up under each of these categories are also recognized.

The winner for Outstanding Achievement in a Musical is Rockville Musical Theatre for Kiss Me Kate, and the winner for Outstanding Achievement in a Play is Little Theatre of Alexandria for Rabbit Hole. The First, Second and Third Runners-up in the respective categories are as follows:

For Outstanding Achievement in a Musical

  • First Runner-Up: Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre for Hairspray
  • Second Runner-Up: Victorian Lyric Opera Company for Die Fledermaus
  • Third Runner-Up: 2nd Star Productions for Fiddler on the Roof

For Outstanding Achievement in a Play:

  • First Runner-Up: Silver Spring Stage for The Beauty Queen of Leenane
  • Second Runner-Up: Rockville Little Theatre for A View from the Bridge
  • Third Runner-Up: Bowie Community Theatre for Art

The British Players is a non-profit group of British and American members dedicated to bringing high-quality traditional British theatre to the Washington. The group performed regularly for 40 years at the British Embassy in Washington before moving to Kensington, MD, in 2005. The British Players present three to four productions each season, starting in the fall and ending in late spring with the annual Old Time Music Hall. All productions are by British playwrights or are British in content and include pantomimes, Christmas shows, mysteries, farces, and traditional music halls.

Additionally, the company performs one-night shows at nursing homes, clubs, Embassy departments, and local organizations, both to provide entertainment and to raise money for British and American charities.

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