Theatre Company of Saugus (TCS) is a member of the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatre (EMACT). EMACT runs the DASH program (Distinguished Award and Special Honors) that evaluates many of the shows done by its member groups. Many aspects of each show and the performers are rated, and those with the best ratings are Nominated for DASH Awards. The award winners are revealed at the annual DASH Gala, which is very much like the Tony Awards, but local.
TCS has a nomination for one of its productions in the 2014-2015 season:
- Anthony Turilli is nominated for Best Youth Actor in a Play, for his role as Templeton the rat in Charlotte’s Web.
Several other TCS members were nominated for their work with other groups:
- Amanda Allen for Best Makeup and Hair Design of a Musical for Into The Woods at Spotlight Playhouse.
- James Wlodyka for Best Sound Design of a Musical for The Rocky Horror Show at Winthrop Playmakers.
- Shawn Gelzleichter for Best Musical Direction for Tommy at The Footlight Club. Winner.
- Kathleen Tringale for Best Choreography for a Musical for Chicago at Wakefield Repertory Theatre.
- Brian Dion (and others) for Best Set Dressing for a Play for Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean at the Hovey Players
- Abbey Ross for Best Stage Management of a Musical for Green Day’s American Idiot at Marblehead Little Theatre. This show was also nominated for Best Production of a Musical.
- Emily Sheeran for Best Youth Actress in a Play for Moon Over the Brewery at Acme Theater Productions. Winner.
- Chip Sheeran for Best Set Design of a Play for Moon Over the Brewery at Acme Theater Productions.
- Chip Sheeran for Best Direction of a Play for Moon Over the Brewery at Acme Theater Productions. This show was also nominated for Best Production of a Play.
- Saugus High drama teacher Steve Black for Best Direction of a Musical for Lex Miserables at Marblehead Little Theatre.
- The Men of the Barricade in Les Miserables at Marblehead Little Theatre were nominated for Best Specialty Ensemble in a Musical. Winner.
- The entire cast of Les Mis was also nominated for Best Ensemble in a Musical. The cast included TCS members Bob Russell, Matt Ludwig, Les Tarmey, Bobby Imperato, Bryan Cipoletta, and Sarah Belliveau.
- Saugus High graduate Tyler Prendergast is part of the nominated Best Specialty Ensemble in a Play for the Tragedians in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Longwood Players. Winner.
- The entire cast was also nominated for Best Ensemble in a Play.
- And the show was nominated for Best Production of a Play. Winner.
TCS is the Sponsor of the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play. Click here for the complete list of DASH Nominations and winners. The 2015 Annual EMACT Gala and DASH Awards is on Saturday 29 August 2015 starting at 6:00 PM. The location is the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, Mass. Click here for complete details about the Gala including purchasing tickets.