In Memoriam: David Sankuer, 1952-2016

David Sankuer

David Sankuer

At this year’s Valley Theatre Awards I gave a speech for the inaugural presentation of the David Sankuer Hero Award, to David Sankuer himself. Through the course of interviewing David and those who knew him best for the award I got to know a truly remarkable man—talented, kind, generous, smart, funny, dedicated and more—who gave so much of himself to the theatre community in Las Vegas. David passed away from complications with MS on Sept. 3, 2016. He will be missed, and remembered. The post below is the speech I wrote to present David with his award. Troy and David’s family adapted parts of it to use in David’s obituary, a fact which humbles me more than I can say.
It has always been the intent of the Valley Awards to honor and celebrate great, locally-produced theatre in Las Vegas and the people who make it. Continue reading

POLAR OPPOSITES, BOTH RECOMMENDED

Memphis and Dallas

Some iconic shots of Memphis and Dallas, namesakes of our newly recommended shows.

Super Summer Theatre and P.S. Productions’  Memphis the Musical, and Off-Strip Productions’ Debbie Does Dallas are wildly different—both are Valley Recommended

One takes place in Memphis at the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll and is a family-friendly tale about love. The other is set in an imaginary Texas where a girl is willing to do anything to become a professional cheerleader. Both are done with talent and skill, and so both are Valley Recommended! Continue reading

VALLEY THEATRE AWARDS NAMES 2016 WINNERS

A Valley Award

The 2016 Las Vegas Valley Theatre took place Monday, July 11

The Nether, Heathers the Musical and A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place take home top honors.

The Las Vegas theatre world gathered at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, July 11 to honor and celebrate the stand out productions, performances and designs of the year. The Nether from Cockroach Theatre won Best Play; Heathers from Off-Strip Productions won Best Musical;  and A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place won the Audience Choice Award. Another 18 awards were bestowed, including the inaugural David Sankuer Hero Award. Continue reading

4Wall and Stage Directions Sponsor Las Vegas Valley Theatre Awards

4Wall! SD! Valley Awards!

4Wall and Stage Directions magazine are sponsors of the 2016 Valley Theatre Awards

The Valley Theatre Awards honor the best of locally-produced theatre in Las Vegas, and they couldn’t do it this year without the help of 4Wall Entertainment Lighting and Stage Directions magazine. 4Wall will be a Producing Partner for the Awards, helping the celebration fill the house at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. And Stage Directions continues to support the people who make theatre happen, sponsoring the Stage Directions Best Costume Design and Stage Directions Best Scenic Design Valley Awards. Continue reading

ALL BEAUTY

Be our guest!

Belle (Sandra Huntsman) and the cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Super Summer Theatre and Huntsman Entertainment earn Valley Recommendation
for lavish Beauty and the Beast

The tale may be old as time, but Super Summer Theatre and Huntsman Entertainment made Disney’s Beauty and the Beast sparkle, earning the first show of the 2016-2017 Valley Awards Season a Valley Recommendation. Continue reading

VALLEY AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2016 NOMINEES

The Smith Center

The 2016 Valley Theatre will take place Monday, July 11 in the Troesh Studio Theatre at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

The third annual Valley Awards gala, honoring the best of local Las Vegas theatre, takes place Monday. July 11 in the Troesh Theatre at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts

From the start of the season in 2015 there have been 39 Valley-Eligible shows and 18 Valley Recommended productions. Those shows were created by and starred the 95 names that follow, the nominees for the 2016 Valley Awards, to be handed out in one great night, July 11, at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Continue reading