Ah yes, teenagers and early-twentysomethings in bad formalwear in a high-school auditorium. Reeks of class, that does.
Anyway, to sum up: Usual self-congratulatory wank-fest that pretty much everybody except the inner circle expected.
Nice slide shows, actually.
Funny bit: They couldn’t get the frickin’ slides started. Staring at a blank screen for minutes. Chuy yells out: “is that a picture of our crowd from the first two weekends?” Oops.
Naturally, the crowd goes apeshit. We were quite pleased.
From there it went downhill. The expected assortment of obvious-from-the-beginning awards (Best New Stage Act: The Limeybirds, as predicted….although I was suprised that Bard’s Bouts got nominated as one of the finalists), and obvious fudging (Oh look, a 3-way tie for best scenario character). The obvious fudging made the expected awards even more annoying (speaking personally — Bard’s Bouts was the only local group of the three nominees for Best New Stage Act, and hence the only one in attendance. Would it have killed ya to fudge a tie there?).
A Lifetime Achievement Award for Alana, making her the youngest recipient of that honor. Well deserved, and it was great to see the pictures of the Ficklebitches. I have fond memories of being an official Ficklebitch-approved “Good Toy” during 93, when I was at front gate and they’d come up at closing, stand on a bench behind me and play with my hair as I waved patrons through the Exit Gate.
Another bit of interest: Official public confirmation from Stamberger that “it has been decided that the Royal Court will be changing next season”, and so giving Ron and Karen a final send off as King and Queen. Spoke to Ron later….he’s coming up with a lane act, so he’ll still be out there, which is great.
Spirit Award to the “soft-sculpture kitchen witches” (as
All in all, the whole thing confirmed my opinion that Independence, MO is the last place I want to be on a Wednesday Night. Nice to see some folks, as always.