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15 November 2005 @ 08:35 am
The Ovation Awards! :)  
Last night was SO much fun, but SO exhausting! I met a lot of really great people and got to see a pretty big awards show from backstage. :) The Ovations, to those not familiar with it, is the biggest Awards show for theatre in LA (kind of the Tony Awards for the West Coast). I'm really glad that I volunteered to help out,... what an experience! :)

Being A Presenter Escort

The first thing we did as "Presenter Escorts" was wait backstage for our assigned presenter to show up. When it was 7:15pm and there was still no sign of my guy, I started getting worried. They passed around a list of presenters and John McDaniel was no where to be seen on the list! A little worried, I went over to talk to one of the stage managers. What if I'd been assigned to someone who'd cancelled and I was there waiting for nothing? The stage manager told me that John was indeed going to be there, but that he was a "surprise" presenter and would probably just go to his seat so he didn't draw any attention. That was all fine and good, but when I got him from the house, how would I know that I was getting the right man?

Thankfully the stage manager agreed and took me into the house to meet him. He looked a lot different than I expected. He was VERY handsome, and had light brown hair and a little goatie. Apparently, he was the band leader on Rosie O'Donnell's show (you guys were right!) and had musically directed "Taboo," "Grease," and several recordings such as "The Maury Yeston Songbook." I was introduced to him and I told him I'd be getting him in the middle of the show and we rushed back off to go backstage.

When it came time in the show for me to get him, the stage managers at the "entrance" side of the stage were panicking. They came up to me and said, "Get John McDaniel, but get him fast!" I went into the house and retrieved him and we hurried backstage. I apologized to him for the rush, and he was the nicest guy - he said, "Oh, don't worry at all! There's no rush! There's lots of time, it's not even 10pm yet." :) His performance was one of the nicest, funniest, and best parts of the entire evening. :) And aside from the slight mishap of him rushing back to his seat (and me having to hunt him down so that he could go to the greenroom to take photos) everything turned out quite well.

Sadly, none of my favorites won. :( And sitting in the greenroom, it was hard to tell exactly which awards they were presenting at any given time (we had no audio feed or monitors back there). The nice thing was that we did get to see all the winners, up close, coming downstairs to get their photos taken with their awards. It was actually more exciting backstage at times, than it was in the house...

After the show!

When the show was over, we walked out and the lobby of the theatre was packed! It was hard to even move! I said HI to Ronn Gosswick (who does the PR for MTW, and is a stage manager in LA), and caught glances of Eric Anderson, and some other LA theatre actors. I was with Tina (another volunteer I'd met) and we were looking for her friend (who was also working in the show.) On our way there, I happened to see... Nick! I was SO happy to see him! :D He gave me a HUGE hug and said, "I heard you were here!" I was shocked! Who knew I was going? He said, "Kevin told me." Kevin? Kevin didn't know I'd be there! "No, it must have been Bets," Nick said. I asked him where she was because I wanted to say HI, but sadly he said they were all outside, ready to go, waiting in the limo. :( I spoke with him for a bit more, and took a photo with him (I just couldn't resist...) and then he left.

The After-Party

Went to the "after-party" for a while and saw Steven from BWW.Com. We chatted for a moment and he said he'd never been to an awards show and that it was probably the happiest day of his life, just being there to see everyone. :) As we were standing there, Joan Almedilla passed by and we started speaking with her. She was lovely and told us that she was going back in to "Les Mis" and that LM was going to be playing at the Pantages. :) She was very gracious, and very talkative, and we spent quite a while chatting with her. Which reminds me, Kristine Remigio won the Best Actress Ovation for "Miss Saigon" and she was so cute and little when we saw her backstage - and was several months pregnant! :)

It was a fun evening, but by the end my feet were killing me! I ended up meeting some great people, got the chance to see Nick, and even got to meet John McDaniel. I'm really happy that I ended up going! :) Wanted to leave you with a few (VERY few pictures I managed to take that evening.)

The outside of the Orpheum, all decked out for the Ovations. :)

With Tina, another volunteer that I friended that evening. :)

I look HORRIBLE in this photo, but Nick looks terrific! I love his blonde hair!! :D

I'm off to pack all my things, I fly out to SF this morning to start my conferences for work. :) Hope you all have a nice day! :D
Current Mood: tiredtired
_stay_gold on November 15th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
Ooooh... you lucky girl getting to meet John McDaniel! :) I always thought he was adorable on the Rosie O'Donnell show. Captivating smile! Heeehee!

Too bad I will miss you while you're here in San Francisco. :(
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 15th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
He was VERY cute and so nice and funny! :) One of the nicer presenters all evening - except he had a knack of getting away from me. ;)

Too bad I will miss you while you're here in San Francisco. :(

I know! Just as I'm arriving, you'll be leaving! :( Next time I'm up that way we have to meet up for sure! :)

_stay_gold on November 15th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
Did you get a picture with John McDaniel?

I hope you have a nice time here. :) Even if I won't be around to hang out with you.
Sheri: Sheri & Nickshutterbug93 on November 16th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
No, sadly no photo with John McDaniel. :( It didn't seem appropriate to bring out my camera when I was working... Or else I would've. :( The only person I got a photo with was Nick. :) I swear, every time I see that man, he has a different hair style! :D
_stay_gold on November 16th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
Good point about not bringing your camera while working. :)

Nick is adorable.
BOOM! goes the dynamite!: Coach K Rulesmslauren2930 on November 15th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
wow, sounds like a very cool time. :) love the pictures too. I think you look great. have fun at your conferences.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 15th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
It was A LOT of fun! I was a little nervous about going, but thankfully I did decide to take the chance. I don't think I'll ever get the opportunity to be a part of something like that ever again.

have fun at your conferences

Thanks! I guess because this is a business trip, I should actually do some work, huh? ;)
BOOM! goes the dynamite!: Batman icon once more from carmendovemslauren2930 on November 15th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
work? at a conference? hee. yeah, I suppose you should do that, since that's why they pay you the big bucks. ;)

btw, do they do this volunteer type thing for the Tonys or any of the other NYC theater awards shows? I should probably know that, but perhaps.... someday.... especially if Hugh Jackman is still MCing the gig. hee.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 15th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
I know they ask for seat-fillers for the Tonys. You should try to see if you're able to volunteer - I heard from a few people that it was really fun the year they did it. :)
ex_angeldove677 on November 15th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering of all these superstar you meet at the theatre, have any of these actors/actress became big like Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, you name it...?

Glad you made another friend. And NO, you NEVER look horrible in any of your pictures! You always look great!!!!
Sheri: Sheri & Nickshutterbug93 on November 15th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
Haha! No, unfortunately, none as big as Tom Cruise. Though, last night, in addition to the LA theatre people I saw, I got to see Joe Montenga and a few others (Sheryl Lee Ralph - who I've spoken with before when she acted with Kevin in "Applause"), Rain Pryor, Linda Purl, etc.) It's interesting to see hollywood celebrity-type people, but the ones who I'm really in awe of are GREAT theatre performers. :)

And thanks so much for your kind comments!! The picture with Nick was taken at the end of the evening and I was exhausted and pretty disheveled by then. ;)
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on November 15th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
Great that you had a once-in-a-life-time experience!!

None of your fav won? How about Big River?!! hee hee
lindasings on November 15th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
YES, actually!
Big River won for Best Touring Production.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on November 15th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: YES, actually!
Linda!! I missed seeing you there! :( Where were you sitting and when did you leave?? :(
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 15th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
Haha! How could I forget "Big River?" :) The only problem is that I have yet to actually see it! :( Nick, Bets, Damon, etc. didn't win last night. :(
Rachelreelcowgirl on November 15th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
Wow!!! What an amazing experience! You are so lucky to have been able to participate in that event. I'm glad you got to see Nick--the picture is so cute! :)
Sheri: Sheri & Nickshutterbug93 on November 15th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)
It was certainly something I'll never forget! :) I'm just glad that I was able to help, in whatever way I could that night. I love LA theatre and the Ovations are such a nice way of celebrating great achivement in LA theatre. :)

Thanks so much for your kind words about the photo, but the one with Nick, I looked terrible and worn out. It was taken at the end of the evening and I was ready to collapse at that point. ;)
Care: bear hugs by karmastyxcareleswhisper on November 15th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a great time. :) Have a safe flight to SF. *hug*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 15th, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Carrie. Welcome home! Hope you had a nice time on your trip! :)
karen: londonwakedistracted on November 15th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
Great pictures!! I'm glad you had such a fun time - and I'm glad to hear John McDaniel was as nice as I imagined he would be. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 16th, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
Oh, he was SO laid back and VERY friendly & so funny! He was a little too handsome for my sensibilities... I told my friend Linda that this was probably the reason I lost him. ;)
karmastyxkarmastyx on November 16th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
Hope you had a nice safe flight.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on November 17th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, Laura. Thankfully I got here safely - no traveling mishaps this time. ;)