While Robidoux Resident Theatre’s recent season was a marked success, the past year behind the scenes was crazy.
“(RRT executive director) Sandy (Burg) and I sit in the office and talk about how the Ruby Awards 2018 was kind of the last day we felt sane,” Lindsay Prawitz, program director for RRT, said.
During the past year, the organization was busy with construction and the setbacks that come with opening a new theater while rolling out a full slate of musicals, plays and movie screenings.
Most of those big headaches are behind them, and the crew at RRT has a lot of reasons to celebrate achievements when it puts on the Ruby Awards, the organization’s annual award and seasonal retrospective, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Ruby Theater, 615 S. 10th St. It is open to the public.
Some of the reasons to celebrate: The smash success of musicals like “Mamma Mia!,” “Disney’s Newsies” and “The Wizard Oz,” as well as the Ruby Theater’s debut of shows like “A Christmas Survival Guide,” “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, Spike” and “Dixie Swim Club.”
“We were wildly successful in general with our production quality,” Prawitz said.
At the awards show, honors will be honors given to stand-out performers, directors, choreographers and technicians. There also will be performances of songs from RRT’s biggest shows for people who missed them or want to catch them one last time.
“If you saw ‘Mamma Mia’ and you really want to see Daisy Frisch sing ‘Winner Takes It All’ again, here’s your chance,” Prawitz said.
There also will be funny, impromptu speeches from unexpected award winners, which Prawitz finds delightful.
“One of my favorite things are when people win awards and they didn’t expect them. Their speeches are always really precious,” she said.
Moving from the Ruby Awards’ former home at The Landing Playhouse to The Ruby Theater, the new location allows for more people to be part of the festivities and fun.
Prawitz said she’s glad the major headaches are over and the celebration can begin.
“The Ruby Awards are kind of like a nice little cap on an insane year. We want to congratulate everybody who was involved with the building process and the time that we spent here and the family things we gave up to (finish the project),” she said.
Tickets to the Ruby Awards are $15 to $19. They are available for purchase at rrtstjoe.org or by calling 816-232-1778. All ages are welcome.