With the St. Louis theater community continuing to be severely impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Louis Theater Circle has officially canceled its 2021 awards event.

The St. Louis area is now nearing the one-year anniversary of pandemic protocol, including the virtual shutdown of all in-person theatrical events since mid-March 2020, less than one-fourth of the way through the calendar year, on which nominations are based. So few productions were mounted in 2020 that there is no way to have an awards ceremony on a scale similar to the previous eight ceremonies hosted by the organization.

Some, if not most, of the more than 30 categories wouldn’t even have a full set of our traditional five nominees. After reviewing the numbers, Theater Circle members thus have voted not to hold our traditional presentation in 2021.

Gary Wayne Barker and Jerome Davis won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for “District Merchants” at New Jewish Theater in 2020.

With more people getting vaccinated against COVID-19 every day in St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois as well as elsewhere, we look forward to the eventual return of live theater. Our hope at this time is to combine shows produced in 2020 with any mounted later in 2021 for consideration for nominations for our ninth annual event, which is tentatively scheduled for 2022.

The mission of the St. Louis Theater Circle is simple: To honor St. Louis professional theater. Other cities around the country, such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington D.C., pay tribute to their own local theatrical productions with similar awards programs.

For more information, contact [email protected] or the St. Louis Theater Circle’s Facebook page.

The St. Louis Theater Circle members are: Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Tanya Seale at Broadway World; Tina Farmer at KDHX; Michelle Kenyon at Snoop’s Theatre Thoughts; and founding members Steve Allen, Stage Door STL; Mark Bretz, Ladue News; Bob Cohn, St. Louis Jewish Light; Gerry Kowarsky, HEC Two on the Aisle; Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX; Judy Newmark, Judy’s Second Act; Ann Lemons Pollack, St. Louis Eats; Lynn Venhaus, www.PopLifeSTL.com; and Bob Wilcox, HEC Two on the Aisle. Eleanor Mullin is the group administrator.

Laurie McConnell won her second Supporting Actress Award for “The Little Foxes” at St. Louis Actors’ Studio in 2019.

Last year’s virtual ceremony can be viewed here:

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Photo of St Louis Theater Circle taken in 2017.

Nominations for the seventh annual St. Louis Theater, Circle
Awards will be announced this Friday, Jan. 25, during the noon hour on KWMU,
St. Louis Public Radio (90.7 FM).

During the second or third segment of Don Marsh’s show, “St. Louis On the Air,” Circle President Mark Bretz and Vice President Judith Newmark will reveal some of the nominations in categories covering comedies, dramas, musicals and operas that were presented in 2018 on regional professional theater stages. More than 100 shows were produced by 40 companies during the calendar year. Circle members recently voted for five nominees in 34 categories each, and considered special awards, which will also be disclosed on Jan. 25. A list of all nominees will be published after 1 p.m. Friday on various outlets, including St. Louis Limelight Magazine.

The awards will be presented on Monday, March 25, on the
Browning Mainstage at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University
campus, home of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.

Admission remains $15 per person, and tickets can be
purchased through www.brownpapertickets.com. Instead of a pre-show dinner,
appetizers and drinks will be available from Llewellyn Catering.

For more information, visit the Circle’s Facebook page. The St. Louis Theater Circle, founded in 2012, includes online, print and broadcast critics: Steve Allen, St. Louis Stage Door website; Mark Bretz, Ladue News; Bob Cohn, St. Louis Jewish Light; Tina Farmer, KDHX Radio; Gerry Kowarsky and Bob Wilcox, Two on the Aisle, HEC-TV; Michelle Kenyon, Snoop’s Theatre Thoughts website; Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX Radio; Judith Newmark, Judy’s Act Two website; Ann Lemons Pollack, St. Louis Eats website; Lynn Venhaus, St. Louis Limelight magazine; and Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.