Every year, MBS Productions puts on its annual holiday show, The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker!, which has become part of the seasonal theater tradition in these parts. But the little show that could, has. We learned that the show is nominated for the Goldstar National Nutcracker award. Yes, there is an award for Nutcracker productions, and MBS may be joining some of prestigious if it wins. From MBS Productions.
Goldstar announced on December 26, 2011 the nominees of the Goldstar National Nutcracker award, also known as the “Nutty” award, which honors the best and most loved Nutcracker performances in the United States. This year MBS Productions’ The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker! was nominated. Goldstar has selected 50 Nutcrackers throughout the United States worthy of nomination. Some of the other nominees include Joffrey Ballet from Chicago, Moscow Classical Ballet’s show in Los Angeles, San Francisco Ballet, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s The Swinging Nutcracker in Washington DC and Pacific Northwestern Ballet from Seattle.
The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, which made its debut in 2007, is awarded to the The Nutcracker with the best member reviews and event rating. To assure the authenticity of the ratings, members are only able to submit reviews and vote on their favorite Nutcracker after they have purchased tickets and seen the show. In addition to the Nutty, the winner will also be given a $2,500 cash prize to be used toward their education programs.
“Today, it’s amazing how many Nutcracker performances there are in the U.S.— shows feature everything from puppets and horses to jazz bands and gypsies,” said Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar. “With the Nutty Award, we want to encourage people to go see all the different shows their city has to offer, while also adding an element of hometown competition to what has been an American holiday tradition for the last 60 years.”
Previous winners include The House Theater of Chicago, The Kirov Ballet, The Boston Ballet and last year’s Debbie Allen Presents The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.
MBS Productions was soon followed up with a call from the ABC news show Nightline for a potential profile about the show from the nomination. The segment is rumored to air the week of Christmas.
Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker runs through Dec. 27 at the Stone Cottage Theater in Addison.