Big, wild party in WC Saturday night

Okay, it was big, but no so wild, and the cops didn’t have to break it up.

Actually, it was the 30th Annual Shellie Awards at the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek Saturday night (You can see late Contra Costa Times publisher and local philanthropist Dean Lesher in the portrait in the background of this photo, which was submitted by my local arts fan friend, TheaterGirl).

At the Shellies, Contra Costa theater companies honor one another and individual artists for achievements in plays and musicals that were produced during the 2007-98 arts season. The gala event is sort of our area’s version of the Tony Awards. Movers and shakers in the local performing arts world, as well as politics and media, get all dressed up in gowns and tuxes to celebrate great work in acting and directing as well as crucial backstage work in set and lighting design.

Participating companies include Act Now!, Antioch Rivertown Theatre, Center Repertory Company, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Diablo Light Opera Company, Galatean Players Ensemble, Onstage Theatre Company, Pittsburg Community Theatre, Role Players Ensemble, Town Hall Theatre Company, and the Willows Theatre.

TheaterGirl apologizes that the photo might be a little blurry. I say, thanks very much for sending the photo.

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