As Communications Manager I wear many hats. For the evening of the Capital Awards I wore 2 hats: 'keeper of the trophies' and 'envelope protector.' This job may seem relatively simple - all I am supposed to do is make sure all the trophies stay on the table and give each presenter their envelope with the recipient's name inside - but it is very stressful and somewhat complicated. What if I give the presenter the wrong envelope and they say the wrong name? In order to ensure that I was doing the right thing, Carly (our fabulous, new intern) and I double, triple and quadruple checked each envelope and guaranteed that every trophy was there. Before I handed the envelope to each presenter, I also made sure that it was the right one, which was hard to do since I was sitting back stage in the dark!
While this job was stressful, it was also fun! I got the opportunity to meet our wonderful presenters (Clay Aiken, Steve Daniels, Lynda Loveland, Roy Dicks, Dave Kent, Jon Clark, to name a few) and chat with them before they had their moment on stage. I was also seated where all the action happened - as each recipient walked off, they were so genuinely excited, grateful and were in shock that they had won a Capital Award! It was also a cool angle to watch each performance from the Outstanding Musical nominees - a view from the side as opposed to the front.
Overall, I did the job I set out to do and had a fun night backstage! Can't wait for next year's event!
Below are some pictures from the evening. Enjoy!
Brian Williams, Ray Walker, Tito Hernandez, Lisa Grele Barrie and Capital Awards Emcee Donna Gregory hang out backstage
Students perform "Eyes on the Goal" in the all-school finale
Grant Yarber, President & CEO of Capital Bank, and Clay Aiken backstage with two students from Ravenscroft School - Capital Award recipient of Outstanding Musical
Clay Aiken presents the award for Outstanding Musical
Grant Yarber congratulates the Capital Award recipients for Outstanding Leading Actor & Actress - Rebecca Brinkley (Cedar Ridge High School) and Seth Johnson (Cary Academy) - both are going on to The Jimmy Awards in New York City!
Rebecca Brinkley from Cedar Ridge High School accepts the Capital Award for Outstanding Leading Actress for her role as Eva Peron in Evita
These leading ladies perform a medley, arranged by Michael Moricz and choreographed by Tito Hernandez
Musical Director Michael Moricz presents the award for Outstanding Musical Direction from the Orchestra pit
Cary Academy performs "The Epilogue" from Les Miserables, nominated for Outstanding Musical
Nominated for Outstanding Musical, Green Hope High School performs a selection from The Music Man, "Shipoopi"
NCT Board President, Jack Finley, and Lisa Grele Barrie, NCT Executive Director
Photos by Raleigh Downtowner Magazine