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Theater awards to honor people on and off stage

The Star News Wilmington Theater Awards will take place Thursday. The Star News Wilmington Theater Awards will take place Thursday.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington theater community is getting ready for a big night. The winners of the third annual Star News Theater Awards will be announced Thursday, January 23.

This year, there will be special attention paid to those who work behind the scenes.

"We're just going to bring everyone right to the forefront, make everyone feel honored," said host Jeff Phillips.

That means all the winners, from Best Actor in a Musical to Best Lighting Design, will take a bow.

"Everyone gets to come on stage and get their award and get their name announced to all their peers," said John Staton, features editor for the Star News.

Heading up those announcements is host Jeff Phillips, who's bringing a little razzle dazzle to the opening number.

"Big, lots of costumes, honoring the technicians," said Phillips. "I'm going to be more of the traditional leading song and dance guy and bring that personality to the awards.

Comedy group Pineapple-Shaped Lamps is also helping out.

"They're going to be working with us to honor the best play nominees in sort of a creative and irreverent way," said Phillips.

It's a way to bring people together for a night of solidarity.

"Because once we do that, then the theater community, the arts community and Wilmington as a whole will be the better for it," Phillips.

"They'll get to see the best performers in the best shows doing what they do best, acting and singing," said Staton.

Star News Media Wilmington Theater Awards

  • Thursday, January 23
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Thalian Hall

For ticket information and a complete list of nominees, click here.

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