2015 Ice Cream Social

THE CARBONELL AWARDS SALUTES HONOREES AT NOMINEE RECEPTION & ICE CREAM SOCIAL

The festivities began early this year for the 2014 Carbonell Award nominees as they were celebrated at the Carbonell Nominee Reception and Ice Cream Social Monday March 23, 2015, at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale.

This year the Carbonell Awards Board of Directors decided to honor the nominees in a low-key, pre-awards reception where everyone could relax and socialize in a fun atmosphere. “It was like a kids’ party for adults, a counterpoint to the formality of the Carbonell Awards ceremony,” said Mary Damiano, Carbonell Awards Managing Director.

Show tunes from Broadway musicals, candlelit tables and a rainbow of balloons provided the perfect ambiance for the festivities as more than 80 guests enjoyed a variety of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches from Ms. Cheezious, scoops of ice cream with a variety of toppings, and donut Munchkins.  The party was generously underwritten by board member Jerry Cohen.

In her acknowledgements, Damiano praised the nominees for their work in a years’ worth of shows. “It was important that we celebrate the talent and general awesomeness of the performers, directors, and designers who give their all in shows from Cutler Bay to Jupiter,” she told the crowd.  “You entertain us, you inspire us, you make us laugh, you make us cry, you give of yourselves in a way that enriches us all, and you have helped make South Florida a thriving, vibrant, region for theatre.  Bravo to you all!”

Tickets are still available for the 39th annual Carbonell Awards ceremony, which takes place Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $31.86 and can be purchased by calling 954-462-0222, in person at Broward Center’s AutoNation box office or by visiting www.browardcenter.org.

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Photos taken by Chuck Field