The Ostrander Awards (known years ago as the Memphis Theatre Awards) is an annual event that recognizes the season’s best Memphis stage talent. For the past two years, the awards were held at the prestigious Orpheum theater in downtown Memphis and hosted by the hilarious Sister Myotis.
I was once nominated for my role as Kyle (the UPS guy in Legally Blonde: The Musical), but I honestly believe it was because of the shorts I wore rather than my performance. This year, I failed to grab a “nod” for my role as Lancelot/The Knight of Ni/The French Taunter/Tim the Enchanter in Spamalot, so I was free to celebrate the recognition of many theater friends and acquaintance.
The original intent for this post was to share the experience with my readers as most of you are not familiar with the close-knit Memphis theater community. However, since my embarrassingly high intake of alcohol prevents my memory from recollecting much of the evening, I will, instead, share on outline of the event through pictures. Yay, alcoholism.
To all Memphis theater friends and acquaintances I encountered during this night, I want to apologize. I admit that I don’t really know what I am apologizing for, but I’m sure I did or said something to make you uncomfortable, embarrassed, and/or angry. And to the organizers of the Ostrander awards, I will not be surprised or hurt if my name is on some sort of no-admittance list when we once again recognize members of the Memphis theater community next year (because let’s be real, I can’t promise I won’t get as shit-faced again).
by Cary Vaughn (2014)