Photo Coverage: First Night: The After-Party 2011
When the last performers had sung the final song and the late honoree had been feted, the crowds at Belmont University's Troutt Theatre for the presentation of First Night, the Nashville Theatre Honors' 2011 Gala Concert, headed downtown to Cummins Station for the After-Party at The Listening Room Cafe.
One of Music City's busiest entertainment venues, The Listening Room Cafe played host to all of this year's First Night parties including the Preview Party and the Women In Theatre Luncheon in addition to the official after-party that followed the presentation on Sunday, September 4.
Party-goers included most of the 2011 First Night Honorees, along with many of the almost 150 performers from the Gala Concert and a generous mix of theater types and their fans. Hosted by Jeffrey Ellis, who founded First Night and is executive producer of the nine-day long festival that celebrates live theater in Tennessee, the after-party drew revelers despite the torrential rains that moved into Nashville while the Gala Concert was going on at the Troutt Theatre.
This year's class of First Night Honorees included Pam Atha, Daniel Brewer, Gary C. Hoff, Danny Proctor, Layne Sasser and Helen Olaketi Shute-Pettaway. In addition, 18 younger actors were recognized as Most Promising Actors including Erik J. Christensen, Devin Clevenger, Elliott Cunningham, Thomas Harton, Casey Hebbel, Tyler Henry, Faith Kelm, MaryKathryn Kopp, Markus McClain, Hannah McGinley, Maggie McNulty, Evan Montgomery, Lindsay Phillpott, Austin Price, Matthew Raich, Brandy Rogers, Chaz Sanders and Christy White.
The eight leaders of Nashville theater recognized as recipients of First Night Star Awards - all women this year to support the First Night theme of "Ladies, First" with men to be recognized next year - were Kate Adams-Johnson of The Keeton Theatre; Maryanna Clarke, Tennessee Women's Theater Project; Trish Crist, Rhubarb Theater Company; Vali Forrister, Actors Bridge Ensemble; Melissa Bedinger Hade, ACT 1; Denice Hicks, Nashville Shakespeare Festival; Mary McCallum, SistaStyle Productions; and Cathy Sanborn Street, Street Theatre Company.
Abby Horrell & Thomas Harton
Casey Gilbert & Chad Ray
Quinn Cason & friend
Stephanie Brooks & friend
The After-Party Crowd
Maggi McNulty & Ann Street-Kavanaugh
Gregory & Lindy Pendzick
Danny Proctor & Richard Street
More After-Party revelers
Maggi McNulty & Dietz Osborne
Cumberland County Playhouse is represented at the After-Party.
Maggi McNulty & Nate Eppler
Casey Gilber & Chad Ray
Trey Palmer & Stephanie Brooks
Stephanie Jones Benton & Billy Ditty
Casey Gilbert & Chad Ray
Stephanie Brooks, Trey Palmerand friend
Maggi McNulty & Evan Montgomery
Ali Gritz & Pam Atha
Danny Proctor & Jonathan PInkerton