Explainer: How are Montie Award winners picked?

Brandi Baldwin, right, hugs Marieda Kilgore while Mark Wilson looks on. Wilson and Kilgore presented the award for Best Props at the 2012-2013 Montie Awards Ceremony where Baldwin earned her first and second awards.
Brandi Baldwin, right, hugs Marieda Kilgore while Mark Wilson looks on. Wilson and Kilgore presented the award for Best Props at the 2012-2013 Montie Awards Ceremony where Baldwin earned her first and second awards.

Like many local and national awards shows, it’s sometimes hard to know how exactly nominees and winners are chosen. Well ponder the question no more.

The Monties strivesto be transparent in how the winners and nomineesare chosen. Even we won’t know who has won until the night of the awards show.Here’s how our team and the volunteer judges choose our award recipients:

  1. The Monties ballot integrity team attends every show and decides what is a major role, minor role, leading role, etc.
  2. The show’s director will then sign off on the list barring no major objections.
  3. The ballots are then produced, sealed and handed to the box office of the respective theaters.
  4. Seven golden ticket holders will pick up the ballots and watch the show.
    • The golden ticket holders are award-winning entertainment professionals or leaders in non-profit fine arts sector that are non-interested parties, meaning they are not a part of either theater company. These seven professionals are unanimously chosen by the executive producer and two representatives from each theater company.
  5. Once the performance is over, the ballots will be filled out and sealed before being sent by mail directly to The Montie’s certified public accountant from the golden ticket holder. They will be kept under lock and key until the final ballots of the final show are turned in.
  6. The CPA will tally all of the scores, determine the nominees, who will then be notified about a week after the final show has run. The CPA will also determine the winners and place each in a sealed envelope that is only to be opened the night of the awards show where they will be announced.
  7. The top three highest averages ineachcategory are the nominees that will be publicly announced about a week after the last show’s last performance has run. The highest average of those three will be the winner.
    • The average is based on a point scale from one to 10. A score of one is the worst possible score and 10 the best. A score of five is described as what the judges expect going into the show — good community theater. A score of 10 would be the judges “wanting to pay to hire the performer themselves to go on Broadway.” They are instructed that there should be few, if any, scores of one or 10. Judges also have the option to award fractions of points (i.e. 4.5, 9.5, etc.), which will prevent ties in most cases.
    • In the case of a tie, two winners will be given The Montie Award.
    • The awards are $900 bronze statues paid for with donations and in-kind services from local businesses.
For more information on how the awards are selected, email director of public relations Stephen Green at themontieawards@gmail.com.

To see a list of last year’s winners, click here.

Tickets are only $10 and not only for the excitement of The Monties ceremony. A ticket also gets attendees into the big after party at Founders Plaza sponsored by Spirit of Texas Bank and Bernhardt Winery immediately after the show, which will include Bernhardt Winery offerings, snacks and complete big band orchestra to dance to. The Greater Conroe Arts Alliance is facilitating The Montie Awards.

The Montie Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. at The Crighton Theater in downtown Conroe. To purchase a ticket, visit www.crightontheatre.org/Ticketing.

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