Gateway Center of the Performing Arts and Monroe Actors Stage Company lead with 31 nominations each

Tickets are now available for the Arts For Life annual awards ceremonies for community theater recognition. The Theater Mask Awards will be on April 20 and the Best Performance Awards will be on June 30.

Nominations were recently announced, with Act Two Theatre’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” and Monroe Actors Stage Company’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” leading all musical productions with 17 nominations apiece and O’Fallon Theatre Works’ “Radium Girls” topping plays with 12.  See the link below.

Through the nonprofit organization AFL, the TMAs have honored drama and comedy plays since 2015 while the BPAs have honored musical theater in community and youth productions since AFL began the awards recognition program in 1999.

This year’s 10th annual Theatre Mask Awards will take place starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Royale Orleans banquet center, 2801 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63125. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Awards will be presented in 17 categories as lunch is served. Cocktail attire is suggested. Tickets to the event are $30 + $2 service fee. Table seating is available at 8 per table.

Please let us know what theatre group or person(s) you would like to sit with in the checkout process by clicking “Add an order note” while viewing your cart.

A full meal is included with the ticket purchase (menu coming soon). Please let us know if you have any special dietary concerns or needs.  A cash bar is available.

Mark Lull

Mark Lull returns as the master of ceremonies after hosting in 2022. A 10-time AFL nominee, he won Best Performance by a Comedic Actor as Uncle Fester in Alfresco Productions’ “The Addams Family” in 2015.

A retired school principal, he has performed at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, The Muny, and with other theater companies in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He is currently teaching early childhood education at St. Louis Community College and serves as vice president on the AFL board of directors.

For the Best Performance Awards on Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. at the Keating Theater at Kirkwood High School, formal attire is requested, and the event will be reserved-style seating. A cash bar will be available. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

The event will include performances from the top musicals nominated in the three Best Musical Production categories. Tickets to the show are $30.00 + a $2.00 service fee per ticket. Seating is reserved seating. Please let us know which theatre group or individual you would like to sit with in the “notes to seller” section at checkout.

Both TMA and BPA tickets are available online with a service fee of $2 added:

A combination ticket for both, at a discounted price of $50 with a $2 service fee, is available, but must be purchased by April 12.

Reservations can be arranged through the mail and tickets can be picked up at the venues on event day. Please make check payable to ARTS FOR LIFE and mail to PO Box 16426, St. Louis, MO 63125.

All BPA ticket orders will be held at the box office unless a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the ticket order. If ordering for a group, please attach a list of individual names for box office pick-up.

Please contact us at if you have any special seating needs or COVID-19 related concerns. Handicapped seating is available.

“Radium Girls’ at O’Fallon Theatre Works is nominated for 12 TMAs. KWR Photography.

Award Nominations

Nominations are listed on the website,

“Arts For Life provides a community recognition program. These events recognize the incredible talent we have in St. Louis community theater and honor the passion and dedication of those who build this amazing and unique theatrical community,” said Mary McCreight, AFL president.

Gateway Center for the Performing Arts earned 31 BPA nominations – for “Bare: A Pop Opera” (7) and youth productions “9 to 5: The Musical” (14) and “School of Rock” (10), with Monroe Actors Stage Company in Waterloo receiving 17 BPA and 14 TMA nominations (including “Father of the Bride” – 3, “Fuddy Meers” – 1, “Unnecessary Farce” – 10, and “How to Succeed” – 17) for a total of 31.

Act Two Theatre in St. Peters followed with 17 BPA and 12 TMA nominations for a total of 29 (including “Peter and the Starcatcher” – 11, “Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses” – 1, and “The Drowsy Chaperone” – 17).

O’Fallon Theatre Works had 29 total, for 23 TMA and 6 BPA nominations (“Emma: Portrait of a Lady” – 11, “Radium Girls” – 12, and “Be More Chill” – 6).

The Kirkwood Theatre Guild had 20 overall, with TMA nominations for “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” – 6, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” – 6, and “The Mousetrap” – 4, with 4 BPA nominations for “The Sound of Music.”

‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ at Act Two earned 17 nominations. Lori Biehl Photography.

Other participating groups included Alpha Players of Florissant, Christ Memorial Productions, Clayton Community Theatre, Crusader Players, Curtain’s Up Theatre, Dayspring Arts and Education, Goshen Theatre Project, Hawthorne Players, KTK Productions, Looking Glass Playhouse, Over Due Theatre, Theatre Guild of Webster Groves, Spotlight Productions and Take Two Productions.

Arts For Life is a local not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to the healing power of the arts through its work with youth, the underserved, and the community, with its goal of “Making a Dramatic Difference.”

AFL is dedicated to promoting public awareness of local community theatre, encouraging excellence in the arts, and acknowledging the incredible people who are a part of it.

TMA Event Sponsorships are available at either $100 or $50 if you also purchase an ad. Sponsorship includes group/company name and logo displayed at the event, website and on our social media platforms.

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