The Joyous Living Awards: 2019 NOMINEES and WINNERS

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2019 is quickly wrapping up and what a year it has been! I shared my FIRST “The Joyous Living AWARDS” showcasing some of the amazing talents in Ventura County. And now it is time for the 2019 Awards (June – December 2019) that are being expanded to include non-profits who were mentioned in our SPOTLIGHT series.

SPOTLIGHT: Non-profit of 2019

The winner of the Non-profit of 2019 received a donation from The Joyous Living.

SPOTLIGHT: Philanthropist of 2019

The winner of the Philanthropist of 2019 received a donation from The Joyous Living.

National Tour of 2019

Actor Under 18

Actor in a Play

Actress in a Play

Director of a Play

Actor in a Musical

Actress in a Musical

Director of a Musical

Ensemble of 2019

Show of 2019


Thanks again to all these lovely theatres and non-profits for collaborating with The Joyous Living this year!

The Joyous Living 2019 Award Nominees

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  1. Gustavo De La Rosa

    October 28, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Melissa Higashi for best Actress!

    1. thejoyousliving

      October 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks! I thought she was fabulous in Don’t Dress for Dinner.

  2. Virginia Higashi

    October 28, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Non-profit of 2019- Conejo Players Theater
    Philanthropist of 2019-Devery Holmes gives so much of her time, appreciation, love for the arts.
    Actress is a Play- Melissa Higashi in Don’t Dress for Dinner as Jacqueline was hilarious, fun to watch, and her acting was fantastic.

    1. thejoyousliving

      October 29, 2019 at 7:21 am

      Thanks for voting Virginia! Melissa was fantastic x

  3. Amy

    October 29, 2019 at 7:18 am

    National Tour – Anastasia
    Non profit – Geanco
    Young actor under 18 – Mia Brown
    Show of 2019 – Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

    Amy

    1. thejoyousliving

      October 29, 2019 at 7:20 am

      Thanks for your votes Amy! They all were fabulous.

  4. Nicole

    October 29, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Wow! Looks like there is so many great choices here!

    1. thejoyousliving

      October 29, 2019 at 10:08 am

      Thanks Nicole. If you’ve enjoyed any of my reviews please feel free to vote. x

  5. Rich

    October 29, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Nonprofit: Finally Family Homes!

    1. thejoyousliving

      October 29, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      Did you see my interview? Love what they are doing!

  6. Pam Wattenbarger

    October 29, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    What a great list of people to consider for the Joyous Living Awards! May the best people win!

    1. thejoyousliving

      October 30, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks Pam! I am hoping to bless and encourage some winners.

  7. Kelly Martin

    October 29, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    These are all great nominees. I’d vote for Miss Saigon and the Little Mermaid.

  8. Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    October 30, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Aaaahhhh….good to know, Joy! May the best or most authentic win.

  9. Emman Damian

    October 30, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Great list of nominees! Congratulations all and good luck! 🙂

    1. thejoyousliving

      October 30, 2019 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks Emman. The list of nominees is so strong.

  10. Angela Milnes

    October 30, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    That is such a great group! I really hope I have some favorites I want to vote for.

    1. thejoyousliving

      October 30, 2019 at 8:42 pm

      Angela I’d love to hear if you have any favorites to nominate.

  11. Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    October 30, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Whew, I have no idea who I would vote for! I’ll have to take some time and really look through the options!

    1. thejoyousliving

      October 30, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks Tiffany. I too am overwhelmed but all the great talent I’ve seen this season.

  12. Ronnie

    October 30, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations to all these talented artists and professionals! They all deserve the award. 😀

  13. Emily zielinski

    October 30, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    so many good choices. congratulations to all the performers

    1. thejoyousliving

      October 30, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks for your support, Emily. It’s a tough choice!

  14. Annemarie LeBlanc

    October 30, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Here are my votes:
    National Tour: Miss Saigon
    Philantrophist: Devery Holmes
    Actor Under 18: Mia Brown
    Show of 2019: Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
    Excited to know the results! Will keep checking back.

  15. Surekha-dreamingloud.com

    October 31, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Finally Family Homes
    Chef John Park, Toast Kitchen and Park.
    Anastasia, the musical.
    Mia Brown
    Hanna Tamminen
    Kevin P. Kern
    Antonio Vivino

    1. thejoyousliving

      October 31, 2019 at 10:57 am

      thanks so much for all these great votes, Surekha!

  16. Jessie

    October 31, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    FINALLY FAMILY HOMES! Love them!!

  17. Summer

    October 31, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Non-profit: Finally Family Homes

  18. Shannon Gurnee

    October 31, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    I love this idea! Congratulations to those who are listed above.

  19. AnnMarie

    November 1, 2019 at 3:20 am

    My vote goes to Finally Family Homes in the non Profit category!

  20. Ava

    November 1, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Finally Family Homes has my vote!!

  21. Aryn The Libraryan 📚

    November 1, 2019 at 4:42 am

    I’m voting for Finally Family Homes. What a ministry!!

  22. Christina R Dronen

    November 1, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Finally Family Homes!

  23. Stephen De La Vega

    November 1, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Spotlight Non-Profit: Finally Family Homes

  24. Christina Dronen

    November 1, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Finally Family Homes!

  25. Christine

    November 1, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Finally Family Homes for non-profit!

  26. Kari Grace

    November 1, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I’ve been following Finally Families for a while on Twitter and I totally nominate them!

    1. Ed Casiilas

      November 3, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      Mia Brown

  27. Peggy

    November 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Non-profit: Finally Family Homes!

  28. Linda

    November 1, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Finally Family Homes for non- profit!

  29. Isabel Silva

    November 1, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Nonprofit: Finally Family Homes!

  30. Mark Perez

    November 1, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Finally Family Homes for non-profit!

  31. Eric Dronen

    November 2, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Finally family homes!

  32. Karen Friday

    November 2, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Spotlight– Finally Family Homes

  33. Jeanne Takenaka

    November 2, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    How wonderful that you acknowledge these people and organizations! Non-profit for 2019: Finally Family Homes. I love what they’re all about!

  34. Jessica Brodie

    November 3, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Finally Family Homes for Non-profit of 2019!!! I love that organization. Such a heart for youth who have aged out of foster care… and they have brought such awareness to an issue I didn’t even realize was out there.

  35. Celine Rodriguez

    November 3, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Young Actor under 18: Mia Brown

  36. Di Keller

    November 3, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Actor Under 18: Mia Brown for Annie Jr.

  37. Steve Johannsen

    November 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Mia Brown in Annie Jr was wonderful.

  38. Jody Troxler

    November 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I vote for Mia Brown Annie Jr.
    She did an amazing job!

  39. Lloyd

    November 3, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Mia Brown for best actor under 18.

  40. Diana H.

    November 3, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Actor under 18: Mia Brown

  41. Lloyd

    November 3, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Mia Brown for best actor under 18.

  42. Christine Chao

    November 3, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    My vote is for that sweet girl Mia Brown in Annie Jr. For her young age, her talent is astounding!!!

  43. Usha B.

    November 3, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Mia Brown – best actress under 18

  44. Sunan

    November 3, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Actor under 18 : Mia Brown

  45. Casey

    November 3, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Mia Brown, Annie JR

  46. Eric

    November 3, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I vote for Mia Brown

  47. Janice J.

    November 3, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Mia Brown for Annie Jr.!

  48. Michelle Hottya

    November 3, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    National Tour of 2019
    Anastasia the Musical (I just saw it yesterday in Tempe – WONDERFUL!)

    Actor Under 18
    Mia Brown, Annie JR.

  49. Shawna Mack

    November 3, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Saw Mia Brown in Annie Jr. – she was fantastic! My vote goes to her.

  50. Steve Kenney

    November 3, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Actor under 18 – Mia Brown.

  51. Joe Sasaki

    November 3, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Mia Brown

  52. Patricia Monzon

    November 3, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Mia Brown, Annie

  53. Boyd Nies

    November 3, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Mia Brown

  54. Eric

    November 3, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Non-profit of 2019
    Finally Family Homes

    Under 18
    Mia Brown, Annie JR.

    Actor in a Play

    Shawn Adams-Lanz, Peter and the Starcatcher

    Actress in a Play
    Jillian Doyle, Merry Wives of Windsor

    Director of a Play
    Michael J. Arndt, Richard II

    Actor in a Musical
    Adam Pascal, The Music Man

    Actress in a Musical
    Dawn Michelle, The Drowsy Chaperone

    Director of a Musical
    Frank LaGuardia, Annie Jr.

    Ensemble of 2019
    Peter and the Starcatcher

  55. Jatesh Varmani

    November 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I vote for Mia Brown

    -Jatesh

  56. Greg Geyer

    November 4, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Mia Brown in the <18!

  57. Staci Doshier

    November 4, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Voting for Mia Brown in Annie JR.

    Staci

  58. Howard

    November 4, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Actor Under 18 – Mia Brown

  59. Michael

    November 4, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Conejo Players
    Devery Holmes
    Mia Brown

  60. angelina

    November 4, 2019 at 11:39 am

    There are literally so many to choose from, how will I ever decide!

  61. James Choi

    November 4, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Mia Brown for best actress under 18!!!

  62. Sue Borchers

    November 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Actor under 18 Mia Brown

  63. Stephen

    November 4, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Non-profit of 2019 – Conejo Players Theatre
    Actor Under 18 – Mia Brown, Annie JR.

  64. Ken C

    November 4, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Under 18-Mia Brown

  65. Sarianne Hereld

    November 12, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    I vote for Mia Brown! Best actor under 18 years old!

  66. Brenda

    November 15, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Non-Profit: Conejo Players Theatre
    Philanthropist: Devery Holmes
    Actor Under 18: Mia Brown
    Actor in a Play: Ezra Eells
    Actress in a Play: Melissa Higashi
    Director of a Play: John Eslick
    Actress in a Musical: Alison Rosenblum
    Director of a Musical: Frank LaGuardia
    Ensemble: The Little Mermaid

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