Early this November, part of the OF CATS AND DRAGONS team ventured to New York City because our own P.J. Ochlan scored two Voice Arts ® nominations for NIGHT'S GIFT - one in the Teen and one in the Fantasy category.
The Society of Voice Arts & Sciences can sure pick venues. Last year's festivities were held on the Warner Bros. studio lot in L.A., and for this year's move to New York, they secured Jazz at Lincoln Center's Fredrick P. Rose Hall located right off Columbus Circle. There was universal jaw dropping as we all entered the theater. Behind the stage is a wall of glass that looks straight down Central Park South. (The location also happened to be right next to the finish line for the NYC Marathon that afternoon -- so the arrivals made for a funny mix of dudded-up voiceover stars wading through throngs of exhausted runners wrapped in metallic thermal blankets.)
As the evening progressed, we could see the full moon arc from left to right over a cityscape that looked increasingly like Gotham, with 59th Street eventually being reopened to the glowing flow of red and white lights. Our traveling felines may have seen some interesting sights in their fuzzy little lives, but even Tyrin would have called this fantastic hall "Awesomenessness!"
From the delightful crooning of the Broadway Boys, to an emotional Ken Burns tribute (Ken Burns accepted the Muhammad Ali Voice of Humanity Honor), to the incomparable Lily Tomlin, to Nancy Cartwright who spent at least half of the time as her alter ego Bart Simpson, to all the wonderful new friends and our dedicated family members who trotted out to the city to share the moment, we had a singularly special evening. And while we didn't win the trophy this time, we are truly grateful to have been nominated for our first tale OF CATS AND DRAGONS.
P.J. and Camilla at the SOVAS