RTA students gather around members of the TARA Awards team at the nominations party at Loft404 March 25. PHOTO: KATIE SHIM

RTA preps for red carpet awards show

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By Nicole Schmidt

A group of six radio and television arts (RTA) students in their final year decided to challenge themselves by organizing RTA’s version of the Oscars — the TARA awards.

“This project has been so important to us, not only because it’s worth a grade, but also because it gives us a chance to look at what we’ve all accomplished and how much we’ve grown in these past four years,” said Nicole Proctor, the marketing and communications director of the awards.

A nomination party was held March 25 to announce the top four finalists for each category. The winners will be revealed at the final show, which will take place on April 5 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

The TARA awards are the RTA school of media’s way of honouring students’ work. Students in all years are eligible to submit their projects to be reviewed by a panel of judges.

There will be a red carpet event where all of the nominees will get the chance to show off their formal attire, a behind-the-scenes camera, student presenters, celebrity guests, musical performances, and an  after-party.

“We have a lot of fun surprises planned for the show,” said Proctor. “It’s going to be great.”

This year marks the thirty-fifth annual TARA awards. But in the spirit of celebrating the 65-year history of the RTA program, a 1950s theme has been integrated into the show.

Despite the fact that the show has been going on for 35 years, Proctor says that the TARAs are still something people look forward to every year.

“Everybody really looks forward to this event, it’s our way to recognize one another and celebrate our achievements and talents,” said Proctor.

Tickets for the TARA awards can be purchased for $30 in the Rogers Communications Centre throughout the week, or can be bought at the door for $35 on the night of the event.

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