Duo col­lects ma­jor in­dus­try awards

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY SARAH SCULLY

Hor­sham Arts Coun­cil’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed por­trayal of rock mu­si­cal RENT has gar­nered two ma­jor in­dus­try awards.

Drum­mer Josh Young col­lected a Mu­sic The­atre Guild of Vic­to­ria award for best cameo per­for­mance, while Erin Boutcher was one of two win­ners in a set-de­sign cat­e­gory.

RENT was nom­i­nated for 12 Bruce Awards, from pro­duc­tion of the year to wardrobe to de­sign.

Hor­sham Arts Coun­cil pres­i­dent Si­mon Dandy said he was in­cred­i­bly proud of the re­sponse RENT had re­ceived from both au­di­ences and in­dus­try peers.

“To have the most nom­i­nated show was amaz­ing,” he said.

“Win­ning was ir­rel­e­vant, we felt we had al­ready won. When you see the other shows that won awards you can’t be­grudge them any­thing.

“We know we did a great job and we’re re­ally happy with the out­come.

“Ev­ery­one in Hor­sham should be re­ally proud of what the arts coun­cil is achiev­ing.”

Mr Dandy de­scribed the guild awards as ‘am­a­teur the­atre’s equiv­a­lent of the Academy Awards’.

He said the Wim­mera con­tin­gent was up against stiff com­pe­ti­tion from across the state, pre­dom­i­nantly metropoli­tan per­form­ing arts com­pa­nies.

Mr Dandy praised Boutcher and Young for their con­tri­bu­tions to RENT, pre­sented in Hor­sham Town Hall from Oc­to­ber 27 to Novem­ber 4.

“Erin is a sea­soned per­former and she knows a lot about stage craft,” he said.

“I thought her sets were amaz­ing. They were rel­a­tively sim­ple, with scaf­fold­ing and the like, but the way it was set up for peo­ple to get on and off the stage was ter­rific.

“There were more elab­o­rate sets up for awards but Erin would have won be­cause of her de­signs and the way they were used.”

Boutcher shared her award with CLOC Mu­si­cal The­atre’s Richard Per­driau for A Cho­rus Line.

Mr Dandy said Young was a new­comer to the arts coun­cil.

“Josh had never even seen a mu­si­cal be­fore RENT,” he said.

“He might have done some the­atre stuff but I doubt it. Our mu­sic di­rec­tor Mark Block asked him to come along and he was sen­sa­tional.”

Mr Dandy said for a mu­si­cian to win the best cameo per­for­mance role was un­prece­dented.

“It usu­ally goes to a cast mem­ber,” he said.

“I’ve never seen it go to a drum­mer, ever.”

The RENT cast was also in­vited to per­form a num­ber on the night, along­side a few other com­pa­nies.

Brian Har­ri­son, Brady King and Stacey Bren­nan took to the stage to per­form ‘I’ll Cover You’.

“When Brian got to the part where he goes off on his own a bit, peo­ple started cheer­ing,” Mr Dandy said. “At the end, a lot of peo­ple stood up. “To get that re­sponse from a room full of peers, many of whom are ego-driven, and to see the recog­ni­tion they were giv­ing our guys was won­der­ful.”

Mr Dandy said the stan­dard of per­for­mances on the night was in­cred­i­ble.

“To think they’re all am­a­teur per­form­ers is amaz­ing,” he said.

“It was quite an amaz­ing night.”

Cast an­nounced

Hor­sham Arts Coun­cil has an­nounced the cast of its next pro­duc­tion, Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­colour Dream­coat.

Mr Dandy said he was pleased to as­sem­ble such a great cast, led by nar­ra­tor Jes­sica Du­rant and Beau Lad­low as Joseph.

“More than 100 peo­ple au­di­tioned to be part of the show,” he said.

“It’s al­ways hard be­cause you can’t have ev­ery­one on stage and some peo­ple have to miss out.

“Hope­fully those peo­ple keep com­ing back.”

Mr Dandy said the cast and crew would have an ini­tial meet and greet on Sun­day.

The arts coun­cil will present Joseph in Hor­sham Town Hall in May.

Cast Nar­ra­tor, Jes­sica Du­rant; Joseph, Beau Lad­low; Ja­cob, Jack Janet­zki; Reuben, James Hen­wood; Simeon, Tim O’don­nell; Levi, Caleb Ei­oloa; Naph­tali, Noel White­side; Is­sachar, Car­los Lopez; Asher, Will Marks; Dan, Jay­den Robert­son; Ze­bu­lon, Josiah Mock; Gad, Os­car O’brien; Ben­jamin, Liam Robert­son; Potiphar, Ken War­rick; Mrs Potiphar, So­phie Koschmann; But­ler, Os­car O’brien; Baker, Josiah Mock; Pharaoh, Mark Deck­ert; Ju­dah, Saxon Hobbs. Chil­dren’s en­sem­ble: Kate­lyn Bus­bridge, Lib­erty Hobbs, Yas­inta Grosser, Tiani Grosser, Bon­nie Mel­lor, Hal­lie Burgess, Adriene Daw­son, Si­enna Wals­gott, Lara Bow­man, Marni Saun­ders, Clau­dia Lopez O’don­nell, Pene­lope Lopez O’don­nell, Ebony Hart, Amy Schmidt, Neeve Kelly, Ulani Hobbs, Marli Pymer, Ruby Ris­son, Har­riet Over­man, Ka­tianna Grosser, Or­lan Hart, Thomas Nay­lor, Malachy O’brien, Ryder Cerny, Hugo Hop­per, Abbey Mor­row, Kath­leen Johns, Lily O’brien, Luca Lopez O’don­nell, Faith Eilola, Re­bekah Wundke, Leah Eilola. Adult en­sem­ble: Jan Dun­lop, Malory Ryan, Pam Deck­ert, Emily Mcdiarmid, Ella Ballinger, Baylee Mclean, Belinda El­liott, Emma Nay­lor, Alayna To­porzisek, Stacey Bren­nan, Brit­tany Bates, Vene­tia El­bourne-hobbs, Josie Thomas, Kira Guest, Jemima Ol­ston, Jes­sica Wil­son, Natasha Eilola, Neve Law­son.

SUC­CESS: Hor­sham Arts Coun­cil’s Josh Young and Erin Boutcher cel­e­brate suc­cess at Mu­sic The­atre Guild of Vic­to­ria awards.

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