Giants a winner at Helpmanns
THIS year’s Helpmann Award nominations were announced last week, with several nominees featuring a Perth connection.
Individual cast members from Les Miserables, many of them WAAPA graduates, were singled out for individual awards, including Patrice Tipoki, Simon Gleeson and Kerrie Anne Greenland.
The production is also up for Best Musical alongside Once, Anything Goes and Dirty Dancing, which opens at Crown Theatre Perth in August.
Other nominations included Perth choreographer Rachel Arianne Ogle for dance work Precipice and WASO conductor Asher Fisch for WASO’s Beethoven Festival.
The Best Special Event Helpmann award was presented to The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of The Giants to the Streets of Perth by Royal de Luxe, which opened the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival.
Another 13 artists and performers at this year’s PIAF were nominated for productions, including The Rabbits and Madama Butterfly.
PIAF artistic director Wendy Martin congratulated all the nominees.
“The opening weekend of PIAF this year was an exceptional experience, with The Giants taking over the streets and The Rabbits delighting everyone who saw it,” she said.
“It’s great to see both projects receive this well-deserved recognition and to see so many nominations across a wide range of art forms.”
The winners will be announced on July 27 at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, hosted by Perth’s Todd McKenney on the set of Les Miserables.
McKenney is also nominated twice, for Best Male Actor in A Musical in La Cage Aux Folles and Anything Goes.
Todd McKenney is hosting the Helpmann Awards ceremony.