Help­mann hope­fuls recog­nised

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage -

A HOST of Perth tal­ent was recog­nised when nom­i­na­tions for the 2016 Help­mann Awards, the premier cel­e­bra­tion of Aus­tralia’s vi­brant live per­for­mance in­dus­try, were an­nounced last week.

Bark­ing Gecko State Theatre Com­pany’s Bam­bert’s Book of Lost Sto­ries was nom­i­nated for Best Pre­sen­ta­tion For Chil­dren and Best New Aus­tralian Work.

This sec­ond cat­e­gory sees it up against Pic­nic at Hang­ing Rock, pro­duced by Malt­house Theatre and Black Swan State Theatre Com­pany, also nom­i­nated for Best Light­ing De­sign. Matilda the Mu­si­cal was ac­knowl­edged with 13 nom­i­na­tions from the 41 cat­e­gories, with Swan­bourne-raised Tim Minchin in­di­vid­u­ally nom­i­nated for Best Orig­i­nal Score.

Iain Grandage is up for Best Mu­sic Di­rec­tion for the 2016 Perth In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val open­ing event, Home, and Perth mu­sic per­former Brent Hill re­ceived a nod for Best Male Ac­tor in a Mu­si­cal for Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors.

Hill is in the run­ning with Rob Mills for his most re­cent Perth per­for­mance in Ghost the Mu­si­cal.

Those who had the chance to see The Aus­tralian Bal­let’s Sleep­ing Beauty when it toured to WA last year would have lit­tle sur­prise in Gabriela Tylesova’s nom­i­na­tions for Best Cos­tume De­sign and Best Scenic De­sign.

Prince’s Pi­ano and A Mi­cro­phone tour 2016 was hon­oured in the Best In­ter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Con­cert cat­e­gory.

Mul­ti­ple cat­e­gory nom­i­na­tion mu­si­cals Matilda the Mu­si­cal, Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors, The Sound of Mu­sic and Sin­gin’ in the Rain will all tour Perth in the next eight months.

The win­ners of the 2016 Help­mann Awards will be an­nounced on July 25 at the Syd­ney Lyric Theatre on the set of Sin­gin’ in the Rain.

It will be broad­cast live on Foxtel Arts and we­b­cast free via www.fox­te­larts.com.au.

Full list of nom­i­nees at www.help­man­nawards.com.au

Tim Watts and Bam­bert in Bark­ing Gecko State Theatre Com­pany’s Bam­bert’s Book of Lost Sto­ries. Be­low: Tim Minchin

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