Merritt Award nominations include Valley representatives
Kings County native Jacob Sampson and his new play Chasing Champions: the Sam Langford Story cleaned up big time when the Merritt Award nominations were announced last week.
He was nominated for outstanding actor and his play was nominated for outstanding new Nova Scotian play. Other award nominations were for supporting actor, set design, lighting, sound design, as well as best direction and production.
Valley Summer Theatre in Wolfville received one nomination for its production of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). Andrea Norwood was nominating as outstanding female actor.
Two Planks and a Passion Theatre of Canning received a total of eight nominations, including best production, for its Second World War era production Liberation Days.
Jamie Konchak was nominated as outstanding female actor. Graham Percy and Jeff Schwager were nominated as best supporting actors.
Burgundy Code and Stephanie Macdonald were nominated in the outstanding supporting female actor category.
Ken Schwartz was nominated, as he has been before, for outstanding director and Jennifer Goodman got the nod for outstanding costume design in Liberation Days.
Katherine Jenkins-ryan of Wolfville was nominated for outstanding scenic design for two productions she worked on: How Far Away by Zuppa Theatre and The Drowning Girls for DMV Theatre.
The winners will be revealed at the Robert Merritt Awards gala on March 27 at Casino Nova Scotia. Produced by Jeremy Webb, Theatre Nova Scotia will present several awards and pay tribute to individuals who have made a lasting impression on the theatre community.
Throughout 2016, audiences across the province were treated to more than 50 theatre productions.