Mer­ritt Award nom­i­na­tions in­clude Val­ley rep­re­sen­ta­tives

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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.

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