Theatre award finalists named
William Shakespeare died on his birthday, April 23, 1616. Four hundred years after the Bard’s death, it is somehow appropriate that last year’s Summer Shakespeare production of King Lear grabbed nine nominations for the 2015 Globe Theatre Awards.
The annual recognition for a year of local shows will be held at the Globe Theatre on February 26.
Abbey Musical Theatre’s Mamma Mia! and Christmas Show British Invasion, are up for five each, with its production of Evita attracting four.
Also with five nominations are the Levin Performing Arts Society premiere production of Aotearoa; a New Zealand Rock Musical, and Pahiatua Repertory’s The Addams Family Musical.
The 12 award categories for nonprofessional performers and production personnel, cover 25 shows produced by 19 theatre companies from Tararua, Manawatu and Horowhenua. Seven were New Zealand premieres, six of which were Kiwi scripts.
Adjudication panel convenor Sheridan Hickey says the productions involved in excess of 200 performers and at least the same number of people behind the scenes.
‘‘It’s a celebration of theatre in our community. The productions cover sev- eral genres, performed in a range of different spaces from large outdoor areas to the small and intimate.’’
Sheridan says the nominations particulary reflect the number of strong female performances.
Prominent contributions to King Lear, and Mamma Mia! she says were not considered as they fell outside the awards non-professional parameters.
Best Direction nominations go to Scott Andrew for Evita, Ian Harman for British Invasion, Peter Doherty for Feilding Little Theatre Players Dirty Dusting and Carl Terry for Foxton Little Theatre’s In At The Deep End.
Musical Direction nominations go to Barry Jones for Evita and Mamma Mia!, Erna Ferry for British Invasion, Suzy Hawes for King Lear and Colin Taylor for Levin Little Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast.
The circus ‘freak show’ production of King Lear attracted plenty of nominations for its performances – Best Female Actor Hannah Pratt (Goneril); Best Supporting Female Actor, Jess Hong (Cordelia) and three Best Supporting Male Actors Jacob Dale (Edmund); Bruce Sinclair (Duke of Gloucester) and Richard Mays (Duke of Albany), as well as for Best Ensemble – the three Fools played by Ashleigh Matheson, Kate Sowerby and Chloe McCarten.
Mamma Mia! has nominations for Best Female Actor, Val Andrew (Donna Sheridan); Best Male Actor, Michael Doody (Sky); with Amy Hunt (Tanya) and Katte Johnston (Rosie) nominated for Best Supporting Female. British Invasion has Best Female and Male nominations to Erica Ward and Michael Doody, and for Best Ensemble. Evita’s Joanne Sale is up for Best Female Actor with Bradford Meurk (Che) Best Male.
The Addams Family Musical has a Best Male Actor nomination for Michael Moran (Gomez) and Best Emerging Performer in Hayley Tinning (Wednesday).
Aotearoa has a Best Emerging performance nomination forAsaria Sale (Dan Jacobs); Best Supporting Female to Stephanie Greenslade (Justice Bennings) and Best Ensemble.
The event will honour a theatre practitioner with lifetime achievement recognition, as well as being a retirement farewell for long-serving Globe Theatre manager, Bruce Warwick.
$35 tickets include admission, entertainment, canapes during interval, and a post-show party in the Globe foyer, with a $25 early bird concession for tickets purchased before January 31. Further details and the full list of nominees is on the Globe Theatre website.
Summer Shakespeare’s King Lear picked up nine Globe Award nominations. King Lear (Ralph Johnson) and daughter Regan (Cassandra Cleland), alongside 2015 Globe Theatre Award nominees Jess Hong (second from the right as Cordelia) and Hannah Pratt (far right as the bearded Goneril).