Theatre award fi­nal­ists named

The Tribune (NZ) - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

PHOTO:WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

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).

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