2015’s shows bow out in style
Bruce Warwick spent his last 13 years as manager of the Globe overseeing its extension.
In a Globe Theatre Award evening that saw retiring Globe Theatre manager Bruce Warwick presented with the Lifetime Achievement award, Summer Shakespeare’s King Lear was named Outstanding Production of 2015.
Bruce brought the curtain down on a career that spanned almost six decades as impresario, promoter and theatre manager, which started when he was still at high school. The first manager of the refurbished Regent on Broadway in 1998, he spent the last 13 years as manager of the Globe, overseeing its extension. For over a decade he has contributed to The Tribune’s monthly entertainment publication, Enjoy!.
In an evening that included guests Mayor Grant Smith and MP Iain Lees-Galloway, Bruce shared some of his innumerable experiences and reminiscences and was serenaded by String of Pearls’ Karl Perigo and Vicki Lee
The circus freak-show production of King Lear picked up five other awards for nonprofessional performers and production personnel including Best Male Supporting Actor to Richard Mays as Duke of Albany.
The Abbey Musical Theatre’s Mamma Mia! scooped Best Female Actor for Val Andrew as Donna Sheridan, and earned two Best Supporting Female Actors for Amy Hunt and Katte Johnstone as Tanya and Rosie. Barry Jones was Best Musical Director.
A rejuvenated Levin Performing Arts Society scored for the New Zealand premiere of Aotearoa, a NZ Rock Musical winning Best Premiere, Outstanding New Zealand Production, Best Emerging Performer for Asaria Saili and Best Ensemble. An Outstanding Cameo Appearance award went to Stephanie Greenslade as Justice Bennings, and the society received a wildcard Phoenix award for its comeback efforts.
Best Male Actor went to Bradford Meurk, Che in Abbey Musical Theatre’s Evita. Foxton Little Theatre’s Carl Terry was Best Director for the comedy In at the Deep End. Best Choreography went to Ian Harman for the Abbey’s Christmas Show The British Invasion.
Cileme Venkateswar, Grandma in Eating the Wolf won Female Emerging Performer, and Best Technical went to Gordon Alve for Pahiatua Repertory’s Disney Peter Pan and Addams Family Musical.
Richard Mays as the Duke of Albany and Tobias Lockhart as the Duke of Cornwall restrain an enraged King Lear played by Ralph Johnson during last year’s Summer Shakespeare production. The outdoors performance of King Lear was named production of 2015 at the Globe Theatre Awards on Friday night.