The hills are alive as MMuDS scoop musical theatre awards
MANSFIELD Musical and Dramatic Society (MMuDS) were big winners at the 25th and final Zonta Awards for Performing Arts, held at Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway on Friday.
MMuDS had entered its 2014 production of Sound of Music in the musicals section, which was up against huge competition: My Fair Lady from Albury-Wodonga Theatre Company, The Boy from Oz by Benalla Players, and Fame from Allegro.
The awards were contested by a large number of theatre groups throughout the North East, with 10 shows being considered for awards in all, and shows were considered in both the drama and musical categories.
There were moments of exuberance, spirited cheering, speeches filled with emotion and gratitude, and lots of singing along.
Each company performed a song or short excerpt from its show or play, which was a hugely entertaining ‘chocolate box assortment’ for the guests, given the variety of productions nominated.
This certainly demonstrated that amateur performing arts is very much alive and well in North East Victoria.
The biggest winners on the night were Mansfield Musical and Dramatic Society (MMuDS) and their production of The Sound of Music in the musical category, and The Other Theatre Company (TOTCo) for Much Ado About Nothing in the drama category.
MMuDS fared extraordinarily well, earning five awards and 10 nominations in total.
The MMuDS website noted: “Congratulations to all involved - these awards and nominations are testament to the creative vision and hard work of everyone involved in mounting the production.”
Awards presented to MMuDS were: Best Musical Production - Director Michael Isbister; Best Female Lead - Jen O’Donnell; Best Music/Orchestra/Musical Direction; Best Stage Design; Best Costumes. Other nominations earned by MMuDS were: Best Male Lead - Ian Todd; Best Supporting Male - Tom Bolitho; Best Supporting Female - Hayley Robinson; Best Supporting Female - Maria Lieberth; Best Lighting; Commendation for Digital Projection - Milton Taylor. Other winners in the musicals category were: Commendation - Hamish Nelson from Benalla Theatre Company’s Boy From Oz as a rising star for playing Young Peter Allen. Best Lighting - My Fair Lady, Albury Wodonga Theatre Company. Best Support Female - Rachel Feldtmann, Boy From Oz, Benalla Theatre Company. Best Support Male - Jake Willett, Fame, Allegro Theatre Company. Best Lead Male - Jamie Boatwood, Boy From Oz, Benalla Theatre Company. While this was the final curtain call for the Zonta Awards, Mansfield audiences can be confident that MMuDS will continue to produce quality musical and dramatic productions, utilising the wonderful array of talent within the community.
WINNING PERFORMANCE: Proud MMuDS members at the Zonta Awards for Performing Arts on Friday night in Wangaratta were (from left) Michael Isbister, Karen Pirie, Michele Padbury, Orvokki Britton, Jen O’Donnell and Milton Taylor.