Shepparton News

Hard work recognised

GEORGY AWARD NOMINATION­S ANNOUNCED

- By John Lewis

Despite a challengin­g two years for community theatre production, more than 100 nomination­s for the 48th annual Georgy Awards were announced on the weekend.

Held annually since 1973, the awards recognise theatrical excellence in junior and senior production­s across the Goulburn Valley and beyond.

Georgy Awards vice-president Trish Deakin said because of the cancellati­on of last year’s awards and reduced numbers of production­s caused by COVID-19 restrictio­ns, this year’s awards would cover the two years of 2020-21.

Ms Deakin said the past two years had been a roller coaster of disappoint­ment and hope for many theatre groups and schools across the awards map.

‘‘So many schools and theatre groups were ready to present their shows, only to see them cancelled at the last minute,’’ she said.

‘‘The resilience shown by everyone involved in theatre has been amazing. Now we are all excited to get back in front of a live audience.

‘‘We just want to draw a line and move forward.’’

She said the awards represente­d theatre groups and schools from a large area of northern Victoria from Mansfield to Albury-Wodonga and from Broadford, Wallan, Shepparton, and Numurkah to Echuca-Moama.

She said two four-member teams of judges for junior and senior production­s had managed to travel to all 17 production­s, adhering to COVID-safe rules.

Shepparton production­s nominated include Notre Dame Secondary College’s shows The Actor’s Nightmare and Oh Look a Kitten!, and Shepparton Theatre Arts Group’s production of Encores at Chapel on Maude in March 2021.

Ms Deakin said the Georgy Awards committee was considerin­g options for the presentati­on of the 2021 awards and would update audiences as soon as a date, location and format was decided.

To view the full list of 2021 nomination­s go to https://bit.ly/ 48thGeorgy­Noms

 ?? Last Tango in Little Grimley, ?? On stage: Gemma Marchant, Suzanne Spencer, Mark Thomson and Aaron Palmer in Echuca Music Theatre Company’s production of one of this year’s Georgy Award nomination­s.
Last Tango in Little Grimley, On stage: Gemma Marchant, Suzanne Spencer, Mark Thomson and Aaron Palmer in Echuca Music Theatre Company’s production of one of this year’s Georgy Award nomination­s.
 ?? ?? Trish Deakin
Trish Deakin

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