The West Australian - - TODAY -

The magic of an opera, new WA-made works and the tal­ents of many of our artists shine in this year’s Help­mann Award nom­i­na­tions. The awards cel­e­brate Aus­tralia’s vi­brant live per­for­mance in­dus­try and WA’s thriv­ing arts com­mu­nity is well rep­re­sented in all cat­e­gories.

Perth Fes­ti­val co-com­mis­sion Le Nor (The Rain) from The Last Great Hunt’s Adri­ane Daff, Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs, Tim Watts, Gita Bezard and Jef­frey Fowler along with

An­thony Watts, Caitri Jones, Jo Mor­ris, Kristie Smith and Clare Te­stoni were dual

nom­i­nees for best scenic de­sign and best new Aus­tralian work.

An­other of the Fes­ti­val’s co-com­mis­sions, Speech­less, was also recog­nised with Aaron Wy­att nom­i­nated for best mu­sic di­rec­tion. He goes head-to-head with Jor­dan De Souza nom­i­nated for Komis­che Oper Ber­lin’s The Magic Flute, which was also pre­sented as part of the Fes­ti­val. The opera scooped the nom­i­na­tions with six nods, the oth­ers are:

Bar­rie Kosky, Suzanne An­drade and

1927 for best di­rec­tion of an opera;

Alek­san­dra Ol­czyk for best fe­male per­former in a sup­port­ing role in an opera; Tom Erik Lie for best male per­former in a sup­port­ing role in an opera; Aaron Blake best male per­former in an opera; best opera.

Two-time Help­mann award win­ner, Ger­ald­ton-raised Kate Mul­vany is in the run­ning for best fe­male ac­tor in a play for her per­for­mance in Ev­ery Bril­liant Thing and for best new Aus­tralian work for The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two.

WA Ballet’s Drac­ula also re­ceived two nom­i­na­tions: best ballet; Ca­rina Roberts best fe­male dancer in a ballet, dance of phys­i­cal theatre pro­duc­tion.

Cassie Work­man’s first full-length show Giant­ess — which she wrote to mark her com­ing out as a trans woman and per­formed at Perth Com­edy Fes­ti­val — was recog­nised in the best com­edy per­former cat­e­gory.

WA’s Kel­ton Pell was nom­i­nated in the best male ac­tor in a play cat­e­gory for his role in Black Swan State Theatre Com­pany’s pro­duc­tion of Sum­mer of the Seven­teenth Doll. Perth-born and raised Pippa Gran­di­son re­ceived a nod in the cat­e­gory of best fe­male ac­tor in a sup­port­ing role in a mu­si­cal for her per­for­mance in Muriel’s Wed­ding the Mu­si­cal. WAAPA grad­u­ate and East Perth-raised Alexander Lewis is up for a gong in the best male ac­tor in a mu­si­cal for his role in Handa Opera on Syd­ney Harbour: West Side Story.

WASO’s Asher Fisch and Stu­art Skel­ton were both recog­nised for Tris­tan und Isolde in the best in­di­vid­ual clas­si­cal mu­sic per­for­mance cat­e­gory. The per­for­mance was also nom­i­nated for best sym­phony orches­tra concert.

WA’s mu­sicthe­atre su­per star

Tim Minchin and Live Na­tion Aus­trala­sia is nom­i­nated for the best Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary concert award for Back.

Three shows that made it west were also nom­i­nated in the best in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary concert: Perth Fes­ti­val’s Chris­tine and the Queens; The Killers 2018 and

Ce­line Dion — Live 2018.

Annelies Gartner

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