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Orpheus nabs a record 6 nominations for the 2017-2018 Finale Awards


Orpheus nabs a record 6 nominations for the 2017-2018 Finale Awards

Congratulations to our nominees:

Best community production

Mamma Mia! Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, book by Catherine Johnson, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society, directed by Shaun Toohey, musical director Chris Santillan, choreographer Susie Bregg-Krzyzanowski

Shrek The Musical, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori. Based on the Dreamworks animation motion picture and the book by William Steig, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society, directed by Jenn Donnelly, musical direction by Gabriel Leury, choreography by Mary Hills

Best director (community)

Jenn Donnelly for Shrek, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society

Shaun Toohey for Mamma Mia!

Best actor (community)

Damien Broomes as the Donkey in Shrek The Musical

Tartan Award for best design (community)

Jenn Donnelly and Tony Walker for the set design of Mamma Mia!

The full media release is below.

Finale Theatre Award Nominees Announced

OTTAWA, October 31, 2018 – In acknowledgement of the twentieth anniversary of the Capital Critics Circle awards, nominees for the Finale awards for English-language theatre for plays presented in the national capital area during the 2017-2018 season are announced.

The nominees are:

Best professional production:

Angel Street [Gaslight] by Patrick Hamilton, directed by Laurel Smith, Classic Theatre Festival

Building the Wall by Robert Schenkkan, directed by Sean Devine, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre

carried away on the crest of a wave by David Yee, directed by Kim Collier, NAC English Theatre production

Gracie by Joan MacLeod, directed by Eric Coates, GCTC

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion by Drew Hayden Taylor, directed by Jim Millan, NAC English Theatre production

Best community production

Dead Accounts by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Geoff Gruson, Ottawa Little Theatre

Mamma Mia! Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, book by Catherine Johnson, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society, directed by Shaun Toohey, musical director Chris Santillan, choreographer Susie Bregg-Krzyzanowski

Shrek The Musical, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori. Based on the Dreamworks animation motion picture and the book by William Steig, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society, directed by Jenn Donnelly, musical direction by Gabriel Leury, choreography by Mary Hills

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Jim Holmes, Kanata Theatre

Best director (professional)

Eric Coates for Gracie

Kim Collier for carried away on the crest of a wave

Sean Devine for Building the Wall

Teri Loretto-Valentik for Blink by Phil Porter, Plosive Productions

Laurel Smith for Angel Street

Best director (community)

Jenn Donnelly for Shrek, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society

Geoff Gruson for Dead Accounts, Ottawa Little Theatre

Jim Holmes for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Shaun Toohey for Mamma Mia!

Best actor (professional)

Pierre Brault for his performance in the one-man show A Night in November by Marie Jones

Zach Counsil for his performance in Snake Oil by Jayson McDonald, directed by Dave Dawson, Black Sheep Theatre

Brad Long as Rick in Building the Wall, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre, directed by Sean Devine

Chris Lucas in the title role of Othello by William Shakespeare, directed by Don Fex, Theatre Kraken

Best actor (community)

Damien Broomes as the Donkey in Shrek The Musical

Philip Merriman for his performance as Alistair in Move Over Mrs. Markham, Ottawa Little Theatre, directed by Venetia Lawless

Josh Sparks as Eddie in A Year in the Death of Eddie Jester by T. Gregory Argall, directed by Stavros Sakiadis, Kanata Theatre

Shaun Toohey for his performance as Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, TotoToo Theatre, directed by Jim McNabb and Shaun Toohey

Best actress (professional)

Erica Anderson for her performance in the title role of Gracie GCTC

Robin Guy as Katherine Rose in Miss Shakespeare, book and lyrics by Tracey Power, music by Tracey Power and Steve Charles, Three Sisters Theatre, directed by Bronwyn Steinberg, music directed by Wendy Berkelaar

Catherine McNally for her performance as Mrs. Kitty Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Laurel Smith, Classic Theatre Festival

Best actress (community)

Chrissy Hollands as Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, Kanata Theatre, directed by Jim Holmes

Sarah Hearn for her performance as Abby Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, directed by Brian Cano, Ottawa Little Theatre

Venetia Lawless for her performance as Lorna in Dead Accounts by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Geoff Gruson, Ottawa Little Theatre

Nicole Milne for her performance as Marmee in Little Women, the musical, book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, based on the Louisa May Alcott novel, directed by Jennifer Fontaine and Jacqueline Armstrong, ASNY (Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet)

Tartan Award for best design (professional)

Camellia Koo for the set and costume design of carried away on the crest of a wave by David Yee, directed by Kim Collier, an NAC English Theatre production

Roger Schultz for the design of Gracie

Anna Treusch for the set and costumes of Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Tartan Award for best design (community)

Heidi Roberts for the set design of Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, Kanata Theatre, directed by Jim Clarke

Jenn Donnelly and Tony Walker for the set design of Mamma Mia!

Robin Riddihough for the set of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, directed by Sarah Hearn, Ottawa Little Theatre

The Audrey Ashley Award for a body of work will be announced on Monday, December 3 at the awards ceremony, to be held in the NAC Salon from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Winners will receive cash awards, plaques and commemorative certificates.

The 2018 Finale awards are hosted by the National Arts Centre and sponsored by Barbara Crook Greenberg, Alan Dean Photography, Nicholas Wojtas Photography, Coyle Publishing and Tartan Homes.


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