Capital Critics Circle announces seventeenth annual theatre awards (2015-16 season)

Reviewed by Capital Critics Circle

The winners are:

Best professional production:

Belles Soeurs: The Musical, based on the play by Michel Tremblay, book, lyrics and direction by René Richard Cyr, music by Daniel Bélanger, English book adapted by Brian Hill, English lyrics, musical adaptation and additional music by Neil Bartram, a Copa de Oro Productions Ltd. (Montreal) and the Segal Centre for Performing Arts (Montreal) production.

Best community theatre production:

Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally, directed by Chantale Plante, with musical direction by Paul Legault and choreography by Jasmine Lee, TotoToo Theatre.

Best student production:

Pool (No Water) by Mark Ravenhill, directed by Pamela Feghali, University of Ottawa, Department of Theatre

Best director (professional):

Andy Massingham for The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, Odyssey Theatre.

Best director (community):

Chantale Plante for God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, Ottawa Little Theatre and Love! Valour! Compassion! TotoToo Theatre.

Best actor (professional):

Jesse Buck as Truffaldino in The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Andy Massingham, Odyssey Theatre.

Best actress (professional):

Lana Sugarman as Raina in Arms and the Man, directed by Laurel Smith, Classic Theatre Festival

Best actor (community):

Barry Daley in the title role in Hosanna, directed by Jim McNabb, TotoToo Theatre

Best actress (community):

Caroline Baldwin as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, book by Don Harron, music by Norman Campbell, from the book by L.M. Montgomery, directed by Joyce Landry, musical director Terry Duncan, choreographer Debbie Guilbeault, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society.

Best design (professional):

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop for the design of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Jillian Keiley, NAC English Theatre

Tartan Award for technical quality

Kimberly Purtell for the lighting design of Concord Floral, directed by Erin Brubacher and Cara Spooner for Concord Floral, National Arts Centre English Theatre/Suburban Beast, Toronto.

Best design (community):

Rom Frigon for the set design of Cat’s Cradle by Leslie Sands, directed by Susan Monaghan, Kanata Theatre.

Special jury award, sponsored by Tartan Homes:

Fugee created by Abi Morgan, directed by James Richardson, Third Wall Academy, a compelling production presented by pre-professionals and professionals.

The Audrey Ashley Award

John P. Kelly for his consistently fine direction of many varied productions over the last decade.

The Audrey Ashley Award is named for the late Audrey Ashley, the Ottawa Citizen’s longest serving theatre reviewer, and sponsored by theatre producer Barbara Crook, a former theatre critic at the Ottawa Citizen and the Vancouver Sun.

Winners receive cash awards or equivalents, plaques and commemorative certificates.

The CCC instituted the awards in 2000 to honour the best in theatre on stages in the National Capital Region. The members of the selection committee for the 2015-2016 season English theatre awards were: Kat Fournier, Barbara Gray, Patrick Langston, Jamie Portman, Alvina Ruprecht, Maja Stefanovska, Rajka Stefanovska and Iris Winston. The CCC is affiliated with the Canadian Theatre Critics Association and the International Association of Theatre Critics.

The 2016 CCC awards are sponsored by Barbara Crook Greenberg, Alan Dean Photography, Nicholas Wojtas Photography, Coyle Publishing, the Cube Gallery, Executive Fitness Leaders, Tartan Homes, L-D Tool & Die and Dunn’s Famous Deli. Live! On Elgin hosted the 2015-2016 awards.

OTTAWA, November 14, 2016 –

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For further information, see the Capital Critics Circle website at www.capitalcriticscircle.com

or contact:

Iris Winston

Telephone: 613 256-4747

E-mail: iris.home@sympatico.ca


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