Capital Critics Circle Announces 2016 Theatre Award Nominees

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OTTAWA, October 12, 2015 – The Capital Critics Circle announced the nominees for the seventeenth annual English-language theatre awards for plays presented in the National Capital Region during the 2015-2016 season.

The nominees are:

Best professional production:

Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Laurel Smith, Classic Theatre Festival.

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.  

Mouthpiece, Created and performed by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, directed by Amy Nostbakken, a Quote Unquote Collection production, Toronto.

The Norman Conquests by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by John P. Kelly, Plosive Productions and SevenThirty Productions co-production.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, directed by John P. Kelly, SevenThirty Productions.

Best community Production:

A Chorus Line, book by James Kirkwood and Nicolas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, directed by Debbie Guilbeault, with musical direction by Wendy Berkelaar and choreography by Derek Eyamie, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society.

Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, directed by Venetia Lawless, Ottawa Little Theatre.

God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, directed by Chantale Plante, Ottawa Little Theatre.

Hosanna by Michel Tremblay, directed by Jim McNabb, TotoToo Theatre.

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

Naked Boys Singing originally conceived by Robert Shrock, directed by Shaun Toohey, TotoToo Theatre.


Best student production

Miss Bruce’s War by Jean Duce Palmer, directed by Angela Boychuk, Elmwood School.

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

Les Reines (The Queens) by Norman Chaurette, directed by André Perrier, University of Ottawa, Department of Theatre.

Best director (professional)

Erin Brubacher and Cara Spooner for Concord Floral, National Arts Centre English Theatre/Suburban Beast, Toronto.

John P. Kelly for The Norman Conquests and Tuesdays with Morrie.

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

Brennan Richardson for As Rome Burns by Nicholas Dave Amott, Ottawa Fringe.

Laurel Smith for Arms and the Man.


 Best director (community)

Geoff Gruson for The Murder Room by Jack Sharkey, Ottawa Little Theatre.

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

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

Jim McNabb for Hosanna, TotoToo Theatre.


Best actor (professional)

Walter Borden as Judge Johnson in The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, written and directed by Djanet Sears, NAC co-production with Centaur Theatre in conjunction with Black Theatre Workshop, Montreal.

Pierre Brault in the one-man show Will Somers: Keeping Your Head.

Jesse Buck as Truffaldino in The Servant of Two Masters.

Tom Charlebois as Morrie in Tuesdays with Morrie.

Paul Rainville as Benoit in The December Man by Colleen Murphy, NAC English Theatre.

William Vickers as Herb in I Ought to be in Pictures by Neil Simon, Classic Theatre Festival.

Best actor (community)

John Collins as Cuirette in Hosanna.

Barry Daley in the title role in Hosanna.

Lawrence Evenchick as twins John and James Jekyll in Love! Valour! Compassion!

Jack MacDougall as Paul in A Chorus Line.

Jon Payne as Randle P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman, from the novel by Ken Kesey, directed by Tom Taylor, Ottawa Little Theatre.

 Best actress (professional)

Megan Carty as Marie in Perfect Pie by Judith Thompson, directed by Paul Griffin, Tactics Theatre.

Shannon Currie as Elvira in Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, directed by Ashley Corcoran, Thousand Islands Playhouse.

Mary Ellis for multiple roles in Angel Square, adapted and directed by Janet Irwin, from the book by Brian Doyle, Great Canadian Theatre Company.

Julia Mackey in the one-woman show Jake’s Gift, written and performed by Julia Mackey, directed by Dirk Van Stralen, Juno Productions at GCTC.

Lana Sugarman as Raina in Arms and the Man, Classic Theatre Festival.

Kristina Watt for multiple roles in Woyzeck’s Head (a new version of Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck) adapted and directed by James Richardson, Third Wall Theatre.

Best actress (community)

Caroline Baldwin as Anne in Anne of Green Gables, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society.

Andrea Black as Val in Chorus Line.

Skye McDiarmid as Diana in Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitts, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, directed by C. Lee (Cindi) Bates, with musical direction by Wendy Berkelaar, Indie Women Productions.\

Janet Uren as Ruth in Calendar Girls, Ottawa Little Theatre.


Best design and best technical Tartan Award

Martin Conboy for the set and lighting for Will Somers.

Jock Munro for the set, lighting and projections for Angel Square.

Kimberly Purtell for the lighting design of Concord Floral.

Robert Schultz for the set and costumes of Butcher by Nicolas Billon, directed by Eric Coates, GCTC.

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


Best design (community)

Jenn Donnelly for the set design of A Chorus Line, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society.

Dean Flockton for the set design of 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, directed by Sandy Wynne, Kanata Theatre.

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

Joy Lackey for the costume design for A Chorus Line, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society.

Graham Price for the set design of God of Carnage.

Robin Riddihough for the set design of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ottawa Little Theatre.


The Audrey Ashley Award for a body of work, as well as a special jury award, will be announced on Monday, November 14 at the awards ceremony, to be held at Live! On Elgin from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

 Winners will receive cash awards, 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 is hosting the 2015-2016 awards.




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