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Capital Critics Circle Announces Fourteenth Annual Theatre Awards

J. P. Kelley wins best production: Princess Ivona takes the Student theatre production.
OTTAWA, December 2, 2013 – The Capital Critics Circle today announced the winners of the fourteenth annual theatre awards for plays presented in English in the National Capital Region during the 2012-2013 season. The winners are:

Best professional production:

SevenThirty Productions’ November by David Mamet, directed by John P. Kelly.

Best community theatre production:

The Ottawa Little Theatre production of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, directed by Tom Taylor.

Best student production:

The first winner of this new category is Princess Ivona by Witold Gombrowicz, directed by Ekaterina Shestakova, University of Ottawa, Directing program.

Best director (professional):

Rona Waddington for Hamlet by William Shakespeare, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival (Prescott).

Best director (community):

Joan Sullivan Eady for All My Sons by Arthur Miller, Ottawa Little Theatre.

Best actor (professional):

Todd Duckworth as the President in November by David Mamet, directed by John P. Kelly, SevenThirty Productions.

Best actress (professional):

Jackie Richardson in the title role in Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story by Audrei-Kairen, a Belfry Theatre (Victoria) production at the National Arts Centre, directed by John Cooper with musical direction by Tim Williams.

Best actor (community):

Laurie Dickson as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, directed by Kraig Paul Proulx, Suzart Productions.

Best actress (community):

Linda Webster as M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, directed by Tom Taylor, Ottawa Little Theatre.

Best design (professional):

John Webber (lighting) and Jamie Griffiths (projection) of The Edward Curtis Project, written and directed by Marie Clements, a co-production of the National Arts Centre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company, in association with Red Diva Projects.

Best design (community):

Mike Heffernan for the set of Deathtrap by Ira Levin, Ottawa Little Theatre.


The Audrey Ashley Award goes to Paul Rainville for his continuing contribution to theatre and excellence in performance in both official languages.

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 2012-2013 season English theatre awards were: Alvina Ruprecht, Patrick Langston, Jamie Portman, Connie Meng, Rajka Stefanovska, Maja Stefanovska, Barbara Gray and Iris Winston.

The 2013 CCC awards are sponsored by Coyle Publishing, Barbara Crook Greenberg, the Ottawa Citizen, Alan Dean Photography, Nick Wojtas Photography, L-D Tool & Die, Jim Robertson, the Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli, and OYP Theatre School. The National Arts Centre hosted the 2012-2013 awards.


For further information, contact:

Iris Winston
Telephone: 613 256-4747