The Capital Critics Circle announced its Annual Theatre Awards last night in Ottawa at a glittering ceremony attended by members and friends of the theatre community

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Mugindex.php  John Muggleton, winner of the Audrey Ashley Award.

Photo: David Pashko

During sparklingly classy ceremony hosted at Orpheus House by the musical theatre company,  The Capital Critics Circle today announced the winners of the thirteenth annual theatre awards for plays presented in English in the National Capital Region during the 2011-2012 season. 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 2011-2012 season English theatre awards were: Alvina Ruprecht, Patrick Langston, Jamie Portman, Rajka Stefanovska, Maja Stefanovska, Barbara Gray and Iris Winston.

The winners are:

Best professional production:

The National Arts Centre English Theatre/Belfry Theatre (Victoria, B.C.) production of And Slowly Beauty by Michel Nadeau, translated by Maureen Labonté, directed by Michael Shamata.

Best community theatre production:

The Orpheus Musical Theatre Society production of Titanic the musical, book by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, directed by Deb Miller-Smith, musical direction by Paul Legault and choreography by Val Keenleyside.

Best director (professional):

John Koensgen for The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare by Brian K. Stewart and The Extremely Short Play Festival, New Theatre of Ottawa.

Best director (community):

Dave Dawson for Company, Sock ‘N’ Buskin Theatre. Book by George Furth, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, with musical direction by Scott Irving and choreography by Jenny Nowak and Poppy DesClouds.

Best actor (professional):

Greg Kramer as the player in The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare by Brian K. Stewart, directed by John Koensgen, New Theatre of Ottawa.

 

Best actress (professional):

Jennifer Waiser as the Artful Dodger in Oliver by Lionel Bart, directed by Dayna Tekatch with musical direction by Allen Cole, NAC.

Best actor (community):

Réjean Dinelle-Mayer as Ko-Ko in The Mikado by William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, Savoy Society, directed by Meredith Matthews, with musical direction by Jacob Caines.

Best actress (community):

Charlotte Stewart as Grandma in Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon, directed by Chantale Plante, Ottawa Little Theatre.

Best design (professional):

Ivo Valentik for his set designs for Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet, directed by Teri Loretto-Valentik, Plosive Productions, and East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch, directed by Joel Beddoes, Great Canadian Theatre Company.

John Koensgen.  Photo:David Pasho

 

Best design (community):

Jeff Lee and Shawn Millman for the set of Noises Off by Michael Frayn, Mississippi Mudds, directed by Brian McManus.

 

The Audrey Ashley Award for a major contribution to theatre:

John Muggleton, for his longstanding dedication to theatre in Ottawa.

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 2011-2012 season English theatre awards were: Alvina Ruprecht, Patrick Langston, Jamie Portman, Rajka Stefanovska, Maja Stefanovska, Barbara Gray and Iris Winston.

 

The 2012 CCC awards are sponsored by the Ottawa Citizen, Barbara Crook Greenberg, Alan Dean Photography, Nick Wojtas Photography, L-D Tool & Die, the Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli, and OYP Theatre School. The Herb & Spice Shop, Wellington Street, West Village, supplied some refreshments and Orpheus Musical Theatre Society hosted the 2011-2012 awards.

 

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For further information, contact:

Iris Winston

Telephone: 613 256-4747

E-mail: iris.home@sympatico.ca


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