Vancouver Theatre was honored at the annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards presentation and gala held on June 14 at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Jessie Richardson Awards are given outstanding achievement in theatre in Vancouver. They are presented by the Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance. The nominating and voting system includes both traditional categories and outstanding achievements which do not fall in those categories.
A complete list of winners follows:
LARGE THEATRE AWARDS:
Production: The Overcoat, Vancouver Playhouse
Original Play or Musical: Morris Panych, Wendy Gorling, The Overcoat
Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role: Doris Chillcott, Happy Days
Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role: David Storch, Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nicole Robert, The Game of Love and Change
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Allan Zinyk, Picasso at the Lapine Agile
Larry Lillo Award for Outstanding Direction: Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling, The Overcoat
Sound Design or Original Composition: Brian Tate, Fear Knot
Set Design: Ken MacDonald, The Overcoat
Costume Design: Nancy Bryant, The Overcoat
SMALL THEATRE AWARDS:
Production: The Electric Theatre Company Society, Brilliant!
Original Play or Musical: Jonathon Young, Brilliant!
Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role: Sarah Rodgers, The Two Character Play
Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role: Mike Stack, Alphonse
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Susinn McFarlen, Menopositive! The Musical
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Hiro Kanagawa, A View From the Bridge
Larry Lillo Award for Outstanding Direction: Liesl Lafferty and Chris McGregor, House
Sound Design or Original Composition: Attila Clemann, Brilliant!
Set Design: Craig Hall, Brilliant!
Costume Design: Mara Gottler, The Baroness and the Pig
Lighting Design: Adrian Muir, Brilliant! THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARDS:
Award No. 1: Laura Di Cicco, Neil Gallagher and Tom Jones- ensemble performance, Friends (Axis Theatre).
Award No. 2: Melody Anderson, Nancy Bryant, and Ken MacDonald- design team, The Beauty Machine (Green Thumb Theatre)
Award No. 3: Patrick MacDonald--continued excellence and vision in theatre for young audiences (Green Thumb Theatre)
Award No. 4: Green Thumb theatre--production, The Beauty Machine
THEATRE FESTIVAL AWARDS:
Production: Vanunu (I Am Your Spy), New World Theatre
Director: John James Hong, Spanish Fly
Performance: Bart Anderson, At Demons With My Face
Original Play or Musical: Mara Coward, Carmar Chair, Vananu (I Am Your Spy)
Artistic Achievement No. 1: ensemble performance and stage management, The Overcoat
Artistic Achievement No. 2: ensemble performance, Mojo
Artistic Achievement No. 3: costume construction, The Overcoat
Patron of the Arts Award: Benny Deis WaaZuBee Cafe and Subeez Cafe
Sam Payne Award for Most Promising Newcomer: Peter Scoular
Sydney Risk Award for Original Script from an Emerging Playwright: Kathleen Oliver, Swollen Tongues
Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance Career Achievement Award: Dennis Foon
Mary Phillips Prize for Behind-the-Scenes Achievement: Lesley MacMillan
Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Work and/or Body of Work by an Emerging Director: Richard Wolfe
John Moffat and Larry Lillo Award: Wendy Donaldson
Playwrights Theatre Centre Award: Marie Clements
Vancouver Sun Readers' Choice Award: Travels With My Aunt, Arts Club Theatre
--By Robert Simonson