Toronto's 2009 Dora Awards Go to McAnuff, MacKenzie, Eternal Hydra, Sound of Music

News   Toronto's 2009 Dora Awards Go to McAnuff, MacKenzie, Eternal Hydra, Sound of Music Agokwe, The Sound of Music, Innovation: Emergence, director Des McAnuff and performers Elicia MacKenzie and Jeff Madden were among recipients of the 30th Dora Mavor Moore Awards in Toronto on June 29.
Des McAnuff
Des McAnuff Photo by Aubrey Reuben

McAnuff won for his direction of Jersey Boys, the Canadian sitdown of which features Outstanding Actor winner Jeff Madden. MacKenzie is the reality-show-chosen star of The Sound of Music.

The ceremony was hosted by Jian Ghomeshi at the Winter Garden Theatre. The awards are administered by Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.

Winners follow:

GENERAL THEATRE PRODUCTION DIVISION

Outstanding New Play
Waawaate Fobister, Agokwe Outstanding New Musical/Opera
Abigail Richardson (Composer) & Marjorie Chan (Librettist)
Sanctuary Song

Outstanding Production of a Play
Agokwe, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Musical
The Sound of Music, Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian, David Mirvish

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Ed Roy, Agokwe

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys

Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role – Play
Waawaate Fobister, Agokwe

Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role – Play
Alison Sealy-Smith, A Raisin in the Sun

Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role – Musical
Jeff Madden, The Jersey Boys

Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role – Musical
Elicia MacKenzie, The Sound of Music

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role in a Play or Musical
Raven Dauda, Miss Julie: Freedom Summer

Outstanding Set Design
Robert Jones, The Sound of Music

Outstanding Costume Design
Erika Iserhoff, Agokwe

Outstanding Lighting Design
Kimberly Purtell, Agokwe

Outstanding Sound Design/Composition
John Gzowski, It's a Wonderful Life

Outstanding Musical Direction
Anne Manson, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Outstanding Choreography in a Play or Musical
Denise Clarke/Peggy Baker, Radio Play

Outstanding Touring Production
Black Watch, Luminato presents The National Theatre of Scotland

INDEPENDENT THEATRE PRODUCTION DIVISION

Outstanding New Play or New Musical
Anton Piatigorsky, Eternal Hydra

Outstanding Production
Eternal Hydra, Crow's Theatre

Outstanding Direction
Chris Abraham, Eternal Hydra

Outstanding Performance by a Male
David Ferry, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

Outstanding Performance by a Female
Maja Ardal, You Fancy Yourself

Outstanding Set Design
Gillian Gallow, Appetite

Outstanding Costume Design
Gillian Gallow, Appetite

Outstanding Lighting Design
John Thompson, Eternal Hydra

Outstanding Sound Design/Composition
Waylen Miki, An Inconvenient Musical

DANCE DIVISION

Outstanding New Choreography
Crystal Pite, Innovation: Emergence

Outstanding Production
Innovation: Emergence, The National Ballet of Canada

Outstanding Performance
The Ensemble, Innovation: Emergence

Outstanding Sound Design/Composition
Owen Belton, Innovation: Emergence

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES DIVISION

Outstanding Production
Walking the Tightrope, Theatre Direct

Outstanding Performance
Wayne Robson, Walking the Tightrope

OPERA DIVISION

Outstanding Performance
Paolo Gavanelli, Simon Boccanegra

Outstanding Production
War and Peace, Canadian Opera Company/English National Opera

OTHER AWARDS

  • Theatre director Brendan Healy was presented with the 2009 Pauline McGibbon Award. The $7,000 cash prize is awarded on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and the Ontario Arts Council in a three-year cycle to a designer, director and theatre craftsperson.
  • The Silver Ticket Award, to an individual who has excelled in their career while also nurturing the development of Canadian theatre, went to Marlene Smith, who has been producing and co-producing live theatre for 40 years including the long-running Cats, the first "mega-musical" to play in Toronto with an all-Canadian cast and production team. Cats also signaled the rise of a new commercial phase in the life of Toronto theatre.
  • TAPA's Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production, co-sponsored by NOW Magazine and Yonge-Dundas Square, went to Jersey Boys. For more information on the Dora Awards, visit www.tapa.ca.