MacKillop takes ‘best production’ in the state

It was a big night for Bron Kalos at the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria awards in Bendigo last Saturday night when she added a personal ‘guild award’ to Mary MacKillop’s success, taking out the Gladys Moncrieff Award as the Best First Performance in a Featured Role, being congratulated by Rose Wray-McCann (nominated for choreography and dancers’ awards).

Suited up and ready to go at the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria awards last Saturday night in Bendigo were the stars of Mary MacKillop College’s Blood Brothers Aidan Clark and Isaac Muldoon, both nominated for the ‘best lead actor’ award.

LAST Saturday night was a proud night for the people of Leongatha and district, and their local Catholic secondary college, Mary MacKillop, when they took out the top award in the state for their school musical – Blood Brothers.
No school concerts these.
The school productions nominated for the ‘Junior Production of the Year’ at the annual Music Theatre Guild of Victoria awards, from the likes of Caulfield Grammar (The Lion King), St Michael’s Grammar (Dreamgirls) and St Helena Secondary College Eltham North (Rent) are close to professional shows.
And simply being nominated in that company is quite something.
But to win it, or in fact share the best production award with St Helena College, is something else again.
Director of the production, Bron Kalos was delighted.
“It’s great recognition for the kids and everyone involved. We received such a lot of good comments about how well they performed on the night and how well behaved they were,” Ms Kalos said.
As well as sharing the top award, the 32-strong cast of Blood Brothers had the honour of performing the show’s finale ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’, featuring the magnificent voice of Brooke Materia, also nominated in the junior lead female category, before the cognoscenti of Victorian amateur theatre, at the Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo.
And despite staging the show back in April, the kids produced a production standard performance, also highlighting the talents of the ‘brothers’ themselves; ‘Mickey’ (Isaac Muldoon) and ‘Edward’ (Aiden Clark), both nominated for the best junior lead male award, ultimately won by Isaac – another great achievement.
Principal of the college, David Leslie, and producer of the show, Sam Wright, also the school’s deputy principal teaching and learning, went up on stage to receive the award with Mr Leslie quickly deferring to Mr Wright for his vision in starting the school productions three years ago.

Another award
It was a big night for Bron Kalos. As well as sharing in the college’s success as director of Blood Brothers, Ms Kalos also won an individual senior award on the night for her own performance as Velma Kelly in Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s production of Chicago.
Bron took out the Gladys Moncrieff Award for the Best First Performance in a Featured Role.
It was the only award on the night for Gippsland theatre groups, from nine nominations for Wonthaggi Theatrical Group and one nomination for Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s production of Hairspray.