AS PART of their 50-year anniversary celebrations, the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group (WTG) will be hosting this year’s Gippsland Associated Theatre awards night at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club on Saturday, December 7.
Nominations were announced this week, with plenty of locals up for an award from WTG, Leongatha Lyric Theatre (LLT) and Warragul Theatre Company (WTC).
WTG’s production this year was ‘Les Misérables’, and Tom Green who played Jean Valjean has been nominated for most outstanding lead male actor in the male category.
WTG director Karen Milkins-Hendry, who has been nominated for the most outstanding director, says it is special for the group to be hosting the awards, as well as having so many nominees in their milestone year.
“We’ve been making an effort all year to recognise the people who have contributed to the group over the years, and the awards night is a great way to top that off.”
Kerryn Lockart and Alliza Miel have been nominated for most outstanding female supporting actor, while Tom Barker, Corey Green and Jay Nelson are up for the same award in the male category for their roles in Les Misérables.
WTG have also been nominated for the most outstanding technical achievement for stage mechanics and integration of lighting in Les Misérables, while Nissa Campbell-Walker, Tyler Jenkins, Lyra Lockhart and Balian Prendergast are up for the most outstanding youth performance – 13 years and under.
John Black has been nominated for the most outstanding cameo performance.
The crew who worked on Les Misérables have also been nominated in: most outstanding set design, costume design, hair and makeup design, sound design, lighting design, musical director, choreographer, director, most outstanding program and most outstanding production, in the musical theatre category.
Karen says that while they are thrilled to receive so many nominations, the focus of the group lies in their productions as a whole.
“Les Misérables is such an ensemble piece, and you have to have a really incredible stage and production team as well as fantastic actors and singers, it was chosen so that every element of musical theatre could be showcased.”
Leongatha Lyric Theatre put on two productions this year, ‘Young Frankenstein’ and ‘Jasper Jones’.
In the musical theatre category, Kiarna Smith has been nominated for the most outstanding female lead actor, while Adrian Darakai and Sam Shineberg are up for the male category.
Ronan Harris, who played the lead role in Jasper Jones, and Will Thatcher, are both up for the most outstanding youth performance (over 13).
Scott Lawrence has been nominated for the most outstanding male support actor, and Kerrie Giles in the female category.
The crew of Young Frankenstein have been nominated for most outstanding set design, most outstanding ensemble, costume design, hair and makeup design, sound design, lighting design, musical director, choreographer, director, and most outstanding production.
Jasper Jones has been nominated for the most outstanding program in the Gippsland theatre section, as well as most outstanding hair and makeup design in the drama/comedy section.
The design concept and aspect of the set of Young Frankenstein are up for most outstanding technical achievement.