Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards 2017
The winners of the 2017 Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Awards, the 31st annual Bruce Awards, were announced at a ceremony at the Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, on Saturday December 9, 2017.
Big winners on the evening were Babirra Music Theatre and CLOC Musical Theatre, wtaking home a total of seven awards each. Babirra took out seven awards for their production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, including Production of the Year, while CLOC Musical Theatre’s awards were spread across their productions of Les Misérables and A Chorus Line.
Production of the Year (Bruce McBrien Award)
Thoroughly Modern Millie, Babirra Music Theatre
Direction (Vin Foster Award)
Alister Smith, Wicked, Footlight Productions
Musical Direction (Geoff Tomkins Award)
Andy McCalman, Les Misérables, CLOC Musical Theatre
Choreography (Marie Cumisky Award)
David Harford, A Chorus Line, CLOC Musical Theatre
Settings (Grahame Murphy Award)
Richard Perdriau, A Chorus Line, CLOC Musical Theatre
Erin Boutcher, Rent, Horsham Arts Council Inc.
Wardrobe (Hazel Rodgers Award)
Meredith Cooney, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Babirra Music Theatre
Jason Lord, A Chorus Line, CLOC Musical Theatre
Steve Cooke, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Babirra Music Theatre
Technical Achievement (Nigel Wallace Award)
A Chorus Line, CLOC Musical Theatre
Male Performer in a Leading Role (Harold Burrows Award)
Mark Doran, Jean Valjean, Les Misérables, CLOC Musical Theatre
Female Performer in a Leading Role (Doreen Burrows Award)
Stephanie John, Millie Dillmount, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Babirra Music Theatre
Male Performer in a Supporting Role (Rob Constable Award)
Ian Andrew, Trevor Graydon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Babirra Music Theatre
Female Performer in a Supporting Role
Kristen Mihalos, Nickie, Sweet Charity, OCPAC
Natasha Bassett, Mrs Meers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Babirra Music Theatre
Junior Performer in an Open Production
Lenny Thomas, JoJo, Seussical, Panorama Theatre Company
Demby McKenzie, The Cat in The Hat, Seussical, Camperdown Theatre Company
First Performance in a Featured Role (Gladys Moncrieff Award)
Bron Kalos, Velma Kelly, Chicago, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group
Dancer’s Award (Tony McShanagh Award)
Dylan Henry, Larry, A Chorus Line, CLOC Musical Theatre
Josh Young, Drummer, Rent, Horsham Arts Council Inc.
The Ensemble, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Babirra Music Theatre
Design Award (Peter Blizzard-Allen Award)
Alister Smith, Design and Technical Team, Staging of Defying Gravity, Wicked, Footlight Productions
MTGV Judges are not permitted to participate in discussion of a show with which they, their partner or immediate family have been associated or any other productions of the same show in the same year. MTGV Judges are not eligible to be a recipient of an Award within their panel.
There were 51 Open Section Productions in 2017.
Images from Thoroughly Modern Millie (Photographer: Gavin D Andrew) and Les Misérables (Photographer: Ben Fon).