FULL HOUSE CATS.
More than a thousand people packed the Canberra Theatre to toast and celebrate another year of vintage community theatre on February 20.
Companies from as far west as Parkes and Dubbo, and as far south as Albury, competed head to head with the best groups from the A.C.T.
Gold Logie winner John Wood was a special presenter.
"It is amazing how important community theatres are as a glue for country towns," he told Stage Whispers.
Former Miss World Belinda Green, another guest presenter, was very impressed with the talent on display.
"It is hard to believe they call it amateur theatre," she said.
Best Musical was awarded to Don Hillam Productions from Wagga Wagga for their performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Pictured here is Mark Grentell who took out the Stage Whispers Best Director of a Musical Award for the same production.
Don Hillam Productions stages productions on a pro-am basis.
"We get huge support from our community." he said. "For a recent production every member of the cast received individual sponsorship from a local business."
"It starts usually at about $300 for each cast member. It is like they have a part-time job - performing in a musical," he said.
Best Play was awarded to It Runs in the Family, performed by the Canberra Repertory Theatre.
The Gold Cat award went to Lyn Townsend for her Direction of a production of Oliver! in Parkes.
Amongst the winners were some non-mainstream productions.
A group of bright sparks got together to form a company called Everyman Theatre. It staged a production called Latin! Or Tobacco and Boys.... a play which takes a 'creepy' look at the issue of pedophilia.
Duncan Driver took out Best Actor in a leading role for the play.
"We sold out a performance in the Canberra Theatre," he said. "The play is about two teachers, and the audience are members of his class."
There were 94 productions in the competition from High Schools and Community Theatres.
It was a long but entertaining evening.
The performances included a display of the best sets and costumes from the region.
Most impressive was giant elephant created by the staff and students of Lyneham High School for their production of Aida.
It looked like a one hell of a school project.
Pictured: Two Woods are better than One. - CAT Awards founder Coralie Wood with Actor John Wood.
More images at our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/pages/Stage-Whispers/238337175828
ACTEWAGL CAT AWARDS WINNERS 2009
RYLEHO HOME SOLUTIONS BEST SET DESIGNER FOR A PLAY
RUSSELL BROWN - CANBERRA REPERTORY – CANBERRA - IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
BILL DEVERIL - SPECTRUM THEATRE GROUP – MERIMBULA - THE CLUB
RYLEHO HOME SOLUTIONS BEST SET DESIGNER FOR A MUSICAL
DAVID TODD - LIVID PRODUCTIONS – ALBURY - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER
ADAM BOON - LIVID PRODUCTIONS – ALBURY - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
JOHN THOMSON MAGIC MOMENT OF THEATRE
LYNEHAM HIGH SCHOOL – CANBERRA - AIDA – ENTRY OF ELEPHANT
KINROSS WOLAROI PREPARATORY SCHOOL - ORANGE - STRICTLY ZORRO! – THE MEXICAN HAT DANCE
COMMUNITY THEATRE AWARD
SFP PRODUCTIONS – WAGGA WAGGA - IT TAKES TWO - RAISING MONEY FOR A NUMBER OF CHARITIES
JAMES MCPHERSON - SUPA PRODUCTIONS & PHOENIX PLAYERS – CANBERRA - MISS SAIGON - FOR SOUND DESIGN
CANBERRA REPERTORY SOCIETY BEST COSTUME DESIGNER FOR A PLAY
REBEKAH CARTWRIGHT - UNIVERSITY THEATRE ENSEMBLE – WAGGA WAGGA - GORMENGHAST
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER FOR A MUSICAL
CANDY BURGESS - BAY THEATRE PLAYERS – BATEMANS BAY - SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL
COTY FARQUHAR - SHYAC – MITTAGONG - THE WIZARD OF OZ
UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA BEST ORIGINAL WORK
JOSHUA MCHUGH - ANU SCHOOL OF MUSIC – CANBERRA - GRIMM AND THE BLUE CROWN OWL - FOR ORIGINAL SCRIPT, MUSIC AND ORCHESTRATION
UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA BEST ORIGINAL WORK FOR A SCHOOL OR YOUTH PRODUCTION
DRAMA STUDENTS - CANBERRA GIRLS’ GRAMMAR SCHOOL - CANBERRA - GENERATION Y - FOR CONCEPT AND SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT
BEST ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY
THE CAST - UNIVERSITY THEATRE ENSEMBLE – WAGGA WAGGA - GORMENGHAST
BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A SCHOOL OR YOUTH PLAY
BEN KINDON (as Otto Chriek) - CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL – CANBERRA - THE TRUTH
BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A SCHOOL OR YOUTH PLAY
JESSICA WHITE (as Grace) CANBERRA GIRLS’ GRAMMAR SCHOOL – CANBERRA - DINKUM ASSORTED
UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA CO-OP BOOKSHOP BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A SCHOOL OR YOUTH MUSICAL
BLAKE APPELQVIST (as Pilate) - MARIST COLLEGE – CANBERRA - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA CO-OP BOOKSHOP BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A SCHOOL OR YOUTH MUSICAL
LUCY RIDGE (as Amneris) LYNEHAM HIGH SCHOOL – CANBERRA - AIDA
QUEANBEYAN PLAYERS BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A SCHOOL OR YOUTH PLAY
ROSCOE WALKER (as Lord Fancourt Babberley) CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL – CANBERRA - CHARLEY’S AUNT
QUEANBEYAN PLAYERS BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A SCHOOL OR YOUTH PLAY
JOANNA RICHARDS (as Connie) CANBERRA GIRLS’ GRAMMAR SCHOOL – CANBERRA - DINKUM ASSORTED
BLUMERS LAWYERS BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A SCHOOL OR YOUTH MUSICAL
BILL BOURCHIER (as Judas) MARIST COLLEGE – CANBERRA - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
BLUMERS LAWYERS BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A SCHOOL OR YOUTH MUSICAL
CAITLIN DICKSON (as The Cat in the Hat) JAMES SHEAHAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL – ORANGE - SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL
TAPS DANCEWEAR BEST PRODUCTION OF A SCHOOL OR YOUTH PLAY
CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL – CANBERRA - CHARLEY’S AUNT
OC DANCE STUDIO BEST PRODUCTION OF A SCHOOL OR YOUTH MUSICAL
MARIST COLLEGE – CANBERRA - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
ACT GOVERNMENT BEST CONTRIBUTION ON OR OFF STAGE BY AN ACT SENIOR
OLIVER BAUDERT - Various Productions
PATRICIA KELSON ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD
SARAH WALL (as Mrs Fraser) - COOMA LITTLE THEATRE - COOMA - STEPPING OUT
RADIO 2CC BEST VARIETY PERFORMANCE BY AN INDIVIDUAL OR ENSEMBLE
DICK GOLDBERG and IAN CROKER (for Who’s on First) CANBERRA REPERTORY SOCIETY - CANBERRA - JAZZ GARTERS
RADIO 2CC BEST ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL
THE CAST - DON HILLAM ENTERTAINMENT – WAGGA WAGGA - THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
RADIO 2CC BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
IAN HART (as Bill Leslie) CANBERRA RAPERTORY SOCIETY – CANBERRA - IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
RADIO 2CC BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
ALLYN SMITH (AS Sir Robin) THE DUBBO THEATRE COMPANY - SPAMALOT
LJ HOOKER BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY
KIKI SKOUNTZOS (as Templeton) FREE RAIN THEATRE COMPANY – CANBERRA - CHARLOTTE’S WEB
LJ HOOKER FINANCE BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL
CHRISTINE FORBES (AS SVETLANA) - QUEABEYAN CITY COUNCIL - QUEANBEYAN - CHESS
NILTAC ENTERPRISES BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR FOR A SCHOOL OR YOUTH PRODUCTION
WILLIAM MOXEY - KINROSS WOLAROI SCHOOL – ORANGE - LES MISERABLES
TEATRO VIVALDI RESTAURANT BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
DUNCAN DRIVER (as Dominic Clarke) EVERYMAN THEATRE - CANBERRA - LATIN! OR TOBACCO AND BOYS
TONY FALLA (as Dr Hubert Bonney) CANBERRA REPERTORY SOCIETY - CANBERRA - IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
TEATRO VIVALDI RESTAURANT BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
BILL JAYET (as Fagin) PARKES MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC SOCIETY - PARKES - OLIVER
TEATRO VIVALDI BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY
NAONE CARREL - CANBERRA REPERTORY SOCIETY - CANBERRA - AMY’S VIEW
TEATRO VIVALDI RESTAURANT BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL
JACINTA LE (as Kim) SUPA PRODUCTIONS AND PHOENIX PLAYERS - CANBERRA - MISS SAIGON
MEREDITH ADAMS - MMM PRODUCTIONS – WAGGA WAGGA - THE LAST 5 YEARS
DSP PRODUCTIONS BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
BRANDON MARTIGNAGO - CHILD PLAYERS ACT – CANBERRA - HATING ALISON ASHLEY
STAGE WHISPERS BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL OR VARIETY SHOW
MARK GRENTELL - DON HILLAM ENTERTAINMENT – WAGGA WAGGA - THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTRY SPELLING BEE
CHANNEL VISION BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR
LUCY BERMINGHAM - QUEANBEYAN CITY COUNCIL – QUEANBEYAN - CHESS
RICHARDS CONSULTING BEST CHOREOGRAPHER
LISA BUCKLEY - CANBERRA REPERTORY SOCIETY – CANBERRA - JAZZ GARTERS
BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
CANBERRA REPERTORY SOCIETY – CANBERRA - IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
BEST PRODUCTION OF A VARIETY SHOW
THE MILTON ULLADULLA ENTERTAINERS - ULLADULLA - YOU CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC
BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
DON HILLAM ENTERTAINMENT - THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
THE ACTEWAGL GOLD CAT AWARD
LYN TOWNSEND - PARKES MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC SOCIETY - PARKES