The Betty Michell Awards, the awards for theatre in Calgary are fast approaching.
The nominations were announced yesterday.
Alberta Theatre Projects leads in nominations with 29 nods, with everything in their season up for an awards with the exception of one. The big winner is Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story which was nominated for outstanding set design, outstanding new play, outstanding direction, and outstanding production of a play. Shaun Smyth is also up for outstanding performance by an actor in a drama.
Lunchbox Theatre followed up with 11 nominations, Peril in Paris taking 8 nominations in costume design, sound design, musical direction, new play, outstanding musical, supporting actor (Daniel Mallett), outstanding actor (Scott Shpeley), and outstanding actress in a musical (Jamie Konchak). Lunchbox Theatre’s Dad’s Piano was also recognized for outstanding actor in a musical (Christopher Hunt) and Jake’s Gift is up for outstanding actress in a drama and outstanding production of a play.
Vertigo Theatre’s Sweeny Todd earned 8 nominations, including lighting design, set design, costume design, musical direction, outstanding actor in a musical (Kevin Aichele), outstanding actress in a musical (Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhran), outstanding direction, and production of a musical. Karen Johnson Diamond earned a nomination for her role in Vertigo’s When Girls Collide.
Nominations were a little sparce for Theatre Calgary this year, with 5 nominations. A Christmas Carol earned a nod in costume design and Enron, Tosca Cafe and Cats competing for outstanding choreography. Nicola Cavendish was also nominated for her role as an actress in Shirley Valentine.
Last years winner of outstanding production of a play, Ghost River Theatre earned nominations for Big Shot in the same category and outstanding actor in a drama (John Lachlan Stewart).
Both Haysam Kadri and Shawna Lori Burnett earned nominations for their roles in Verb Theatre’s Jim Forgetting.
Ground Zero Theatre was not without nominations, Monice Peters earning a nod for her supporting role in Race, as well as that same play being nominated for outstanding direction.
The Betty Michell Awards ceremonies will take place on August 27th.
A complete list of nominees can be found here.