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Jessie Awards 2012

The 31st Annual Jessie Richardson Awards will be held at the Commodore Ballroom on Monday evening, June 24. The lively ceremony, produced and directed by Vancouver TheatreSports, is set to include awards, music, and dancing, celebrating and honouring Vancouver’s talented theatre community.

Our city is blessed to be filled with great theatre companies, from Bard on the Beach and the Arts Club Theatre to smaller companies such as Relephant Theatre. Productions large and small are nominated yearly to take home the coveted award.
 
The Jessies are named after Jessie Richardson, one of Vancouver’s theatre pioneers. Since 1983, the awards have recognized bodies of work in the Large Theatre, Small Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences, all whose work has contributed to make Vancouver a vibrant, cultural city.

Jessie Awards 2012
[Jessie Awards 2012 program photo by miss604 on Flickr]

Here are a few of the numerous awards that will be handed out. I’ve both attended and reviewed many of these productions and look forward to the outcome on the 24th.

Outstanding Set Design, Large Theatre
Alison Green, My Turquoise Years/Arts Club Theatre Company
Amir Ofek, Boeing-Boeing/Arts Club Theatre Company
David Roberts, She Stoops to Conquer/Arts Club Theatre Company
John Webber, Master Class/Arts Club Theatre Company
Pam Johnson, The Merry Wives of Windsor/Bard on the Beach

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Large Theatre
Beatrice Zeilinger, Xanadu/Arts Club Theatre Company
Colleen Wheeler, Boeing-Boeing/Arts Club Theatre Company
Georgina Beaty, My Turquoise Years/Arts Club Theatre Company
Lauren Bowler, High Society/Arts Club Theatre Company
Nicola Lipman, Boeing-Boeing/Arts Club Theatre Company

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Large Theatre
Andrew McNee, Boeing-Boeing/Arts Club Theatre Company
Andrew Wheeler, Clybourne Park/Arts Club Theatre Company
Gaelan Beatty, Xanadu/Arts Club Theatre Company
Scott Bellis, King John/Bard on the Beach

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role, Large Theatre
Deborah Williams, Clybourne Park/Arts Club Theatre Company
Gina Chiarelli, Master Class/Arts Club Theatre Company
Kerry Sandomirsky, Haunted/Touchstone Theatre Production

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Small Theatre
Benjamin Elliott, Broken Sex Doll/The Virtual Stage
Haig Sutherland, The Secret Mask/Presentation House Theatre
Jay Brazeau, The Secret Mask/Presentation House Theatre
John Emmet Tracy, Terminus/Pi Theatre
John Murphy, Eternal Hydra/Touchstone Theatre

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role, Small Theatre
Emma Slipp, Three Sisters/The Only Child Collective
Erla Faye Forsyth, How to Write a New Book for the Bible/Pacific Theatre
Julie McIsaac, Mother Teresa is Dead/Bleeding Heart Collective
Leanna Brodie, Terminus/Pi Theatre
Pippa Mackie, Terminus/Pi Theatre

Outstanding Production, Small Theatre
Broken Sex Doll/The Virtual Stage
Mojo/ITSAZOO Productions
Porc-Épic/Théâtre la Seizième
Terminus/Pi Theatre
Winners and Losers/Theatre Replacement and Neworld Theatre (in association with Crow’s Theatre)

Outstanding Performance, Theatre for Young Audiences
Curtis Tweedie, Night Light/Green Thumb Theatre
Graeme McComb, Cranked/Green Thumb Theatre
Kayla Dunbar, Mack Gordon, Nicol Spinola, Mike Stack, Amanda Testini, Allan Zinyk, The Cat in the Hat/Carousel Theatre
Raes Calvert and Linda Carson (Ensemble), Where the Wild Things Are/Presentation House Theatre
(in association with Manitoba Theatre for Young People)
Marie-Claire Marcotte, Statu Quo/Théâtre la Seizième

Outstanding Artistic Creation, Theatre for Young Audiences
Carole Higgins, Direction; The Cat in the Hat/Carousel Theatre
Cathy Nosaty, Composition; Where the Wild Things Are/Presentation House Theatre (in association with Manitoba Theatre for Young People)
Craig Holzschuh, Direction; Statu Quo/Théâtre la Seizième
Jeff Tymoschuk, Composition; Arthur: Boy King/Carousel Theatre
Kim Selody, Direction; Where the Wild Things Are/Presentation House Theatre (in association with Manitoba Theatre for Young People)

Doors will open at 5:30 pm, with the ceremony getting under way at 6:45 pm. Tickets are $29.75 plus service charges (via Ticketmaster). Hope to see you there!

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