Last night was the award ceremony for the Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards, in which I was part of, for the first year.
It was night of laughs and some tears, complete with Nenshi giving out Evans Awards and Dave Kelly closing out the night with a speech about going home and doing better (Kelly was nominated for his play Dad, Day 1 in two categories but did not win).
It was a bittersweet night, as the founding critic of the awards is leaving us to go to Houston. Jessica Goldman is the reason the awards are here and we are truly sad to see her go.
Shout out to Duval Lang, who gave his acceptance speech the way he directs high school students, with a couple of F bombs thrown in every sentence.
There were so many people who thanked us later for hosting and bringing the community together. I’m so pleased that the community has embraced the awards and had so much fun being a host. I’ve got the torch, here is looking forward to next year.
Without further ado – here are the winners:
Featured Actor in a Play:
Graham Percy – Twelfth Night (The Shakespeare Company)
Featured Actress in a Play:
Katey Hoffman – You Will Remember Me (Alberta Theatre Projects)
Featured Actress in a Musical:
Susan Gilmour – Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary)
Featured Actor in a Musical:
Jack Forestier – Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary)
Best Solo Performance:
Kyall Rakoz – Ludwig and Lohengrin
Best Set Design:
Anton de Groot – Travels with my Aunt (Vertigo Theatre)
Best Technical Design:
Matthew Waddell – Tomorrow’s Child (Ghost River Theatre)
Best Actor in a Musical:
Christian Goutsis – Touch Me: Sings for a (dis)connected Age (Forte Musical Theatre Guild)
Best Actress in a Musical:
Selina Wong – Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)connected Age (Forte Musical Theatre Guild)
Best Touring Production:
Kim’s Convenience (Soulpepper)
Best Actress in a Play:
Natascha Girgis – Around the World in 80 Days (Alberta Theatre Projects)
Best Actor in a Play:
Duval Lang – You Will Remember Me (Alberta Theatre Projects)
Best New Script:
The Basement Boys – Steven Owad (Theatre BSMT)
Best Creative Concept:
Of Fighting Age – Col Cseke and Christopher Duthie (Verb Theatre)
Best Director Musical:
Michael Shamata – Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary)
Best Director Play:
Simon Mallett – Travels with my Aunt (Vertigo Theatre
Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)connected Age, Forte Musical Theatre Guild
My Family and Other Endangered Species, Downstag
Evans Award Winners:
ATP playRites Festival
Mount Royal University Theatre Arts Program
Pictures coming soon!