If you were impressed by the Musical Theatre Oamaru production of Mamma Mia! this year, you’re not alone.
The show has been nominated for 15 Otago Southland Theatre Awards.
They ranged across the 13 categories for which the production was eligible, co-production manager Liss Yockney said.
“It’s wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work by so many people.”
The nominations are made by a panel of judges who travel throughout Otago and Southland to watch all productions staged during the year. Four of them attended Mamma Mia! on various nights during its July run, but the cast was not informed, Miss Yockney said.
The judges met to consider which performances and other contributions met the criteria.
Because Mamma Mia! was a “consortium show” that came with properties, set and wardrobe, Musical Theatre Oamaru could not receive nominations in those categories.
It was nominated for best hair and make-up, best sound, best lighting and vision, best company vocal work and best ensemble for Super Trouperand Finale
Individual nominations are Ryan Algar for best cameo performance as Pepper, Sonya Creedy and Alice Hore for best supporting female for their respective roles as Rosie and Tanya, David Blair for best supporting male as Bill, Krissy McGeown and Lily Stock for best leading female as Donna and Sophie respectively, Claire Gilchrist for best choreography, Sam van Betuw for best musical direction and Russell Dixon for best direction.
The whole show is vying for best overall production.
Miss Yockney described the line-up as “a phenomenal achievement”.
The winners would be announced at the awards presentations on February 16. The location was not yet decided.
“It’s more than likely to be Cromwell,” Miss Yockney said.
“We hope to take a heck of a contingent with us.”
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