Megan Follows in Nightwood's Penelopiad (photo: Robert Popkin)
It's 9:45 AM in Rehearsal Studio A in The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
A crowded slate for TAPA
by Jasmine Chen
It's 9:45 AM and already Rehearsal Studio A in The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is bustling with artistic directors, arts administrators, city councillors, choreographers, and representatives from the rich variety of theatre companies across the city. Excited chatter fills the room as colleagues catch up with one another over coffee and mini muffins. There are so many people here that there aren't even enough chairs, but the mood is jovial and there is a sense of anticipation for the coming announcements. Ten o clock rolls around and we are asked to take our seats. We soon learn that this year 116 producing companies registered 212 eligible productions for a total of 169 nominations!
|Jean Yoon and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
in Soulpepper's Kim's Convenience
(Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)
Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram, founding members of National Theatre of the World and Second City veterans announced the nominations and apologized in advance if they brutally mispronounced anyone's names. In the General Theatre Production Division, Tarragon Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille lead with 8 nods each; Soulpepper close behind with 7 nods, including several for Ins Choi's Kim's Convenience which was nominated for Outstanding New Play. Nightwood also ranked high with 6 nominations for The Penelopiad. Top Dog Underdog, War Horse, and The Golden Dragon tied with 4 nominations each. Kimberly Purtell dominates the Outstanding Lighting Design category with 3 out of 5 nominations. The Canadian Opera Company received 7 nominations in the General Theatre Production Division and went on to garner 7 more in the Opera Division. SVADBA-Wedding produced by Queen of Puddings Music Theatre earned 5 nods.
Theatre Columbus' The Story, Theatre Smash's The Ugly One, and Ahuri Theatre's A Fool's Life all garnered 6 nominations in the Independent Theatre Production Division. I was happy to see Clown duo Morro and Jasp: Go Bake Yourself earn 3 nominations, it's not everyday that clowns get recognized in awards shows. Interestingly, the nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Male/Female were all from different productions other than the top 3 in the division. VideoCabaret's The Life and Times of Mackenzie King and Independent Artists Repertory Theatre 's His Greatness garnered 5 nods each.
In the Musical Theatre Division, a whopping 11 nominations went to Acting Up Stage Company's (in association with Obsidian Theatre) Caroline, or Change. Six of those nominations were for Outstanding Performance by a Male/Female. Young Peoples Theatre's Seussical earned 6 nominations.
In the Dance Division, both dance productions presented by Canadian Stage this year, Orpheus & Eurydice and Dark Matters gained nominations in the Outstanding Production category. Gadfly's Klorofyl earned 3 nods in total.
For the Theatre for Young Audiences Division, The Neverending Story and Tough Case recieved 2 nods each, giving Roseneath Theatre 4 nominations.
The 33rd Dora Mavor Moore Awards are happening on June 25th at the Bluma Appel Theatre. Don't forget to vote for the Audience Choice Award online at nowtoronto.com! Polls open Thursday June 7 and close at midnight on Wednesday June 2oth. The Awards show will be hosted by Thom Allison.