Blyth Festival alumni nominated for Dora Awards - June 8, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
A number of familiar faces to Blyth Festival audiences find themselves on the nomination list for this year’s Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
The awards will be handed out on Monday, June 26 at the Elgin Theatre.
The list of nominees with local connections begins with Severn Thompson, who spent some of her youth in Blyth as her parents Paul Thompson and Anne Anglin worked at the Blyth Festival. Thompson is an alumnis of the Young Company program and first acted and directed professionally at the Blyth Festival.
Peter Pan, which Thompson directed, has been nominated for Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences division. The show was produced through the Bad Hats Theatre Company.
Thompson is also nominated for Outstanding Direction, while the play’s cast is nominated for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.
Philip Akin, who is the artistic director of the Obsidian Theatre Company and was in Blyth two seasons ago to direct The Wilberforce Hotel, is nominated for Outstanding Direction in the General Theatre division.
The play Akin directed, “Master Harold”... and the Boys, was co-produced by Obsidian and the Shaw Festival. The show is nominated in a number of other General Theatre division categories, including Outstanding Production, Outstanding Scenic Design and two of the show’s actors are nominated in the Outstanding Male Performance category.
Akin is also nominated for Outstanding Direction in the Musical/Opera division for his direction of Passing Strange for the Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre.
In the Outstanding Female Performance category in the Independent Theatre division, Nora McLellan and Nancy Beatty, both Festival alumni, are nominated for their work in The Company Theatre’s John.
Robert Persichini, another actor who has spent time at the Festival, is nominated for Outstanding Male Performance in the Independent Theatre category for his work in Superior Donuts for the Coal Mine Theatre.
Sam Sholdice, who spent multiple seasons with the Festival, is also nominated. Sholdice last worked on Fury two seasons ago and also served as sound designer for Beyond The Farm Show and The Bootblack Orator. He is an alum of the Festival’s Young Company program and was in The Outdoor Donnellys.
Sholdice is nominated for Outstanding Sound Design and Composition for Italian Mime Suicide/Three Red Days in the Independent Theatre division alongside collaborators Arif Mirabdolbaghi, Bruce Mackinnon and Justin Ruppel.
Victoria Wallace, who has been at the Festival for a number of seasons, is nominated in the Outstanding Costume Design category in the General Theatre division. It was Wallace’s work in A Doll’s House for Soulpepper Theatre Company that turned the heads of the judges.
Camelia Koo, who spent some time at the Blyth Festival, is nominated in the Musical/Opera division for her work in the Outstanding Scenic Design category for Rocking Horse Winner, while Joanna Yu is nominated in the same division for James and the Giant Peach in the Outstanding Costume Design category.
Steve Lucas, another professional who has spent many seasons at the Festival, is nominated in the Musical/Opera category for his lighting design on Passing Strange.
For more information on the awards, visit tapa.ca.