Dora nominations honours Blyth Festival artists - June 7, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Last week with the announcement of the nominations for the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Toronto theatre, a number of Blyth Festival alumni found themselves up for awards.
Michael Spencer-Davis has been nominated for his work as part of the ensemble cast of Jerusalem, an Outside the March and Company Theatre production in association with Starvox Entertainment.
Spencer-Davis was last in Blyth when he starred as Al Capone in Beverley Cooper’s The Lonely Diner: Al Capone in Euphemia Township.
Stuart Hughes of the Blyth-based film The Drawer Boy was also nominated in the same category for his work as part of the Idomeneus cast at Soulpepper in Toronto. Kevin Bundy was also nominated for his work in Confederation & Riel for VideoCabaret in association with Soulpepper.
Seana McKenna, well-known Stratford Festival actor and wife of Blyth Festival regular Miles Potter, has been nominated in the Outstanding Performance – Female category for her work in Lear, by the Groundling Theatre Company.
Falen Johnson’s Ipperwash has been nominated in the Best New Play category for its run at Native Earth Performing Arts, while Remington North has been nominated for his light design in the Crow’s Theatre production of The Boy in the Moon.
Thomas Ryder Payne has been nominated twice in the Outstanding Sound Design/Composition category for his work in Hamlet at the Tarragon Theatre and for A&R Angels at Crow’s Theatre.
All five nominees in the Outstanding Costume Design category have worked at the Blyth Festival in the past. Gillian Gallow has been nominated for her work on Soulpepper’s Idomeneus, while Ken MacKenzie has been recognized for his work on Animal Farm for Soulpepper.
Melanie McNeill has been nominated for her costume design work on Le Menteur (The Liar), while Astrid Janson and Melanie McNeill have been nominated twice together for their work for Confederation & Riel and Scandal & Rebellion.
Daniel Roberts has been nominated for his work on pool (no water) for Cue6 Theatre in the independent theatre division and the Outstanding Ensemble Performance category. Also nominated in that category is Cam Laurie, who was in the Blyth Festival’s Falling: A Wake, for his work on Punk Rock by The Howland Company.
Ken MacKenzie has been nominated a further three times in the independent theatre division for his work on Flashing Lights in a collaboration between Ahuri Theatre and Bad New Days. MacKenzie has been nominated for his work on scenic design, costume design and lighting design.
Michelle Ramsay’s lighting design work in Ipperwash has been nominated in the independent theatre division, while Nancy Anne Perrin’s costume design for Punk Rock has been nominated.
Lyon Smith’s sound design and composition for I Cook, He Does the Dishes has also been nominated in the independent theatre division.
Rebecca Auerbach, a Festival regular who is on stage right now in the Blyth Festival’s Pigeon King, has been nominated as part of the ensemble cast of Onegin for the Musical Stage Company in the musical theatre division.
Britta Johnson, who wrote Crocodile Tears for the Young Company several years ago, has been nominated for Outstanding New Musical/Opera for Life After.
Jamie Robinson of Beyond The Farm Show has been nominated in the Outstanding Performance category in the theatre for young audiences division for his work in Risky Phil for the Young People’s Theatre.
Christopher Allen has been nominated as part of the ensemble cast of Selfie by the Young People’s Theatre.
The Dora Mavor Moore Awards will be handed out on Monday, June 25 at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre.
For more information, visit the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) online at tapa.ca.