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DURBAN VITA NOMINEES (article first published : 2002-07-9; last edited : 2008-09-7)

The nominees for the FNB Vita Regional Theatre Awards 2001/2002: Durban, are as follows:

In the category Best Production the nominees are Keely And Du produced and presented by KickstArt Productions and directed by Greg King; Macbeth produced by The Actors Co-Operative and directed by Garth Anderson; The Great Outdoors produced and presented by Mopo Productions, written by Neil McCarthy and directed by Maurice Podbrey; The Importance Of Being Earnest produced by KickstArt Productions and directed by Garth Anderson and The Loser presented by Macbob Productions, written by Aaron Mcilroy and directed by Susan Monteregge.

For Best Lead Actor the nominees are Kessie Govender in Working Class Hero; Esmael Teixeira in The Great Outdoors; Ben Voss in Macbeth; Ben Voss in Menís Night and Ben Voss in The Great Outdoors. In the category Best Lead Actress the nominees are Olivia Borgen in Keely and Du; Vera Clare in Keely and Du; Belinda Henwood in The Great Outdoors; Susan Monteregge in People are Living There and Jailoshini Naidoo in 1949.

The nominees in the Best Support Actor category are Tyron Akal in People are Living There; Garth Anderson in The Importance of Being Earnest; Jack Devnarain in Macbeth; Teboho Tbone Hlahane in Macbeth; John van de Ruit in People are Living There. In the category Best Support Actress the nominees are Alison Cassels in The Importance of Being Earnest; Michele Levin in Running Riot; Clare Mortimer in Macbeth; Marisa Sarfatti in Running Riot and Stacey Taylor in The Importance of Being Earnest.

In the category Best Performance by a New Actor the nominees are Derrick Anderson in The Westenders; Edward Berridge in Macbeth; Tanana Lukhelo in Bayede Shaka and Vusi Mhlongo in Ekhaya Poppie. Nominees for Best Performance by a New Actress are Olivia Borgen in Keely and Du; Clare Cassidy in People are Living There; Manu Ndlovu in Ekhaya Poppie and Claire Rowlett in The Westenders.

For Best Director the nominees are Greig Coetzee for Menís Night; Mark Hawkins for Drinks On Me; Greg King for Keely and Du; Charmaine Weir-Smith for Pineapple Velvet and Amra-Faye Wright for Itís Not Where I Start.

The nominees in the category Best Script of a New South African Play are Menís Night by Ben Voss; Running Riot by Paul Slabolepszy; The Great Outdoors by Neil McCarthy and The Loser by Aaron Mcilroy.

In the category Best Set Design the nominees are Greg King for Drinks On Me; Greg King for Keely and Du; Greg King for Seduction Ė A Cabaret; Greg King for The Great Outdoors and Stan Knight for The Rocky Horror Show. The nominees in the category Best Costume Design are Karen Campbell-Gillies for Macbeth; Coral Chamberlain & Ruebrecht Designs for Drinks On Me; Margo Fleisch for The Rocky Horror Show; Gareth Kenna for Swoon and Mervyn Mcmurtry for People are Living There. For Best Lighting Design the nominees are Michael Broderick for Itís Not Where I Start; Michael Broderick for Seduction Ė A Cabaret; Michael Broderick for The Loser; Stan Knight for The Rocky Horror Show; Hugh Turner for Drinks On Me.

In the category Best Musical Revue Production the nominees are Bare Essentials produced by Melanie Roberts, presented by Royal Hotel Backstage and directed by Angela Dodds; Drinks On Me produced by Very Very Big Productions, written by Amra-Faye Wright and directed by Mark Hawkins; Itís Not Where I Start produced and presented by Very Very Big Productions and directed by Amra-Faye Wright; Letís MisbehaveÖAgain produced and presented by Sue Clarence Promotions and Pineapple Velvet produced, written and directed by Charmaine Weir-Smith and presented by the Royal Hotel Backstage.

Nominated for Best Performance in a Musical by a Male are Nick Boraine in The Rocky Horror Show; Joseph Clark in Concert Fever; Duncan Royce in Mercury Rising; Anthony Stonier in Letís MisbehaveÖAgain and De Wet Wraight in Swoon. The nominees for Best Performance in a Musical by a Female are Belinda Henwood in Seduction Ė A Cabaret; Jaci Smith in Pineapple Velvet; Carol Trench in Letís MisbehaveÖAgain; Amra-Faye Wright in Drinks On Me and Amra-Faye Wright in Itís Not Where I Start.

For Best Musical Theatre Production the nominees are Ekhaya Poppie produced by The Playhouse Company, presented by Eager Artists, written and directed by Jerry Pooe; Mercury Rising produced and presented by Stampeding Buffalo Productions and directed by Duncan Royce and Belinda Harwood; Reflections produced and presented by Rory Rootenberg and written and directed by Ian von Memerty; Seduction Ė A Cabaret produced by Michael Broderick, presented by Backlash Theatre Company, written by Susan Monteregge, John Vlismas and Michael Broderick and directed by Greg King; The Rocky Horror Show produced by Louis Moller, presented by The Barnyard Theatre and directed by Duncan Royce and Tony Cox And Steve Newman produced by Tony Cox and Steve Newman and presented by Royal Hotel Backstage.

For Best Peformance in a Comedy by a Male the nominees are Bill Flynn in Running Riot; Greg King in The Importance of Being Earnest; Aaron Mcilroy in The Loser; Rory Rootenberg in Reflections and Ben Voss in Menís Night. In the category Best Performance in a Comedy by a Female the nominees are Vera Clare in The Importance of Being Earnest and Belinda Harward in The Importance of Being Earnest.

The winners of these awards will be announced at a function to be held in Durban at the end of July.




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