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VITA AWARDS (article first published : 1999-07-4; last edited : 2008-09-7)

Nominees have been announced for the 1998/99 FNB Vita Theatre Awards in Durban. Among the productions up for the most awards are out-of-town shows Di Laaste Strooi directed by Ilse van Hemert and Lifeís a Pitch directed by Paul Slabolepszy. Popular Durban actors Ellis Pearson and Bheki Mkhwane are next in the running for their innovative show Holy Moses which is up for best production as well as awards for lead actor, director, best script of a new South African play, set design , costume design and lighting design all of which are attributed to Bheki Mkhwane and Ellis Pearson. Another Mkwane/Pearson production, Squawk, is up for best production; best script of a new South African play, set and costume design.

Die Laaste Strooi is also up for best production as well as for lead actress (Anna-Mart van der Merwe); supporting actor (Pieter Brand and Richard van der Westhuizen); director (Ilse van Hemert); as well as set, costume and lighting design (Ilse and Anita van Hemert)

Paul Slabolepszy is nominated for best director, set design and best script of a new South African play for Lifeís a Pitch. The show is up for best production while James Borthwick and Graham Hopkins are both up for lead actor as well as costume design and best performance in a comedy role.

Garth Anderson is up for best director and set design for Indian Wants the Bronx which is also in the running for best production, lead actor (Essop Kahn) and supporting actor (Francis Gavin and Lindsay Sullivan). Kwasuka Theatreís Master Harold and the Boys (directed by Jacky Vermaas) is up for lead actor (Nathi Kunene) as well as for most promising actor/actress (John de Ruit and Dominic Fundam);

In the running for the lead actress award are Krijay Govender (Back to the Faith), Jailoshini Naidoo (The South African Collector) and Leeandra Reddy (Beyond Calvary, which is also up for lighting design for Ronnie Govender and Glen Olsen).

Yugen Naidoo is nominated for supporting actor in Backside. Those up for the supporting actress award are Krijay Govender and Welile Tembe for Hooters) as well as Suhana Gorhan, Subashnee Naidoo and Priya Reddy for Women in Brown. The latter is also in the running for the award for best script of a new South African Play for Krijay Govender. John de Ruit and Ben Voss are nominated for most promising performance by a new actor and/or actress for their performances in Final Cut. Alyn Adams is nominated for best performance in a comedy role for Rant Boy.

Up for best musical theatre production is Robinís a Cruise Ou which was written by Janice Honeyman and presented by the Playhouse Company. It also has nominations for best director (Mark Graham); set design (Anthony Farmer), costume design (Francis Michaelatos), lighting design (Joe Freedman); outstanding performance in musical theatre (Drummond Marais and Duncan Royce). Also in the running for the best musical theatre production is the touring Performing Arts Boardís The Student Prince which also has nominations for best set design (Johan Badenhorst); lighting design (Joe Freedman) as well as outstanding performance in musical theatre (Jannie Moolman and Anita Wasserman).

Cadenza is another best musical theatre production nominee (director Ian von Memerty, producer The Playhouse Cellar) and Rory Rootenbereg is up for the awards for best performance in a comedy role and most outstanding performance in musical theatre.

A special award in memory of former Mercury arts arts editor and FNB Vita judge David Coleman will also be announced at the awards function to be held at the Kwasuka Theatre on July 18.




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