THE cast and director of Honk shone at Pemads’ annual Twelfth Night awards ceremony last night, winning a best director accolade for Greg Everard. Honk also won the Phyllis Davidson Trophy for best overall production of 2013.
Everard received the Noel Morgan Memorial Trophy for his handling of the charming musical comedy that is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling.
The winner of the Lorna Levinson Trophy for best actor of the year was Litha Hewit-Coleman, who played the Ugly Duckling to wide acclaim.
The Salter’s Oscar for the best actress went to an equally adept Minkie Ludik – also for Honk.
Usi Nteyi, recipient of the Edworks Award for best novice performance, also won for Honk.
The event, held at the Pemads Little Theatre in Belmont Terrace, saw solid recognition for the society’s other big production of 2013 – Calendar Girls – with Yolande Farrow winning best supporting actress while her husband, Mark, was named best supporting actor.
The show had a third winner in Isabel McTiffin, who received the Bob Eveleigh Award for best actor or actress to perform in a cameo role.
The awards were decided by judges Natalie Stear, Les Bubb and Marlene Preteri-Pieterse. The night also saw honorary Pemads life membership bestowed on Chris Gertsch and Dennis Slattery, among other awards for society stalwarts.
Jody Butler and Joylene Groener, two young performers who were both in Pirates of Penzance and Songs of South End, provided the night’s entertainment.
Calendar Girls was a winner on another score as it raised more than R30000 for the Igazi Foundation’s haematology unit at Provincial Hospital – an effort which saw Pemads receiving the Ingelozi Award from Igazi’s Charmaine Oosthuizen last night.
The sale of Calendar Girls calendars would be ongoing as this was a birthday calendar and not year-specific, Pemads committee member Linda-Louise Swain said. “We hope to make a little more for the Igazi Foundation from the sale of these calendars.”
Swain said Pemads hoped to bring more productions onto the stage this year, as 2013 had been fairly quiet for the society owing to renovations being carried out at the Little Theatre.
“Now that our theatre is back at full speed, the first production for the year will be Macbeth. It’ll be a combined Pemads and PE Shakespearean Festival (PESF) production and will be staged at the Little Theatre, as the traditional Shakespearean venue of Mannville in St George’s Park is still not up and running.
“But PESF has been promised it will be a 2015 venue once again.”
Macbeth, directed by Lesley Barnard and running from February 25 to March 8, will star Gareth Bain in the title role.
“Two further productions will be staged during the year, along with some alternative entertainment that is in the planning.
“Our 2014 productions will end with a traditional pantomime to be staged during the school holidays,” Swain said.