'Rent' wins show of the year at PE awards night

Showtime senior award winners announced at Pemads Little Theatre

The joint Pemads and Platform Productions presentation of Rent won Showtime Show of the Year at the Pemads Little Theatre at the Little Theatre on Friday night.
The Broadway Musical scooped the Woodlands Dairy trophy at the annual Showtime awards ceremony, with the junior winners having been announced earlier this week. The large silver trophy was handed over to Pemads – the PE Musical and Dramatic Society – chairperson Mark Farrow and the show’s director, Robin Williams, by Woodlands Dairy’s national sales and marketing manager Tinus Pretorius, who travelled from Humansdorp with his wife, Sita, to be attend the awards.
Tuesday’s Junior Awards and Friday’s Senior Awards fell within the run of the 2019 Showtime revue, Those Were the Days, with the final show at 7.30pm on Saturday night.
The second major accolade, the Woodlands Dairy Trophy for Special Achievement in Theatre, went to Pemads performer Gemma Barnard for her outstanding rendition of the lengthy vocal medley in the play, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
The third of the “Big Three” Awards – the Mann Family’s Trophy for Innovation in Theatre – also went to Rent and was shared by Robin Williams and Lesley Barnard for motivating the Pemads executive committee into presentation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning popular version of the opera, La Boheme.
Regular award-winner Clifford Kleb was inducted into the Showtime Hall of Fame, having taken home the Best Actor in a Play award again for his portrayal of Shylock in the PE Shakespearean Festival’s Merchant of Venice).
Also earning his place in the hall of fame was Peter Mann, for more than 50 years’ service to the Shakespearean Festival and ballroom dance in SA in non-performance capacities (for example, he staged the two numbers by guest dancers in the 2018 Showtime revue), along with veteran technical worker Mary Nash Nelson, for many years of backstage support to local theatre.
Nelson recently returned to the Bay to immediately become involved again, not only in Little Voice but through guiding younger personnel in technical tasks.
The Merchant of Venice won as Best Revival, but it was really a Pemads year, with all three of the society’s 2018 presentations gaining much recognition.
The full list of the awards is as follows:
Hall of Fame: Clifford Kleb, Pater Mann, Mary Nash Nelson.
Show of the Year: Rent, Pemads and Platform Productions.
Special Achievement: Gemma Barnard, vocal medley performance in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
Director: Robin Williams, for Rent.
Best Actress, Alieshia Vanderryken, Morgiana in Sinbad the Sailor.
Best Actor, Musical: Jaydee Mulder, as Mark in Rent.
Best Actor, Play: Clifford Kleb, as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.
Best Actress, Play: Yolande Farrow, as Mari in Rent.
Best Supporting Actress, Musical: Zena Bally as Joanne in Rent.
Best Supporting Actor, Musical: Arthur Daniels, in Rent.
Best Supporting Actress, Play: Tanya Taylor, as Nerissa, in The Merchant of Venice.
Best Supporting Actor, Play: Gareth Bain, as Ray Say, in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
Best Female Singer: Liske Hemingway, A Night at the Opera 2.
Best Male Singer: Khuselo Gqiba, A NIght at the Opera 2.
Best Debut: Director: Siobhan Day for Showtime 2018: Let the Good Times Roll.
Performance: Cailan van Heerden as Mimi in Rent.
Best Cameo: Tara-Jane Stern, as Phyllis Diller in Showtime 2018: Let the Good Times Roll.
Best Contribution to Theatre Dance: Siobhan Day, for choreographing Showtime 2018: Let the Good Times Roll.
Best Show Routine: Macavity, in Broadway and Beyond, staged by Sian-Beth Hitchner, performed by Zoe Gray, Danielle Viljoen, Georgia Palmer and Rayvan Zealand.
Best Contribution to Theatre Music: Petrus Muller, musical direction for Rent.
Best Vocal Direction: Liske Hemingway, A Night at the Opera 2.
Best Animal Kingdom Portrayal: Skye Phillips, as The Unicorn in Sinbad the Sailor.
Best Comedy Portrayal: Jaydee Mulder, as the Dame in Sinbad the Sailor.
Best Ensemble: The six-strong cast of Showtime 2018: Let the Good Times Roll: Kristin Labuschagne, Kayla Mathiesen, Skye Phillips, Danielle Viljoen, Jonathan Hughes, James van der Merwe.
Best Brochure: Pemads for Sinbad the Sailor.
Best Casting: Pemads for Sinbad the Sailor.
Best Dance Troupe: Showtime 2018: Let the Good Times Roll: Kayla Auld, Kayla Jacobs, Melandi Marias, Kelly Mathiesen, Ma-Bell Muller, Skye Phillips.
Best Theatre Family: The Brights.
Best Costumes:Pemads, Sinbad the Sailor.
Bsst Make-up, Hair: Pemads, Sinbad the Sailor.
Best Sets/ Decor: Pemads/ Platform Production: Rent.
Best Lighting: David Limbert, for Rent.
Best Sound: Steven van der Merwe, for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
Theatre Creativity: Chireen Ferreira, Etienne Harris: compiling Little Voice's vocal medley in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice...

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