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Naledi Theatre Awards nominations announced

Four new categories have been introduced this year.

The logo for the Naledi Theatre Awards. Picture: Naledi Theatre Awards facebook page
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Local Entertainment Lifestyle

JOHANNESBURG – The nominees for the 2016 Naledi Theatre Awards have been announced and will honour some of South Africa’s best theatre productions next month.  

Among these is the first fully Setswana production staged at the Market Theatre last year, Lepatata – a play that focuses on the aftermath of a battle for land between the Batlhaping and the Khoikhoi/Boer alliance. 

It has bagged five nominations including ‘Best Production’.

Playwright and television legend Moagi Modise says the nominations signal a level playing field for the Northern Cape.

“This is much more than just a nomination in that writing and operating from my province the Northern Cape that doesn’t really seem to have a culture of theatre; it’s marvellous that this award is actually putting my province up there. It says that we can compete with the best that South Africa has to offer.”

Awards director Dawn Lindberg says four new categories have been introduced to this year’s list.

“This year, we have the highest standard of excellence ever, so much so that we have introduced four new categories: ‘Best Director of a Musical’, ‘Best Support/Featured performance in a Musical’ and ‘Best Performance in a production for Children’s Theatre’. The fourth new category is in keeping with the new technology involved in design of sets: ‘Best AV/Animation’.”

Musical comedy Sister Act, which was considered the biggest musical in South Africa last year, has received the most nominations in 12 categories.

THE LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE NALEDI THATERE AWARDS:

1.  BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
                    
Ameera Patel , Cincinatti :Scenes from City Life

Dorothy Ann Gould, The Something Prince

Janna Ramos-Violante, Doubt

Liezl de Kock, Crazy in Love   

Mwenya Kabwe , Doubt

Thami Ngoma, Crepuscule    


2.  BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Carel Nel, People Are  Living There

Conrad Kemp, Crepuscule    

Phillip M Dikotla , Fishers of Hope    

Phillip Tipo Tindisa, Fishers of Hope    

Shaun Oelf , Fishers of Hope
    
Sven Ruygrok, Epstein : The Man Who Made The Beatles

3.  BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN (0 – 12)

A Year With Frog and Toad     

Disney’s The Little Mermaid    

Patchwork     

Shrek' The Musical. JR. 

The Adventures of Oliver Twist        

4.  BEST PRODUCTION FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES (13 - 17)

Making Mandela                 

Mis  

Short, Stories, Alive    

So Where To  

Uhambo The Journey  

5.  BEST PERFORMANCE IN A CHILDRENS’ THEATRE PRODUCTION

Shelley Simon, Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Andile Magxaki, Shrek’ The Musical. JR.

Sarah Malherbe, Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Jana Louw , Shrek’ The Musical. JR.

Devon Flemmer , A Year With Frog and Toad

Gamelihle Bovana, James And The Giant Peach

6.  BEST NEWCOMER / BREAKTHROUGH (the Brett Goldin Award)

Dionne Song, Sleeping Beauty  

Francois Jacobs, People Are Living There

Menzi Mkhwane, A Voice I Cannot Silence
    
Nokuthula Ledwaba, Noise    
    
Rowlen von Gericke, Noise        

Sipho Mahlatshana, Hinterland   

Thabo Rametsi, Noise  

7.  BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Floris Louw, After Animals    

Margo Fleisch, Miss Dietrich Regrets

Melissa van Eck, Aspoestertjie    

Neil Stuart Harris, Sweeney Todd    

Nthabiseng Makone, Lepatata        

Thando Lobese, Crepuscule    

8.  BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Declan Randall, Sister Act    

Denis Hutchinson, Miss Dietrich Regrets

Kevin Stannet, After Animals  

Michael Broderick, A Voice I Cannot Silence
 
Nomvula Molepo, Crepuscule

Patrick Curtis, Fishers of Hope  

Tina Le Roux, Sweeney Todd    

9.  BEST AV / ANIMATION

Adam Pelkowitz, I’m Playing Your Song

Declan Randall, Sister Act   

JanHendrik Burger, After Animals 

Jurgen Meekel, Cincinatti :Scenes from City Life

Sue Pam-Grant, The Something Prince

Wilhelm Disbergen, Colour Me Human 

10.  BEST SET DESIGN

Declan Randall, Sister Act    

Denis Hutchinson, The Imagined Land

Greg King, Sweeney Todd    

Nadya Cohen, A Voice I Cannot Silence

Nataniël, After Animals 

Patrick Curtis, Fishers of Hope

Sue Pam-Grant, The Something Prince

11.  BEST SOUND DESIGN

Ken Crossley &  Larry Pullen, Aspoestertjie  

Larry Pullen, After Animals  

Mark Malherbe, Sweeney Todd   

Paul Riekert, Noise        

Mark Malherbe, Little Shop Of Horrors

Trevor Peters, Sister Act 

12.  BEST SCORE / ARRANGEMENT / ADAPTATION

Jonathan Roxmouth & Bryan Schimmel,  I’m Playing Your Song  

Joseph Makhanza, Lepatata      

Kutlwano Masote, Masote’s Dream  

Nataniël , After Animals  

Nceba Gongxeka, Fishers of Hope  

Steve Dyer, Colour Me Human

13.  BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Justin Southey, Little Shop  Of Horrors

Machiel Roets, Aspoestertjie

Nataniël, After Animals  

Rowan Bakker, Sweeney Todd    

Rowan Bakker, Sister Act    

Steve Dyer, Colour Me Human

14.  BEST EMERGING VOICE

Lidija Marelic          Writer / Director

Sonia Radebe        Choreographer

Phala Phala          Writer / Director

Joanna Evans        Writer / Director

15.  BEST PRODUCTION: CUTTING EDGE

Broken Plates        

Crazy in Love    

Johnny Boskak Is Feeling Funny

Kafka’s Ape    

Masote’s Dream  

We Didn't Come To Hell For The Croissants: Seven Deadly New Stories for Consenting  Adults

UNDONE/ONT

16.  BEST ENSEMBLE

Colour Me Human  

Lepatata  

Making Mandela 

PYTHONesque 

The Snow Goose         

The Story I am about to Tell

17.  BEST ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY

Grant van Ster, Fishers of Hope  

Ian & Viv Von Memerty, Fantastic 50  

Martin van Heerden & Bradley Dreyer, After Animals

Nhlanhla Mahlangu, Crepuscule    

Nicol Sheraton, Sister Act
    
Sonia Radebe & Nhlanhla Mahlangu Colour Me Human

18.  BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL / REVUE

Alan Swerdlow, I’m Playing Your Song

Janice Honeyman, Sister Act    

Nataniël, After Animals

Steven Stead, Sweeney Todd    

Steven Stead, Little Shop Of Horrors

Weslee Lauder, Aspoestertjie    

19.  BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Caroline Smart, Hinterland    

Greg Homann, A Voice I Cannot Silence

James Cuningham, Doubt 

Jenine Collocott , The Snow Goose
        
Khayelihle Dom Gumede, Crepuscule   

Makhaola Ndebele, Lepatata

Marthinus Basson, As Die Broek Pas

Monageng “Vice” Motshabi, The Story I am  about to Tell

20.  BEST SUPPORT / FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL

Adam Pelkowitz , Sweeney Todd    

Clint Lesch  , Aspoestertjie    

Cobus Venter & Tiaan Rautenbach,  Aspoestertjie    

Michelle Levin, Sleeping Beauty
    
Phumi Mncayi, Sister Act    

Soli Philander, Aspoestertjie
    
Zak Hendrikz, Little ShopOf Horrors

21.  BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL (FEMALE)

Candice van Litsenborgh, Little Shop Of Horrors

Candida Mosoma, Sister Act    

Charon Williams-Ros, Sweeney Todd    

Kate Normington, Sister Act    

Marlee van der Merwe, Aspoestertjie

Sharon Spiegel-Wagner, I’m Playing  Your Song

22.  BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL (MALE)

Alan Committie, Little Shop  Of Horrors

Jonathan Roxmouth, Sweeney Todd    

Jonathan Roxmouth, I’m Playing Your Song

Keith Smith, Sister Act    

Nataniël, After Animals    

Tobie Cronjé, Sleeping Beauty 

23.  BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY (FEMALE)

Anna-Mart van der Merwe, People Are Living There

Antoinette Kellerman, As Die Broek Pas

Clare Mortimer, A Voice I Cannot Silence

Fiona Ramsay, Miss Dietrich Regrets

Fiona Ramsay, Doubt  

Lesedi Job, Fishers of Hope    

Sylvaine Strike, Black and Blue   

Warona Seane, Tin Bucket Drum 

Wessel Pretorius, UNDONE/ONT

24.  BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY (MALE)

Attandwa Kani, Black and Blue    

Craig Morris, Johnny BoskakIs Feeling Funny

Craig Urbani, Morecambe    

James Mac Ewan, Doubt 

Mncedisi Shabangu, Fishers of Hope  

Nicholas Pauling, Epstein: The Man Who  Made The Beatles

Ralph Lawson, A Voice I Cannot Silence

Wessel Pretorius, UNDONE/ONT

25.  BEST NEW SA SCRIPT

A Voice I  Cannot Silence

Broken Plates

Crepuscule  

Fishers of Hope  

Hinterland    

Lepatata  

The Imagined Land     

26.  BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

A Voice I Cannot Silence 

Black and Blue    

Doubt  

Fishers of Hope  

Hinterland  

Lepatata  

Miss Dietrich Regrets 

The Snow Goose      

27.  BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (the Joan Brickhill Award)

After Animals 

Aspoestertjie 

I’m Playing Your Song    

Little Shop Of Horrors

Sister Act  

Sweeney Todd

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