What number of theatre awards can we assist?

“Ovations” president Michael Sparks on stage for Canberra Rep.

WITH the announcement that the long-awaited “Ovations” awards for theatre might be run on the Hellenic Membership on February 10, the query arises as to only what number of theatre awards a modestly-sized metropolis can assist? 

The “Ovations”, in accordance with president Michael Sparks, have been established as an integrated not-for-profit group affiliation in 2020 after a wide-ranging collection of group conferences, to acknowledge excellence in native dance, musical theatre and theatre. 

However this transfer itself had adopted the announcement that the CAT Awards, after 25 years of operation, have been to be wound up on June 30 of the identical 12 months after a dramatic drop in Canberra membership, complaints about the price of entry and controversy over the suitability of judges.

However confusion set in nearly instantly, as a result of though the CATS had been wound up as a registered firm in 2020, they have been instantly resuscitated by founding CAT mom Coralie Wooden, who re-registered the title, retained the membership-based construction and her staff of roving judges, and decided to take care of focus, not simply on native theatre however on faculties and newbie corporations from across the area. 

“CATS” founder Coralie Wooden.

On December 18, an awards night time was held at Theatre 3 beneath the brand new official CATS title, the Mixed Space Theatre Awards, a nod to the regional foundation of the present-day awards, which had been bolstered by beneficiant grants from the NSW authorities by former Deputy Premier and member for Monaro, John Barilaro.

The Ovations Awards, in distinction, are particularly restricted to the Canberra and Queanbeyan area. Just like the CATS, they’re membership-based, with becoming a member of charges starting from $20 to $85 and judged by members of the performing arts group, with strict conflict-of-interest restrictions set in place.

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There are various acquainted classes, akin to Finest Director, Finest Lead Feminine Efficiency, Finest Hair and Make-up Design, to call just a few at random. 

A particular award – the Standing Ovation – might be offered to somebody who goes above and past within the performing arts, nominated by corporations participating within the awards.

The Ovations Inaugural Awards Night, Hellenic Membership Woden, 6.30pm, Friday, February 10. The total listing of nominees at ovations.org.au

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Ian Meikle, editor