BY BILLY SUTER
DURBAN theatre talent has once again been placed on a high pedestal – KickstArt’s Shrek The Musical, staged at Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City last year, has received 10 Naledi Theatre Award nominations.
Nominations for the awards, established 13 years ago to honour productions staged in Gauteng, were announced last night in Johannesburg.
Shrek The Musical, originally staged in Durban, is nominated for best musical, director of a musical/music revue (Steven Stead), actor in a musical (Lyle Buxton), actress in a musical (Jessica Sole), supporting actor in a musical (both Jacobus van Heerden and Rory Booth), costume design (Greg King and Shanti Naidoo), sound design (Lee Brune), choreography (Janine Bennewith) and musical direction (Rowan Bakker).
Other Durban representatives at the awards are KickstArt’s Greg King – nominated for best set design for Suddenly the Storm – and Charon Williams-Ros, nominated as best lead actress in a musical, for her role as Miss Hannigan in Annie.
Taryn-Lee Hudson, originally from Durban, is a nominee for her high-voiced screen star, Lina Lamont, in the touring production of Singin’ in the Rain.
“The list of nominees is evidence that theatre is alive and very well in South Africa, and we so look forward to honouring these actors, producers, technicians and other thespians at the awards this year,” says Dawn Lindberg, executive director of the Naledi Theatre Awards.
Over the past 13 years, the Naledi Theatre Awards has honoured more than 60 Lifetime Achievers, veteran artists, technicians and administrators who have dedicated their lives to local theatre, while also paying tribute to people in the arts who have taken their final bows during the year under review.
The Naledi Theatre Awards cover all mainstream professional productions from the period January 1 to December 1 of the previous year, and the Naledi judges typically evaluate more than 100 productions in some 27 categories.
The Naledi panel of judges consists of informed and regular theatre-goers, academics and members of the media covering the arts in Johannesburg.
“It is indeed a huge commitment and labour of love for the judges whose only reward is two tickets to the shows,” says Lindberg.
“The debates are open and vigorous, but in the end, agreement is reached. Our only criteria is excellence, and it is particularly gratifying to see how much new local work is rising to the top.”
The date for the awards event has not been determined as yet, due to lack of funding, says acting chairman of the Naledi Theatre Awards, Welcome Msomi.
“However, we are hoping to hear from potential sponsors very soon so that the much-coveted awards event can proceed as planned,” he adds.
“The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City is holding dates for the awards, and Clive Morris Productions are on standby to film the Awards event (once sponsorship or funding has been secured),” says Msomi.
“M-Net, KykNet and Mzansi Magic are keen to become media partners and have undertaken to broadcast the event.”
“It is vitally important to keep the Naledis alive as we hold a mirror to what is happening on our stages while encouraging new audiences and practitioners,” says Lindberg.
Theatre reflects our ever-changing society and tells our stories of pain, rage, joy, celebration, and those of the human indomitable spirit,” she concludes.
THIS IS THE FULL LIST OF NALEDI THEATRE AWARD NOMINATIONS
1. BEST THEATRE SET DESIGN
Greg King – Suddenly the Storm
Karabo Legoabe – Waiting for Jack
Kayli Elit Smith – Cheers to Sarajevo
Sarah Roberts – iLembe
Saul Radomsky – Bad Jews
Sylvaine Strike & Kosie Smit – DOP
Wilhelm Disbergen – AS
2. BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Jade Bowers (assisted by Camille Behrens) – Scorched
Floris Louw – Mannequin
Greg King and Shanti Naidoo – Shrek The Musical
Niall Griffin – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Onthatile Matshidiso – Egoli
Sarah Roberts – iLembe
Thando Lobese – TAU
3. BEST LIGHTING DESIGN
Gareth Hewitt Williams – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Hlomohang Mothetho – TAU
Mandla Mtshali – A Raisin in the Sun
Nomvula Molepo – Egoli
Oliver Hauser – Scorched
Thapelo Mokgosi – 6 Characters in Search of an Author
Wesley France – Suddenly the Storm
4. BEST SOUND DESIGN
Disney Nonyane – 6 Characters in Search of an Author
Emily Adams – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Gladman Balintulo – iLembe
Lee Brune – Shrek The Musical
Mark Malherbe – Annie
Mark Malherbe – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Richard Smith – Sneeuwitjie
5. BEST CHILDREN’S PRODUCTION (Supported by ASSITEJ SA) (0 – 12)
Disney’s Peter Pan – Prod. by People’s Theatre.
Disney’s Junior Aladdin – Prod. by People’s Theatre.
Khokho’s Treasure – Prod. by The National Children’s Theatre.
Library Lion – Prod. by The National Children’s Theatre.
Mr Popper’s Penguins – Prod. by The National Children’s Theatre.
Ntombi Dreams Big – Prod. by Alt Eye Productions, Redhill Festival and PopArt.
Seussical Jnr – Prod. by People’s Theatre.
6. BEST PRODUCTION FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES (Supported by ASSITEJ SA) (13 – 17)
Hoopvol – Prod. by Pit Productions.
Just Antigone – Prod by The Movement.
My Japan – Prod by Andre Stolz.
Narrative Dreams – Prod by Seeds of Water
Shakespeare’s Coriolanus – Prod by National Children’s Theatre in ass with Renos Spanoudes.
Woza Albert – Prod by the Market Theatre by arrangement with DALRO, in association with the Joburg Theatre, Soweto Theatre and RedFest.
7. BEST PERFORMANCE IN A CHILDRENS’ THEATRE PRODUCTION (Supported by ASSITEJ SA)
Gamelihle Bovana – Library Lion
Jovan Muthray – Just Antigone
Mathabo Tlali – Ntombi Dreams Big
Nyakallo Motloung – Just Antigone
Thapelo Sebogodi – Shakespeare’s Coriolanus
Veronique Mensah – Library Lion
Palesa Makhalima – Seussical Jnr
8. BEST NEWCOMER / BREAKTHROUGH
Aubrey Mogali – Narrative Dreams
Dean-John Smith – A Cock and Bull Story
Edwin van der Walt – A Cock and Bull Story
Daniel Richards – Pay Back The Curry!
Ezbie Sebatsa Moilwa – The Dying Screams
Phillru van Achterbergh – Porselein
Wilhelm van der Walt – DOP
9. BEST ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY
Duane Alexander – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Janine Bennewith – Shrek The Musical
Lennox Sibisi – Umshado – A Marriage of Heritage
Nhlanhla Mahlangu – TAU
Sonia Thandazile Radebe & Nhlanhla Mahlangu – Sophiatown
Weslee Swain Lauder – Saturday Night Fever
Oscar Buthelezi – iLembe
10. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE / ARRANGEMENT / ADAPTATION
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dawid Boverhoff – Altyd In My Drome
Eddie Mathiba – Umshado – A Marriage of Heritage
Heidi Edeling & Francois Steyn – Sneeuwitjie
Neo Muyanga – I Turned Away and She Was Gone
Warrick Sony & Brendan Jury – Ubu and the Truth Commission
11. BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Arthur Molepo – Sophiatown
Bryan Schimmel – Annie
Dawid Boverhoff – Altyd In My Drome
Heidi Edeling – Sneeuwitjie
Louis Zurnamer – Singin’ In The Rain
Rowan Bakker – Shrek The Musical
Wessel Odendaal – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
12. BEST ENSEMBLE
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
6 Characters in Search of an Author
13. BEST CUTTING EDGE
I See You
I Turned Away and She Was Gone
Les Cenci: A play about Artaud
The Year of the Bicycle
14. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Ameera Patel – Scorched
Ashley Carine de Lange – Bad Jews
Barileng Malebye – Sophiatown
Lesedi Job – A Raisin in the Sun
Renate Stuurman – Suddenly the Storm
Tholani ‘Khoni’ Miya – iLembe
Toni Morkel – Tobacco and the Harmful Effects Thereof
15. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Alesandro Mendes – iLembe
Brandon Auret – The President’s Man
Craig Jackson – Sherlock Holmes
Katlego Letsholonyana – Egoli
Oli Booth – Bad Jews
Tiaan Slabbert – Porselein
Wilhelm van der Walt – DOP
16. BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Jade Bowers – Scorched
John Kani – The Dying Screams
Lara Bye – Oskar en die Pienk Tannie
Marthinus Basson – A Cock and Bull Story
Sibusisi Mamba – 6 Characters in Search of an Author
Sylvaine Strike – DOP
Thabiso T. Rammala & Momo Matsunyane – TAU
17. BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL/REVUE
Elizma Badenhorst – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Nataniël – Mannequin
Neels Clasen – Altyd In My Drome
Paul Warwick Griffin – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Steven Stead – Shrek The Musical
Weslee Swain Lauder – Sneeuwitjie
18. BEST SUPPORTING/FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL/REVUE: FEMALE
Delray Halgryn – Annie
Kiruna-Lind Devar – Saturday Night Fever
LJ Nielson – Saturday Night Fever
Taryn-Lee Hudson – Singin’ In The Rain
Taryn Sudding – Annie
Tessa Denton – Altyd In My Drome
19. BEST SUPPORTING/FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL/REVUE: MALE
Bongi Mthombeni – Saturday Night Fever
Jacobus van Heerden – Shrek The Musical
Jonathan Roxmouth – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Rory Booth – Shrek The Musical
Stephen Jubber – Annie
Steven van Wyk – Singin’ In The Rain
20. BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL/REVUE: FEMALE
Angela Kilian – Sneeuwitjie
Bethany Dickson – Singin’ In The Rain
Charon Williams Ros – Annie
Jessica Sole – Shrek The Musical
Kate Normington – Robin Hood and the Babes in the wood
Lilla Fleischmann – Annie
21. BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL/REVUE: MALE
Earl Gregory – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Graham Hopkins – Robin Hood and the Babes in the wood
Grant Almirall – Singin’ In The Rain
Lyle Buxton – Shrek The Musical
Neels Clasen – Annie
Willem Botha – Altyd In My Drome
22. BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY: FEMALE
Busisiwe Busi Zofuka – Ubu and the Truth Commission
Busisiwe Nyundu – iLembe
Charmaine Weir-Smith – Suddenly the Storm
Ilse Klink – Scorched
Masasa Lindiwe Mbangeni – The Dying Screams
Sandra Prinsloo – Oskar en die Pienk Tannie
Tinarie van Wyk Loots – Plant vir my ‘n Boom André
23. BEST PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY: MALE
André Odendaal – DOP
Andrew Buckland – Tobacco and the Harmful Effects Thereof
Andries Babalo Mbali – iLembe
Desmond Dube – I See You
Lunga Radebe – I See You
Motlatsi Mafatshe – Mooi Street Moves
Mpho Osei-Tutu – Scorched
24. BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT
DOP – Written by Retief Scholtz
I See You – Written by Mongiwekhaya Mthombeni
iLembe – Written by Small Ndaba & Phyllis Klotz in co-op. with Balungile Dlamini, Bhoyi Ngema (†), Andries Mbali & Jeremy Richard.
Pay Back The Curry! – Written by Mike van Graan
Sherlock Holmes – Written by Robert Fridjhon & Bronwyn Gottwald
Suddenly the Storm – Written by Paul Slabolepszy
TAU – Written by Thabiso T. Rammala.
25. BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Bad Jews – Prod. by Eric Abraham in ass. with The Fugard Theatre & the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.
I See You – Prod. by the Market Theatre & Royal Court Theatre.
Scorched – Prod. by Jade Bowers in ass. with UJ Arts & Culture.
6 Characters in Search of an Author – Prod. by the Market Theatre & Windybrow Theatre.
Suddenly the Storm – Prod. by the Market Theatre & Windybrow Theatre in ass. with the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.
A Raisin’ in the Sun – Prod. by the Market Theatre in ass. with the US Embassy.
Ubu and the Truth Commission – Prod. by Handspring Puppet Company in ass. with the Market Theatre & the Windybrow Theatre.
26. BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
Altyd In My Drome – Prod. by Kosie Smit in ass. with Pieter Toerien.
Annie – Prod. by Pieter Toerien & Hazel Feldman in ass. with Michael Harrison Entertainment & David Ian Productions.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Prod. by VRG Theatrical in ass. with Dalro (PTY) Ltd.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Prod. by Pieter Toerien & the Really Useful Group.
Shrek The Musical – Prod. by KickstArt in ass. with Gold Reef City.
Singin’ In The Rain – Prod. by Pieter Toerien and the Chichester Festival Theatre
Umshado – A Marriage of Heritage – Prod. By State Theatre in ass with One Step Productions cc.