Durban show up for three awards

Kate Normington as The Witch with Earl Gregory as The Baker in Kickstart’s Into the Woods, also starring Jessica Sole (right) as The Baker’s Wife. Both Normington and Gregory have been nominated for Fleur du Cap Awards for their performances in the musical. Picture by Jesse Kramer.

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BY BILLY SUTER

DURBAN’s KickstArt theatre company’s touring production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods, which visited Cape Town and Johannesburg last year after a popular 2016 season in Durban, has been nominated for three coveted Fleur du Cap awards.

The 55th awards ceremony, to be presented at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre on March 22, honours productions staged in Cape Town during the past year. The event breaks from tradition this year in that public tickets will not be available for the event. Rather, the awards ceremony may be followed via the Fleur du Cap YouTube channel.

Introduced in 1965, the Fleur du Cap Awards awards are presented in 24 categories.

Durban’s Greg King has been nominated for set design for Into the Woods.

Into the Woods stands to win awards for Greg King’s set design, Kate Normington’s lead female role in a musical, as The Witch; and for Earl Gregory, for lead male role in a musical, as The Baker.

Gregory has also been nominated for best male lead in a musical for his performance as cross-dressing Lola in hit Kinky Boots, while Normington has also been nominated for best female supporting role in a musical for her Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show.

Also a contender for two awards is Craig Urbani. He has been nominated as best lead actor in a musical for his sweet transvestite, Frank N Furter, in The Rocky Horror Show, and also as best male supporting actor in a musical, for his conniving lawyer,  Billy Flynn in Chicago.

 

The full list of Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards nominees is as follows:

 

BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT

The Cenotaph of Dan wa Moriri | Gerard Bester, William Harding and Tony B. Miyambo

The Hucksters | Louis Viljoen

The Room | Brent Palmer

G7: Okwe Bokhwe (Like/Of a goat) | Mandla Mbothwe and original company of 2017-18 Magnet Theatre trainees

Scott | Morapeleng Molekoa

BEST NEW DIRECTOR

Emily Child

Faniswa Yisa

Iman Isaacs and Raezeen Wentworth

Morapeleng Molekoa

Tyron Zoutman

BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Florence and Watson: The Great Pangolin Mystery

Jakkalsen Wolf Onbeperk

Lumka

Titum-titum

Vlooien die Storieboek

Earl Gregory as Lola in Kinky Boots.

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE

Abigail Mei, Carlo Daniels, Luxolo Mboso, Siyavuya Gqumehlo, Sivenathi Macibela, Sizwe Lubengu, Sityhilelo Makupula and Yvonne Msebenzi | G7: OkweBokhwe (Like/Of a goat) | Various roles

Carlo Daniels, Motlatji Mjamba, Sive Gubanxa, Siyavuya Gqumehlo, Jason Jacobs, Balindileka Ngcobo, Sizwe Lubengu, Sivenathi Macibela, Sityhilelo Makupula, Luxolo Mboso, Abigail Mei, Yvonne Msebenzi and Kanya Viljoen | Antigone (not quite/quiet) | Various roles

James Cairns, Taryn Bennett and Jaques de Silva | The Old Man and the Sea | Various roles

Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa | Every Year, Every Day, I’m Walking | Various roles

Lizz Meiring, Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck and Nicole Holm | 3 Susters | Christine, Anel and Bianca

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW

Carlo Daniels | Klippies van die grond | Various roles

Sandra Prinsloo | Kamphoer | Susan Nell

Tafara Nyatsanza | Scott | Various roles

Taryn Bennett | Silkworm | Georgina

Tony B. Miyambo | The Cenotaph of Dan wa Moriri | Various roles
 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Craig Urbani | Chicago the Musical | Billy Flynn

Eldon van der Merwe | Danger in the Dark | Chicco

Tashreeq de Villiers | Aunty Merle: It’s a Girl! | Glen Davids/Pastor Jansen

Tashreeq de Villiers | Danger in the Dark | Lucky

Craig Urbani as Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. Picture: Jesse Kramer

Tshepo Ncokoane | Kinky Boots | Angel

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Carmen Maarman | Aunty Merle: It’s a Girl! | Soraya Samsodien

Ilse Klink | Chicago the Musical | Mama Morton

Jennifer Steyn | Aunty Merle: It’s a Girl! | Claire White

Kate Normington | The Rocky Horror Show | Narrator

Namisa Mdlalose | Kinky Boots | Lauren

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Craig Urbani | The Rocky Horror Show | Frank N Furter

Earl Gregory | Into the Woods | The Baker

Earl Gregory | Kinky Boots | Lola

Elton Landrew | Danger in the Dark | Poison

Marc Lottering | Aunty Merle: It’s a Girl! | Aunty Merle

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Bianca Flanders | Krotoa: Eva van de Kaap | Krotoa/Sam

Didintle Khunou | The Rocky Horror Show | Janet Weiss

Kate Normington | Into the Woods | The Witch

Rushney Ferguson | Danger in the Dark | Juanita

Zolani Mahola | The One Who Sings | Herself

BEST PUPPETRY DESIGN

Alida van Deventer | The Old Man and the Sea | Old man puppet

Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer | Macbeth | Fleance

Jenine Collocott | The Old Man and the Sea | Masks

Taryn Bennett in The Old Man and the Sea.

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Fred Abrahamse | Equus 

Faheem Bardien | The Glass Menagerie 

Ken Billington | Chicago the Musical

Tim Mitchell | Kinky Boots 

Wolf Britz | Statements After an Arrest under the Immorality Act 

BEST SET DESIGN

Greg King | Into the Woods

Marcel Meyer | Equus

Patrick Curtis | The Goat, or Who is Sylvia

Paul Wills | Kinky Boots

Wolf Britz | Statements After an Arrest under the Immorality Act

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Birrie le Roux | Kinky Boots

Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer | Macbeth

Graça Brandão Oliveira | Aunty Merle: It’s a Girl!

Illka Louw and Alicia Wallace | Richard III

Marcel Meyer | Equus

BEST SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC, SOUNDSCAPE OR LIVE PERFORMANCE

Babalwa Makwetu | G7: Okwe Bokhwe (Like/Of a goat)

Charl-Johan Lingenfelder | Statements After an Arrest under the Immorality Act

Godfrey Johnson | Vaslav

Neo Muyanga | Antigone (not quite/quiet)

Neo Muyanga | Every Year, Every Day, I’m Walking

BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – MALE

Bongani Kubheka | La Serva Padrona | Uberto

Makudupanyane Senaoana | I Capuleti e I Montecchi | Tebaldo

Thando Zwane | I Capuleti e I Montecchi | Capellio

BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN OPERA – FEMALE

Ané Pretorius | I Capuleti e I Montecchi | Romeo

Brittany Smith | I Capuleti e I Montecchi | Giulietta

Fleur Barron | Orphée et Eurydice | Orphée

Nombulelo Yende | I Capuleti e I Montecchi | Giulietta

Siphokazi Molteno | I Capuleti e I Montecchi | Rome

 

Marc Lottering as Merle, star of Aunty Merle, It’s a Girl.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

David Viviers | Cellist with Rabies | Rabies Virus

Edwin van der Walt | Koningin Lear | Corné/Junkie

Marcel Meyer | The Glass Menagerie | Jim

Marty Kintu | Florence| Porter

Sanda Shandu | Richard III | Earl of Richmond/Dorset
 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Anna-Mart van der Merwe | Koningin Lear | Sumien

Cassandra-Tendai Mpanda | Richard III | Queen Elizabeth

Indalo Benett | Florence | Marge

Jenny Stead | The Glass Menagerie | Laura Wingfield

Maggie Gericke | Equus | Dora Strang

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Antoinette Kellerman | Koningin Lear | Elisabeth Lear

Dorothy-Ann Gould | Family Secrets | Grazia

Fiona Ramsay | The Glass Menagerie | Amanda Wingfield

Indalo Benett | Wine in the Wilderness | Tommy

Jennifer Steyn | The Goat, or Who is Sylvia | Stevie

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY

Alan Committie | Richard III | Richard III

Brent Palmer | The Room | Mike

David Viviers | Macbeth | Lady Macbeth

Graham Hopkins | Equus | Martin Dysart

Sven Ruygrok in Equus.

Nicholas Pauling | The Hucksters | Fred

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Fred Abrahamse | The Glass Menagerie

Mandla Mbothwe | G7: OkweBokhwe (Like/Of a goat)

Maropeleng Molekoa | Scott

Matthew Wild | Kinky Boots

Mdu Kweyama | The Goat, or Who is Sylvia

BEST PRODUCTION

Baxter Theatre Centre | The Goat, or Who is Sylvia

Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre | Kinky Boots

Magnet Theatre | G7: Okwe Bokhwe (Like/Of a goat)

Morapeleng Molekoa | Scott

Pieter Toerien | Equus

AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT

Basetsana Molepo | Afda

Cantona James | University of Stellenbosch

Chad Baai | Waterfront Theatre School

Devonecia Swartz | University of Stellenbosch

Ntlanhla Kutu | Afda

The judging panel for this year’s awards consisted of long-serving members as well as newcomers – all respected experts in their fields unified by unique perspective of the performing arts. Along with Africa Melane as chairperson, they include Dr Beverley Brommert, Maurice Carpede, Marina Griebenow, Thabo Makgolo, Mariana Malan, Roxy Marosa, Dr Wayne Muller, Tracey Saunders, Lwando Scott and Hadley Tituss.


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