Sterling Awards 2011Like life, theatre is a matter of dramatic suspense and surprise revelations. The 24th annual edition of the Sterling Awards served up a generous measure of both at a gala sequins and sneaker affair at the Mayfield Theatre on Monday night [June 27, 2011], hosted by the quick-witted team of Mark Meer and Bridget Ryan. The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide, a Northern Light Theatre production of a strange high-risk play — in which actors played little kids playing amateur actors in an amateur play written as a suicide note by a classmate — was the top choice of jurors. The show, which happened under anti-theatrical fluorescent strip lighting in a “classroom,” was deemed the outstanding production, and garnered Sterlings as well in direction, for Trevor Schmidt, and in both supporting role acting categories, for Cheryl Jameson and Jesse Gervais. See the rest of Liz Nicoll’s review of the 2011 Sterling Awards here and check out the award winners here:

And the 2011 Sterling Awards goes to…

  • Outstanding production of a play: The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide (Northern Light Theatre)
  • Timothy Ryan award for outstanding production of a musical: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mayfield Dinner Theatre)
  • Outstanding new play (award to playwright): An Almost Perfect Thing by Nicole Moeller (Workshop West Theatre)
  • Outstanding independent production: Dog (Surreal SoReal Theatre)
  • Outstanding performance by an actress in a leading role: Fiona Reid in August: Osage County (Citadel Theatre)
  • Outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role: John Ullyatt in Billy Bishop Goes to War (Citadel)
  • Outstanding performance by an actress in a supporting role: Cheryl Jameson in The 4th Graders … (Northern Light)
  • Outstanding performance by an actor in a supporting role: Jesse Gervais in The 4th Graders … (Northern Light)
  • Outstanding director: Trevor Schmidt, The 4th Graders … (Northern Light)
  • Outstanding set design: Sue LePage, August: Osage County (Citadel)
  • Outstanding costume design: Leona Brausen, The Ambassador’s Wives (Teatro La Quindicina)
  • Outstanding lighting design: Robert Gardiner, Studies in Motion (Electric Theatre Company at the Citadel)
  • Outstanding score of a play or musical: Dave Clarke, Dog (Surreal SoReal)
  • Outstanding musical director: Ryan Sigurdson, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mayfield)
  • Outstanding choreography or fight direction: Crystal Pite, choreography, Studies in Motion (Electric Theatre Company at the Citadel)
  • Outstanding Fringe production: Witness to a Conga (Teatro La Quindicina)
  • Outstanding Fringe new work: Witness to a Conga by Stewart Lemoine (Teatro La Quindicina)
  • Outstanding Fringe performance by an actress: Kristi Hansen, Dying City (Pocket Theatre)
  • Outstanding Fringe performance by an actor: Jeff Haslam, Witness to a Conga (Teatro La Quindicina)
  • Outstanding Fringe director: Chris Bullough, Shimmer (Wishbone)
  • Outstanding production for young audiences: Under Cover (Concrete Theatre)
  • Outstanding artistic achievement, theatre for young audiences: Tracy Carroll, direction, Beneath the Ice (The Cookie/ Fringe Theatre Adventures)
  • The Ross Hill award for individual achievement in production: Tim Williamson
  • The Margaret Mooney award for outstanding achievement in administration: Eva Cairns
  • Outstanding contribution to theatre in Edmonton: Jennie Diment