Calgary theatreCalgary Theatre Critics, Stephen Hunt of the Calgary Herald, Louis B. Hobson of the Calgary Sun and Jessica Goldman of CBC’s The Eyeopener and applause-meter.com announced the nominees for the second annual Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards. Nominees were chosen from any production performed in Calgary between August, 2012 and June, 2013, with the exception of Broadway Across Canada performances. The winners will be announced at a free public award ceremony at 8pm on July 24th at The Libertine Public House, 223 8 Ave SW.

The 2013 Critter nominees are:

Best Play:

  • Hamlet, The Shakespeare Company
  • Pride and Prejudice, Theatre Calgary
  • The Kite Runner, Theatre Calgary
  • Jack Goes Boating, Sage Theatre
  • William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, The Shakespeare Company/Ground Zero Hit & Myth Productions

Best Musical

  • Chicago. Stage West
  • Next to Normal, Theatre Calgary
  • Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame, Lunchbox Theatre/High Performance Rodeo
  • The Last Five Years, Storybook Theatre
  • If I Weren’t With You, Lunchbox Theatre

Best New Script

  • Sequence by Arun Lakra (Downstage/Hit & Myth Productions)
  • People You May Know by One Yellow Rabbit
  • Second Chance, First Love by Caroline Russell-King (Lunchbox)
  • This Is How I Left by Third Street Theatre Creative Ensemble
  • May and Joe by Morris Ertman. Heather Pattengale and Paul Zacharias (Rosebud Theatre)

Best Touring Production

  • Look Mummy I’m Dancing by Vanessa Van Durme
  • Metamorphosis (Lyric Theatre & Vesturport)
  • Ride The Cyclone (Atomic Vaudeville)
  • This is What Happens Next by Daniel McIvor (Alberta Theatre Projects)
  • The God That Comes, Created by Hawksley Workman and Christian Barry (Alberta Theatre Projects)

Best Director Play

  • Haysam Kadri – Hamlet (The Shakespeare Company)
  • Dennis Garnhum – Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary)
  • Mark Bellamy – Scarlet Woman (Lunchbox Theatre)
  • Kelly Reay – Polygraph (Sage Theatre)
  • Kevin McKendrick – Sequence (Downstage)

Best Director Musical

  • Ron Jenkins – Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary)
  • Max Reimer – Chicago (Stage West)
  • David Leyshon – If I Weren’t With You (Lunchbox)
  • Marc Bellamy – The Last Five Years (Storybook Theatre)
  • Rachel Avery – Blanche: the Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame (Lunchbox/High Performance Rodeo)

Best Actor in a Play

  • Garett Ross – Jack Goes Boating (Sage Theatre)
  • Christian Goutsis – Hamlet (The Shakespeare Company)
  • Wes Tritter – Second Chance, First Love (Lunchbox Theatre)
  • Anousha Alamian – The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary)
  • Brian Jensen – A Steady Rain (Ground Zero and Hit & Myth Productions)

Best Actress in a Play

  • Denise Clarke – People You May Know (One Yellow Rabbit)
  • Julie Orton – Scarlet Woman (Lunchbox Theatre)
  • Alyssa Bradac – This is How I Left (Third Street Theatre)
  • Karen Robinson – Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects)
  • Genevieve Pare – Polygraph (Sage Theatre)

Best Actor in a Musical

  • Bart Kwiatkowski – Evil Dead: The Musical (Ground Zero/Hit & Myth Productions)
  • Matt Cassidy – Chicago (Stage West)
  • J.P. Thibodeau – The Last Five Years (Storybook Theatre)
  • Robert Marcus – Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary)
  • Barrie Wood – Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary)

Best Actress in a Musical

  • Kathryn Akin – Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary)
  • Marisa McIntyre – Chicago (Stage West)
  • Madeleine Suddaby – The Last Five Years (Storybook Theatre)
  • Onalea Gilbertson – Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame (Lunchbox/High Performance Rodeo)
  • Jill Agopsowicz – Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary)

Featured Actor in a Play

  • Frank Zotter – Jack Goes Boating (Sage Theatre)
  • Graham Percy – Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects)
  • Paul Welch – It Could Be Any Of Us (Vertigo Theatre)
  • Duval Lang – Hamlet (The Shakespeare Company)
  • Roger LeBlanc – Hamlet (The Shakespeare Company)

Featured Actress in a Play

  • Julie Orton – Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects)
  • Esther Purves-Smith – Dust (Alberta Theatre Projects)
  • Elinor Holt – It Could be Any One of Us (Vertigo Theatre)
  • Shawna Burnett – Jack Goes Boating (Sage Theatre)
  • Valerie Ann Pearson – Panic (Vertigo Theatre)

Featured Actor in a Musical

  • Scott Shpeley – You’re a Good Many, Charlie Brown (Alberta Theatre Projects)
  • Michael Cox – Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary)
  • Ed Shaley – Chicago (Stage West)
  • Jeremy Crittenden – Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary)

Featured Actress in a Musical

  • Sara Farb – Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary)
  • Alyssa Billingsly – Evil Dead: The Musical (Ground Zero and Hit & Myth)
  • Lisa Lennox – Charlie Brown (Alberta Theatre Projects)
  • Denise Clarke – Songs from Nightingale Alley (One Yellow Rabbit)

Best Solo Performance

  • Paul Welch – I Am My Own Wife (Third Street Theatre)
  • Haysam Kadri – Bashir Lazhar (Downstage)
  • Chantal Perron – Aviatrix (Lunchbox Theatre)
  • Heather Pattengale – Badger (Theatre BSMT)
  • Monice Peter – The Dandelion Project (Verb Theatre)

Best Design

  • Terry Gunvordahl – Polygraph (Sage Theatre)
  • Terry Gunvordahl, Kaely Dekker, Andrew Blizzard – Panic (Vertigo Theatre)
  • Patrick Clark – Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary)
  • Kerem Cetinel – The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary)
  • Martin Evans – Hamlet (The Shakespeare Company)

In addition, the critics will be handing out a special award entitled the Evans Award to someone they feel has contributed greatly to the vibrancy of the theatre community in Calgary. The award recipient will be revealed on the night of the event.

To attend the Calgary Critics’ Awards please RSVP to critterawards2013@gmail.com as soon as possible as there are a limited number of spots available. Doors open at 7pm with complimentary nibbles for everyone. The awards will begin at 8pm and the celebration will continue until they kick us all out.

And the winners are