This year’s edition on February 27 was a splendid affair. The brightest and best who performed on Reps stages last year across all age groups, and some of those who help keep this vibrant theatre going, received recognition, while the audience was well entertained between announcements and presentations.
Three frequently seen stars of Reps and other stages, Fiona Garrity, Dean Jones and Alex Fairlie, all up for awards themselves, provided the musical entertainment, accompanied by the excellent “Hats”. All three performed most professionally, and Fairlie proved himself to be as accomplished and charismatic a solo singing performer as he is an actor, fully at ease and clearly enjoying the experience as much as his audience.
The formalities of the evening, with MC Stan Higgins, were smoothly presented, and included a screening of short excerpts from each of the finalist plays for the highest accolade — The Oude Meester Cup for Best Production.
Kevin Hanssen won the John Keeling Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role as Jean in Miss Julie, Fiona Garrity, the George Barnes Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role as Judith Bliss in Hay Fever, Alex Fairlie, both the Alan Parkinson Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and the Alastair and Wendy Booth Award for Best Comedy Performance as Hans in Allo Allo, Thea Cutler, the Allan Shaw Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role as Jackie Coryton in Hay Fever and Roger Fairlie the Prentice Trophy for Best Performance in a Minor Role as Leclerc in Allo Allo.
Young Amy Bolt two years ago at the same ceremony demonstrated an extraordinary singing talent and poise, all the more so in one so young, with her consummate delivery of Somewhere over the Rainbow. This year, this talented young lady won the Reps Award for Best Performance by a Junior for her superb rendition of Tomorrow in 50 Golden Years and for her performance as Jane in Babes in the Wood.
She is a talent to watch in years ahead!
The Dave Roberts Memorial Trophy for Most Outstanding Musical Performance went to the hugely talented Kirby Chipembere as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, and the Dennis Granger Award for Best Contribution to Dance and Movement went to the gifted choreographer Blessing Fire for the same show. Both awards met with loud cheers for two very popular and talented young men. Kyla Render, Linda Hyde, and Tracy Garrard received much deserved recognition for their behind the scenes support in a great many ways, with the Adrian Stanley, Munro Trophy and Steve Bonney awards respectively, and Gateway School won the Theatrical Advancement Award for their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat.
Talented Repteens award winners were Yara Hanssen, Aidan Dawson, Munya Magwaro, Meredith Render, Gerald Chinyamunzore, Fraser Flight, Aidan Dawson, Munya Magwaro, Alex Ckalikuti, Kuzivakwashe Muvezwa and Emily Greeff.
While space does not permit a full list of every nominee and winner, congratulations to them all, and to Reps itself, for continuing to provide a wide range of entertainment year round, keeping theatre very much alive in our city.