The Mikado triumphs
WORDS: MR STEPHEN RITCHIE – HEAD OF DRAMA
What a great night was had by everyone as we gathered at the Frankston Arts Centre on Saturday 10 December for the annual Music Theatre Guild’s ‘Bruce’ Awards. Three of our cast had been invited to perform songs from our recent Scotch/PLC production of The Mikado and, like those from the other 20 productions represented on the night, did so in full costume with a 40-piece orchestra as backing.
During the year, the judges from the guild had diligently attended nearly 100 musical productions from all around Victoria, including about 35 school productions. After witnessing the standard of the excerpts that were performed on the night, it is clear that the standard of amateur musical theatre in this state is extraordinarily high.
With great trepidation our contingent of students and parents awaited each announcement as the categories progressed. By evening’s end, The Mikado had won a formidable collection of accolades:
- Best male performer in a leading role to Matt Douglas (Year 12 – Ko-Ko)
- Best female performer in a leading role to Claire Lawson (Yum-Yum)
- Special judges’ prizes to each of: Natalie Dowling (Pitti-Sing), James Littlewood (Year 11 – Pish-Tush), Lyndon Green (Year 12 – Nanki-Poo) and Claire Lawson (Yum-Yum) for their A Cappella quartet, Brightly dawns our wedding day
- Music director award to John Ferguson
- Best overall school production of the year
It is important to note also that the production was nominated in every possible category and, in some cases, more than once. What a tremendous conclusion to a wonderful season of Scotch theatre!