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Okotoks group garners 17 nominations in Calgary Theatre Awards

Okotoks’ Dewdney Players recognized for theatre excellence with nominations from four productions.
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The lovesick Giddy (played by Anne-Marie Cotton, left) and roommate Charlene (Claire Hoyer) haul the unconscious Brett (played by Logan Coutts) out of sight in the Dewdney Players' performance of 'I Take This Man' at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 22, 2021.

Okotoks’ Dewdney Players is up for a long list of nominations this year.  

The 2022 Community Theatre (CAT) Awards, recognizing productions not only from 2022, but also those going back to July 2020, announced 110 nominations across 20 categories.  

Of that, Dewdney has 17 nominations across four shows, with its playing of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables up for 10, I Take This Man with four, Cereal Offenders with three and Every Brilliant Thing up for one.

“It’s so exciting. We’re thrilled to have been recognized with so many nominations this year,” said Dewdney president Dayna Coles.

“Of course, it’s always nice to recognize our actors, our crew members, and all our volunteers that make our production come to life.

“It’s just kind of a nod to all the talent we have in Okotoks and the Foothills.”

Its most recent performance, Cereal Offenders, is up for Outstanding Performance by a Chorus/Ensemble in a Play.

As the playwright debut for Dewdney mainstay Mark Huolt, the show featured a dysfunctional array of cereal mascots unpacking their baggage as they peeled back the veneer of decades in the world of advertising.

“I appreciate the nod for that,” Huolt said, thanking his cast.

“It truly was an ensemble effort, it isn’t like most stage plays out there; everybody rolled out on stage and stayed there the entire time.

“There were a lot of difficult moments along the way, we touched on some difficult stuff.”

Also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Role in a Play is Anne-Marie Cotton, for her bombastic performance of Gideon in I Take This Man, where she dubiously acquires a man found unconscious at the Boston Marathon (hilarity ensues).

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Gideon (played by Anne-Marie Cotton) brandishes a banana at Brett (Logan Coutts) in a rehearsal on Oct. 6, 2021 for the Dewdney Players' production of 'I Take This Man.' Brent Calver/OkotoksTODAY

“It feels great because that means when people came to see the show, it means they absolutely enjoyed it,” Cotton said, stressing her gratitude for the whole production team.

“We all just played really well together as a group, I think that’s why everybody did such a fantastic job.

“You can tell that it’s a passion, everybody who's a part of Dewdney, whether it’s on the board, backstage, or in the cast, it just shows how much passion everybody has in a smaller community such as Okotoks.”

The CAT Awards celebrate the best of community theatre in Calgary and neighbouring communities. This year's nominations were announced on July 21 and the CAT awards ceremony takes place Aug. 27.

The full list of nominations are as follows:

Outstanding Performance by a Leading Role in a Musical

Austin Battung Arnaldo as Rat - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

James Chandler as Mole - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

Mike Duncalfe as Mr. Toad - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

Kyle Gould as Abel - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

Caitlin Karpetz as Victor / Victoria Grant - Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

Evangeline Mably as Frederique - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

Ginette Simonot as The Pirate Queen - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

    

Outstanding Performance by a Leading Role in a Play    

Christopher Baker as Matthew Cuthbert - L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - Dewdney Players

Stephen Buoninsegni as Narrator - An Evening of One Act Plays - Every Brilliant Thing - Dewdney Players

Anne Marie Cotton as Gideon - I Take This Man - Dewdney Players

Nathan Crockett as Brian Runnicles - No Sex Please, We're British - Morpheus Theatre

Christopher Ford as Peter Hunter - No Sex Please, We're British - Morpheus Theatre

Lucie Killam as Anne - L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - Dewdney Players

Mandee Marcil as Astra Beaux - Ungentlemanly Warfare - Scorpio Theatre

Brenda Merkley as Marilla Cuthbert - L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - Dewdney Players

Mya Swedburg as Constance Ledbelly - Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) - Morpheus Theatre

    

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Role in a Musical

Aaron Bartholomew as Sergeant of Police - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

Aubrey Baux as Gilbert Blythe - Anne of Green Gables - The Musica - Swamp Donkey Musical Theatre

Chelsea Fellows as Norma Cassidy - Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

Yaz Ben Lamin as Chief Weasel - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

Becky Salmond as Mrs.Otter - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

George Thomson as Rick - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

Hannah Unterschultz as Norma Cassidy - Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

    

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Role in a Play

Claire Hoyer as Charlene - I Take This Man - Dewdney Players

Jen White (Leclaire) as Belinda Cratchit, Belle & others - A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play - Morpheus Theatre

Kaelan McKernan as Gilbert Blythe - L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - Dewdney Players

Stephanie Morris as Jill, Juliet, Soldier - Goodnight Desdemona (Good morning Juliet) - Morpheus Theatre

Rylan Nilsson as Tom Delaney - Opening Night - Confederation Theatre

Taylor Schell as Dianna Barry - L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - Dewdney Players

Adena Warren as Marie - Ungentlemanly Warfare - Scorpio Theatre

    

Outstanding Performance by a Chorus/Ensemble in a Musical

35mm: A Musical Exhibition - Cappuccino Musical Theatre

Robin Hood & His Merry Men - Morpheus Theatre

The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

    

Outstanding Performance by a Chorus/Ensemble in a Play

Cereal Offenders - Dewdney Players

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) - Morpheus Theatre

L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - Dewdney Players

No Sex Please, We're British - Morpheus Theatre

Team Building Day - Grid View Theatre & Urban Stories Theatre

Ungentlemanly Warfare - Scorpio Theatre

    

Outstanding Stagecraft

Bill Brown, Jason Bakaas and Heather Skulski - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

Bill Brown and Mike Johnson - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

Jamie Eastgaard-Ross, Mikee Ames, Jody Low and Krista Willott - Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

Nicola Payton with Matthew Payton and Sue Gothard - L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - Dewdney Players

Harlan Sterner, Colleen Bishop and Rebecca Iles - Ungentlemanly Warfare - Scorpio Theatre

    

Outstanding Costume Design

Trish Babkirk - I Take This Man - Dewdney Players

Christie Johnson and Miranda Humphrey - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

Christie Johnson and Britta Siemens - Robin Hood & His Merry Men - Morpheus Theatre

Britta Siemens and Ian Riep - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

Winnie Tran and Christian Morneau - Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

    

Outstanding Lighting Design

Char Brydges and Bryan Smith - 35mm: A Musical Exhibition - Cappuccino Musical Theatre

Charlene Brydges and Jody Low - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

Makenna Clarke - Robin Hood & His Merry Men - Morpheus Theatre

Makenna Clarke - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

Kathryn McLaren - Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

Elizabeth Schieman - Ungentlemanly Warfare - Scorpio Theatre

    

Outstanding Engineering/SFX (Musical)

Allison Baillie - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

Steve Eastgaard-Ross - 35mm: A Musical Exhibition - Cappuccino Musical Theatre

Quinn Hawse - Robin Hood & His Merry Men - Morpheus Theatre

Ross Wilson - Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

    

Outstanding Soundscape (Play)

Sarah Glubish - Team Building Day - Grid View Theatre & Urban Stories Theatre

Bruce Petherick - A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play - Morpheus Theatre

Bruce Petherick - Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) - Morpheus Theatre

Bruce Petherick - Murder, if you Will - Morpheus Theatre

Bruce Petherick - Ungentlemanly Warfare - Scorpio Theatre

Ben Seders with Reg Gothard & Matthew Payton - L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - Dewdney Players

    

Outstanding Technical Execution of an Online Production

A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play - Morpheus Theatre

Murder, if you Will - Morpheus Theatre

Resort to Murder - Morpheus Theatre

Scorpio Tonight - Scorpio Theatre

Team Building Day - Grid View Theatre & Urban Stories Theatre

The Big Sleepover - Scorpio Theatre

    

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Jason Bakaas and Gad Gijon - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

Matt Dewald - Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

Paige Fossheim - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

Trisha Gizen and Melanie Baux - Anne of Green Gables - The Musical - Swamp Donkey Musical Theatre

Chelsea Hall - 35mm: A Musical Exhibition - Cappuccino Musical Theatre

    

Outstanding Direction of a Play

Sean Anderson - A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play - Morpheus Theatre

Colleen Bishop - Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) - Morpheus Theatre

Colleen Bishop - Ungentlemanly Warfare - Scorpio Theatre

Jay Newman - No Sex Please, We're British - Morpheus Theatre

Chloe Payton with Dayna Coles - L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - Dewdney Players

    

Outstanding Musical Direction

Lurene Bates - Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

Rejean Campbell - Disney's Beauty and the Beast - The Painted Fish Performing Arts Society

Winnifred Hume - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

Michael Jarzecki - 35mm: A Musical Exhibition - Cappuccino Musical Theatre

Melvin Picazo - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

    

Outstanding Choreography

Kym Butler - Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

Gad Gijon with Holly Walker - Robin Hood & His Merry Men - Morpheus Theatre

Karen Iwanski - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

Angela Woodard - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

    

Outstanding Fight Direction

Rico Pfeiffer - Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) - Morpheus Theatre

Rico Pfeiffer - Ungentlemanly Warfare - Scorpio Theatre

Ian Pond - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre

Ian Pond - The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre

    

Outstanding Original Script or Adaptation and/or Composition    

Dan Gibbins - Ungentlemanly Warfare - Scorpio Theatre    

Kyle Gould (adapted by), with Stephanie Barnfather, Ben Coburger, and Winnifred Hume - The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre    

Mark Huolt - Cereal Offenders - Dewdney Players

    

Outstanding Production of a Musical    

Anne of Green Gables - The Musical - Swamp Donkey Musical Theatre

Robin Hood & His Merry Men - Morpheus Theatre

The Pirates of Penzance - Morpheus Theatre    

The Wind in the Willows - Untold Stories & Morpheus Theatre    

Victor/Victoria - Front Row Centre Players

    

Outstanding Production of a Play

A Christmas Carol - A Radio Play - Morpheus Theatre

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) - Morpheus Theatre

I Take This Man - Dewdney Players

L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables - Dewdney Players

Ungentlemanly Warfare - Scorpio Theatre


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