Strength To Strength For Theatre Group



With an over eighty percent attendance rate and rave reviews still pouring in, Waiuku Theatre Group’s production of ‘Artifice’ was already considered a great success.

However, the show was recently honoured even further with seven nominations for the Auckland Community Theatre Trust 2015 Awards.
“I’ve always tried to remain humble and never put too much thought on getting nominated, so was really shocked and excited that I have been noticed for my hard work and the hard work of all the cast,” said Ben
Dunne, who was nominated for ‘Best Male in a Supporting Role’ for his portrayal of the flamboyant art gallery manager Richard.

The other nominations ‘Artifice’ received were:
• Best Lighting Design – Andrew King
• Best Stage Management – Jason King
• Best Male in a Supporting Role – Andrew King
• Best Female in a Supporting Role – Jaime Kuppens
• Best Female in a Leading Role – Melissa Charbonneau
• Best Ensemble – Artifice
• Best Director – Glenda Hagenson

“I’m still getting feedback from audience members saying how much they enjoyed Artifice and that they thought it was the best yet; we just seem to get better and better,” said Waiuku Theatre Group President and
nominee herself for Best Director Glenda Hagenson. The cast and crew are now eagerly awaiting the ACTT/Barfoot & Thompson Theatre Awards show on
Saturday 19th March at the Crowne Plaza Auckland where the winners will be announced. The theatre group has won awards in various categories in the past but is particularly pleased about the number of acting
nominations this time round.

With Andrew King and Ben Dunne both up for ‘Best Male in a Supporting Role’ for their performances as Strength to strength for theatre group
Irish mobster Mick Fitzgerald and Richard respectively, one might wonder if there is any competitiveness between the two local actors.

The nominations are based on the critiques of three different judges who attend a member theatre’s show run on three separate evenings. The cast and crew of ‘Artifice’ never knew which nights they were being
judged on until after they had finished performing. Hopes are now high that the theatre group can secure several of the awards they have been nominated for and really put Waiuku on the map as a premier destination
for good quality, entertaining amateur theatre.

In the meantime, everyone is focused on moving forwards with their next production, ‘Duets’, about to enter into its rehearsal period in anticipation of its May run.

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