Abby Elizabeth for Curtains Up
Montreal is a beautifully diverse city bursting with creative life. Known for it’s artistic flair, eccentric locals, horrendous politics,prominent fashion/ music scenes and cheeky oversexed nightlife. Montreal is definitely a breed of its own.
Especially when it comes to theatre…
The META Awards are the first of its kind in Montreal and comes at time when this could very well be deemed scandalous. Mainly because META stands for : Montreal English Theatre Awards.
The METAS which were held at the historic Rialto Theatre on October twenty-First entertained a large crowd. Well over two hundred people showed up to celebrate Montreal’s local talent. The METAS even commemorated artists who ‘paved the way’ for today’s artists. Greg Kramer was honored more than once during the ceremony along with a number of other talented people no longer with us.
The gala reminds us that not only is there a great amount of talent residing in Montreal but a close sense of camaraderie too. The theatre scene is tight knit community that welcomes everyone .This is why it is so important to support the local arts. If you’re in need of some new perspective or learning experience, go see a show. Not only will you feel renewed but you will gain some serious respect for these exceptionally hard working individuals.
AND THE WINNERS ARE –
Outstanding Production: Sherlock Holmes, produced by the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
Outstanding Direction:Andrew Shaver for Sherlock Holmes (Segal Centre)
Outstanding Male Actor:A three-way tie between Patrick Costello for Trad (Sidemart Theatrical Grocery and Centaur Theatre); Grahame Cuthbertson for August, An Afternoon in the Country (Centaur Theatre); and Joe de Paul for Head a Tête(Geordie Productions).
Outstanding Female Actress: Lucinda Davis for Harlem Duet (Black Theatre Workshop).
Outstanding Supporting Male Actor: James Loye for Robin Hood (Geordie Productions)
Outstanding Supporting Female Actress: Catherine Lemieux for Good People (Centaur Theatre)
Outstanding Set Design: Eo Sharp for Red (Segal Centre)
Outstanding Costume Design:James Lavoie for Sherlock Holmes (Segal Centre)
Outstanding Lighting Design: Luc Prairie for Sherlock Holmes (Segal Centre)
Outstanding Sound Design:Jesse Ash for Sherlock Holmes (Segal Centre)
Outstanding Production: The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)
Outstanding Direction: Paul Van Dyck for Oroonoko (Persephone Productions)
Outstanding Male Actor: Alex McCooeye for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)
Outstanding Female Actress: A four-way tie between Rebecca Croll for Oroonoko (Persephone Productions); J ennifer Morehouse for The Medea Effect (Talisman Theatre); Aiza Ntibarikure for Oroonoko (Persephone Productions); and Nadia Verrucci for Jacques Brel is a Alive and Well and Living in Pars (In Your Face Entertainment)
Outstanding Supporting Male Actor: Greg Kramer for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)
Outstanding Female Supporting Actor: France Rolland for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)
Outstanding Set Design: Frances Farley for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)
Outstanding Costume Design: Susan Vera for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)
Outstanding Lighting Design: Erwann Bernard for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)
Outstanding Sound Design: Peter Cerone and Brian Lipson for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale)
Professional and Independent nominees:
Outstanding Ensemble: A three-way tie between The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale); The Hound of the Baskervilles (Theatre Lac Brome); and Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott (Centaur Theatre)
Outstanding New Text, Original or Adaptation: Marcus Youssef for Jabber (Geordie Productions)
Outstanding New Translation:Nadine Desrochers for The Medea Effect (Talisman Theatre)
Community Theatre Category
Outstanding Community Theatre Production: Oklahoma!(Hudson Music Club)