The stars looked down on Theatre Calgary’s production of Billy Elliot at the 2019 Betty Mitchell Awards that recognize excellence in professional theatre in Calgary.
Caitlynne Medrek oversees her class of young ballet students, including Billy, in Theatre Calgary’s Billy Elliot.
The musical about a young boy from a working class family who longs to be a ballet dancer that closed TC’s 2018/2019 season was showered with five Bettys, including outstanding production of a musical and Bettys for Yukichi Hattori, who choreographed the show and Don Horsburgh, who was its musical director.Caitlynne Medrek, who played the cigarette-smoking dance teacher who nurtures Billy’s talents, received the Betty for outstanding performance by an actress in a musical and young Marc-Emille Fallu, who played Billy’s cross-dressing friend, won the Betty for outstanding actor in a supporting role in a category that included such seasoned actors as Tyrell Crews, Duval Lang, Kevin Corey and Conrad Belau.
Vertigo Theatre’s The Invisible Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare
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The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, a co-production of Catalyst Theatre and Vertigo Theatre that went into the awards ceremony with a record nine nominations, scored three wins, including a Betty for Jonathan Christenson for outstanding new play. Bretta Gerecke won a Betty for her lighting design for The Invisible and shared this year’s costume design award with Heather Moore, who designed the costumes for Alberta Theatre Projects’ The Virgin Trial.The Virgin Trial won for outstanding production of a play and also earned a third Betty for Helen Knight for best supporting actress, an award she won in 2018 for playing the same character in Mary Queen of Scots in ATP’s The Last Wife. Knight shared this year’s Betty for supporting actress with Karen Johnson-Diamond, who played the psychic in Vertigo’s thriller comedy Deathtrap.
Ahad Raza Mir in Hamlet, a joint production of Vertigo Theatre, The Shakespeare Company and Hit & Myth Productions. Tim Nguyen Citrus Photography
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Ahad Raza Mir won the Betty for outstanding actor in a drama for his title performance in Hamlet, a co-production of Vertigo Theatre and The Shakespeare Company while Tyler Muree was named outstanding actor in a musical for playing eight characters in Stage West’s production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.Tiffany Ayalik won the Betty for best actress for her solo performance in Cafe Daughter, a joint production from ATP, One Yellow Rabbit, Workshop West Playwrights Theatre and the Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts.Calgary Opera’s production of Everest snagged Bettys for Robert Brill for his set design and Elaine J. McCarthy for her projection and video designs.Allison Lynch was awarded a Betty for her original compositions for Theatre Calgary’s The Scarlet Letter and Denise Clarke was named the year’s outstanding director for her staging of Black Radish’s Waiting for Godot.
Giant by Ghost River Theatre.
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Ghost River Theatre’s production of Giant won the Betty for best performance by an ensemble.The 2019 Calgary Theatre Critics award, or Critter, voted on by myself, Jonathan Love and Caroline Russell-King was presented to Mark Bellamy for his outstanding direction of Stage West’s musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.In this year’s juried awards, Kristin Eveleigh was awarded the Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audience Award for her continued work with Calgary Young Peoples’ Theatre.Technical wizard Richard Gregson was awarded this year’s Dean Ott and Debbie Boult Award for outstanding achievement in technical production. Nicole Duma-Lorincz, Lisa O’Brien and Anita Miott, a trio of teachers who run the St. Francis High School musical theatre program, were awarded the Greg Bond Memorial Award for their outstanding contribution to musical theatre in Calgary.The awards for the 22nd Betty Mitchell Awards ceremony were presented at Vertigo Theatre on June 24.