Thursday, 5 April 2012

ACTOR BOY 2012: Darkhorse winners steal the show; Last Call named Best Prod.

DYNAMIC DUO: Glen Campbell and Nadean Rawlins copped acting awards at Monday's Actor Boy ceremony.

As expected, Father HoLung’s operatic musical Acts of the Apostles and Keiran King’s period piece Last Call showed muscle at Monday’s Actor Boy Awards, but the night really belonged to such lesser-nominated productions as the gospel drama God’s Way and the revenge saga Charlie’s Angels, which made their presence felt as the night wore on.

In addition to securing the supporting-actor prize for Ainsley Whyte, God’s Way nabbed two more wins: Best New Jamaican Play and Best Drama for writer-producer Dahlia Harris, who admitted in her acceptance speech that her main intent with the standout production was to provide solid theatrical entertainment, for a change, for Christian audiences. Charlie’s Angels, meanwhile, picked up wins for directing (Patrick Brown and Trevor Nairne), comedy, and lead actor Glen Campbell, who emphasized the ensemble chemistry that contributed to the show’s success.

The Independent Actors Movement walked away with children’s theatre award for their Anansi-inspired piece. Having entered the night as the 11-time-nominated frontrunners, Apostles and Last Call experienced mixed fortunes – taking home six and three trophies respectively. While Apostles swept the musical and technical categories, Last Call won for lighting and set and the night’s biggest prize of Best Production.

Nadean Rawlins was on hand to pick up the supporting-actress award for Where Is My Father? but best-actress winner Deon Silvera (Back A Yaad) was a no-show. The Edna Manley College's School of Drama was recognised with the night's special award.

OUR 'WAY': Beaming winners Dahlia Harris and Ainsley Whyte.

BEST IN SHOW: Members of the Last Call crew: Shayne Powell, Sakina Deer and Maurice Bryan celebrate their big win.

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