Wednesday, 22 January 2014

THE 2014 THESPY NOMINATIONS: And the nominees are....

Like I mentioned in the introduction to "The Hit List: The 10 Best Theatre Productions of 2013," the past year will go down in history as a fantastic one for Jamaican actors, who showed and proved, going above and beyond, when it came to putting on a good show for the theatre-going public, even when several of those house seats were unoccupied for consecutive nights, on account of the dismal state of the economy.

In any case, I am pleased to bring to you, dear readers, this year's complete list of nominations in the Thespian Spirit Awards (the Thespies), now in its fourth year! Ranging from vivacious musical hits (Jamaica Sweet, Jonkanoo Jamboree) to gripping ensemble dramas (My God Don't Wear Pajamas, Thicker Than Water), the nominees -- the best of the best -- offer a welcome reminder that, hard times notwithstanding, Jamaican theatre is very much alive and kickin'. Drum roll....

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS:
Camille Davis - Ladies of the Night
Dahlia Harris - Thicker Than Water
Maylynne Lowe - Toy Boy
Neekah Whyte - Blood Wedding
Lisa Williams - Taboo

OUTSTANDING ACTOR:
Jerry Benzwick - Clue
Glen Campbell - Ladies of the Night
Keiran King - Taboo
Chris McFarlane - Toy Boy
Orrin Scott-Stewart - Paternal Instinct

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Shawna-Kae Burns - Thicker Than Water
Zandriann Maye - My God Don't Wear Pajamas
Nadean Rawlins - Jonkanoo Jamboree
Terri Salmon - Jamaica Sweet
Makeda Solomon - Clue

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Rodney Campbell - Taboo
Bryan Johnson - Jonkanoo Jamboree
Oliver Mair - Clue
Carl Samuels - To The Finish
Courtney Wilson - If There's A Will

OUTSTANDING WRITER:
Patrick Brown - Ladies of the Night
Aston Cooke - Jonkanoo Jamboree
Basil Dawkins - My God Don't Wear Pajamas
Dahlia Harris - Thicker Than Water
David Tulloch - Jamaica Sweet

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR:
Michael Holgate - Jonkanoo Jamboree
Pierre LeMaire - The Golden Macca Fat
Trevor Nairne/Patrick Brown - Ladies of the Night
Douglas Prout - My God Don't Wear Pajamas
Eugene Williams - Taboo

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE:
Jomo Dixon - Gaza Boyz
Pepita Little - Internet Affair
Julene Robinson - Jonkanoo Jamboree

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE CAST:
Clue
Ladies of the Night
Jamaica Sweet
My God Don't Wear Pajamas
Thicker Than Water

*[Winners will be announced on Feb. 17]





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