Monday, 2 March 2015

CREME DE LA CREME: The 5th Annual Thespian Spirit Awards Nominations

CLASS ACTS: Terri Salmon (left) and Leonie Forbes in For My Daughter at the Pantry. 

In recognition of the most laudable works that Jamaican theatre had to offer in the past year, nominations for the 5th Annual Thespian Spirit Awards (the Thespies) were unveiled by TALLAWAH Magazine on Monday morning, as the local awards season gains momentum. 

The stellar family drama For My Daughter, which brought the curtains down on the Pantry Playhouse in New Kingston last summer, led the way with eight nods, including bids for lead actress Leonie Forbes, supporting co-stars Terri Salmon, Rosie Murray, Rushae Watson and Akeem Mignott, writer-director-producer David Tulloch, and the coveted Outstanding Ensemble prize. 

Nipping at their heels was Patrick Brown's hilarious, heartfelt Funny Kind 'A Love, which picked up six nominations and is also up for Outstanding Ensemble. Rounding out that top category were the School of Drama's take on the Walcott classic Dream on Monkey Mountain, Basil Dawkins' splendid marital drama Divorce Papers, and Oliver Mair's hit musical revue Laff It Off

Winners will be announced and awards presented on Wednesday, April 1st. Below, the complete list of this year's nominees: 

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE: 
Divorce Papers 
Dream on Monkey Mountain 
For My Daughter 
Funny Kind 'A Love 
Laff It Off 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE: 
Glen Campbell in Funny Kind 'A Love 
Patrick Earle in Forbidden 
Chris McFarlane in Dream on Monkey Mountain 
Oliver Samuels in Divorce Papers 
Munair Zacca in Lotto Money 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE: 
Dorothy Cunningham in Lotto Money 
Camille Davis in Funny Kind 'A Love 
Leonie Forbes in For My Daughter 
Ruth HoShing in Divorce Papers 
Sharee McDonald-Russell in Saving Alligator High 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: 
Donald Anderson in Jamaica Mek Wi Laugh 
David Crossgill in Saving Alligator High 
Oliver Mair in Laff It Off 
Akeem Mignott in For My Daughter 
Courtney Wilson in Funny Kind 'A Love 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: 
Zandriann Maye in Forbidden 
Rosie Murray in For My Daughter 
Dorraine Reid in Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz 
Terri Salmon in For My Daughter 
Alicia Taylor in Dream on Monkey Mountain 

OUSTANDING WRITER: 
Patrick Brown, Funny Kind 'A Love 
Basil Dawkins, Divorce Papers 
Barbara Gloudon, Princess Boonoonoonoos 
Oliver Mair, Laff It Off 
David Tulloch, For My Daughter 

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: 
Alwyn Allen in The Real Show 
Monique Ellis in Bashment Granny 3 
Eden Gibson in Venus 
Rushae Watson in For My Daughter 
Renee Williams in Sins of the Flesh 

OUTSTANDING SOUNDTRACK/USE OF MUSIC: 
Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz 
Laff It Off 
Princess Boonoonoonoos 
The Real Show 
Wild Alice 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR: 
Patrick Brown and Trevor Nairne, Funny Kind 'A Love 
Alude Mahali, Venus 
Trevor Nairne, Dream on Monkey Mountain 
Douglas Prout, Divorce Papers 
David Tulloch, For My Daughter 

THE LOUISE M. DUNK AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: 
Jean Small 
 



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