The HHDS Awards Evening for 2014
The Playhouse annual awards presentation last night was one of the better ones that have been done over these last few years. Congratulations to all those who were instrumental in putting it together.
On arrival there was a magical air of expectation for all those who had been nominated over a total of sixteen categories, from Best Production through to the Best Newcomer Junior. There were also a number of Certificates of Merit to be awarded, for a diverse range of talents like special effects, sound, props specially built or created for a production etc. There was even an award for the two dogs – Sandy – who were part of the cast of “Annie”.
This is the time when all those folk who have given of their time, their talent and their creativeness are rewarded for their hard work and diligence. Last nights’ line up was full of such people. It was most encouraging to see how many newcomers and juniors to the Playhouse gained their foothold into the realms of theatre.
Darryl Spijkers’ production of “Annie” was a firm favourite with many of the categories, netting seven of the top awards and particularly the award for Best Junior (a joint award) for Jessica Matthews and Michelle Juncker for their role as Annie. It also won Darryl the Best Director and Best Production awards. Congratulations.
For those who saw “Amadeus” would well understand how Pilar Pringiers won the award for Best Costumes – they were excellent and her award was well deserved. Also going to “Amadeus” was the Best Supporting Actor, C.J.Opperman, for his part as Mozart and Richard Higgs won Best Actor for his part as Salieri. This was a tour de force performance. I remember many years ago when “Amadeus” first hit the boards in South Africa, I watched Richard Haines play the part at what was then the Nico Malan theatre and for which he won the Fleur du Cap award. He was brilliant, but then along comes his name sake over thirty odd years later and did an equally brilliant performance on the Playhouse stage!
“To Kill a Mockingbird” also did very well with it netting three of the main awards. David Bullard winning the First Newcomer Male, for his performance in “Sleuth” was also a much deserved win. He was very accomplished in the part, looking as though he has spent a number of years on stage, instead of being a top journalist writing articles for major South African newspapers.
In fact, each one of the five productions staged during 2014, won some of the top awards and every production netting at least two or three Merit Awards.
The whole presentation was interspersed with musical numbers by a group of singers who did justice to the whole evening, making it relaxed and happy.
At the end of the proceedings, Ramsey Lotter, the President of the Society, presented a gift from all the members to Lindsay Small. Lindsay has been Chairman of the Society for the past 10 years and has done a sterling job throughout that time, not only as Chairman, but in all aspects of the theatre as well. A job well done!!!