The 15th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards will be held on Monday, August 27th, 2012 at Stage West Theatre.
Tickets are $65.00 (with early bird tickets for $60) and include a buffet dinner, the Betty Mitchell Awards Show and entrance to the Official Bettys After Party at the Auburn Saloon. Doors open for dinner at 6:00 p.m. The Betty Mitchell Awards Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Early Bird Price: $60 (First 150 tickets)
Regular Price: $65
Tickets are on sale through the Stage West Box Office. Order tickets by phone with a credit card at 403.243.6642 or in person at Stage West.
Stage West is located at 727 – 42 Avenue S.E. The Auburn Saloon is located at 163, 115 – 9 Avenue S.E. (at the base of the Calgary Tower).
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Recipients of the 14th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards were announced during a gala event at Stage West Theatre Restaurant on Monday, August 8, 2011.
The evening of awards honouring Calgary’s 2010/2011 professional theatre season were hosted by talented Calgary theatre performers Karen Johnson-Diamond and Kevin Rothery. Special guest, Alderman Peter Demong, joined in the celebration of Calgary’s theatre achievements with an address to the crowd conveying his respect and admiration for the fine work that graces the city’s stages throughout the year. This year’s award ceremony paid homage to 80 nominations in 16 award categories from 57 eligible productions.
The acting awards were a testament to the shear versatility of Calgary’s theatre performers. From a woman playing a man in Alberta Theatre Projects’ Penelopiad (Jamie Konchak, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role) to a man playing a drag queen in Lunchbox Theatre’s With Bells On and a man playing a multitude of roles in Vertigo Theatre’s The 39 Steps (Paul Welch and Christopher Hunt, respectively-co-recipients of the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical), the 2010/2011 season gave performers an opportunity to show their acting chops. Other acting hardware went out to Allison Lynch (Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Musical), Esther Purves-Smith (Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Drama), and Patrick MacEachern (Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama).
A particular highlight of the night was the presentation of the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. For years, Trevor Rueger, now Chair of the Betty Mitchell Awards, has worked tirelessly in orchestrating the awards show and promoting the work of Calgary’s theatre artists. Rueger was nominated for his performance in Theatre Calgary’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest-his first nomination-and the crowd reaction when took the award was truly enthusiastic.
Though no one production gleaned the hardware in landslide proportions, Ghost River Theatre/Redtoblue Performance’s ONE received more awards than any other single production. The play was honoured with the awards for Outstanding Lighting Design (Snezana Pesic with Lester Lee), Outstanding Sound Design or Composition (Matthew Waddell), and Outstanding Production of a Play.
With 4 Betty Mitchell Awards to their credit, Vertigo Theatre amassed more awards this year than any other company. In addition to Christopher Hunt’s award, other awards carried off for Vertigo productions were Outstanding Costume Design (Bretta Gerecke), Outstanding Direction (Mark Bellamy), and Outstanding Production of a Musical.
Rounding out the awards ceremony were the awards for Outstanding New Play going to Mieko Ouchi (Nisei Blue, Alberta Theatre Projects), Outstanding Musical Direction awarded to Joe Slabe and Kris Demeanor (Twisted, Forte Musical Theatre Guild and The Bitter Suite Society), Outstanding Choreography or Fight Direction awarded to Adrian Young (Kung Fu Panties, Ground Zero Theatre and Hit & Myth Productions). And one final award, Outstanding Set Design, was presented to often nominated but first time recipient, Deitra Kalyn for her work on reasons to be pretty (Ground Zero Theatre and Hit & Myth Productions).
In addition to the 16 award categories comprising the bulk of the ceremony, 3 special adjudicated awards were also announced on Monday night. The Duval Lang Theatre for Young Audiences Award was presented to Daniel Hall. The Greg Bond Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre in Calgary was presented to Tory Doctor. The Dean Ott/Debbie Boult Award honouring Outstanding Achievement in Technical Production was presented to Kira Campbell.
The Betty Mitchell Awards media sponsor, Fast Forward Weekly, presented the Fast Forward Weekly Readers’ Choice Award to Ground Zero Theatre and Hit & Myth Productions for their production of Rebecca Northan’s new work, Kung Fu Panties.
Vanessa Porteous, Artistic Director of Alberta Theatre Projects, delivered a touching and personal tribute to the life and work of Gina Wilkinson. The recently passed director worked on numerous Calgary productions and will be missed by all who knew her.
The Betty Mitchell Awards are a significant annual event for Calgary’s professional theatre community. These awards recognize the continued level of excellence in our theatres, raise the profile of live performance in our city, and encourage audience growth.
The complete list of nominees and award recipients can be accessed here.
This year’s Bettys are right around the corner! To get the best seats be sure to order your tickets soon.
Tickets are on sale at the Stage West Theatre Box Office. Tickets are $55.00 and include a buffet dinner, the Betty Mitchell Awards Show and entrance to the Official Bettys After Party at the Auburn Saloon. Tickets may be purchased in person by cash, credit card, or debit. Using a credit card, tickets may also be purchased by phone: 403.243.6642.
The 14th Annual Betty Mitchell Awards will be held on Monday, August 8th, 2011
Stage West Theatre (727 – 42 Avenue S.E).
Doors: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 6-7:30 p.m.
Presentation: Following dinner service
Official After Party: Immediately following at the Auburn Saloon
The Betty Mitchell Awards, named for a pioneer of Calgary’s theatrical community, Dr. Betty Mitchell, were started in 1998 to celebrate and honour outstanding achievement in Calgary’s professional theatre community. The Betty Mitchell Awards provide the opportunity to recognize the excellent work that takes place on our stages in Calgary throughout the year.