It always takes a while for events to hit their stride, and this year the Ivey awards did.
Although it's been around for 12 years it's never felt quite so engaging or well organized as it did on Monday night.
It was my third time attending and I have to say that in addition to being more fun than ever (since I'd seen more of the shows and had a great friend come with), there was also a much better mix of entertainment. The hosts for the evening, Regina Marie Williams and Mark Benninghofen, kept the pace clipping by (despite starting a few minutes late the show was done in less than two hours!) and the audience engaged. The set was simple with a creatively lit curtain placed behind a live, on-stage band. And the performance lineup was tighter and better than ever.
|Production Winner Glensheen; Photo by Scott Pakudaitis|
|Production Winner Wizard of Oz; Photo by Dan Norman|
|Production Winner Le Switch; Photo by Dan Norman|
|Emerging Artist Winner Trevor Bowen; Photo by Tom Wallace|
A full list of winners follows:
- The Wizard of Oz (Children’s Theatre Company) – Overall Excellence
- Glensheen (History Theatre) – Overall Excellence
- Le Switch (Jungle Theater) – Overall Excellence
- Victor Zupanc – Sound Design and Music: Pinocchio (Children’s Theatre Company)
- Kevin Fanshaw and Charles Numrich – Acting: Equus (Theatre Coup d’Etat)
- Warren C. Bowles – Direction: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company)
- Kate Sutton-Johnson – Set Design: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Theater Latté Da)
- Jasmine Hughes – Acting: Sunset Baby (Penumbra Theatre)
- Ensemble – Acting: Trouble in Mind (Guthrie Theater)
- Ensemble – Acting: Now or Later (New Epic Theater)