Newcomer Karin Fitzgerald (left) played Nicole alongside Breann Grainger as Rosie in the Langley Player production of Parents Night. It’s one of the shows for which the club is up for an award. (Special to the Langley Advance)

Trio of shows put Langley thespians in running for top honours

Langley Players are up for multiple community theatre awards at gala next week in White Rock.

All three plays in the Langley Players’ 2016-17 season scored are in the running for top prizes at the upcoming 2017 Community Theatre Coalition awards.

It’s rare to see one community theatre company in the running for awards for each of their productions, but the news has president Mary Renvall and her team “over the moon.”

Langley Players’ three productions this past season were Parents Night/The Bigger Issue (two one-act plays by George F. Walker, that were presented together), Norman Foster’s Old Love, and John Lazarus’ The Grandkid.

“We’re all thrilled that all three of our productions were nominated this year. The quality of the other shows throughout the Lower Mainland was very high,” said Renvall, who was production manager on the first two shows.

All three productions were nominated in the comedy or drama categories for best production, best director/s, and best actor and actress.

They have also received other nominations for best set design, sound design, and decoration, Renvall said.

She described last season as a year of mentorship on many levels for the local drama club. It was about sharing knowledge and creativity, Renvall said.

“I’m so delighted for everyone involved. We are always excited for the shows to be nominated for the fine work as a team, getting nominated yourself is a whole other level of excitement,” she concluded.

The awards gala is being hosted Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock. Tickets are available online.

Individual nominations:

• Best director: Dave Williams and Raymond Hatton for Parents Night/The Bigger Issue;

• Best director: Barb Coulter and Raymond Hatton for Old Love;

• Best director: Cathie Young for The Grandkid;

• Best actor in a leading role: Brian Johnston as John in Parents Night;

• Best actor in a leading role: Andrew Wood as Jack in The Bigger Issue;

• Best actor in a leading role: Ken Boyd as Bud in Old Love;

• Best actor in a leading role: Marco Hohlbein as Julius Rothstein in The Grandkid;

• Best actress in a leading role: Sheila Greentree as Maggie in The Bigger Issue;

• Best actress in a leading role: Gemma Martini as Molly in Old Love;

• Best actress in a leading role: Kristine McCallum as Abby Rothstein in The Grandkid;

• Best set design: Dave Williams and Raymond Hatton for Parents Night/The Bigger Issue;

• Best set design: Cathie Young and Dave Williams for The Grandkid;

• Best set decoration: Dave Williams for Parents Night/The Bigger Issue;

• Best set decoration: Pam Rochon and Genevieve Love for The Grandkid; and

• Best sound design for Cathie Young for The Grandkid.


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