Tuesday, June 21, 2011

pt goes to the jessies

Exciting night at the Jessie Awards tonight! Drew Facey won a statue for his Playland set design, Itai Erdal for his lighting design on Jesus Hopped The A Train, David Mesiha for his sound design on The Busy World Is Hushed, Rob Olguin won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role for Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train, and 'A' Train - the inaugural mainstage production by Glass City Theatre - won Outstanding Production! Too, Pacific Theatre won a special Significant Artistic Achievement award for Curation and Execution of an Outstanding Season of Theatre.

But there was one more completely unexpected - and thoroughly well-deserved - surprise award: one of our current apprentices, Evan Frayne, won the Sam Payne Award for Most Promising Newcomer! A thrilling moment. You saw Evan as "the nice guard" in Jesus Hopped The A Train, and playing C.S. Lewis in The Great Divorce. Next week we'll get a look at his directing chops when The Verona Project takes our stage, Evan's take on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet - with PT actors Phil Miguel, Kaitlin Williams and Mack Gordon in a strong Emerging Artist cast.

So, adding Evan's honours into the mix, that's 22 Jessie nominations for shows in our season this year. What an extraordinary way to celebrate the close of a memorable season. Thanks for the party, Jessie!


angelika said...

so excited about Jesus Hopped the A Train - especially for Rob. he was absolutely outstanding and totally deserved this win! i'd see that cast in that play again in a heart beat. PT does amazing things! so nice that you're being rewarded for it!

Miriam said...

Yay!! Congratulations! I hope you all bask in the glow for many seasons to come. Congrats to Rob--our student is all growed up, Ron!

Ron Reed said...

Yeah, Miriam, he owes it all to us. I'll make sure he chips off at least a third of that statue and sends it to you. It would only be right.