Local newspaper The Daily Echo have released their list of nominations for the upcoming annual Curtain Call awards. The Curtain Calls celebrate the best in amateur theatre in the Hampshire area, including youth theatre, musicals, opera and pantomimes.
The announcement heralds celebrations all round for members of SUSU Performing Arts: among the nominations are eight creatives from the theatrical societies on campus. James Forster, nominated for his performance as Ben in SUSU Theatre Group’s The Graduate has been praised for “[making] this famous role his own”, while Kae Yeboah’s performance as Madame Arcati in the company’s production of Blithe Spirit has been described as “spellbindingly amusing”.
From SUSU Showstoppers, many-time leading lady Robyn Fryer has been described as “an actress of exceptional talent” for her performance as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, whilst Aimee Batchelor’s performance as Gussy in Merrily We Roll Along has been praised as “inspired… with calculated modesty and deception”. Ruthie Pinion and Scarlett Sangster, as choreographers of the company’s production of Little Shop of Horrors have also received a nomination; “the pace of the show comes from this brilliant dancing trio,” said the Echo.
Finally, from the award-winning LOpSoc (Light Opera Society), nominations have come in for Roseanna Bowen for her performance as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance – “she again stole the show vocally” – as well as for Thomas Joy as Musical Director of the production: the Echo said, “we anticipated a high standard and weren’t disappointed.”
The winners will be announced at the annual ceremony on January 30th at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton. For a full list of the nominees and to book tickets to the awards ceremony, visit the Daily Echo’s website.