TheatreFest Results 2023

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2023 TheatreFest National ShowCase Awards

Christchurch Girls High School, 9-10 September 2023

Certificates of Participation

For all teams appearing in the TheatreFest ShowCase. Drama Development Trust Vouchers.

  • Napier Girls High School (Adult), Napier, Hawkes Bay, Are Your Dog Treats Vegan?
  • Havelock Community Theatre, Marlborough, Undertaken
  • Kuranui College, Greytown, Wairarapa, Sounds of an Organ
  • Tapa Academy, UCOL Te Pūkenga Wairarapa, Masterton, Wairarapa, Say My Name
  • Centre Stage Taupo, Waikato, Nine
  • Napier Repertory Players, Napier, Hawkes Bay, Sisters
  • Wakatapu High School, Queenstown, Otago, That Time, That Place
  • Riccarton Players, Christchurch, Canterbury, No Present Like the Time

Playmarket Award: New work from Aotearoa.

Pounamu donated by Nanette Wright, in recognition of Olga E Harding. The work must be entered in TheatreFest, with the production being its premiere. Chosen separately by the TheatreFest Script Assessor. Entries sponsored by Playmarket, with a prize of $250.

  • John Cocking, Sisters

Drama Development Trust Award: New Director

Directorial debut. Entering TheatreFest and as a first-time Director in the public arena.  Chosen by the Regional Adjudicators. Drama Development Trust voucher.

  • Rochelle Tickle, That Time, That Place, Wakatipu High School, Queenstown, Otago

Jannat Aitchison Memorial Award for Distinctive Emerging Talent

Donated by: Joan Ford, Denise Walsh, Nanette Wright.  Three awards chosen by past & present National Presidents in attendance.

  • Jasmine Loveday, Playwright, Director, Sounds of an Organ, Kuranui College, Greytown, Wairarapa
  • Bethany Graf, That Time, That Place, Wakatipu High School, Queenstown, Otago
  • The Entire Ensemble, Say My Name, TAPA Academy, UCOL Te Pūkenga Wairarapa, Masterton, Wairarapa

APRA Award

Best use of soundscape and sound-effects.

  • Nine, Centre Stage Taupo, Waikato

Michael Norris Award

Best use of Original or Live Music. Donated by the Norris family.

  • Not awarded

Steven Arnold Creativity and Design Award

Total Visual Concept and Execution.

  • Sounds of an Organ, Kuranui College, Greytown, Wairarapa

He Pito Aronui Award – The Seeding of Creative Potential

Acknowledges new writing and performance, which must be created by and contain Māori or Pasifika content.  Entries in this category, are also eligible for all other awards. May be awarded at Regional or National ShowCase. Donated by Education Perfect with a prize of $1000.

  • Say My Name, TAPA Academy, UCOL Te Pūkenga Wairarapa, Masterton, Wairarapa

Theatre New Zealand Award: Excellence in Acting

Two awards presented for excellence in acting.

  • James Moreland, Sounds of an Organ, Kuranui College, Greytown, Wairarapa
  • Toni Sullivan, Nine, Centre Stage Taupo, Waikato

Denise Walsh Award

Best Production of a New Zealand Play – written by a New Zealand playwright, regardless of setting or content.

  • That Time, That Place, Wakatipu High School, Queenstown, Otago

Bryan Aitken Youth Theatre Award

Best Youth Production. This category is for teams aged 19 years and under.

  • That Time, That Place, Wakatipu High School, Queenstown, Otago

Ewen Coleman Award

Best Adult Production.

  • Say My Name, TAPA Academy, UCOL Te Pūkenga Wairarapa, Masterton, Wairarapa

Theatre New Zealand Book of Honour

Best Overall Production.

  • That Time, That Place, Wakatipu High School, Queenstown, Otago