Monday 30th, July 2012 / 19:57

As the 2012/2013 theatre season draws near, the Calgary theatrical community pauses to recognize excellence from the past season with the Betty Mitchell awards. Named for Calgary theatre heroine Betty Mitchell (1896-1976), a pioneer in the establishment of amateur theatre in the city, the awards have been commending outstanding contributions to the Calgary theatre community since 1998. This is a noble purpose: Calgary’s inarguably vibrant community of theatrical artists just doesn’t get the acclaim it deserves, both as a collective and in terms of the individuals of which it is composed.

Nominees were announced on July 3rd, and tough decisions lie in wait for eligible voters. Some of the categories and their nominees include:

Outstanding New Play
Ethan Cole and Eric Rose: Peril in Paris
The Downstage Creation Ensemble: Good Fences
Karen Hines: Drama: Pilot Episode
Kirstie McLellan Day: Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story
Joe Slabe: Jeremy de Bergerac

Outstanding Production Of A Play
Big Shot: Surreal SoReal Theatre/Ghost River Theatre Jake’s Gift – Lunchbox Theatre
Mary’s Wedding: Alberta Theatre Projects
Penny Plain: Alberta Theatre Projects
Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story – Alberta Theatre Projects

Outstanding Direction
Mark Bellamy: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Vertigo Theatre
Ron Jenkins: Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story – Alberta Theatre Projects
Kevin McKendrick: Race – Ground Zero and Hit and Myth Productions
Vanessa Sabourin: Hunger Striking – Urban Curvz
Bob White: Mary’s Wedding – Alberta Theatre Projects

You can catch the gala ceremony and join Calgary in celebrating an amazing season of theatre on August 27th at Stage West Theatre, complete with dinner, awards, and entrance to the official Bettys After Party! Get ready, theatre fans — another amazing season of Calgary theatre awaits.

Tickets to the Betty Mitchell Awards are available through the Stage West Box Office.

By Brianna Turner