Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2010 Montreal English Critics Circle Awards (MECCA) Winners

Two weeks after announcing their nominations, the Montreal English Critics Circle Awards (MECCA) presented the awards at a ceremony at Theatre Ste-Catherine. The musical Haunted Hillbilly by the company SideMart Theatrical Grocery won Best Production and Best Director (Andrew Shaver). The wacky musical-comedy-horror story tells of a country singer who sells his soul to a vampire. A Line in the Sand, however took the Best Actor and Best Actress awards as well as Best Set Design. The winner of Best Ensemble was My Christmas in New York.

Two women shared the honour for Best Text. Amy Lee Lavoie wrote Rabbit, Rabbit and co-winner Joanna Nutter was the playwright for My Pregnant Brother. Miss Sugarpuss Must Die had received four nominations as did Haunted Hillbilly but came away with a single win for Best Costume Design for the team of Catherine Allan, Holly Gauthier-Frankel and Paul Van Dyck.

2009-2010 Montreal English Critics Circle Awards (MECCA) Winners

Best Production: Haunted Hillbilly (SideMart Theatrical Grocery)

Best Actor: Chip Chuipka for A Line in the Sand 

Best Actress: Glenda Braganza for A Line in the Sand 

Best Director: Andrew Shaver for Haunted Hillbilly 

Best Text (tie): Amy Lee Lavoie for Rabbit, Rabbit; Joanna Nutter for My Pregnant Brother

Best Ensemble: My Christmas in New York  (Le Nouveau Théâtre Sainte-Catherine)

Best Visiting Production: Icaro by Daniele Finzi Pasca

Best Set Design: Lara Kaluza for A Line in the Sand 

Best Costume Design: Catherine Allan, Holly Gauthier-Frankel, and Paul Van Dyck for Miss Sugarpuss Must Die 

Best Lighting: Eric Mongerson for Swan Song of Maria 

Best Sound: Benoit Brunet-Poirier for 4.48 Psychosis

Revelation Award: Amy Lee Lavoie

Myron Galloway Award for Distinction: Annabel Soutar / Porte Parole


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