Local actors rewarded for sterling performances
Guyana Chronicle
May 9, 2004

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ACTORS on the local scene were rewarded for their sterling performances by the Theatre Arts Awards late last month at the National Cultural Centre (NCC).

Richard Narine took the Best Actor prize for 'One flew over the cuckoo's nest' (2003); the play that also won for Best Production, while Kim Lucas' performance in 'Mr. Powell's Mistress' earned her the Best Actress award. Narine's rival was Henry Rodney in 'Is we big people', while Lucas' were Lavonne George for 'One flew over the cuckoo's nest' and Jennifer Thomas in 'Two's a crowd'.

Best Supporting Actor was Travis Chase for 'Half past late' (2003). He won from among Kidackie Amsterdam and John Phillips (Is we big people), and Henry Rodney (Half past late). Best Supporting Actress was Sheron Taylor for 'Somebody gon horn you' (2003). She was also nominated for her role in 'Is we big people'. Lavonne George (Half past late) was the contender in that category.

Jane Joseph's 'Berbice thunder' won awards for Best Guyanese Play and Best Children's Production, while the Link Show (2002) won the award for Best Variety Show. Director of Link Show 2002, Ron Robinson won for Best Director. He was also nominated for Link Show 2003. Others vying for the award were Seeta Mohamed (Nrityageet 2002 and 2003), Joseph (Berbice thunder), and Fitzroy Tyrell (Mr. Powell's mistress).

Nrityageet 2002 and 2003 won the awards for Best Set and Best Dance Production, respectively, beating Naya Zamana 2002 and Mother and Daughter Pageant in the Best Set category, and Naya Zamana 2003, Dance Season - Rainbow and Nrityageet 2002 in the Best Dance category.

'Let the bells ring out' (2003) won the prize for Best Musical Production. David Dewar copped the prize for Best Singer - Male for his performance in 'Let the bells ring' and Sandrene Abrams won in the female category for her performance in the same play. Dewar's contenders were Paul Benjamin (Gospel Fest), Adrian English (Young Ambassadors) and Philip Adams (Let the bells ring). Enea Benjamin (Young Ambassadors was the contender in the Best Singer - Female category.
'Colour of dance' won the award for Best Costumes, beating Nrityageet and Naya Zaman.

The Theatre Arts Awards is a group of volunteers who judge performances at the Cultural Centre and make annual awards for the best performances.