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March 17, 2014

Cape Town shows win big at the 49th annual Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

The 49th annual Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards at the Baxter Theatre saw many Cape Town shows being recognized for their excellence. Photo courtesy of Allison Foat

Cape Town’s theatre-makers, actors, media and dignitaries were out in full force and dressed to the nines for the 49th annual Fleur Du Cape Theatre Awards at the Baxter Theatre on Sunday 16 March, 2014 and it was a night of big wins for the Mother City’s top performing shows!

The Fairest Cape’s version of the Tony Awards, the Fleurs is a glamorous highlight on our cultural calendar and one which sees our local thespians being rewarded for their emotional, impactful performances in productions staged around our beautiful hometown over a year.

The Rocky Horror Show, which ran at the Fugard Theatre in District Six, from July 2013 to January 2014, and held Capetonians audiences in thrall with its feather boas, fishnet stockings and corset –clad performers, raked in three awards for Brendon van Rhyn as Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Andrew Laubscher as best Supporting Actor in a Musical and for Daneel van der Walt as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.

The impressive Theatre on the Bay was home to Sunset Boulevard and its star Angela Kilian picked the Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical or Music Theatre Show award  for her turn as Norma Desmond.

Last night’s star-studded event was co-hosted by the hilarious comedian Alan Committie and talk show host Africa Melane, who together with iconic performers Dorothy Masuka accompanied by guitarist Bheki Khoza, the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Ubuntu B-Boys, and an ensemble of dancers in a vibrant pantsula number choreographed by the former Artistic Director of Jazzart, Jackie Manyaapelo provided the evening’s entertainment.

The Fleur Du Cap Awards, first established in 1965, are presented in twenty different categories and this year the panel of judges made their decisions after having viewed almost 84 productions, hosted in several venues in and around Cape Town. The full list of winners is as follows:

1.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY

Brendon Daniels for Rooiland as Adidas

2.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Jennifer Steyn for The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore as Flora “Sissy” Goforth

3.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Charlton George for Rooiland as Pastoor

4.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Patricia Boyer for The Miser as Frosine and Master Jacques

5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Brendan van Rhyn for The Rocky Horror Show as Frank-N-Furter

6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Angela Kilian for Sunset Boulevard as Norma Desmond

7.  BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Andrew Laubscher for The Rocky Horror Show as Riff Raff

8. BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW

Daneel van der Walt for The Rocky Horror Show as Magenta

9. BEST PERFORMANCE IN A REVUE, CABARET OR ONE-PERSON SHOW

Phillip Dikotla for Skierlik as various characters

10. AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING STUDENT

Dean John Smith [University of Stellenbosch]

11. BEST DIRECTOR

Jaco Bouwer for Rooiland

12. BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Jaco Bouwer for Rooiland

13. BEST SET DESIGN

Craig Leo for Voices Made Night

14. BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Sarah Roberts for The Miser

15. BEST SOUND DESIGN, ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION OR ORIGINAL SCORE

James Webb for Die Laaste Karretjiegraf (Sound Scape)

16. BEST PUPPETRY DESIGN

Janni Younge for Sadako

17. BEST NEW SOUTH AFRICAN SCRIPT

Tertius Kapp for Rooiland

18. ROSALIE VAN DER GUCHT PRIZE FOR NEW DIRECTORS

Penelope Youngleson

AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN THEATRE

RSG Radio Kunstefees

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Nicholas Ellenbogen

Here are a few images of the Fleur Du Cap Awards:

The 2014 Fleur Du Cap Theatre Award winners. Photo courtesy of Allison Foat

 Irma Albers and Jennifer Steyn, Best Lead actress in a Play. Photo courtesy of the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

Nicholas Ellenbogen, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo courtesy of Allison Foat

 Tracey Kim Saunders and Africa Melane , judges of the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards. Photo courtesy of Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards is an initiative of the Distell Foundation that forms part of Distell’s Corporate Social Investment Programme, which is dedicated to support the development of the creative arts industry in South Africa.

The 50th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards will be held in grand style at the Artscape Opera House in 2015.

Editor’s Note: This article was written with information sourced from a press release supplied by Allison Foat.

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