KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 1, 2015 (AMG) — With twenty-two nominations spread over eleven of the award’s twenty categories, including Best Drama and Best Musical, the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) School of Drama surpassed the competition as the nominations for the 2015 Actor boy awards were announced last week. This for their three productions staged over the course of 2014 – Wild Alice (8 nominations), An Echo in the Bone (6 nominations) and Dream on Monkey Mountain (8 nominations).

However, it was Jambiz Production’s Saving Alligator High that dominated the nominations, becoming the most nominated theatre production of the night, with a grand total of twelve nominations, including Best Comedy, Best New Jamaican Play and the top honour, Best Production of the Year.

The highly regarded production, written by Patrick Brown, who is no stranger to these awards (Ladies of the Night, 2014; Breadfruit Kingdom, 2012), is a satirical re-imagination of the realities of the Jamaican school system, set in a staff room and played out by a group teachers at an underdeveloped Jamaican high school.

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Other prominent nominees for the night include Laff It Off (Oliver Mair Productions) with 9 nominations and Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz (Independent Actors Movement). Being the only nominee the category of Best Tragedy, Her Last Cry (DMH Productions) is the sole nominee to have already been declared winner.

Director Trevor Nairne distinguished himself among the nominees with triple nominations in the directing category (Funny Kind’a Love; Dream on Monkey Mountain; Saving Alligator High).

Outstanding thespians in the batch of nominees included Glen Campbell, who copped double nominations for Best Actor in a Lead Role for his work in Saving Alligator High and Funny Kind’a Love. The other nominees in that category include Christopher McFarlane (Dream on Monkey Mountain), Alwyn Scott (A Small Room) and Tesfa Edwards (Her Last Cry).

Veteran stage actress, Leonie Forbes nabs a nomination for Best Actress in a Lead Role for her portrayal of Molly Parkin in David Tulloch’s For My Daughter, alongside Suzette Barrett (Where Is My Father), Sharee McDonald-Russell (Saving Alligator High), Rosie Murray (For My Daughter) and Ruth Ho-Shing (Divorce Papers).

The Actor Boy Awards, presented annually since 1990, is the longest running awards show in the Caribbean with recognition bestowed on dramatic productions for excellence in Jamaican professional theatre. The history of the awards date back almost thirty years, with the International Theatre Institute (ITI) being the main organizer for the last twenty years.

The Actor Boy Awards 2015 are expected to be held on March 30 at the Courtleigh Auditorium, Kingston. The complete list of nominees is below:

PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

An Echo in the Bone – EMCVPA School of Drama

Saving Alligator High – Jambiz International

Dream on Monkey Mountain – EMCVPA School of Drama

Funny Kind’a Love – Jambiz International

Wild Alice – EMCVPA School of Drama

MUSICAL

Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz – Independent Actors Movement (I AM)

Wild Alice – EMCVPA School of Drama

Princess Boonoonoonoos – Little Theatre Movement

DRAMA

An Echo in the Bone – EMCVPA School of Drama

Dream on Monkey Mountain – EMCVPA School of Drama

Her Last Cry – DMH Productions

Where is my Father – The Fairfield Theatre

Divorce Papers – Basil Dawkins Productions

REVUE

God Go Wid Yuh – DMH Productions

Laff It Off – Oliver Mair Productions

CHILDRENS THEATRE

Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz – Independent Actors Movement (I AM)

Wild Alice – EMCVPA School of Drama

COMEDY

Saving Alligator High – Jambiz International

Funny Kind’a Love – Jambiz International

Divorce Papers – Basil Dawkins Productions

Laff It Off – Oliver Mair Productions

Wild Alice – EMCVPA School of Drama

TRADEDGY

Her Last Cry – DMH Productions

NEW JAMAICAN PLAY

Saving Alligator High – Patrick Brown

Funny Kind ‘a Love – Patrick Brown

Her Last Cry – Dahlia Harris

Divorce Papers – Basil Dawkins

Laff It Off – Oliver Mair

DIRECTING

Saving Alligator High – Trevor Nairne; Patrick Brown

An Echo in the Bone – Eugene Williams

Funny Kind’a Love – Patrick Brown; Trevor Nairne

Dream on Monkey Mountain – Trevor Nairne

Wild Alice – Pierre LeMaire

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Saving Alligator High – David Crossgill

Absent Friends – Jean Paul Menou

Saving Alligator High – Courtney Wilson

God Go Wid Yuh – Carl Samuels

Laff It Off – Akeem Mignott

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING  ROLE

Saving Alligator High – Camille Davis

Saving Alligator High – Sakina Deer

Where Is My Father – Nadean Rawlins

Absent Friends – Shawna-Kae Burns

God Go Wid Yuh – Shanique Brown

ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE

Dream on Monkey Mountain – Christopher McFarlane

Saving Alligator High – Glen Campbell

A Small Room –Alwyn Scott

Funny Kind’a Love – Glen Campbell

Her Last Cry – Tesfa Edwards

ACTRESS IN LEAD ROLE

For My Daughter – Leonie Forbes

Where Is My Father – Suzette Barrett

Saving Alligator High – Sharee  McDonald-Russell

For My Daughter – Rosie Murray

Divorce Papers – Ruth Ho Shing

ENSEMBLE CAST

Laff It Off – Oliver Mair Productions

Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz – Independent Actors Movement (I AM)

ORIGINAL SONG

More than Monkey (Anacy Chaptaz:Monkey Bizniz) – Sabrena McDonald; Hugh Douse; Andre Dennis

Trapped (Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz) – Sabrena McDonald; Hugh Douse; Andre Dennis

Laff It Off (Laff it Off) – Oliver Mair; Alex Martin-Blanken; Dalton Spence

Evensong (God Guh Wid Yuh) – Dahlia Harris; Tesfa Edwards

Star Bwoy (Laff it Off) – Oliver Mair; Alex Martin-Blanken; Dalton Spence

ORIGINAL SCORE

Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz – Sabrena McDonald; Hugh Douse; Andre Dennis

Laff It Off – Alex Martin-Blanken; Oliver Mair; Dalton Spence

SET DESIGN

An Echo in the Bone – Ron Steger

Funny Kind’a Love – Trevor Nairne; Patrick Brown

Dream on Monkey Mountain – Ron Steger

Saving Alligator High – Trevor Nairne; Patrick Brown

Wild Alice – Ron Steger

LIGHTING DESIGN

An Echo in the Bone – John DaCosta

Funny Kind’a Love – Patrick Brown; Lenford Salmon

Dream on Monkey Mountain – Trevor Nairne; Calvin Mitchell

Her Last Cry – Nadia Roxburgh

Wild Alice – Nadia Roxburgh

COSTUME DESIGN

Dream on Monkey Mountain – Denise Francis-Erricson

Wild Alice – Pierre LeMaire

An Echo in the Bone – Stacy Ann Banton

Saving Alligator High – Trevor Nairne

Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz – Natasha Griffiths

CHOREOGRAPHY

Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz – Paula Shaw

Princess Boonoonoonoos – Patrick Earle

Dream on Monkey Mountain – Patrick Earle/Alice Berry-Gayle

Laff It Off – Michael Holgate

God Guh Wid Yuh – Kevin Moore

Patrick Brown and Edna Manley College dominate Actor Boy nominations

Elton Johnson

Elton Johnson works as a Arts Marketer in Jamaica for Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, as well as a Freelance Writer/Photographer and Marketing Communications Consultant.

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