Toronto has the Doras, Vancouver has the Jessies, and Edmonton has the Sterlings.
As for Winnipeg - well, we don't have our own annual theatre awards. But the city's stage talent is being recognized elsewhere.
Bloodless soaks up nine Dora nods
Nominees for Toronto's annual theatre awards, the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, were announced yesterday. And a production of a Winnipegger's work leads the pack in the musical theatre category.
Theatre 20, a new artist-run musical theatre company, made its debut this season with Joseph Aragon's Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (which premiered at the 2009 Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and recently saw a local remount).
That production is in a three-way tie for most Dora nominations in the Musical Theatre Division, with nine nods.
It's up for Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Musical/Opera, Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Performance - Male, Outstanding Performance - Female (twice over - two of the production's stars are nominated in this category), Outstanding Production - Ensemble, Outstanding Scenic Design, and Outstanding Costume Design.
A Few Good Men picks up a few good Sterling nominations
John Kirkpatrick, Tom Pickett (back) and Charlie Gallant in A Few Good Men. (Epic Photography)
The Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, given out each year in Edmonton, also announced their nominees yesterday.A Few Good Men
, a co-production between the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, picked up four nominations.
The co-pro is up for Sterlings in the categories of Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Outstanding Lighting Design.
Jessies go "wild" for MTYP production and The Secret Mask
MTYP's Where the Wild Things Are (Hubert Pantel)
Vancouver's Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards gave Manitoba Theatre for Young People's production of Where the Wild Things Are
- which opened here in October, and then travelled to Vancouver's Presentation House Theatre - five nominations.
It's up for Jessies in the Theatre for Young Audiences categories of Outstanding Performance, Outstanding Design, Outstanding Artistic Creation (with nominations for both composition and direction), and Significant Artistic Achievement.
Playwright Rick Chafe
Meanwhile, Presentation House Theatre's production of The Secret Mask
- a play by Winnipeg's Rick Chafe, which premiered at Prairie Theatre Exchange in 2011 - is up for
four awards in the Small Theatre category.
It's got nods for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and nominations for its two male leads - including Winnipeg-born Jay Brazeau - in the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role.
The Doras, the Sterlings, and the Jessies all announce their winners on June 24.