OSTAs for Central groups

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MATT.TSO
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Two Central Otago performance groups have been honoured at the 2017 Otago Southland Theatre Awards (OSTAs).

The Alexandra Musical Society and Clyde Theatre Group each won two awards at the “black tie and red carpet” event held at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin on Saturday night.

The Alexandra Musical Society won the best wardrobe and best properties awards for its production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, while the Clyde Theatre Group took home the awards for best leading female in a play or revue, which went to Catherine Brown in the group’s production of Noises Off by Michael Frayn and best set for the same production.

Head of wardrobe for the Alexandra Musical Society Ann Jones said the awards were a just reward for the time and effort the cast and crew had put into the production.

Jones, who went on stage to receive the award for best wardrobe, said being in the spotlight was not something she was used to.

“I don’t really like going up on stage. I’d sooner be backstage,” she said

It was great so many smaller groups such as those in Alexandra and Clyde had been recognised at the awards, she said.

Clyde Theatre Group president Joy Ramsay shared similar thoughts and said the group had been up against some very big productions in a few of the award categories.

“We were really pleased. It’s a nice little accolade for the people who have done all that work.

“It’s nice to have your work acknowledged by your friends in the industry.”