Cape Bretoners among Merritt Award winners

March 28, 2012

SYDNEY— Several Cape Bretoners were honoured Monday night as Theatre Nova Scotia presented its annual Merritt Awards at a gala event inHalifax.

 Accomplished actress Marguerite McNeil was honoured with the Legacy Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the landscape of theatre inNova Scotiathrough artistic practice, mentorship, education, and community building.

Originally from Glace Bay, MacNeil worked and studied inNew YorkandLondonbefore returning toNova Scotiain the 1970s. She has worked extensively in theatre and film and has taught and worked with many young actors, directors, and playwrights.

CapeBretonnative Bryden MacDonald, a nationally renowned playwright and director, was presented the Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre.

Sydney native Daniel MacIvor and his latest play “Bingo!” went into the night with multiple nominations for outstanding direction and outstanding new play by a Nova Scotia playwright, while the play itself was up for outstanding production.

He came away with one win, in the outstanding new play by aNova Scotiaplaywright category.

MacIvor, a renowned writer, director and actor, returned home this past summer to premiere “Bingo!” at the Savoy Theatre inGlace Bayas a Mulgrave Road Theatre production. The comedy tells the story of fictional characters Nurk, Dookie, Heff, Boots and Bitsy who gather inCapeBretonto celebrate their 30th high school reunion.

Several of the actors in those roles also earned Merritt Award nominations including Mabou native Heather Rankin, Emmy Alcorn, and Martin Burt.

The Merritt Awards recognize outstanding achievement in professional theatre inNova Scotia. Named after educator Robert Merritt, the awards celebrate achievement in areas of acting, directing, playwrighting, design, technical theatre, and overall achievement in Nova Scotian theatre.

 
Cape Breton Post Published on March 27, 2012

 

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