'Les Miserables' best production

The Taieri Musical Society is singing from the rooftops after winning top honours at the inaugural Otago Southland Theatre Awards held at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin this week.

Taieri Musical Society won the awards for best overall production, best wardrobe design and best lighting design for its performance of Les Miserables . Peter Storer also won best leading male in a musical for his performance of Jean Valjean in the show.

Taieri Musical Society president Tania Graham said she was ''very proud'' of the success of the society.

The awards recognised the ''stellar cast'' and the hard work of the production team, she said.

''It was a great show, just fabulous.''

The society would perform Mama Mia at the Regent Theatre this year.

The winners were. -
Best overall production, Les Miserables (Taieri Musical Society).

Best direction, Bryan Aitken (Chicago, Showbiz Queenstown); best musical direction, Bronwyn Barnes (Buddy Holly Story, Alexandra Musical Society).

Best choreography, Anna Stuart (Chicago, Showbiz Queenstown).

Outstanding achievement award, Dave Snow (Oamaru Operatic Society).

Best set design, Annie (South Otago Theatrical Society); best wardrobe design, Les Miserables (Taieri Musical Society); best lighting design, Les Miserables (Taieri Musical Society); best sound design, HONK! (West Otago Theatrical Society); best properties design, Annie (South Otago Theatrical Society); best makeup and hair design, Hairspray (Musical Theatre Dunedin).

Best leading male in a musical, Peter Storer (Les Miserables, Taieri Musical Society); best leading female in a musical, Fiona Stephenson (Chicago, Showbiz Queenstown).

Best supporting male in a play or musical, Mark Willis (Hairspray, Musical Theatre Dunedin); best supporting female in a play or musical, Ailis Oliver-Kerby (Hairspray, Musical Theatre Dunedin).

Best leading male in a play, Kelly Keenan (Death and Taxes, Fine Thyme Theatre Company); best leading female in a play, Carla Creighton (Death and Taxes, Fine Thyme Theatre Company).

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