Showbiz Queenstown's production of the musical Chicago
earned 13 nominations in 17 categories in the Otago Southland
The nominations are best overall production; Bryan Aitken for
best direction; Emma Wilson for best musical direction; Anna
Stuart for best choreography; best wardrobe design; best
lighting design; best sound design; best make-up and hair
design; Robert Wells for best leading male in a musical;
Fiona Stephenson for best leading female in a musical; Nicole
McLean for best leading female in a musical; David Oakley for
best supporting male in a play or musical; and Nicole McLean
for best supporting female in a play or musical.
Mr Aitken said the nominations ''illustrate the standards
which Showbiz Queenstown has attained''.
Marty Newell, Showbiz Queenstown president at the time of the
production, said: ''It's an honour to have been nominated,
but to have received 13 nominations is a tribute to the
amazing team and all the hard work that everyone put in."
She paid special tribute to Mr Aitken, whose efforts this
year had earned him 23 nominations, and also to Nicole
McLean, who had received two.
More than 300 people are expected to attend the awards
ceremony, at a Dunedin venue to be finalised, on February 22.
The awards encompass the 15 theatre societies within Otago
and Southland which are members of the New Zealand Musical
Eight productions have been judged over the 2013 calendar
year by OSTA judges Alex Derbie, of Queenstown, Murray
Davidson, of Dunedin, Lynette Budge, of Oamaru, and Robyn
Gardner and Margaret Jackson, both of Balclutha.
• Showbiz Queenstown will run a pre-audition workshop for
aspiring cast members for its next production, Jesus
Christ Superstar, set in the era of Occupy
demonstrations, in February, before auditions from February
The show runs in the Queenstown Memorial Centre from May