‘Milly Awards’ was the annual fun night at The Old Mill Theatre in South Perth last Friday, 22nd January; it is the evening when the members celebrate their twelve months of theatrical achievements.
On arrival everyone was greeted with a free glass of champagne, delicious canapes and melodious live jazz music from Nicola Milan and Stray Cats.
The Award Night was introduced by Meredith Cook, as her co-presenter Jarrod Buttery was appearing in the first snippet from the plays seen in 2015. There followed some wonderful reminders of why The Old Mill is one of WA’s leading community theatres.
Meredith and Jarrod were in excellent fun form as they called out the names of the winners.
The actors were most pleased to have the daughter of Constance Ord – the leading light in the setting up the theatre group many decades ago – to present the Ord Award.
BEST PRODUCTION Wolf Lullaby (Director Alide Chaney)
BEST DIRECTOR Noel O’Neill (Hail Mary)
BEST ACTOR Phil Barnett (Summer of the 17th Doll)
BEST ACTRESS Anna Head (Summer of the 17th Doll)
BEST SUPPORT ACTOR Tom Rees (The One Day of the Year)
BEST S/ACTRESS Beryl Francis (Jigsaws)
BEST STAGE MANAGER Ruhama Geiger (The One Day of the Year)
BEST SET Wolf Lullaby
BEST COSTUMES Hail Mary
MEMORABLE MILLY Shirley Toohey for an outstanding performance in Summer of the 17th Doll
MEMBER OF THE YEAR Joint – John Woolrych and John Spurling
A few ‘Silly Milly Awards’ were then presented for various theatrical disasters.
A fun night that gave us all a chance to see some of the star scenes of the year.