Published on: 6 February 2014
Midnite Youth Theatre Company won two awards at the Independent Theatre Association of Western Australia’s annual Robert Finley Awards this month. The company received six nominations from its 2013 season.
The awards, held at the Subiaco Arts Centre, were open to all non-professional shows performed in WA last year. Former Artistic Director of Midnite Drew Stocker said it was wonderful to be recognised by Midnite’s WA peers as achieving amongst the highest standard in its productions.
The company won Best Youth Production for Les Misérables (School Edition) and the Veronica Overton-Low Award for Best Youth in a Musical, which was won by Rebecca Cole, who played Fantine in Les Misérables. More than 65 shows were entered into the awards.
The company was also nominated for the Years 7 and 8 play The Not Entirely True Tale of Robin Hood (Best Youth Production); Jenna Verryn (Best Youth in a Musical, Les Misérables); Rhiannon Taylor (Best Musical Direction, Les Misérables,); and Drew Stocker (Best Direction of a Musical, Les Misérables).
Mr Stocker along with Nick Felstead (2013 Captain of Drama), Braden Schofield (vice-captain) and Vitale Di Tullio (Friends of Midnite Chairman) accepted the awards of behalf of the company. Year 7 student Indie Smethurst was also spotted performing in the opening musical number at the awards.