The 2012 Brickenden Awards

Catharine Brickenden

The winners of the 2012 Brickenden Awards for Theatrical Excellence in London were announced at a nearly-sold-out ceremony on Monday night at London Public Library’s Wolf Performance Hall. Hosts Sookie Mei and Lesleigh Turner presided over the celebration of the 2012 theatre season, which featured performances by the cast of Saunders Secondary School’s Annie, “Ken Turner’s Mantasy”, and the Dean Harrison Trio.

Following remarks by Dee Dee Lewis, granddaughter of the awards’ namesake Catharine Brickenden, the following people, companies and productions were recognized:

Outstanding Comedy Production
Jenny’s House of Joy (Theatre Soup)
Outstanding Lighting Design
Brian Brockenshire, Joe Recchia, Andrew Rethazi and Ceris A. Thomas, Treasure Island (London Community Players)
Outstanding Sound Design
Andrew Johnson, Three in the Back, Two in the Head (The Passionfool Theatre Company)
Outstanding Youth Drama
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (London District Christian Secondary School)
Outstanding Youth Musical
The Drowsy Chaperone (A.B. Lucas Secondary School)
Outstanding Set Design
Janice Johnston and John Beverley, Jenny’s House of Joy (Theatre Soup)
Outstanding Supporting Actress
Kayla Rock, Legally Blonde (Simply Theatre)
Outstanding Original Script
Neverland, Jeremy Hobbs
Outstanding Costume Design
Becky Lenko and Kim McCuaig, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Pacheco Theatre)
Chris Doty Award
James Stewart Reaney
Outstanding Musical Production
Seussical the Musical (Musical Theatre Productions)
Bravest Production
See Productions’ 2012 season (Goodness, Leo and All Things Beautiful)
Outstanding Supporting Actor
Bill Hill, The Drowsy Chaperone (Musical Theatre Productions)
Outstanding Solo Performance
Harry Edison, Neverland (Black Room Theatre)
Outstanding Actress
Martha Zimmerman, Jenny’s House of Joy (Theatre Soup)
Outstanding Actor
Chris Kevill, The Crucible (The Passionfool Theatre Company)
Outstanding Director
Justin Quesnelle, The Crucible (The Passionfool Theatre Company)
Outstanding Drama Production
The Crucible (The Passionfool Theatre Company)

A special recognition award, “Outstanding Performance as Brickenden Chair”, was also presented to long-time Brickenden committee head Ashleigh Barney.

The winners of the awards were decided by votes from the public, the three Brickenden adjudication panels, and the organization’s executive committee.

Congratulations to the winners and nominees, and thanks to everyone who made and attended theatre in London for an excellent year!