The Dora Mavor Moore Awards zipped along last Monday (June 25), with hosts Mary Lou Fallis and Jonathan Wilson singing out the names of the evening's sponsors to tunes from The Sound Of Music. Wilson's best zinger? Mel Lastman was supposed to present a multinational award but instead sent a message that he was really, really sorry.
Emotional double winner Kristen Thomson (new play and performer for I, Claudia) got up the second time, transforming herself from terrified actor to witty writer, to praise friend Adam Pettle's Zadie's Shoes, one of the competing script nominees.
Designer Astrid Janson, winner of the Silver Ticket Award for long-time work, quipped that it was time to get this kind of recognition "when the words "great body' refer to your work."
Shadowland's Brad Harley, one of the threesome winning a costume design Dora for New France, pulled out a pocket camera and took pictures of the audience, the presenters and his fellow winners, Anne Barber and Luisa Milan.halloween hitThe always eye-catching Ellen-Ray Hennessy, dressed in orange and black, looked like a gift from the Great Pumpkin. Before the show she told us she'd spent lots of moolah at Pride Day on her orange top hat with a huge black plume (almost as long as her false eyelashes) and she couldn't afford to buy anything else, so she wore some of her underwear to go with the hat.
Her date, actor John O'Callaghan (Fringe hit Rum And Vodka), is based in New York City, where he recently performed at La Mama and did a reading of a new script playing George Bernard Shaw opposite theatre legend Rosemary Harris as Shaw's mother.