Natasha Greenblatt, 'The Mill' Score at Dora Awards

Published: June 29th 2010
in Culture » Stage

Natasha Greenblatt at the Dora Awards
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The Mill scored big at the 31stannual Dora Awards, handed out last night at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.


The original Canadian ghost-story cycle, about four different periods in the history of a haunted mill in small-town Ontario, won in the Outstanding Production, Set Design, Costume Design, and Lighting Design categories for the Independent Theatre Division. 


The set and lighting design awards for this effects-laden production were particularly well deserved – anyone who saw it won’t forget the levitating bodies, grinding mill, eerie lighting, and the flying demon-child Lyca, who bounded up and down the walls of the tiny stage set almost effortlessly. The interior of the set – a rustic, dilapidated, cabin-like room in the mill – felt particularly atmospheric in the 75-seat Tank House Theatre; you felt like you were practically sitting in the mill itself.


Hannah Moscovitch may have lost out in the Outstanding New Play category for her contribution to The Mill (The Mill Part Two: The Huron Bride), but she won for Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences Division for her play In This World, about two teenage girls trying to repair their friendship and overcome conflicts about race, class, and sex.


Also a winner in the Theatre for Young Audiences Division was Natasha Greenblatt. She was honoured for Outstanding Performance in Get Yourself Home Skyler James , a 30-minute monologue where she played a small-town teenager from Texas who graduates from high school, joins the US army, and then flees to Canada in the face of violent threats over her sexual orientation.


Dancap’s The Toxic Avenger scored one win for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role (Musical Theatre Division) for Louise Pitre (whom we praised for an “incredibly staged and brilliantly performed duet”) and Acting Up Stage scored one in the same division for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role, for Jeff Lillico in The Light in the Piazza.


The Dora Awards are presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts in honour of named for Dora Mavor Moore, a teacher and director who helped establish Canadian professional theatre in the 1930s and 1940s. The ceremony was hosted by CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

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