Dracula and Tim Minchin among Helpmann Award 2019 nominees

Matt Lehmann and Carina Roberts in Dracula. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d485541
Matt Lehmann and Carina Roberts in Dracula. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d485541

THE 2019 Helpmann Awards nominees were announced on June 11 across 42 categories in celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industry.

The annual Awards recognise achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors including musicals, contemporary music, comedy, opera and classical music, theatre, ballet, dance and physical theatre, presentations for children and young people, regional touring and cabaret.

This year’s nominees were read out in simultaneous events in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

The Perth event was held at Heath Ledger Theatre featuring presenters Paul O’Neill, Stuart Halusz, Carina Roberts and Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa.

Tim Minchin.

Perth nominations included Tim Minchin’s Back for Best Australian Contemporary Concert, The Last Great Hunt’s Le Nor [the rain] for Best New Australian Work and Best Scenic Design, and Kelton Pell in Best Male Actor in a Play for Black Swan State Theatre Company production Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

WASO received nods in the Best Symphony Orchestra Concert and Best Individual Classical Music Performance categories for Tristan und Isolde, while Perth Festival and Tura New Music’s Speechless was nominated with Aaron Wyatt in Best Music Direction.

The Magic Flute.

Komische Oper Berlin’s The Magic Flute presented at Perth Festival was highlighted in several categories including Best Direction of an Opera and Best Opera.

Le Nor [the rain].
WA Ballet’s sold-out season of Dracula was nominated for Best Ballet with demi-soloist Carina Roberts singled out for Best Female Dancer in her role in the ballet as Mina.

“It’s just really nice to know that everyone really enjoyed Dracula as much as I did,” Roberts said.

“It’s lovely and humbling to get the feedback that audiences loved the shows because the process for me was amazing.

“For people to hear WA Ballet is performing productions that are up for awards is wonderful and encourages people to come and see other productions that we do.

“I think Dracula was something very different in terms of the theatrical side of it. It was very dramatic and very different to traditional ballet and brought in a lot of audiences that may not have necessarily seen ballet before.

“I’m not sure yet if I’ll get to go across to the ceremony. We’re actually on break then, so we’ll see.”

The 19th Annual Helpmann Awards will be presented for the first time in Melbourne on July 14 and 15 at Arts Centre Melbourne.

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