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Festival Company members nominated for Dora Awards

Qasim Khan, far left, leads his less than cheerful classroom of Avonlea students through a morning song to start the day (photo: Louise Vessey)The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts announced the nominations for the prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Awards recently and the list includes three current company members with The Charlottetown Festival.

Marisa McIntyre, who stars as one of the three leading ladies in the world premiere of the comedy Bittergirl–The Musical at The Mack, was nominated in the musical theatre division for outstanding female performance in the Theatre 20 production, Company. McIntyre also recently starred in both Mama Mia and Les Misérables for Mirvish.

“I am so honoured to be nominated, especially for a show with such an incredibly talented and distinguished cast,” offers the Waterloo, Ontario native, “and now I’m working in Charlottetown for my first time, in a brand new musical, with more incredible people! I feel very fortunate and I am excited to share this great piece with the world.”

Eliza-Jane Scott was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, as part of the company in Soul Pepper’s critically acclaimed musical, Spoon River, which picked up a several nominations, including Best Production. Scott plays the White Queen in Alice Through the Looking-Glass. and Mrs. Barry/Mrs. Blewett in Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™

Another Festival newcomer, Qasim Khan was nominated for outstanding individual performance in the Theatre for Young Audiences division, for his turn in Beneath the Banyan Tree (Theatre Direct). Khan is playing the iconic Mr. Phillips in Anne and the White Knight in Alice.

“Even though there’s over 50 years of history with Anne, Wade (Lynch) is giving me the space to put my own stamp on Mr. Phillips, so that we give our audiences something fresh,” he says during a rehearsal break. “Alice is exciting because the team has set up this visually stunning, whimsical, and complex world for the story to unfold in. It feels like I’ve stepped back in to the kid I was at seven and a half years old.”

Alice Through the Looking Glass and Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ play select dates until August 29. Bittergirl–The Musical™ plays Monday to Saturday until September 12.

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