The Gong Award

AWARD CRITERIA

  1. Only awarded for the main production/s for the year. (Does not include the yearly pantomime)
  2. A person who has shown high excellence in acting skills and growth personally within the art of performing from the first rehearsal, behind the scenes and to the final performance.
  3. Must have attended all rehearsals as required, and to have shown leadership and mentor qualities to other performers through the season.
  4. Always been polite, respectful and courteous to all throughout
  5. Most importantly the award can only EVER be awarded to the recipient ONCE. They are a part of the prestigious gong line-up and are then able to be a part of the voting process for the future major productions.

AWARD WINNERS

2003, Patrick Whitcombe – Annie
2004, David Gebert – Pirates of Penzance
2005, Clare Taylor & Matthew Capp – Guys & Dolls
2007, James Nicholson – Rent
2007, Madeline Kadziela – The Mikado
2008, Brendan Alderton – Footloose
2008, Brayden Mehrtens – Oliver
2009, Andrew Nolen – West Side Story
2009, Hannah Hornsby – The Sound of Music
2010, Nicholas Stamp – Cabaret
2011, Bill Lewis – South Pacific
2011, Chris Celegon & Benjamin Lewis – My Favorite Year
2012, The Band – Chicago
2013, Brenda Hudson – The Producers
2014, Lauren Roden – Nunsense
2014, Cassandra Bicker – Sweeney Todd
2015, Michael Hogan & Kate Whyte – My Fair Lady
2016, Joseph Leslie – Spamalot
2017, Andrew Alderton – Wicked
2018, Brent Sullivan – Les Miserables
2019, Jacinta Macri – Grease

HISTORY

Created in 2003 for the production of Annie, The Gong has become a revered award for those in the Musical Society, not only for on stage work but also for crew members. The founders of the award, Glen Barrow, Naomi James and Peter Lang decided that something extra was needed to recognise the amazing feat that Patrick Whitcombe was able to achieve in Annie. Patrick being cast as a few small chorus roles was given the mammoth task of learning the supporting character role of Rooster Hannigan after the actor playing the role became ill. Patrick had only 24 hours to learn the part, which he did and turned in a fantastic performance.

The Gong statuette was built by Glen Barrow’s father. He was literally trying to build a musical instrument but the gong did not work as intended. It was set aside to be thrown out but was given a second chance at life when Glen came to visit and saw it sitting on a shelf.

First started as an “after-after party” award, meaning that it wasn’t officially recognised by the committee for a number of years. The Gong was soon accepted as the main award to recognise an important cast or crew member.