2023 Award Winners

At the Musical Society Mildura, we have two major awards for our productions; one for our Pantomime called ‘The Dame’, and one for our main production for the year (excluding pantomime) called ‘The Gong’.

Both of these are awarded to a person/people who have shown high excellence in their skills, and growth shown from the first rehearsal, to the final performance.

It gives us great honour to share both of these winners.

For our 2023 Pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, our Dame Award recipient is someone who hasn’t been on the stage for quite some time, yet took the show by storm, playing the true Aussie dwarf, Brian. Danny Hamence has such a passion for theatre which was shared with the cast of Snow White. A huge Congratulations to Danny!

Emily Gigg, director of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, 2023 Dame Awardee Danny
Hamence, and Dame Award founder, Steve Prescott

For our major show, Into The Woods, our Gong Award awardees really shone on stage together. The growth both of these individuals showed was incredible, bouncing off each other and taking on all feedback and advice given to them. The audience absolutely loved them, too! A huge congratulations to Connor Burns, who played Jack and Mary Manfield who played Jack’s mother.

Mary Manfield & Connor Burns, our 2023 Gong Award winners