Local teacher wins big at theatre awards 

KINROSS Wolaroi School teacher and writer/director Romko Hordynsky won the Gold CAT Award for his original screenplay Robbin' the Rich at last night's CAT (Canberra Area Theatre) Awards.

The Gold CAT Award was backed up by four more wins for the school's productions of Robbin' the Rich and The Wizard of Oz.

Along with KWS's wins last night, the Molong Players theatre group scored a win for best variety performance by an individual or ensemble for their production of The Wizard of Cabonne.

KWS teacher and writer/director Romko Hordynsky was awarded the top honour, the Gold CAT Award, for his original scripts and music for the production of Robbin' the Rich.

The production also scored a win for best original work for a school or youth production and student Jock Pryse Jones won for best youth actor in a leading role in a musical.

When Mr Hordynsky found out the show was nominated for six awards last November,  he told the Central Western Daily there was always a moral in the shows he wrote.

"It's about forgiving people and accepting people for what they are," he said.

"I enjoy writing the script, the music and coming up with ideas.

"It's alright to have an idea but you need them [the children] to pull it off."

The prestigious CAT Awards recognise talents in amateur theatre across the country.

Also in last night's winners circle was the KWS production of the Wizard of Oz that won for best production of a school or youth musical.

Student Arabella Jorgensen-Hull was awarded for best youth actress in a featured role in a musical for the same production.

During last night's award ceremony KWS students performed the feast scene from Robbin' the Rich.

Orange Theatre Company productions of Avenue Q, Mame and Singin' in the Rain were nominated for 12 CAT Awards this year.

nadine.morton@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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