Mark’s wizard performance

After six years of writing and directing performances for Molong Players, Kevin Beattey and his cast have finally been recognised in the CAT (Canberra Area Theatre) awards.

Lead actor Mark Oates won the best variety performance by an individual or ensemble for his portrayal of Forest Gump in their Wizard of Cabonne production.

Mr Beattey said he was thrilled to receive the recognition and paid tribute to Mark’s performance.

“It’s great for Mark to be recognised in this award,” Mr Beattey said.

“He’s very much a perfectionist and hard working so it’s very good reward for him.

“It’s satisfying for me too. It’s great to be recognised and realise that we can match it with the much bigger productions out there.”

Mr Beattey’s focus will now turn to this year’s play for Molong Players.

While he wasn’t giving too much away, he hoped it would win as much recognition as his Wizard of Molong production.

“The motions are in place for the next play, I’m gathering ideas,” he said.

“I’m hoping that this play will be well received. I hope to have it finished in the next six weeks.”

Molong Players wasn’t the only local production to gain recognition at the CAT awards.

Kinross Wolaroi cleaned up at the awards. 

Romko Hordynsky won best original work for a school or youth production as well as the Gold CAT award for original scripts, while students Arabella Jorgensen-Hull was best youth actress in a featured role in a musical and Jock Pryse Jones was best actor in a leading role in a musical.

Their Wizard of Oz production was also the best production of a school or youth musical.

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