More than 300 theatre arts fans turned out for the annual Georgy Awards for excellence in theatre performance at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre on Saturday night.
The Georgys, now in their 44th year, drew a large crowd of excited theatre lovers from across the Goulburn Valley to watch the presentation of 29 awards in junior and senior categories.
The awards were interspersed with performances from theatre groups across the district.
For the first time, the night was hosted by a younger duo — Darcy Elliott from Moama and Brandon Armstrong from Kyabram — both seasoned performers and multiple Georgy nominees.
Georgy Committee president, veteran theatre performer and administrator Joyce Baker-Dawber, said the evening’s faster and younger format was a big success.
‘‘We’ve had the best feedback we’ve had for a long time,’’ Mrs Baker-Dawber said.
‘‘The Georgys are now held in high regard across the state.’’
She said the next Georgy awards would be held in February, 2019, to allow a whole calendar year of shows to be judged.
‘‘Everyone is agreeable to the change — it will bring us in line from then on,’’ she said.
Shepparton Theatre Arts Group members were out in force and collected 11 awards between them.
STAG president Fiona Kennan said the group’s awards represented the commitment and passion of its members.
‘‘We presented a wide range of comedy, drama and music with four productions judged this year — and our Georgy awards represent the depth of our talent,’’ Ms Kennan said.
For the full results of the 2017 Georgy Awards, go to The Art Shed at http://theartshed.sheppnews.com.au/