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Surrey theatre groups reap awards

Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society's production of Beauty and the Beast won numerous awards, including best production for a musical or pantomime, at the Community Theatre Coalition awards. Below is a scene from Surrey Little Theatre's production of Mending Fences, for which Paul Cowhig (left) won best actor honours.
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Surrey-based Fraser Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society (FVGSS) shows were among the top honourees in the 2011-12 Community Theatre Coalition Awards, announced at a gala presentation Saturday (Sept. 15) night at the Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock.

Reginald Pillay, who produced FVGSS’s last pantomime Beauty and the Beast, accepted the best production award for best musical or pantomime production.

Beauty and The Beast also took awards for best musical direction (Timothy Tucker), choreography (Carol Seitz), and best set design (Mike Balser and Omanie Elias).

Adam Olgui got the nod for best supporting actor in a musical or pantomime for his supremely comedic interpretation of conflicted official Pooh-Bah in the society’s spring comic opera The Mikado, which also won best costume design for Christy Zaporozan.

Surrey Little Theatre’s Mending Fences won best actor for Paul Cowhig and best director for Marko Hohlbein.

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