The Globe Theatre Awards are a chance for the Manawatu's theatre community to come together in acknowledgment of their achievements and to celebrate the newly refurbished Globe.
They are usually held in February but were postponed to coincide with the reopening of the Globe following extensive refurbishments.
Co-ordinator Sheridan Hickey said participation was up this year with 70 nominations, 11 theatre companies and 20 productions chasing honours.
"We have a wide and passionate theatre community here in the Manawatu," Hickey said. "There has been an increase in plays and smaller companies coming through, creating shows that suit what they want to do. People like Joy Green from Proper Job Productions and Skin Theatre."
The awards cover a wide range of roles within the performing arts, with individual and group awards as well as behind the scenes roles, such as sound and lighting design.
The awards adjudicators are Tina White and Merv Dykes, who have the big task of judging the many shows they viewed last year.
"We were pleasantly surprised overall," Dykes said. "We went to a lot of shows and many showed vigour and application, particularly the smaller ones. They were turning out shows at a very high standard. It has made our job of choosing the winners very difficult and Tina and I burned the midnight oil a few times deciding."
The awards will be presented by Delia Hannah, an award-winning entertainer originally from Palmerston North. Hannah taught at Palmerston North's Freyberg High School before her stage career took off and she subsequently moved to Australia, where she performed in Les Miserables, Blood Brothers and Cats.
There will a number of other guest presenters and music and entertainment interspersed within the formal awards at Globe Theatre on June 13.
- Manawatu Standard
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