Oamaru actor takes out theatre award

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The stars of the Oamaru Operatic Society’s Chicago production shone again in Dunedin on Saturday night, where Oamaru’s own Billy Flynn took out the outstanding achievement award at the Otago Southland Theatre Awards.

Oamaru Operatic Society president Dan Lewis said a group of 23 people from the society travelled down to Dunedin for the awards.

“It was a great inaugural event . . . it was really great to be a part of it,” he said.

Though the production did not take home any awards this year, the night offered up a big surprise for David Snow, who played Billy Flynn in the production.

“We’d nominated David Snow for the outstanding achievement award,” Mr Lewis said.

With Mr Snow unaware of his nomination, winning the award came as a big surprise for him, Mr Lewis said.

Mr Snow had originally been cast in a minor role, but ended up playing Billy Flynn – a task which saw him have to learn a script very quickly.

That effort made him deserving of the outstanding achievement award, Mr Lewis said.

OSTA convenor Helen Horsnell said it had been “very, very hard” to decide the winners of the different categories.

Mr Snow deserved the outstanding achievement award he came away with, Mrs Horsnell said.

“He did a really good job, it was a great award to get.”

Mr Snow could not be reached for comment in time for publication.

Mrs Horsnell said about 190 people attended the awards, and the “marvellous” evening meant everyone could mingle without the pressures of a show on them.

By DAVID DE LOREAN