For Immediate Use
February 5, 2015
THEATRE NOVA SCOTIA ANNUAL MERRITT AWARDS ANNOUNCE NEW HOSTS AND DATE
Halifax: The Theatre Nova Scotia annual Merritt Awards, which celebrate excellence in Nova Scotia theatre, have announced today that they are following up their 2014 success with two brand new hosts.
The Merritt Awards are to be held on Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 7pm at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Room. Theatre Nova Scotia’s Executive Director Nancy Morgan announced today that the 2015 hosts will be Karen Bassett and Joanne Miller, both popular Nova Scotia actor/writers.
“We are thrilled to welcome our very own version of Tina Fey & Amy Poehler to the arduous job of hosting the Merritt Awards,” said Morgan. “They will do an amazing job of satirizing our industry, making us smile, but at the same time showing a lot of heart and respect.”
Joanne Miller is quick to joke about her new gig. “The Merritts are important because there is quite frankly not enough rejection in the arts. As a 2015 host I will be there to celebrate the losers. I am thrilled to be a Merritt host this year because Target wasn’t hiring.”
Bassett was equally excited on hearing she’d landed the job: “Wow. The only award I’ve won is for endurance skipping in grade four. I won the plaque, which was pretty nice, but lost the use of my legs for three days. So I felt the intensity of both victory and defeat. Just like the night of the Merritts!”
Producing the show again for Theatre Nova Scotia is Halifax-based director/producer/performer Jeremy Webb. Webb is a previous host of the Merritts (2005) and is excited to be back with the show again for the fourth year in a row as Producer.
“Every year the Merritts grow in size and glamour,” says the Producer. “This year we have to up our game again. Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Room is the perfect spot for a night of celebration and fun and we got so much positive feedback from the crowd.”
“With Karen & Joanne hosting, the audience are definitely in for a few surprises! We have already started planning the night.”
Casino Nova Scotia have partnered with Theatre Nova Scotia as a sponsor of this year’s Merritt Awards.
“This is a night when every theatre professional and theatre-lover in Nova Scotia gathers together, dresses up and celebrates the successes of the previous year,” Webb continues.
“The Schooner Room at Casino Nova Scotia is e such a great spot, with every ticket holder having a place at a table, some great food, and a lot of laughs Over three hundred artists in one room on one night and the atmosphere is electric.” Returning this year as the house band are Chet Caruso and The Action Figures.
“We are delighted to be joined this year for the first time by The Coast as a Presenting Sponsor,” adds Morgan. “The Coast supports the theatre industry on a weekly basis online and in print. It’s great that they are on board with us to sponsor The Merritt Awards.”
Details regarding these awards can be found on the Theatre Nova Scotia website:www.theatrens.ca/programs-services/tns-awards/
Tickets are available from the Theatre Nova Scotia office: 902 425 3876
Price: $20 (individual members of Theatre Nova Scotia) $25 (Non-members) and a table of ten costs $200. Every ticket includes some delicious hors d’oeuvres
For Further Information contact:
Nancy Morgan, Theatre Nova Scotia 902 425 3876 firstname.lastname@example.org