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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 February 2010) . . Page.. 539 ..

sound design for Miss Saigon, which was a sparkling presentation. Rebekah Cartwright from the University Theatre Ensemble in Wagga Wagga won the best costume design for Gormenghast. Seussical the Musical from Batemans Bay won best costume design for a musical, along with Coty Farquhar from Mittagong, for the Wizard of Oz.

The best original work went to Joshua McHugh from the ANU School of Music for Grimm and the Blue Crown Owl for original script music and orchestration. The University of Canberra’s award for best original work for a school or youth production went to the drama students at Canberra Girls Grammar school for their production of Generation Y. The best ensemble in a play went to the University Theatre Ensemble of Wagga Wagga for Gormenghast.

The best actor featured in a school youth play was Ben Kindon from Canberra Grammar, for their production of The Truth. The best actress featured in a school or youth play was Jessica White from Canberra Girls Grammar, for Dinkum Assorted. The best actor in a featured role in a school or youth musical went to Blake Appelqvist as Pilate from Marist college’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which won a number of awards during the night. The University of Canberra Co-op Bookshop best actress in a featured role in a school or youth musical went to Lucy Ridge, who played Amneris in Lyneham high school’s production of Aida. The best actor in a leading role in a school or youth play went to Roscoe Walker, who played Lord Fancourt in Canberra grammar school’s production of Charley’s Aunt. I think it is wonderful that young players are prepared to play old roles as well.

Queanbeyan Players’ best actress in a leading role in a school or youth drama went to Joanna Richards from Canberra Girls Grammar’s production of Dinkum Assorted. Best actor in a leading role in a school or youth musical went to Bill Bourchier as Judas in Marist’s Jesus Christ Superstar. The best actress in a leading role in a musical went to Caitlin Dickinson from James Sheahan Catholic high school in Orange for her role as the Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical.

I will leave it there. I know that Mr Coe is going to speak on the subject. He can take it up. But I do want to pay particular tribute to the great work done by the CAT awards group and want to also draw attention to the work that is done by them, the hundreds of hours of travelling and taking in shows and writing judgements, which is all done on a voluntary basis. They need to be highly commended for the work that they do for amateur theatre in the ACT and the region.

Road safety

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (5.41): I would like to continue on the theme that Mr Doszpot was talking about—road safety and bikes in particular. I am moved to talk because the ACT has now recorded its second road fatality this year in close succession.

First, there was a motorcyclist killed on Horse Park Drive on 11 February. Then, on Saturday the 13th, a cyclist was killed in Wanniassa. It is something that we all need to be concerned about. Road deaths should all be preventable deaths. We need as an Assembly and as a community to keep on working on making our roads safer.

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