The finalists for the prestigious Ruby Awards have been announced, with two of Whyalla’s dedicated arts groups among those selected.
Whyalla’s premiere performing arts company D’faces of Youth Arts have made it to the finals of two categories for their unique alien production Area 53.
In a big win for D’faces, they’re in the top 4 for the Best Community or Regional Event or Project and Best Work, Event or Project for Young People categories.
Area 53 was a project funded by Country Arts SA through the Regional Arts Fund, with the idea of creating a unique adventure for audiences based on alien activity and a shady government cover-up.
Following the success of Area 53 in 2017, the D’faces drama crew were keen to continue the initiative at the second uneARTh Festival in 2018.
D’faces secured funding from the federal government to get award winning theatremaker Claire Glenn and Anthony Kelly in Whyalla to work with the 16 young people involved.
The drama crew performed eight shows over the two day uneARTh Festival, wowing audiences on the day.
On the musical side, Stormfront Productions have been recognised for their high quality mentoring services by making it to the Top 4 of the Outstanding Contribution by an Organisation or Group category.
The business is run by talented musicians Alison Hams and Mark Tempany who provide programs that help give young musicians more exposure in the industry.
One of those programs is the Whyalla Recording Scholarship, which gives the winner(s) the chance to professionally record an original single and present it to the world.
When not hosting their own events, Stormfront are regularly involved in supplying musical equipment or acts for community events such as Carols in the Park and the ANZAC Eve Vigil.
Stormfront Productions also made it to the top 4 of the South Australian Community Achievement Awards Small Business category.
Named in honour of late arts patron Dame Ruby Litchfield, the 2018 Ruby Awards are the 13th annual celebration of South Australia’s arts and cultural sector.
To vote, head to https://www.rubyawards.com.au/vote/. Voting closes at 5pm on Friday, November 30.