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Tri-City trio up for Ovation! awards in theatre, music and dance

Leroux, Hughes and Spinola are nominated for Ovation! awards, which will be handed out in Vancouver on Jan. 22, 2023.
Kyra Leroux as Anne Shirley in the Gateway Theatre production of Anne of Green Gables, which ran in December 2022.

Three entertainers who call the Tri-Cities home are up for 2023 Ovation! awards.

The winners of the 19th annual accolades will be announced at a ceremony at the Vancouver Academy of Music on Jan. 22.

Coquitlam triple threat Kyra Leroux is a finalist in the Outstanding Lead Performance category.

Last month, the 20-year-old graduate of Dr. Charles Best Secondary starred as Anne Shirley in the Gateway Theatre production of Anne of Green Gables, which is one of five shows named for Outstanding Production - Professional.

Best's music teacher, Brent Hughes, is nominated for Outstanding Music Direction in Something Rotten!, a musical that Theatre Under the Stars produced last summer; it was the second TUTS show that Hughes directed musically, and the 10th time he had performed in the orchestra pit at the Malkin Bowl.

Something Rotten! is also up for the Outstanding Production - Community prize.

Hughes is a music teacher at Coquitlam's Lindbjerg Academy of the Performing Arts, where Tri-Cities resident Nicol Spinola is on faculty.

Spinola is a finalist for Outstanding Choreography for two 2022 productions: Something Rotten! and Cabaret — the latter by Raincity Theatre Company, of which she is the co-managing artistic director and resident choreographer.