Youth and Performance awards 2022

Youth and Performance awards 2022

Youth Awards

District 1- Ken Allan

Youth Individual Awards

For an excellent scary but humorous performance with superb diction and stage presence – Lucy Bennett

A huge part for any youngster. Nicely played with care and attention to others on stage. – Jazmin Mill

A great all-round performance with some excellent singing and humour – Kieren Simm

A superb “fit” for this actor’s debut part with a convincing outcome. Wonderful characterisation and energetic application. A pleasure to watch congratulations ­ -  the award goes to – Kieren Simm

Youth Production Award 

A great “team effort” from all on-stage and behind the scenes. Performed with energy, enthusiasm, and application. This group continues to develop and flourish. Their energy and commitment are commendable. A worthy winner  - the award goes to Kids on Stage Walkerville Musical Theatre Company

Youth Rising Star Award

A wonderful performer who threw themselves into their portrayal of this well-known fictional character. Her superb diction was a pleasure to hear. We heard every word. She was always “in charge” and delivered her script with conviction and humour. Keep it up   - the award goes to Lucy Bennett

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 1 awards

Individual Award

A standout performance playing the part of Pugsley in Blyth Musical Theatre Company, great stage presence and character performance delivering his script with clarity and composure – the award goes to Kieren Simm

Rising Star

A confident performance from this young actress in the role of Wednesday in The Addams Family with Blyth Musical Theatre Company. Lovely vocals and a competent stage presence. Well-acted and good interaction with her stage family – the award goes to Asheleigh McMaster

*****

Peter Oliver Councillor district 2 awards

Individual Award

A great performance by this young actor, great stage presence and lots of potential. Well done in his performance with Westovian Theatre Society pantomime Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – the award goes to Luke Pearson.

*****

District 3 - Michelle Coulson

Youth Individual Award

This young person is a strong singer and gave a superb performance as a rebellious teenager, an excellent young performer-– the award goes to Caisley Graham

Youth Production Award

Every young person involved in this production gave it their all, it oozed energy and it was obvious the young people enjoyed it as much as their audience – the award goes to Matilda Jnr – In Your Face Theatre Seaham

Youth Rising Star Award

This young person gave as superb performance, lighting up the stage with every entrance, performing both comedy and pathos, definitely one to watch - the award goes to Reggie Macsween, - Billingham Players, Goodnight Mr Tom

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 3 awards

Individual Award

This young man delivered a sterling performance as Tommo in Chester-le-Street Theatre Groups production of Calendar Girls the Musical. He showed confident stage presence and good interaction with the other cast members, lovely delivery - the award goes to Rickie Mullen

Rising Star Award

A confident performance from this young performer as Danny in Chester-le-Street Theatre Groups production of Calendar Girls the Musical. He was able to bring out the character to its full potential great interaction with cast members, some lovely scenes played out – the award goes to Luke Rochester

*****

District 4 – Helen Abraham

Youth Individual Award

A young person who truly excellent themselves beyond their years on stage in The Addams Family, with Richmond Operatic Society. Their voice was truly memorable and whose comedic timing is surely setting them up for a lot of incredible performances for us for the future. – Jay Dutton

This young performer appeared to come from nowhere, smashed their way across the stage, was a delight to watch and truly showed an ability well beyond their years. Absolutely beautiful with great characterisation, they brought that stage to life, in Curtains with Sunderland Theatre Company – Lois-Lorraine Smith

An ensemble individual who caught your eye every time they were on stage. Their enthusiasm and energy during their performance was a joy to watch. They were living their absolute best life whilst on stage and were a delight to see in Teesdale Operatic Society’s production on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Daniel Vickers

My first thoughts when watching this young person on stage was “wow where did they come from” and thanks to excellent direction and choreography, given an opportunity to shine, they did just that. A delight to watch, with a maturity beyond their years and a wonderful performance all round. A true triple threat. I can’t wait for what more we will see from them – the award goes to Lois-Lorraine Smith

Youth Production Award

A spectacle from the moment you walked in the door, with a unique set and lighting design every audience member into the world of maggots and newts. Added to that a fabulous talented cast of youngsters bursting onto the stage with a gusto of talent. This group has it all. Talent, loyal members, wonderful production members, modesty, and an incredible team both on and off stage. Their shows are consistently bursting with energy and life and are very much enjoyed by everyone who sees them. This performance was no different, with forty something children having an absolute blast - the award goes to Teesdale Operatic Society for Matilda Junior

Rising Star Award

This was an easy choice for me this year. This individual simply stood out as truly exceptional. Talented - and modest, full of life and a joy to watch on stage. Someone who you simply could not take your eyes off. Who gave their all. Multi-talented, dedicated and a pleasant young person to speak to also. Their performance during Sunderland Theatre Company’s rendition of Curtains was incredible and she was a joy to watch on stage – the award goes Lois-Lorraine Smith

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 4 awards

Individual Award

I have watched this young lady grow from strength to strength over the past five years. Her confidence has certainly grown as has her stage presence and talent. A beautiful dancer, singer, and performer, a standout performance in Sunderland Theatre Company’s production of Curtains – the award goes to Lois-Lorraine Smith

Production Award

When it comes to youth productions there in none better then we have in the North East, this production of Matilda delivered a standout performance by a group of dedicated and talented youths. The teamwork was exceptional as was the diction and presentation. A great performance which was appreciated by the audience well done to all the cast  – the award goes to In Your Face Theatre Seaham for Matilda

Rising Star Award

A standout performance from this young actress in a leading role, her stage presence was delivered with confidence and ease and she certainly commanded the stage in every scene excellent vocals and character delivery in the production of Matilda with In Your Face Theatre Seaham. – the award goes to Francesca Ludie

*****

District 5 Michael Avery

Youth Individual Award

This person impressed as the eldest child, Liesel in the Sound of Music with West End Operatic Society. – Poppy Watkins

Little Gretel, in The Sound of Music is always a tough act to follow! This person stole the show, whenever she was on the stage, which is exactly what the part requires, she is a very young lady who shows a lot of promise – Lara Sky Wisby

She sang, acted, and danced delightfully, had considerable charm and presence throughout. Her shy flirtatious scene with sweetheart Rolf was particularly enjoyable  – the award goes to Poppy Watkins

Youth Rising Star Award

Showing great promise and producing a performance which was truly impressive really stole the show.  If she wished to continue as a performer, I am sure she has a great future ahead of her - the award goes to Lara Sky Wisby

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 5 awards

Individual Award

This young person delivered a first-class performance in the role of Gretel in the production of the Sound of Music for West End Operatic Society. Lots of confidence and stage presence and certainly a young person to be watched – the award goes to Allegra Lowey.

Rising Star Award

This young man certainly enjoyed his role with Starlight Musical Theatre in their production of Elf the Musical. Confident stage presence and visually you could see that he was enjoying every minute of stage and his interaction with his cast family was delivered with confidence – the award goes to Cody Martin

*****

District 6 - John Holliday

Youth Individual Award

Bringing a lovely combination of cheek, great vocals, and energy to this small but vitality important role. This you man brough a smile to the whole audience with his characterisation in Priscilla Queen of the Desert with Darlington Operatic Society   – Noah Abbas

A fabulous portrayal of her character within a very complex and wordy play with Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society’s production of Arcadia - Katrianna Torbet

This young actress showed great understanding of not only her role but also the deep meaning in the play. She shone in this production and was a joy to watch. For her fantastic portrayal of Thomasine Coverley – the award goes to Katrianna Torbet

Youth Rising Star Award

This young man brought great vocals and hug personality to this small cameo role and lit up the stage interacting brilliantly with his adult co-stars. To handle a complex subject matter and display such great maturity in a brief spell on stage shows that this young man has a bright future ahead - the award goes to Noah Abbas

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 6 awards

Individual Award

This young man certainly looked as if he was having the time of his life. Great interaction with his on-stage family great expressions and stage presence, and he certainly enjoyed the appreciation from the audience in his role of Benjie in Darlington Operatic Society’s production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert – the award goes to Noah Abbas

Production Award

This premiere for NODA North was well received and the audience were overwhelmed by the standard of production delivered by this new youth group, a first-class performance was delivered by each, and everyone involved from the principals to the full cast of chorus members – the award goes to Teesdale Operatic Society for Matilda

Rising Star

This young man certainly entertained the audience in Teesdale Operatic Societies premier of the Musical Matilda. This young actor certainly commanded the stage wowing the audience with his acting ability and confident delivery of his character a first-class performance – the award goes to Mathew Kerr

*****

District 8 – Dan Matuszak

Youth Individual Award

This young man has excelled in two performances this year Cats and Crescendo with Middlesbrough Youth Theatre. Has shown consistent super performance level, with high energy, great voice real character, and dance skills - Robbie Davies

This young lady has excelled in two performances this year, Legally Blonde and Fame with Crash Bang Wallop Youth Theatre. She showed a wide variation of character demonstrating her true scope of talent  – Abigail Robertson

Stunning voice that was so crystal clear and appeared effortless in the power in her performance as Grizabella in Cats with Middlesbrough Youth Theatre. This young lady is a talent shining - Emily Wallace

As the jailbird “Brooke” whose number Whipped into Shape was amazing as she sang and skipped all the way through and never missed a note, so full of energy and right in time, whilst in Fame as Carmen her singing in songs There she goes and Fame was great and as a drug addict with song In LA gave a stunning performance that was so emotional and powerful an excellent piece of theatre  - the award goes to Abigail Robertson

Youth Production Award

This production was so fully accomplished in every way, the set staging was creatively designed, the lighting was colourful and atmospherically engaging, the choreography was stunningly staged and executed to such technical accuracy and in such unison. The voices in the chorus singing were beautiful in harmonies and the principal singers were all excellent, creating a show performance levels well above their teenage years. A show that was designed in many levels and created for individuals to shine an electric piece of theatre performance – the award goes to Middlesbrough Youth Theatre for Cats

Youth Rising Star Award

This young individual has shown significant development from a small 7year old boy to adult 18 years he is now with such dedication to voice, dance and acting skills and a personality that shines. An excelling performance of coordinating role in Cats with beautiful singing voice and dance skills, and beautiful moving dance piece and vocals in the Queen medley in Crescendo this young man is set to be a future star in the making   - the award goes to  James Oliver

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 8 awards

Individual Award

This young man held the audience in the palm of his hand playing the narrator in the production of Cats with Middlesbrough Youth Theatre. His delivery was equal to a West End performance commanding the stage  and his delivery was exceptional, especially in his choreographed routine which delivered to an exceptional standard expressing his character to perfection – the award goes to James Oliver.

Production Award

What a production which could have come straight from the West End of London with its slick choreography, superb costumes, and outstanding vocals. Visual this production looked fantastic, and the audience did not want this show to end concluding in a well-deserved standing ovation - the award goes to Middlesbrough Youth Theatre for Cats

Rising Star

This young man certainly knows how to act, he portrayed his character in abundance will Billingham Players in their production of Goodnight, Mr Tom. It was a pleasure to see a young person enjoying his time on stage – the award goes to Reggie Macsween

*****

District 9 – Kathryn Curry / Ken Allan

Youth Individual

A really slick, cool performance in Grease with Berwick Operatic Society Juniors showed super singing ability and a great sense of stage presence for such a young performer – Anton Bradbury

A fantastic characterisation played to perfection with conviction by this young actor in Grease with Berwick Operatic Society Juniors – Chinmaya Shukla

This performer has grown so much in confidence and gave a very polished performance in both singing and acting -  Eloise Duthie

 

A real cool guy in this part. He sang his heart out and had obviously studied the part to bring out all of the characterisations. Super singing made this a memorable performance - the award goes to Anton Bradbury

Youth Production Award

A very enthusiastic cast indeed. Obviously enjoying every moment performing to a very appreciative audience. All characters on stage were convincing in their roles and were backed by a lively bunch of youngsters in chorus routines – the award goes to Berwick Operatic Society Juniors for Grease.

Youth Rising Star Award

What a star this girl is. Superb stage presence and an amazing voice for one so young. Sassy vibrant and convincing in the role showing great insight into the character. It was a real joy to watch a young girl turn into the demanding part of Rizzo in Grease with Berwick Operatic Society’s Grease. A well-deserved winner- the award goes to Alice Heald

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 9 awards

Individual Award

This young man played the iconic role that most young men want to play the leader of the T Birds Danny Zuko, from the film and musical Grease with Berwick Operatic Society. A confident performance and great stage presence he led his gang confidently – the award goes to Anton Bradbury

Production Award

This youth production certainly took me back to my youth, with its iconic songs and story line the whole audience were able to hum along and enjoy the immense talent on the stage. Well done on delivering a first-class production – the award goes to Berwick Operatic Society for Grease

Rising Star Award

Playing the sassy role of Rizzo this young actress delivered her character to perfection, feisty controlling but with a passion to succeed. An excellent portrayal from this young performer from Berwick Operatic Society’s production of Grease – the award goes to Alice Heald

*****

Regional Youth Coordinator Michelle Coulson

In the past I have just had the privilege of awarding one award, this year I have two to present, but it didn’t make it any easier to make any decisions. Our Region has a wealth of youth talent and id urge you to support them by attending your local youth productions

The first is the Youth Coordinators Individual Award

In the demanding leading role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde  she was on stage throughout the production, this young performer sang perfectly, danced, and didn’t miss a word or placement an excellent all-round performance – the award goes to Georgie Rose from Crash Bang Wallop Youth Theatre.

My next award is for Youth Coordinator Society Award

This was a polished, energetic, slick production where every performance was of a high standard, it was an absolute joy to experience, youth theatre at its best – the award goes to Middlesbrough Youth Theatre for Cats

*****

THE GORDON RICHARDSON AWARD

(Presented by National President Gordon Richardson)
The recipient of this award, created to recognise the outstanding effort that young people deliver to amateur theatre, is a person I have known for many years.  I know that this inaugural winner is not only worthy of the objectives of the award but also typifies the long overdue justification of such an award. The citation reads:

 

This young person joined the Spennymoor Youth Theatre Group just before her seventh birthday after pestering the director incessantly, she has slept, eaten, and breathed for this group ever since. She took on main roles straight away and has turned her own performing experiences into now choreographing and vocal coaching over the last few shows as well as performing.

She is a fabulous mentor and a voice for the children but has earned total respect form her peers and committee alike. She is the life and soul of every rehearsal and has never once in 12 or 13 years ever put forward a performance that was not 150%. Although she has a gruelling performance arts academy schedule of her own, she is still with us every Friday night and all-day Sunday, guiding the students and us together making Spennymoor Youth Theatre Group a better place for us all. We are immensely proud of her – the award goes to Megan Defty

*****

Councillors Youth Individual Award

This young performer has positively developed over the years that I have known her, she is passionate about musical theatre she can sing, and dance and her infectious personality makes her a popular member of her society. Her performance of Bambi Bernet in Sunderland theatre Company’s production of Curtains was a polished performance – my award goes to Lois-Lorraine Smith

Councillors Youth Production Award

This youth society goes from strength to strength, they have the true meaning of what NODA stands for they look after each other as a family, the camaraderie between the members is exceptional and as a consequence they learn from each other and have a pride in what they deliver to their audience. The production of Cats this year was outstanding to the smallest detail everyone working in sequence to produce a standout well-polished production – my award goes to Middlesbrough Youth Theatre for their production of Cats

 

Councillors Youth Rising Star Award

 

A standout performance by this talented young performer, his stage presence was outstanding, and you could see tht he was enjoying every minute when he was on stage. - my award goes to Reggie Macsween for his role in Goodnight Mr Tom

 

 

 

 

Adult Awards

District 1- Ken Allan

Individual Performance Award

A performance almost as dapper as his suits with gags and one0liners which reminded me of Groucho Marx at this best in The Addams Family with Blyth Music and Theatre Company – Liam Grahame Olsen

Superb all-round portrayal with humour and pathos, energy, and emotion, almost never off stage as Robbie in The Wedding Singer with Whitley Bay Operatic Society – Bryan Watson

She glided around the stage as if she were on castors with poise, attitude, class, and elegance in a leading lady’s tour de force  in The Addams Family with Blyth Music and Theatre Company – Tamara Wilson

This performer never for one second came out of character, and richly timbred singing voice added to the quality of the performance. An assured, first-class portrayal full of emotion and humour – the award goes to Tamara Wilson

Musical Production Award

A tremendous production with no weak links, containing focus, energy, great individual characterisations, superb make-up, and costumes to match – Blyth Music and Theatre Company for The Addams Family

A wonderful work that exhibits vibrant 80’s nostalgia, exceptional performances, and incredible music throughout. – Whitley Bay  Operatic Society for The Wedding Singer

Packed to the brim with fell-good moments that put a smile on your face and made you laugh out loud, this was the perfect show for getting right back into the joys of musical theatre after the rigours of the Covid lockdown - the award goes to Whitley Bay  Operatic Society for The Wedding Singer

Concert Award

The whole feeling of the concert, from both the performers and the audience, was the emotional will to be back together, and the all-embracing sound of doing what we all love. A thoroughly entertaining evening of favourites both G & S and Festive which was extremely enjoyable. Well done to the whole team. – the award goes to Tynemouth G & S Society for their Christmas and G & S Concert

Drama Award

Congratulations to the whole team for a brilliant, poignant, emotional, and thoroughly enjoyable nights entertainment. This play is a cross between a girl’s night out and a real mission to support a cause close to many hearts, with plenty of laughs and a few tears along the way. Well done  – the award goes to Tynemouth Priory Theatre Club for Cheshire Cats

Pantomime Award

A fabulous pantomime full of colour and magic. With tremendous performances and effects. Well worth waiting two years for. This exceptionally talented group go from strength to strength, a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining evening. Congratulations to the whole team.– the award goes to Whitley Bay Pantomime Society for Cinderella

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 1 awards

Individual Award

The standout performance by this talented actor, playing the role of Robbie in The Wedding Singer, with Whitley Bay Operatic Society, delivered a standout performance full of energy and at times extremely emotional - the award goes to Bryan Watson

Musical Production Award

This production was well designed and delivered with each character giving 100% to the overall production, fantastic set and costumes giving the audience a truly sensational experience. Well, done to the whole cast on their outstanding production – the award goes to Blyth Music and Theatre Company for The Addams Family

Drama Award

This play certainly stretched the acting skills of the two performers, set in a northern pub the actors took on thirteen characters with perfection delivering their characters with such emotion and gusto – the award goes to Tynemouth Priory Theatre for Two

Pantomime Award

This pantomime certainly delivered what I believe a traditional pantomime should, it had the audience laughing from start to finish with its larger-than-life characters, visually it looked fantastic with great costumes and a fantastic set – the award goes to Whitley Bay Pantomime Society for Cinderella

*****

District 2 - Foster Johnson

Individual Performance Award

For demonstrating her unique comedy talents in this demanding of roles. She committed herself, without reservation to all that was needed for the role in its entirety in Young Frankenstein with Jarrow Musical Theatre Company  – Erin Boyle

A wonderful interpretation of career secretary Violet Newstead seeking recognition and reward in the male dominated American business world in 9 to 5 with Caprian Theatre Company  – Lindsay Kellegher

For a superb interpretation. He performance as Dr Frederick Frankenstein in the Jarrow Musical Theatre Company’s production of Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein  – Luke McGarey

For bringing this role to life and he was the complete package as his dynamism and energy, coupled with comedic timing, singing and movement shone out  – the award goes to Luke McGarey

Musical Production Award

For an excellent all-encompassing and cleverly staged interpretation of this modern musical – Caprian Theatre Company for 9 to 5

A hilarious and brilliant production of the North East Amateur Premier of this musical comedy  – Jarrow Musical Theatre Company for Young Frankenstein

 

A joyous show encapsulated all that is good about musical comedy theatre and was delivered with verve and panache by a theatrical company who are obviously at their peak  – the award goes to  Jarrow Musical Theatre Company for Young Frankenstein

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 2 awards

Individual Award

This young actor certainly commanded the stage in this premier production for NODA North. Great acting skills and vocals enabled him to deliver some outstanding musical numbers. His delivery of his character and comic timing was outstanding and he had the ability to take the audience on a journey of discovery - the award goes to Luke McGare for Young Frankenstein with Jarrow Musical Theatre Company

Musical Production Award

When it comes to thinking outside the box this Society certainly leads the way, it’s not an easy decision when you choose a Mel Brooks production as we all know from his previous works that some of the content can be a little near the knuckle when it comes to been politically correct. This production delivered a first-class performance from start to finish  – the award goes to Jarrow Musical Theatre Company for Young Frankenstein

Concert Award

A lovely collection of music and songs delivered for the Christmas season, a great mixture of festive themed songs which was supported by Hebburn’s excellent 21-piece community band “Off Key” who entertained the audience in the most fitting of surrounding St Michael and all Angels Church – the award goes to South Shields G & S Society for Let’s sing Christmas

Pantomime Award

This had everything a traditional pantomime needs, bright colourful scenery, lighting, and costumes, lots of laughs and plenty of audience participation. The production team worked their magic and turned the whole theatre into Sherwood Forest with the pillars becoming trees and foliage everywhere, the effect was magical and especially during the finale when the fairy lights added a magical touch – the award goes to Westovian Theatre Society for Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

*****

District 3 - Michelle Coulson

Individual Performance Award

Giving the role the feistiness, humour, and compassion of this demanding character as well as superb vocals in Chester-le-Street Theatre Groups production of Calendar Girls the Musical – Sheralyn Allon

A superb performance of a triple threat outwardly strong, but vulnerable character with believable characterisation in Fame with Youth Connection Theatre Company– Rachel Duncan

A complex character portrayal given with confidence as well as superb vocal performances in Chess with Durham Musical Theatre Company – Pascalle Rossle

This performer completely commanded the stage with strong acting and flawless vocals  – the award goes to Pascalle Rossle

Musical Production Award

This was a super production which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience, great on-stage camaraderie and trust, strong company numbers throughout  – Chester-le-Street Theatre Group for Calendar Girls, The Musical

This was a powerful production with strong ensemble and principles, a complex story, excellently portrayed  – Durham Musical Theatre Company for Chess

This production was of a high standard throughout, strong performances from the entire cast and excellent ensemble work  – Youth Connection Theatre Company for Fame

There was not one weak link in the performances, everyone involved was strong and fully committed to their performance – the award goes to Durham Musical Theatre Company for Chess

Drama Award

This production tackled the various scene challenges well and there were strong performances throughout - the award goes to Billingham Players for Goodnight Mr Tom

Pantomime Award

This was a most enjoyable production which was appreciated by the whole age range of the audience, it had everything a traditional panto needs. – the award goes to Westovian Theatre Society for Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 3 awards

Individual Award

This talented young lady certainly can deliver a polished performance never coming out of character delivering a powerful performance yet showing that vulnerability side to her character. A standout performance as Rita in Matchbox Theatre’s production of Education Rita. the award goes to Lucy McCabe

Musical Production Awards

This amazing production tugged at the heart strings of the audience. The story is based on true events that leads to a group of ladies breaking traditions and how friendships can overcome barriers, deal with tragedy and loss but in the same breath can bring out determination and this production delivered it all. Some great acting and songs – the award goes to Chester-le-Street Theatre Group for Calendar Girls the Musical

Concert Award

As part of MTI’s events celebrating local theatre, this group of talented individuals certainly know how to put on a performance. Excellent vocals which were well delivered, and the set, costumes and overall production sounded and looked fantastic - the award goes to Dryburn Theatrical Workshop for All together Now.

Drama Award

I loved this production, it was well delivered and certainly brought out the characters in this adaptation of a well-known film. Great acting from the talented cast of two and a very realistic set - the award goes to Matchbox Theatre Company for Educating Rita

*****

District 4 – Helen Abraham

Individual Performance Award

With an effortless vocal performance worthy of a professional stage, this nominee had their audience in the palm of their hands with their stunning renditions and powerful performance. This role really gave them the opportunity to shine and show the audience exactly how talented they are in Curtains with Sunderland Theatre Company   – Rebecca Crackett

 A strong effortless performance from the very start, with incredible comic timing, fabulous energy and a strong singing voice maintaining a professional standard delivery consistently throughout the entire time they were on stage. They lit up the stage and brought joy to the performance in The Addams Family with Richmond Operatic Society – Jordan Hamilton-Leighton

For me, this nominee reflects all that should be celebrated about musical theatre. Not only did this nominee deliver a strong performance in a variety of supporting roles which are vital for our performances to go on stage, but they demonstrated incredible versatility in stepping into an additional role of Bert Healey with 24 hours’ notice after a cast member contracted Covid-19 and delivered a sterling performance with incredible characterisation in Annie with Spennymoor Stage and Song – George Morgan-Watson

This individual truly stood out from every other seen this year their larger-than-life delivery, superb singing, characterisation, and team work truly shone – the award goes to Jordan Hamilton-Leighton

Musical Production Award

Taking a risk on a lesser-known musical Sunderland Theatre Company delivered on every level with their performance of Curtains. A superbly cast fun fast paced musical, with brilliant staging, characterisation, direction, singing and choreography. All round brilliant delivery by every member concerned – Sunderland Theatre Company for Curtains

A colourful presentation with a lively packed stage from youngsters to seasoned members alike, with stunning colours used, not detail missed and an energy to match none other seen with the 2021 to 2022 year  – Teesdale Operatic Society for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

 A lively colourful musical jam packed with humour, fairy tales and a stunning technical set up which really set it apart from the rest  – Teesside Musical Theatre Company for Shrek

What a show! Stunning on every single level possible. The warmest of welcomes, colour, delivery, performance, staging, direction and choreography, an all round brilliant evening’s entertainment. The energy emanating from the stage was infectious, drawing the whole audience into a brilliant night – the award goes to Teesdale Operatic Society

Concert Award

One of the combinations put together by MTI celebrating the return of musical theatre following the pandemic giving the opportunity for groups to perform some West End songs they’d not normally have the opportunity to.  This group well and truly rose to the occasion, putting their own mark on the format with clever scenes, choreography, colour, and movement creating a very unique performance which their audiences absolutely loved– the award goes to Dryburn Theatrical Workshop for All Together Now

Drama Award

A well-dressed set created the scene for a lovely night’s entertainment with a two-hand play with both characters playing their roles flawlessly. This well-known play gave a slightly different take on the way the characters are usually portrayed creating a whole new interpretation which I really enjoyed. Both characters did a sterling job in bringing this performance to life  - the award goes to Matchbox Theatre Company for Educating Rita

Pantomime Award

A wonderful family friendly pantomime with fun, frivolity, and giggles from the get-go. A truly wonderful family afternoon to the pantomime with silliness prevailing and an animated funny bunch of performers really making the day   – the award goes to Bishop Auckland Theatre Society for Cinderella

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 4 awards

Individual Award

This young actress certainly can entertain, she has excellent stage presence and delivers every character that I have seen her perform in with great gusto, this lady can act, she can dance and certainly knows how to belt out a tune. This shone through in the production of Curtains with Sunderland Theatre Company – the award goes to Helen Smurthwaite

Musical Production Award

This musical is inspired by Puccini’s opera “La Boehme,” it also  resonates with anyone who is struggling with life, love, and their discontents. It focuses on a particular group of friends, grapples with addiction, eviction, sexual identity, parents, materialism and the yearning to leave a meaningful legacy. This is a show that everyone can relate to especially what we have been going through over the past two years – the award goes to Sunderland Theatre Company for Rent.

Concert Award

I love to visit this Society their concerts deliver a first-class performance of song delivered with some outstanding harmonies. This year’s production was based around music and sketches from working lives – the award goes to Vane Tempest Theatre Group for All in a Day’s Work

Drama Award

This play was well delivered and exceptionally cast; it was funny but at the same time very sad as it tells the story of the life of a parish Father who takes on the induction of a new curate with emotional circumstances. An excellent production -  the award goes to In Your Face Seaham for Problem with Fathers

*****

District 5 - Mr Michael Avery

Individual Performance Award

The performance a Deloris in Sister Act with Berwick Operatic Society, was very impressive, amusing, and larger than life – Marie Foreman

Well suited to the part of the Captain the West End Operatic Society’s production of the Sound of Music. Acting and singing the role both movingly and credibly – Liam Gilbert

For playing the part man / part child, in Elf the Musical with Starlight Theatre Productions with both a twinkle and a tear in his eye  – Michael Skoyles

This show is definitely a feel-good show, and the role was played just right, a musical diva with a heart, a sense of humour and most importantly an impressive voice – the award goes to Marie Foreman

Musical Production Award

A familiar show, enlivened by their director, a leading lady and a team of singing and dancing nuns – Berwick Operatic Society for Sister Act

This production was shown before the Christmas season an ideal show to start the holidays  – Starlight Theatre Productions for Elf the Musical

This show felt fresh and vibrant, safely in the hand of this society  – West End Operatic Society for The Sound of Music

A very familiar show, but this production was very enjoyable in the hands of such a reliable company   – the award goes to West End Operatic Society for The Sound of Music

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 5 awards

Individual Award

Delivering a confident performance in this iconic musical, a solid performance with great delivery  and the ability to capture the heart of the audience both young and old  - the award goes to Michael Skoyles For the production of Elf the Musical with Starlight Theatre Productions. 

Musical Production Award

This was a colourful and enjoyable production, based on an ever-popular film. This production took this adaptation to the next level, excellent set, superb range of costumes which brought this production to life - the award goes to Starlight theatre Productions for Elf the Musical

*****

District 6 - John Holliday

Individual Performance Award

Bringing a huge amount of energy with great dance ability, tremendous vocals, and a believable character in Priscilla Queen of the Desert with Darlington Operatic Society   – Ben Connor

A wonderful visual display, with an accent never slipping in Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime with Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society. A fabulous performance with expert comic timing  – Lee Morris

Every pantomime needs a great Buttons in Cinderella and one of the best I have ever seen with great visual humour and amazing audience interaction in this production by Northallerton Amateur Variety Company   – Nigel Thomson

Not  only did our winner capture the life and soul of the role but he managed to capture the deep emotions too. In a cast of starts, this great performer stood out delivering a breath-taking performance – the award goes to Ben Connor

Musical Production Award

A wonderful performance with amazing costumes, great chorus work, stunning routines and emotional characters brought to life  – Darlington Operatic Society for Priscilla Queen of the Desert

A fabulous cast, well directed, made use of every inch on stage to produce an explosion of colour, great dance routines and a brilliant performance took us to the very heart of Egypt – Northallerton Musical Theatre Company for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Every single member of the cast and crew brought this show to life and had the audience on the edge of their seats or dancing in the aisles. For a breath-taking and highly professional production – the award goes to Darlington Operatic Society for Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Concert Award

A huge selection of songs which had been expertly rehearsed and performed with great vocals and effortless harmonies. Great kudos must go to the Director and Musical Director for this mammoth of a programme for a slick and note perfect celebration of musical theatre – the award goes to Northallerton Musical Theatre Company for Broadway and Beyond.

Drama Award

A complex story line well masters and handled by a youthful but very talented cast. A wonderful set, great attention to detail throughout, clever twists a great characterisation by the cast.  Taking a hard play and transforming it into a great evening’s entertainment  – the award goes to Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society for Arcadia

Pantomime Award

A set and great choice of songs, bring all the components of a brilliant pantomime, the director brought out the very best in this large cast giving them a great evening of entertainment - the award goes to – Northallerton Amateur Variety Company for Cinderella

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 6 awards

Individual Award

Delivering a first-class performance this talented actor puts his heart and soul into all the roles and characters he is performing in. Delivering a first-class performance which was humorous and at time extremely moving his final moment brought a tear and a smile to the audience’s face. The award goes to Jordan Leighton-Hamilton In the role of Fester in the Addams Family with Richmond Operatic Society

Musical Production Award

New to NODA North this society took the stage by storm with an exceptional production full of colour enthusiasm and pure entertainment. I loved every moment of this production it certainly had the audience on its feet as the cast delivered a polished performance – the award goes to Teesdale Operatic Society for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Concert Award

With an impressive list of musical numbers, the audience were overwhelmed with the quality of the production and vocal delivery. Excellent costumes and set which added to the overall quality of this production – the award goes to Darlington Operatic Society for Strictly Musical 3

Drama Award

This laugh out loud production certainly had the beautiful Georgian theatre in stiches.  Excellent acting from the cast in this witty story that is focused on the upcoming marriage of Lord Arthur Savile and the uncovering of his past and indeed potential future misdemeanours by a scrupulous palm reader – the award goes to Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society for Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

Pantomime Award

With a sell out performance this traditional pantomime certainly had all the ingredients for both the younger and more mature audience. Well, delivered by the larger-than-life characters – the award goes to Northallerton Amateur Variety Group for Cinderella

*****

District 8 – Daniel Matuszak

Individual Performance Award

A one man play of character Harold Thropp, reflecting on his life, whilst preparing to play a panto dame Widow Twanky was superbly performed all throughout the entire evening in the production of Twinkle with Middlesbrough Little Theatre.– Scott Ayling

For an outstanding performance as Nettie fowler, she commanded the stage with her presence and gave a rousing performance throughout Carousel with Richmond Operatic Society  – Amy Fundali

A small cast that centred around Grandad Ken in every scene, gave a mammoth task for the lead role, which was exceptionally performed in Middlesbrough Little Theatres production of Grow up Grandad - Steve McNichol

For the sensational portrayal of this pivotal role, with the complex range of characteristics required that were given superbly, the mannerisms, his accent, the postures, facial expressions of temper, restraint, frustration, constrained love, care, aging and dementia confusion really showed the dedication and study that was given to this role - the award goes to Steve McNichol

Musical Production Award

The whole company shone out in their own way with everyone really bringing out the emotions of their characters, all the cast gave great performance of such a big show which was performed exceptionally - Richmond Operatic Society for Carousel

In this small venue the night club show worked really well, where all the principal and the many cameo chorus parts were played with gusto, and the dancers were glamorous and graceful throughout   - Teesside Musical Theatre Company for Copacabana

The whole cast shone with happiness to be on stage again, nearly as much as the beautiful colourful and glittering costumes, along with the superb colourful lighting and painted fixed set giving an evening of joyful entertainment for all those attending. The performers filled the stage in fabulous feathers and glitz with creative choreography tailored perfectly to the space available - the award goes to Teesside Musical Theatre Company for Copacabana

Concert Award

An evening of song, dance, comedy, and drama was the menu for this entertaining show of 3 acts.  There was a myriad of styles and decades giving the theme of coming through the decades from 60s to present day. Compared throughout creating seamless introductions to a cast of mixed ages from teens to seniors allowed a lovely combination of talents to shine in many and varies costumes with music from a live band – the award goes to Nunthorpe Players for Time Hop

Drama Award

This was a play that is fabulously written and performed by 6 cast, depicting the local area so accurately that was immediately recognisable, and that gave so much of an emotional rollercoaster throughout the evening. Grandad Ken appearing in every scene a mammoth task for the lead role, but was ably supported by all the cast members, in great costumes, with lovely set design, effective lighting and many well-timed sound cues, along with slick scene changes created this stunning piece of theatre - the award goes to Middlesbrough Little Theatre for Grow Up Grandad

Pantomime Award

A full packed panto performance, from a cost that was joyous to be back on stage after the pandemic break. Great performances, voices, and dancing, with colourful lighting and plenty of mics for good sound with backing tracks used, on a fixed set that was painted well and topical - the award goes to North Ormesby Minstrels for Sleeping Beauty

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 8 awards

Individual Award

This actor delivered excellent comic timing in this role, great interaction with his fellow stage members and a confident delivery to the audience’s delight– the award goes to Daniel Matuszak for his character Shrek with Teesside Musical Theatre Company

Musical Production Award

What a production I didn’t think you could get as many actors on stage at the same time. The attention to detail was exceptional, colourful set and the costumes were fantastic, from the unbelievable dragon and I loved the gingerbread man – the award goes to Teesside Musical Theatre Company for Shrek

Drama Award

A superb production of this iconic story telling the tale of war time London and the evacuation of the children. Great attention to detail in terms of the costumes and props and I loved the animation of Sammy the dog which was exceptionally delivered – the award goes to Billingham Players for Goodnight Mr Tom

Pantomime Award

This production certainly delivered the traditional feel of an English pantomime, great characters who you could see were really enjoying every moment on stage and the audience certainly responded to the innuendoes and comic delivery – the award goes to Nunthorpe Players for Cinderella.

*****

District 9 - Kathryn Curry / Ken Allan

Individual Performance Award

A performance full of passion and emotion, with superb singing and characterisation as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar with Alnwick Stage and Musical Society – Darren Lewis

Menacing and dark, a performer who lives the part and generates superb vocal ability as Judas in Alnwick Stage and Musical Society’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar – Mark Stenton

Amazing characterisation of this role, reflecting real depth and outstanding passion in vocals in Alnwick Stage and Musical Society’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar – Anthony Stoker

 

In a cast full of amazing characters and singers, - the award goes suddenly from nowhere a gem appears. In this case, showing superb characterisation, a rich singing voice and stage presence to create this role was indeed a highlight of the show – the award goes to Anthony Stoker  

Musical Production Award

This show could not fail to be a winner. Accompanied by a superb band, one character after another gave vocal performances that were simply amazing. Both principals and chorus generated energised singing and acting  – the award goes to  Alnwick Stage and Musical Society for Jesus Christ Superstar

Concert Award

A home grown, expertly written, and superbly well directed and performed with tremendous continuity, keeping their audience on the hook all night. It is a show in itself, successfully intertwining the story of the struggles, hopes, dis appointments and triumphs of life on the stage, a very saleable commodity of which they should be immensely proud - the award goes to Alnwick Stage and Musical Society for Cabaret on Broadway

 

Peter Oliver Councillor district 9 awards

Individual Award

This actor is no stranger to the stage, he has an incredible vocal range, and his stage presence is exceptional. His delivery as Judas was outstanding and his ability to draw in the audience was memorising in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar with Alnwick Stage Musical Society – the award goes to Mark Stenton

Musical Production Award

This beautiful musical has entertained audiences for over 40 years, the story is delivered entirely through songs and tells the story of Jesus through the eyes of Judas a timeless classic and what a production delivered by the cast – the award goes to Alnwick Stage Musical Society for Jesus Christ Superstar

Concert Award

This concert was well produced with a combination of musical number to suit everyone’s taste what was unique about this production was that the musical director played the host for the evening providing the link between the musical numbers with great effect – the award goes to Alnwick Stage Musical Society for Cabaret on Broadway

*****

Councillors Regional Awards

Councillors Concert Award

This superb cabaret was certainly an audience pleaser, great delivery of musical numbers and content well done to Alnwick Stage Musical Society for Cabaret on Broadway

Councillors Drama Award

This realistic play certainly pushed the boundaries extremely realistic and great performances from both adult and young performers well done to Billingham Players for Goodnight Mr Tom

Councillors Pantomime Award

Pantomimes need to entertain audiences of all ages and the winner of this year’s pantomime award certainly had this in abundance, colourful costumes and a dazzling set as well as two beautiful panto dames. Well done to Whitley Bay Pantomime Society for their production of Cinderella

Councillors Individual Award

The winner of the Councillors award for best individual this year goes to Mark Stenton for his portrayal of Judas in the iconic musical Jesus Christ Superstar with Alnwick Stage Musical Society

Councillors Production Award

The winner of best musical this year goes to Jarrow Musical Theatre Company for their outstanding production of Young Frankenstein

*****

The Joyce Lonsdale Award

(Presented by National President Gordon Richardson)
The beauty of being long served in amateur theatre is that you get to know many many genuine people. I had the pleasure of calling Joyce Lonsdale a friend and her qualities are typified by the recipient of this unsung hero award – another person I am privileged to call a friend.

The citation reads:

This person has been a hardworking and dedicated member of the society for over 50 years, with his first show being White Horse in in 1967.  This year has been extremely special to the society as it has marked his final year as producer, as in April after their annual show he decided to retire from producing but is planning to remain as an active member and chairman of the society.

Over the years he has made many great memories and shared countless experiences with so many amazing people. He has had the pleasure of playing leads in different societies some sadly now not around in the local area. In conversation he will also talk about his favourite roles that he holds so dear and always speaks highly of those people he shared those memories with.

Fiddler on the Roof holds so many memories for him and his family, as this was his first production, he produced at such short notice due to the sudden death of the previous producer and chairman. He stepped in as producer with 3 weeks’ notice whilst taking the lead. Since then, he has been a crucial part of the society in both production and committee in

steering the society into the 21st century and making the society they are today.

Not only has he voluntarily given his time and dedicated his life to producing and acting in Spennymoor Stage and Song, but he has worked hard in creating the best possible scenery and props for the Society to perform alongside. He has created cloths and props for the Society’s annual pantomime and production. Over the years he has created over 100 cloths that has also had the pleasure pf being used in shows across the North East in other productions with societies across the region. His garage has been transformed into a workshop where his creations are carefully crafter and seriously where the magic happens.

As well as dedicated his garage into a workshop for the scenery and props he has dedicated his home to the society too for countless fundraising events to help raise money for the society, their annual BBQ are always a huge hit in the society’s social calendar.

The hard work and dedication that has been put in, day in, day out, year in, year out is astonishing. He is an absolute credit to the society and no amount of thanks can even show how appreciative and proud to say that he is our hero

The Joyce Lonsdale Award goes to Eric Hickson.