Cinderella Trophy News
By Sam Allen
If you thought the most glittering event yesterday was the Royal Wedding, well think again. Instead of the Markle sparkle we had panto pandemonium at Rookery Manor in Somerset, where the pantomime glitterati strutted their stuff at the annual Cinderella Trophy awards evening. This was a new venue for the event, and it was not a disappointment. The hall looked stunning, the food was plentiful and the cabaret was as entertaining as ever.
There is always a frisson in the air for this competition because the nominations are not announced in advance so the air of anticipation was palpable as competition coordinator Pam Price introduced the host for the evening, moderator Nigel Ford. Nigel was on cracking form as he announced the nominees and winners in nearly fifty different categories, all heading towards the big one: The Cinderella Trophy itself, won this year by Wayfarers Pantomime Society from Taunton for their fantastic version of traditional pantomime favourite, Aladdin, written by Alan Frayn. Indeed, Wayfarers were on top form this year, winning trophies for Best Dance Troupe, and Best Chorus, with their Aladdin, Jennifer Holland Brewer picking up the awards for both Best Female Singer and Best Principal Boy.
Yeovil Amateur Pantomime Society also impressed the adjudicators, winning the Cinderella Runners Up Trophy for Beauty and the Beast, with Grace Fahy, who played Belle, winning the awards for Best Principal Girl and the Bradford Trophy for best overall performance in any category aged 16 or under.
The Spotlight Trophy, for Best Village pantomime, was won by CUDOS for Snow White, with Somerton’sJack and the Beanstalkbeing declared runner-up.
The much-prized Eddie Bowker award for best performance in any category went to Mike Taylor of Polden Productions for his outstanding performance as King Rat in Dick Whittington. It truly was a panto performance to savour.
The prestigious Best Director award went to Claudia Pepler of Merlin Theatre in Frome. Her direction of Hansel and Gretelgreatly impressed the adjudicating team.
And so to the dame, one of the most hotly contested trophies every year. This year the accolades went to Nigel McBrayne of Roadwater Players for his portrayal of Aunty Nelly in Nelly the Elephant.
The evening, organised by Pam Price with sound and lighting by Graham Reeks, was acclaimed a huge success. The ‘cabaret’ acts just before the interval were hugely entertaining with performances from Coastline, Wincanton, Glastonbury & Street and Puriton Players. Twenty-four societies were represented out of a total of twenty-seven that entered this year’s competition with nearly 300 people attending. Photos are available on: www.photobox.co.uk/album/4144485066The password is: Rookery (case sensitive).
There is a full list of all the winners below:
|Junior Team||The Pied Piper||Cloverleaf Productions|
|Junior Fairy Award||Giovanna Briffa||Fairy Lights||The Emperors New Clothes||Bradford Players|
|Junior Principal Girl||Deanna Symes||Lady Constantine||The Three Musketeers||Wells Little Theatre|
|Junior Comic||Andrew Power||Tom||The Emperors New Clothes||Bradford Players|
|Junior Comedy Duo||Maizie White & Will Markendale||Bow & Arrow||Snow White and the Seven Gnomes||Wincanton Amateur Dramatic Society|
|Comic||Jennifer Hand||Mavis||Nelly The Elephant||Roadwater Players|
|Comedy Duo||Dillon Berry & Pete White||Pigeons||Hansel & Gretel||Merlin Theatre Productions|
|Comedic Scene||School Classroom||The Pied Piper||Cloverleaf Productions|
|Supernatural||Shaz Sparks||Glinda Good Witch of the North||Wizard of Oz||Cannington Pantomime Society|
|Good Fairy||Michelle Mitchell||Fairy Grapevine||Jack and the Beanstalk||Somerton Dramatic Society|
|Cameo||Richard Roderigo||Dozy Councillor and Jailer||The Pied Piper||Cloverleaf Productions|
|Dance Troupe||Aladdin||Wayfarers Pantomime Society|
|Village Musicians||Jack and the Beanstalk||Coastline Players|
|Theatre Musicians||Hercules The Pantomime||Wellington Pantomime Group|
|Male Singer||Chris Bissell||Blackheart||Robinson Crusoe||Burnham District Pantomime Society|
|Female Singer||Jennifer Holland-Brewer||Aladdin||Aladdin||Wayfarers Pantomime Society|
|Chorus||Aladdin||Wayfarers Pantomime Society|
|Properties||The Pied Piper||Cloverleaf Productions|
|Makeup||Dick Whittington and His Cat||Moorlight Theatre Productions|
|Special Effects||The Arrival of the Pony & Carriage||Cinderella||Puriton Players|
|UV Scene||The Pied Piper||CARDS|
|Lighting||Robinson Crusoe||Burnham District Pantomime Society|
|Sound||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||Clevedon Comedy Theatre Club|
|Theatre Stage Management||The Three Musketeers||Wells Little Theatre|
|Village Stage Management||Sleeping Beauty||Timsbury Theatre Group|
|Village Design||Cinderella||Puriton Players|
|Theatre Design||The Three Musketeers||Wells Little Theatre|
|Adjudicator’s Special Award for Junior Performance||Poppy Pinkster & Holly Fleetwood||Gretel||Hansel & Gretel||Merlin Theatre Productions|
|Adjudicator’s Special Award for Junior Performance||Ollie Edwards & Jack Brotherton||Hansel||Hansel & Gretel||Merlin Theatre Productions|
|Adjudicator’s Special Award||Niamh McGrogan, Sandra Marshall & Emma James||The Three Musketeers||The Three Musketeers||Wells Little Theatre|
|Moderator’s Award||All The Circus Antics||Nelly The Elephant||Roadwater Players|
|Best Script||Ann Brolly||Snow White||CUDOS|
|Costumes Original||The Three Musketeers||Wells Little Theatre|
|Costume of the Year||The Fairy||Jack and the Beanstalk||Somerton Dramatic Society|
|Animal||Katie Shephard||Friday the Parrot||Robinson Crusoe||Burnham District Pantomime Society|
|Linkman||David Williams||Willie||The Pied Piper||CARDS|
|Villain||Mike Taylor||King Rat||Dick Whittington||Polden Productions|
|Principal Boy||Jennifer Holland-Brewer||Aladdin||Aladdin||Wayfarers Pantomime Society|
|Principal Girl||Grace Fahy||Belle||Beauty and the Beast||Yeovil Amateur Pantomime Society|
|Bradford Trophy||Grace Fahy||Belle||Beauty and the Beast||Yeovil Amateur Pantomime Society|
|Dame||Nigel McBrayne||Aunty Nelly||Nelly The Elephant||Roadwater Players|
|Eddie Bowker||Mike Taylor||King Rat||Dick Whittington||Polden Productions|
|Musical Director||Grahame Osborn||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||Clevedon Comedy Theatre Club|
|Director||Claudia Pepler||Hansel & Gretel||Merlin Theatre Productions|
|Pint Pot||Nelly The Elephant||Roadwater Players|
|Spotlight Runner Up||Jack and the Beanstalk||Somerton Dramatic Society|
|Spotlight Trophy||Snow White||CUDOS|
|Cinderella Runner Up||Beauty and the Beast||Yeovil Amateur Pantomime Society|
|Cinderella Trophy||Aladdin||Wayfarers Pantomime Society|
|The following were the Highly Commended at the 2017-2018 Cinderella Awards Evening|
|Principal Girl||Niamh Small||Princess Violet||Jack and the Beanstalk||Glastonbury & Street Musical Comedy Society|
|Village Design||Wizard of Oz||Cannington Pantomime Society|
|Comedy Duo||Paul Gardener & Alan Scott||Ugly Sisters||Cinderella||Puriton Players|
|Female Singer||Niamh Small||Princess Violet||Jack and the Beanstalk||Glastonbury & Street Musical Comedy Society|