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May 20 2018, Cinderella Trophy News
By Sam Allen

Wayfarers celebrate their win

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:

Category Individual Part Panto Group
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