Hat-trick for Sharnbrook Mill Theatre at annual awards gala

Sharnbrook Mill Theatre bagged three coveted trophies at the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) East Gala Awards ceremony on Sunday (10 April).

Each year, NODA representatives visit and review amateur theatre company performances throughout their regions, nominating the best for the coveted annual awards.

After a pandemic-induced break in 2021, the awards were back this year and presented at a gala lunch at Wyboston Lakes.

Sharnbrook Mill’s production of Daisy Pulls It Off, which was performed way back in March 2020, was named as Best Youth Production in District 2.

The cast of Daisy Pulls It Off (photo: Firesparkle Productions)

The team described themselves as “over the moon” with the wins for their Christmas 2021 production, Once Upon a Christmas Song, a piece devised and developed in-house.

After it was named as Best Musical in District 2 it became eligible for the Best Production Shield, which it also won.

Collecting the award on behalf of the amateur theatre company was Kathryn Rose who came up with the show concept and developed it and directed it. Also representing Sharnbrook Mill Theatre were Davina Beegoo-Price (movement director and co-director) and Ricky Johnson (stage manager, lighting designer, and head of the set building team for the production).

“We would like to congratulate Kathryn, Davina, Kaye Tompkins (musical director and music arranger), Ricky and the entire cast and crew for pulling off a most magical show at the most difficult time to be producing theatre,” said a spokesperson for the theatre.

“We would also like to congratulate the team behind Duets, performed in September 2021, which was nominated for Best Drama, and all the other winners and nominees.”

Kathryn Rose said: “It was an emotional day. I’m overwhelmed that we won two awards and I couldn’t be prouder of the whole team who made this happen.”

Nicole Macdonald, who directed Daisy Pulls It Off, said: “I am so proud of this accolade for all the team involved in Daisy, especially the girls, and for the Mill Theatre.”

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