The conclusion of the panto season in Somerset brought together 22 societies of varying sizes to meet at the Rookery Manor Hotel for the annual Somerset Fellowship of Drama Cinderella Awards.

During 3 months the 22 pantomimes were split between 6 Adjudicators, with one moderator watching ALL 22 shows. From their collective reports the decisions are reached for a multitude of prizes and Awards. Following on from the success of Aladdin in 2018, Wayfarers once again stand tall in Somerset winning the Cinderella Trophy Runners Up!! Well done to EVERYONE involved in The Snow Queen. It was a fabulous show and this result is nothing less than the credit the show deserved.

At individual levels there were a raft of nominations and some wins for Wayfarers during the evening. Nominations were received in the following categories:

  • Junior Chorus
  • Comedic Scene – Gran’s Sweet Shop
  • Dance Troupe
  • Theatre Musicians
  • Chorus
  • Make-up
  • Lighting
  • Theatre Design
  • Animal Act – Martin Carpenter
  • Link Man of the Year- Ben Dunton
  • Principal Boy of the Year – Hannah Carolan
  • Principal Girl – Anna Howe
  • Dame of the Year – Nige McBrayne
  • Musical Director – Matt Holman-Holmes
  • Director- Sheila Driver

There were wins for the following:

  • Female Singer was won by our Snow Queen, Jennifer Holland-Brewer
  • For the third time in 4 years Martin and Garry won Theatre Stage Management
  • Best Villain was won by Jennifer Holland-Brewer

Congratulations to all our nominees and winners.

During the course of the evening there were a number of recognition awards. The first was for Promising Young Performers (under 16), which saw a whole host of youngsters recognised, including Esme Knight and Poppy Ferizi.

Later in the evening was the Adjudicators’ Special Awards for Junior Performance, which went to 3 individuals including Poppy Ferizi. Well done, Poppy.

Finally, the Eddie Bowker Trophy is presented to a singularly outstanding performance by an individual, which was won this year by Jennifer Holland-Brewer. Congratulations Jenny, well deserved recognition for your performance. As we bask in the glory of our success with The Snow Queen, we now look to the future and Cinderella in 2020. Auditions and workshops are in mid-June and it won’t be long till rehearsals once begin in September.