Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Company Youth Group’s Phantom of the Opera wins four prestigious NODA awards

10:24 02 May 2014

Ed Chancellor as The Phantom and Liberty Anstead as Christine in SWMTC Youth Group’s production of Phantom of the Opera.

Ed Chancellor as The Phantom and Liberty Anstead as Christine in SWMTC Youth Group’s production of Phantom of the Opera.

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For the second year running, Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Company Youth Group swept the board at a prestigious awards ceremony for regional theatre.

The musical theatre group won four NODA – National, Operatic and Drama Association – awards for its 2013 production of The Phantom of the Opera.

SWMTC youth group picked up the top prize for Best Overall Production in the district at the glittering ceremony at St Neots, a year after the company triumphed at the same awards ceremony with it production of Sweeney Todd.

Prize for Best Youth Performance went to 18-year-old Ed Chancellor, a sixth form pupil at Saffron Walden County High School, who took the title role as the Phantom.

Chairman of the group Fiona Wilson Waterworth said: “It’s an amazing achievement. To win four prizes two years running – including Best Overall Production – is incredible. Congratulations to everyone – and special congratulations to Ed for his well-deserved acting award for playing the Phantom.”

She added: “None of this success would be possible without the incredible support the youth group receives from the talented team of professionals and dedicated volunteers who help with all aspects of putting on a musical, from lighting and set to costumes and sound.

“The youth group just goes from strength to strength and these awards are testimony, not only to the talent and commitment of our young performers, but also to the hard work and enthusiasm of all those working behind the scenes.”

The youth group also won awards for Best Youth Production and Best Technical achievement – shared with Anything Goes, from the society’s parent company.

SMWTC youth group has a long tradition of nurturing theatrical talent with many former members progressing to top drama schools, before eventually finding professional work, including in the West End.

• Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Company Youth Group will be announcing details of its autumn show in the next few weeks. But any young performers who are interested in taking part in its next production should contact fiona@parkerdavies.com or 07799 628977.

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