Street pantomime named among the best in Somerset at virtual Cinderella Awards

  Posted: 20.04.20 at 08:57 by Tim Lethaby

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Glastonbury and Street Musical Comedy Society (GSMCS) has another top gong to add to its trophy cabinet after winning big in an annual pantomime competition.

The society’s Sleeping Beauty, which was held at Strode Theatre in Street, was named the second best amateur panto in Somerset among more than 20 other groups by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama at its annual Cinderella Awards at the weekend.

GSMCS was pipped to the top spot by Taunton’s Wayfarers Pantomime Society’s Cinderella.

Alongside winning the runners-up Cinderella Trophy, GSMCS also bagged a number of top awards, including: Best Dance Troupe (led by choreographer Shelley Smith); Adjudicator’s Special Award for Jo Turley and Matt Turner as the King and Queen; and Principal Boy of the Year for Emma Powell, who made her stage debut with the society.

There was also a special shout-out for the show’s young Sleeping Beauty, Lottie Gilby, who was named as a Promising Young Perfomer.

The society also picked up a number of nominations, including: Junior Principal Girl for Elisha Webster; Dancer of the Year for Lola Punchard and Anna Gifford; Female Singer for Emma Powell; Romantic Duet for Elisha Webster and Emma Powell; Goody Supernatural for Becky Cook; Best Director for Brian Epps; Theatre Design; and Junior Chorus.

The two teams of cast members who brought Sleeping Beauty to panto audiences at Strode Theatre in Street

Sleeping Beauty’s director Brian Epps said: "This is a fantastic achievement for an equally fantastic team both on and off stage.

"These shows aren’t just about those performing - it’s also about the creative team, stage crews, the costume makers, the make-up team, our front of house crew, our chaperones and the mums and dads, among many others, who make it such a success.

"The awards show off the best of what Somerset has to offer in amateur theatre, and despite the current uncertain times, I’m glad we were able to come together virtually to celebrate the evening."

Due to the current coronavirus lockdown, the awards were streamed live on Facebook, with cast and crew of Sleeping Beauty joining forces on a virtual video meeting to celebrate the awards.

The ongoing coronavirus situation has led to the postponement of the society’s latest show, The Full Monty, following government guidance which closed Strode Theatre in Street, where it regularly performs. It hopes to stage the show later this year.

Despite the uncertainty, GSMCS has already announced its next five shows which includes The Wizard of Oz, Avenue Q, Follies and Cinderella this Christmas.

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