May 31, 2017
Burnham-On-Sea Pantomime Society wins 'best panto in Somerset'

Burnham-On-Sea Pantomime Society's members are celebrating this week after winning several top awards.

They attended the annual Somerset Fellowship of Drama Cinderella Trophy Awards at the Haynes Motor Museum where they were competing alongside over 30 different drama groups from across the county.

Mo Cooper, chairwoman of the Burnham group, told they were "over the moon and flying high" after winning the top award for the best panto in Somerset following its production of Aladdin in Burnham in January this year.

"It is the first time we have won this trophy, everything just came together for us," she says. "What a team, what a show!"

"We also gained a trophy for Best Musical director and Xav Underwood also won best theatre musician, while best male singer went to Chris Bissell who also won the best supernatural character. We also won a shield for best theatre design."

"We also picked up the award for best costumes for Denise McKenna and her team. Emma Twigg also recieved a highly commended for her role as 'Wishy Washy'."

"Louisa Arthur also won a nomination for best performance in the under 16 years class."

"Other nominations were Shannon Manlow for best principal boy, Mo Cooper in best supernatural role, Nettie Manlow, and, last but not least, we had a nomination for Best Director class for Lorna Blair."

She said: "It takes real teamwork to win the highest accolade that the Somerset Fellowship of Drama awards to pantomimes."

Next year the Burnham-On-Sea pantomime will be Robinson Crusoe. Auditions will be held on 17th and 18th July 2017 between 7pm-9.30pm at The Princess Theatre.


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