Five of the best! North Stars honoured at theatre awards

NORTH Stars Theatre Company is thrilled to now be an award-winning hub for all things musical theatre.

Having been nominated for 12 NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) awards at the inaugural NODA North-West District 7 awards, the local company was delighted to walk away with five prizes.

The awards celebrate achievements in amateur theatre in the local area over the past year
The ceremony, at the Village Hotel in Bury, brought together a wide range of local theatre societies, with awards for both youth and adult productions.

North Stars received nominations for 2019 productions: Bugsy Malone, Broadway & Beyond – Histo-remix (which raised in excess of £1,700 for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice) and their Christmas Showcase, which won overall best concert award.

North Stars also won awards for: best director of a youth production: Linzi and Darcey McCoy; best leading female in a youth production: Niamh Buckley; best supporting male in a youth production: George Denson; and best programme; all for their sell-out production of Bugsy Malone last September.

The evening was organised and presented by NODA representative Claire Ashworth, who said of North Stars: “They always bring great passion and a sense of family in everything they do.

“They offer a home, a place to be themselves and a place where everyone is equal.

“Linzi inspires all around her to be the best version of themselves that they can be, she makes dreams come true.”

Linzi, Director of North Stars, and Darcey, North Stars’ Choreographer and MD, said: “We cannot thank NODA enough for thinking us worthy of these awards.

“It is quite over whelming and we are absolutely over the moon.

“We are so proud of all who received nominations and of all our talented members who work so hard to create such wonderful theatre.

“It wouldn’t be possible without all the hard work of our amazing team and our wonderful, supportive family and friends.”

All the winners from Saturday now go forward to the regional finals, which take place in Manchester at the beginning of May.

Rehearsals are already underway for the Youth Theatre’s Summer Showcase in early July.

The next charity concert in aid of Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, presented by the Adult Musical Theatre Company and the senior elite group, will take place on Saturday, September 26.

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