Charlie Moody leads the way in award highlights for Haverhill's Centre Stage Company as it nears opening night for its new panto, Aladdin
Haverhill’s Centre Stage Company has been shortlisted for four regional awards and had one of its actors confirmed as an award winner.
The good news for the amateur dramatics company comes as the perfect filip as it prepares to begin its run of Aladdin at Haverhill Arts Centre this weekend.
The first public performance of the pantomime takes to the stage at 1pm on Saturday, swiftly followed by another show at 4.30pm, with further shows at 1pm on Sunday and at 7pm on January 24/25 and 26 (when there is also a 3pm matinee).
Aladdin will see Charlie Moody take the role of the villain, The Emperor.
The 20-year-old is to receive the Best Young Performer award (for any actor aged under-21) from NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) for his performance as Francis Henshall in One Man Two Guvnors, which was staged in March.
The Centre Stage has also been nominated for the following awards for the following productions: Best Drama Award - One Man Two Guvnors; Best Musical Award - Made in Dagenham; Best Youth Production - Our House; Best Technical Award - Made in Dagenham.
The awards are for amateur productions put on last year in district seven of the NODA East region, which covers Haverhill, Bishops Stortford, Harlow, Saffron Walden, Dunmow and all surrounding villages.
Decia Ranger, the regional rep for NODA East who decided on Charlie’s award and the other nominations, said: “I thought Charlie did his part wonderfully.
“I described it as a challenging role. It called for an enormous amount of physical exertion.
“He perfectly captured the hilarious predicaments of the character and he played the part wonderfully and i was absolutely amazed he was only 19 at the time he played it.
“This young man thoroughly deserves it. “
Aladdin will feature Sian Cripps as the magician Abanazar, Lewis Simington as Widow Twanky, Reece Hannigan in the title role, Paige Mylchreest as Jasmine (Aladdin’s love interest) and Denise Harriss and Becca Neal as the comedy duo Ali and Baba.
The panto has plenty of catchy tunes and is directed by Tom Try, with the choreography by Charlotte Scammerton.
The production has so far proved to be a consummate team effort, as Charlotte explained: "It has kept the good standards up. We've been nominated for the NODA awards before for our past shows so we are hopefully going to continue to do that.
"Everyone has worked so hard on this that I have no doubt it's going to be an amazing show.
"There is something in there for parents and children alike."