The Wharfedale Festival of Theatre exists to promote, celebrate and encourage good amateur theatre in the area, and is a friendly festival with a unique "community" feel, open to amateur dramatic and operatic societies and youth and schools groups.

 

      

 

     

  

   

The Festival’s annual Awards Evening is modelled deliberately on the Hollywood Oscars ceremony, and on Saturday,126 July, almost 200 enthusiastic adults and excited young people gathered at St Mary's School Menston to hear who had won the many awards on offer. There they were treated to a sumptuous buffet and viewed static displays and a DVD of production photographs of all the entries, before trophies and certificates were presented to all those who had been awarded the much prized local "Oscars".  The 2013-2014 Festival has once again been a big success, attracting 26 entries - 9 for Drama (Adults), 7 for Youth & Schools, 4 for Musicals (Adults), and 6 for Pantomimes (Adults).  The team of adjudicators and markers very much enjoyed visiting the home venues of each of these productions to assess what is being achieved in very widely differing locations throughout Wharfedale, Airedale and Nidderdale - venues that range from the Alhambra Theatre Bradford, Harrogate Theatre, and Leeds Carriageworks Theatre, to schools with their own often state-of-the-art theatres, town halls, and villages halls of all shapes and sizes. Productions were of a high standard and these very variable performance spaces were often used with great imagination and creativity by the groups putting on productions there. 

FULL RESULTS 2013-2014 

MUSICALS (ADULTS)

Award

Name of Winner(s)

Society

Name of Production

Best Actor)

 Will Eley

 Ripon Amateur Operatic Society

 Singin' In The Rain

Best Actress

 Brogan Hollindrake  Keighley Amateur Operatic Society

 Whistle Down The Wind

Best Supporting. Actor

 Paul Chewins  Yeadon Amateur Operatic and  Dramatic Society

 Me And My Girl

Best Supporting Actress

 Claire Johnson  Keighley Amateur Operatic Society

 Whistle Down The Wind 

Best Cameo

 Adam Makepeace  Ripon Amateur Operatic Society

 Singin' In The Rain

Eileen Mogridge trophy for Best Director of a Musical

 Phil Ruddy   Ripon Amateur Operatic Society

 Singin' In The Rain

Best Musical Director

 John Sandiland  Keighley Amateur Operatic Society

 Whistle Down The Wind

The Pat Dyson Memorial Spirit of Theatre Award

 Linda Marshall  Yeadon Amateur Operatic and  Dramatic Society

 For years of hard work and  support of the society

Best Choreographer  

 Ted Oxley Kirk

 Yeadon Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society                        

 Me And My Girl

Best Stage Presentation

 Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society  Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society

 Pirates of Penzance

Special Chairman's Award for an Outrageous Comedy Performance

Special Chairman's Award for an Outstanding Performance by a Newcomer to the Stage

 Michelle Rundle 

 


Khalid Shahjahan

 Ripon Amateur Operatic Society




Ripon Amateur Operatic Society

 Singin' In The Rain

 


Singin' In The Rain

Best Programme Design

Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society   Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society

 Pirates of Penzance

The Innovation Trophy for a new interpretation of a cherished comic
opera

Wharfedale Festival Salver for Best Musical

Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society



Keighley Amateur Operatic Society

 Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society




Keighley Amateur Operatic Society

 Pirates of Penzance




Whistle Down The Wind

 

PANTOMIMES (ADULTS)

Award

Name of Winner(s)

Society

Name of Production

John Howell Memorial Trophy for Best Pantomime Dame

 Chris Binns  S.T.A.R.S.

 Robinson Crusoe

Best Pantomime Villain

 Phil Marston   Burley Theatre Group

 Red Riding Hood

Best Pantomime Fairy

 Carolyn Craven  LIDOS

 Puss In Boots

Best Principal Girl

 Olivia May Sillito  Yeadon Charities Association

 Cinderella

Best Principal Boy

 Tracy Ford  Yeadon Charities Association

 Cinderella

Best Comedy Support (Male)

 Andy Burns  Addingham Pantomime Group

 Mother Goose 

Best Comedy Support (Female)

 Lauren Ellis  Addingham Pantomime Group

 Mother Goose

Special Chairman's Award for Outstanding Comedy Support

 Dean Patrick  Yeadon Charities Association

 Cinderella

Best Cameo

 Eleanor Ellis

 Addingham Pantomime Group

 Mother Goose

Ilkley Playhouse Trophy for an Original Pantomime written and performed by a youth group

West Riding Education Trophy to commemorate 75 years of community work

 Gargrave Village Pantomime

 



Yeadon Charities Association

 Gargrave Village Pantomime





Yeadon Charities Association

 Alice Returns


 


Cinderella

Best Choreographer

 Christine Braid  Yeadon Charities Association

 Cinderella

Best Stage Presentation

 Addingham Pantomime Group  Addingham Pantomime Group

 Mother Goose

Best Programme Design

 Addingham Pantomime Group  Addingham Pantomime Group

 Mother Goose

Best Director

 Caroline Darnbrook  Yeadon Charities Association

 Cinderella

Best Musical Director

 Robert Sanders  LIDOS

 Puss In Boots

The Pantomime Cup for Best Pantomime

 S.T.A.R.S.

 S.T.A.R.S.

 Robinson Crusoe

 

DRAMA (ADULTS)

Award

Name of Winner(s)

Society

Name of Production

Best Actor

 David Nicholson  Jay Walkers

 Not About Heroes

Best Actress

 Jane Collins  LIDOS 

 The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice

Best Supporting Actor

 John Haywood  S.T.A.R.S.

 When We Are Married

Best Supporting Actress

 Charlotte Thornton  S.T.A.R.S.

 When We Are Married

Best Cameo (Male)
Best Cameo (Female)

 Peter Oxtoby
Alacoque Marvin
 Fulneck Dramatic Society
 Fulneck Dramatic society

 Calendar Girls
 Calendar Girls

Dorothy Fennwick trophy for Best Director

Jamesine Cundell Walker   Jay Walkers

 Not About Heroes

Best Stage Presentation

 S.T.A.R.S.  S.T.A.R.S.

 When We Are Married

Best Programme Design

 Jay Walkers  Jay Walkers

 Not About Heroes

Special Chairman's Award for Outstanding Performance by a Young Actor

Special Chairman's Award for Outstanding Performance despite losing a principal actor a week before performances
 Matt Gardner






The Larkin family
 Jay Walkers






Yeadon Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

 Not About Heroes






Darling Buds Of May

Yorkshire Post Trophy for high quality acting and direction

Peter Russell Trophy for Best Overall Stage Design

 Bite My Thumb 

 


Adel Players           
Bite My Thumb 




Adel Players 

 Shakers

 


If I Were You

Trevor Hallatt for Best Comedy Performance  David Lancaster Adel Players

 If I Were You

Best Ambience and Front of House Experience  Adel Players  Adel Players

 If I Were You

Jack Pitts Trophy for Third Place in Drama (Adults) Joint winners: S.T.A.R.S.
                       Fulneck Dramatic
                       Society 
Joint winners: S.T.A.R.S.
                      Fulneck Dramatic                       Society 

 When We Are Married
 Calendar Girls

Mary Payne Salver for Second Place in Drama (Adults)  Adel Players  Adel Players

 If I Were You

William Whiteley Salver for Best Play  Jay Walkers  Jay Walkers

 Not About Heroes

 

YOUTH AND SCHOOLS

Award

Name of Winner(s)

School or Group

Name of Production

Best Actor

 Jonny Lee  Ralph Thoresby School

Little Shop of Horrors 

Best Actress

 Raisa Khan  St Joseph's, St Bede's & St  Benedict's Sixth Form Catholic  College

Sound of Music

Best Director

 Sam Milnes  Ralph Thoresby School

Little Shop of Horrors 

Best Musical Director

 Jim Lunt  Stage 84

High School Musical 

Best Choreographer

 Ralph Thoresby School  Ralph Thoresby School

Little Shop of Horrors 

Best Stage Presentation

 Samuel Payne  Leeds Weat Academy 

Oh What A Lovely War!

Best Programme Design

 Leeds West Academy  Leeds West Academy Oh What A Lovely War!
Malcolm Payne Salver for high quality acting in a musical


Telegraph & Argus Trophy for an original musical written and performed by a youth group
 St Joseph's, St Bede's & St  Benedict's Sixth Form Catholic  College



Kaleidoscope
St Joseph's, St Bede's & St Benedict's Sixth Form Catholic College 



Kaleidoscope

Sound of Music 





Around The World in 80 Days

Valerie Jackson Trophy for Youth Dance  The Pierrots  Leeds West Academy 

Oh What A Lovely War! 

Special Chairman's Award for Youngest Pantomime Dame ever to take the stage in the Festival

Special Chairman's Award for Backing Group Close Harmoney Singing

 Isabella Chandler





The Muses
 Gargrave Village Pantomime





Ralph Thoresby School

Alice Returns





Little Shop of Horrors 

Cyril Spencer Salver for Best Youth Musical

 Ralph Thoresby School  Ralph Thoresby School  Little Shop of Horrors

 

YOUTH AND SCHOOLS  (DRAMA)

Award

Name of Winner(s)

School or Group

Name of Production

Best Actor

 NO ENTRIES THIS YEAR  

 

Best Actress

   

 

Best Director

   

 

Best Stage Presentation

   

 

Best Programme Design

   

 

Malcolm Pinder Salver for Best Youth Drama

     

 Entries for the 2014-2015 Wharfedale Festival of Theatre are now open. Full details and an entry form can be downloaded from this website or can be obtained by telephoning Festival Secretary Mrs Pat Riley at 0113-2300312.or e-mailing her at pat.riley12@ntlworld.com.

 

 

 

 

AWARDS EVENING