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, though without the speeches(!), and on Saturday,11 July, 250 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 2014-2015 Festival has once again been a big success, attracting 33 entries - 12 for Drama (Adults), 8 for Youth & Schools, 7 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 tiny Octagon Theatre in Grassington and the even smaller studio of the Seven Arts Centre in Chapel Allerton to the magnificant auditorium of Harrogate Theatre, Leeds Carriageworks Theatre, amd school halls, village halls, little theatres and arts centres of all shapes ans 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 2014-2015 

MUSICALS (ADULTS)

Award

Name of Winner(s)

Society

Name of Production

Best Actor)

 Matthew Gardner

 Guiseley Amateur Operatic Society

 Crazy For You

Best Actress

 Nicky Burrows  Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society

 The Pirates of Penzance

Best Supporting. Actor

 Angelo Clarke  Ilkley Amateur Operatictic Society

 The Pirates of Penzance

Best Supporting Actress

 Pat Poole  Guiseley Amateur Operatic Society

 Crazy For You 

Best Stage Presentation

 Liz Lancaster and team  Ripon Amateur Operatic Society

 Crazy For You

Eileen Mogridge trophy for Best Musical Direction

 Cathy Sweet   Guiseley Amateur Operatic Society

 Crazy For You

Best Director

 Helen Clarke  Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society

 The Pirates of Penzance

Best Choreographer  Phil Ruddy  Ripon Amateur Operatic Society

 Crazy For You

Best Programme Design

 Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society Design team

 Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society                        

Patience
The Innovation Trophy for the creation of a new full length and entirely original musical LIDOS  LIDOS

Supertown 

Wharfedale Festival of Theatre trophy for Ambience Front of House

 Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society

Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society 

Bugsy Malone and The Pirates of Penzance 

 

Telegraph & Argus trophy for two outstanding productions 

Wharfedale Festival of Theatre Salver for Best Musical

Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society


Guiseley Amateur Operatic Society

Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society


Guiseley Amateur Operatic Society 

Bugsy Malone and The Pirates of Penzance 

Crazy For You

 

 

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.

 Aladdin

Best Pantomime Villain

 Peter Sandles   S.T.A.R.S.

 Aladdin

Best Pantomime Fairy

 Lucy Allison  Addingham Pantomime Group

 Puss In Boots

Best Principal Girl

 Brogan Hollindrake  Keighley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic  Society

 Cinderella

Best Principal Boy

 Sarah Gate  S.T.A.R.S.

 Aladdin

Best Comedy Support (Male)

 Nigel Passey  Yeadon Charities Association

 Red Riding Hood 

Best Comedy Support (Female)

 Victoria Goff and Kay Carter  Kippax Amateur Operatic Society

 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Best Cameo  Tom Elton S.T.A.R.S.

 Aladdin

Best Cameo

 Eleanor Ellis

 Addingham Pantomime Group

 Mother Goose

West Riding Education Trophy for support to the community of Addingham

 Addingham Pantomime Group

 Addingham Pantomime Group

 Puss in Boots

Best Choreographer

 Christine Braid  Yeadon Charities Association

 Red Riding Hood

Best Stage Presentation

 James Jennings and team  Keighley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic  Society

 Cinderella

Best Programme Design

 Keighley Amateur Operatic and  Dramatic Society   Keighley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic  Society

 Cinderella

Best Director

 Chris Binns  S.T.A.R.S.

 Aladdin

Best Musical Director

Special Chairman's award for excellent interaction with the audience and especially with children

 George Strickland

Philip Smith

Matthew Finnsmore

 LIDOS

Keighley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society
Kippax Amateur Operatic Society

 Robinson Crusoe and the  Pirates
 Cinderella

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Pantomime Cup for Best Pantomime

 LIDOS

 LIDOS

 Robinson Crusoe and the  Pirates

 

DRAMA (ADULTS)

Award

Name of Winner(s)

Society

Name of Production

Best Actor

 David Pelly Hoyle and Neil Knipe  Northern Spark Theatre

 Blood Brothers

Best Actress

 Louise Timmins  S.T.A.R.S. 

 The Fosdyke Saga

Best Supporting Actor

 Rick Greenwood  Keighley Playhouse

 The Ladykillers

Best Supporting Actress

 Jane Gorton  Adel Players

 Rutherford & Son

Best Cameo 

 Dianne Newby  Adel Players

 Rutherford & Son

Dorothy Fennwick trophy for Best Director

 Scott Oakley   Northern Spark Theatre

 Blood Brothers

Best Stage Presentation

 Geoff Donaldson and team  Keighley Playhouse

 The Ladykillers

Best Programme Design

 Shell Peart  Adel Players

 Rutherford & Son

Best Newcomer  John Hastie Weeton & Huby Players

 London Suite

Peter Russell Trophy for Technical Excellence and Stage Design

 Beth Duce, Shell Peart and the Adel Players team            Adel Players 

 Rutherford & Son

Trevor Hallatt for Best Comedy Performance  Yeadon Amateur Operatic and  Dramatic Society  Yeadon Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

 Stepping Out

Yorkshire Post trophy for sustained excellence in play and pantomime  S.T.A.R.S.   S.T.A.R.S.

 The Fosdyke Saga and Aladdin

Jack Pitts Trophy for Third Place in Drama (Adults) Burley Theatre Group  Burley Theatre Group 

Habeas Corpus

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

 Rutherford & Son

William Whiteley Salver for Best Play  Northern Spark Theatre  Northern Spark Theatre

 Blood Brothers

 

YOUTH AND SCHOOLS (DRAMA)

Award

Name of Winner(s)

School or Group

Name of Production

Best Actor

 Jude Connolly  Kaleidoscopel

A Tale of Two Cities

Best Actress

 Bethany Gregory  Dixon's City Academy

The Merchant of Venice

Best Director

 Sally Edwards  Kaleidoscope

A Tale of Two Cities 

Best Programme Design  Kaleidoscope  Kaleidoscope

A Tale of Two Cities 

Best Stage Presentation  Jason Perkins  Kaleidoscope

A Tale of Two Cities 

Ilkley Playhouse trophy for stage adaptation of a classic novel  Kaleidoscope  Kaleidoscope 

A Tale of Two Cities!

Special Chairman's award for outstanding group work  The chorus of citizens Kaleidoscope A Tale of Two Cities
Best Play  Kaleidoscope Kaleidoscope

A Tale of Two Cities 

     

 

 

   

 

       

 

YOUTH AND SCHOOLS  (MUSICALS)

Award

Name of Winner(s)

School or Group

Name of Production

Best Actor

 Daniel Flynn  Leeds Youth Opera

 Sweeney Todd, the Demon  Barber of Fleet Street

Best Actress

 Keitu Sibanda  Ralph Thoresby School

 Hairspray

Best Director

 Mark Allan  Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society  Juniors

 Bugsy Malone

Best Stage Presentation

 Dave Peters  Leeds Youth Opera 

 Sweeney Todd, the Demon  Barber of Fleet Street

Best Programme Design

Best Choreographer

The Valerie Jackson trophy for Youth Dance
Special Chairman's award for perfection as "Little and Large" in the roles of Edna and Wilbur Turnblatt
Special Chairman's award for making all their scenes a joy for the audience to watch

 Leeds Youth Opera

 Miss Rollings

Daniel Hatton

Ajay Megson and Alex Schober



Annie, the orphans, and Sandy the dog
 Leeds Youth Opera

 St Bede's & St Joseph's Catholic  College
 Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society 

Leeds West Academy



Keighley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society
 

 Sweeney Todd, the Demon  Barber of Fleet Street 
 We Will Rock You

Bugsy Malone and The Pirates of Penzance
Hairspray



Annie

Malcolm Pinder Salver for Best Youth Musical

 Leeds Youth Opera Leeds Youth Opera   Sweeney Todd, the Demon  Barber of Fleet Street

 Entries for the 2015-2016 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