The Festival Players 2016 production of Return to the Forbidden Planet has won the award for Best Musical at the NODA East Gala Awards, held in St Ives on 9 April.
The award was collected by Festival Players President Linda Thomas and committee member Michael Husband, on behalf of the production team (director Warren Clark, musical director Joe Griffiths, choreographer Kirsty Smith, and technical director Ian Bruno).
‘Thanks to everyone that helped make this show into an award winner,’ said Warren. ‘It was a huge technical challenge to transform the empty box at Comberton into the interior of a spaceship. The ever-dependable Penguins went beyond the call of duty as they decamped to unfamiliar surroundings and built a complex set involving projection, live cameras, an airlock, and a magnificent console complete with changeable lighting states.
‘The hard-working and talented cast, the stonking live band, and an innovative creative and technical crew made this “pet project” a joy to work on, and I’m thrilled that the team has been recognised with this award.’