Festival Players have received the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) award for ‘Best Musical’ on 3 occasions:
2002 for ‘Oklahoma’
2006 for ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’
2017 for ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’
We also present our members with awards in recognition of their contribution to the society:
The Ray Braybrooke Award. Voted for by members of the cast for the main production in recognition of stirling efforts beyond on-stage activities. Anyone involved in the production is eligible and this years recipient was Alison Buckingham. Thanks to her diligence and resourcefulness, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was awash with props and extra costume options, not to mention pink hats. And all while being in the show too!
The Tom Farrell Award. Voted for by the committee and any member of the main show cast is eligible, given to someone whose positivity, spirit and good nature has contributed to the society during the year. The 2017 winner was Caleb Plant. Caleb joined the cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the last minute, having had his arm a little twisted by his Mum (who also happened to be the choreographer!). He threw himself into the show with enthusiasm, willingness and a great spirit onstage and off, and so is a deserving winner in the true spirit of the award.