Following last summer’s outstanding success with Return to the Forbidden Planet, the Regal Theatre received no fewer than eight nominations in the annual county David Beech Awards for musical theatre. These ranged from best sound, creative lighting, set, and costumes as well as for individual nominations to Becky Hutt, Josh Wichard, Graeme Kelly and to Ian Dunscombe who directed the show.
When the final results were announced at an awards ceremony last Friday, three highly commended certificates were awarded to the show. These were for Alison Pashley, who was recognised for the outstanding design and making of the show’s thirty costumes; Becky Hutt who played Miranda, as a performer under 16, and Josh Wichard, who played Ariel, as an actor under 21.
Being nominated at county level is a great achievement; receiving a highly commended certificate places the recipients in the exalted company of a very few high achieving amateur drama practitioners, effectively placing them second in the county to the actual award winners.
This summer’s show at the Regal Theatre, 12th to 22nd August is to be The Pirates of Penzance and is set to present an equally outstanding success for the people of West Somerset to enjoy.