TAODS hand out gongs before project begins

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A theatre group held an awards evening to celebrate the achievements of its members over the last 12 months.

Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (TAODS) staged the event at its Hippodrome Theatre base last week and handed out prizes to several people for their commitment and service, and for outstanding performances in a production.

Joyce Fraser received the Philip Greenwood Memorial Trophy for her performances in “Two” and “Calendar Girls”.

Jess Clarkson was presented with the Producer’s Award for her role as narrator in the youth theatre’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.

Jenny Sheldon was awarded the Peter Howard Trophy for services as rehearsal pianist/chorus mistress (both adult and youth departments).

Simon Dewsnip received the Eileen Hartley Trophy for his contributions to the youth theatre as a whole.

The Hubert Town Trophy went to husband and wife team Brian and Winifred Rogers for the continuous support with staffing all the different events at the venue over the years.

There were also two life memberships handed out during the evening. The recipients were Malcolm Heywood, who has been a member for more than 50 years, and George Mitchell, TAODS’ current president.

Mr Michell said: “It’s been another outstanding year for the Hippodrome. Thank you and well done to everyone who has helped, both on and off stage.”

TAODS has staged seven major productions during the last 12 months, as well as hosting a pantomime, gang show and various dance school and cinema events.

Each production made a profit and has helped towards maintaining the theatre.

The Hippodrome will now close for six weeks for the installation of accessible toilet facilities, new ladies WC’s and updated dressing rooms.

Theatre spokesperson Steve Clarkson said: “We have been busy since the word go this season and next season’s line-up looks just as exciting, with even more going on for the local community, both paid and free events.”

The Hippodrome will hold a jobs day event on September 1 with free bacon sandwiches for those who turn up before 9.30am.

It will officially open its doors again on September 14 to launch the 2013/14 theatre season.