TAODS up for seven awards

TAODS members are celebrating after receiving seven nominations in the annual National Operatic and Dramatic Association awards.

The awards cover the north west of England and the winners are announced at a big ceremony at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel in May.

Pictured is Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society member Alex Townend who received a nomination for best choreographer for her work on TAODS youth section’s Christmas production HONK.

Alex is also playing the lead role in the musical Sweet Charity which is under rehearsal and takes to the stage at the Hippodrome from April 24 to 28.

Last April’s TAODS production of the challenging musical Rent received a nomination for best musical in the North West with artistic director Justine Sutcliffe also nominated for best artistic direction.

The youth theatre section received a further two nominations for HONK, best staging of a youth show and best youth show. The drama performed by TAODS was also recognised with Dangerous Obsession nominated for best play and James Claxton nominated for his performance of Pike in last year’s production of Dad’s Army.

“It’s a great way of showing everyone just how brilliant local amateur theatre in Todmorden really is,” said Steve Clarkson, TAODS spokesman. “For anyone who hasn’t been to a production at the Hippodrome yet the fact that we’ve been nominated for top awards out of the entire region should tell them they’re missing out on something special.”