Stage stars knock ‘em for six

It was celebration time when Clitheroe’s Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society scooped six top trophies at the East Lancashire NODA awards.

Five were won for the society’s hit “Jekyll & Hyde:The Musical” presented a year ago.

The awards, at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Moors, were the first since NODA – the National Operatic and Dramatic Association – split East Lancashire into two areas; District 12 for Blackburn, Clitheroe, Hyndburn and Rossendale, and District 3 for Burnley, Pendle and Todmorden.

Directed by Anne Grogan, “Jekyll and Hyde” was judged best musical in District 12.

Peter Norris, who played the dual role of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, had a double success, as best actor in a musical in District 12 and BBC Radio Lancashire Award for best overall performance across both districts.

Luke Taberer, NODA District 12 co-representative, said: “Pete’s performance was one of many stand-out moments from the year in East Lancashire, and we were delighted to mark his outstanding achievement.”

Katie Cowburn, who played Lucy in “Jekyll and Hyde” was named best leading lady in a musical, and the best choreography award went to Lindsay Pollard. 
The society’s Richard Hubbard was best supporting male in a play, for the October comedy “Ladies Day.”

Winners from East Lancashire will now battle forNorth West honours at NODA’s regional awards in Manchester, in May.

The society’s current production “Oliver!” is running from February 14 to 21 and some performances are already sold out.

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