LEISURE: Bridgwater Operatic Society wins coveted Rose Bowl award at West Country’s Oscars
BRIDGWATER Operatic Society has won the prestigious Rose Bowl award for Best Musical Production in a glittering award ceremony at The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel.
Its production of 42nd Street, staged at The McMillan Theatre in May this year, also attracted individual nominations for Mike Purnell (Julian Marsh) and Maureen Wycherley (Dorothy Brock) in the Best Actor and Best Actress respective categories.
From Gloucester down to Devon, a total of 64 amateur theatre societies fought for honours 19 categories in what is seen as the amateur West Country theatre Oscars.
Director Brian Epps said: “To say we are pleased is a massive understatement. There were ten nominations in our best musical category with some big names in the Musical Theatre world vying for the title.
“We came out on top all due to the incredibly talented cast and crew who make the magic happen. With over twenty of Bridgwater’s finest tap dancing their way to glory this was a very special time for the Society. It was such an incredibly happy show too and will live long in the memory.”
Brian also paid tribute to all who played any part in the show but especially his daughter, Shelley Smith, whose inspired choreography formed the backbone of this unforgettable musical and to MD Tony Pomeroy and producer, Sue Oxman for their unstinting work and commitment.
PHOTOS: Congratulations to the Bridgwater Amateur Operatic Society on its Rose Bowl success for 42nd Street.