KYDS receives 4 prestigious awards

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On Sunday 13th May, KYDS attended the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) East Region Awards Ceremony in St. Ives, Cambridge. We were delighted to come home with a total of FOUR awards!
Our 2017 Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, was recognised with not one but two awards: Best Pantomime and Best Production overall in District 8 in the East Region. Even our programmes were recognised, with our Sleeping Beauty programme receiving the award for Best Standard Programme in the East Region.

Christine Davidson from NODA who presented the award said:

“When we saw this Society’s show we came out saying ‘wow’. They’re a very talented group, they make all of their own sets and costumes, and they’ve done so much for the youngsters in the community. Their show was superb!”

KYDS volunteers spent over 550 hours in total working on this production. Without their skills and commitment (on everything from choreography and set building & painting to chaperoning and front of house) this show simply wouldn’t have been able to happen.

KYDS Trustee James Stocker who directed Sleeping Beauty said:

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“A huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes to produce our shows and I’d like to thank all of our amazing volunteers for their hard work. I really enjoyed working with our youth members on Sleeping Beauty – they continue to amaze us with their talent and dedication and really show the community what young people can achieve. Congratulations to all of you.” 

KYDS youth member Ben Collins was also recognised as Best Youth Performer for his excellent performance as Joseph in our Summer Musical last year. Ben is currently a student at Thurstable Sixth Form in Tiptree and first started acting when he joined KYDS in 2013. Congratulations Ben!

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Ben Collins with his award for Best Youth Performer



KYDS recognised with Chairman’s Fund Award

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KYDS is delighted to have been awarded £2,500 for the Essex County Council Chairman’s Fund, along with an award recognising its valuable work with young people.

James Stocker, KYDS Chairman, and Alexandra Berriman, KYDS Artistic Director, attended an awards ceremony on Tuesday 17th April 2018 at Chelmsford City Racecourse to receive the award.

The ceremony was a fantastic opportunity for KYDS to meet local dignitaries, including the Chairman of Essex County Council and the Mayor of Colchester and to discuss the important work that KYDS is doing in the local community.

A number of other local organisations also attended to receive awards.

James said:

“We are delighted to have received this award from the Chairman’s Fund. This funding will help us continue our valuable work with young people which helps them to develop a range of skills including confidence, communication and teamwork.”

The funds will be put towards meeting the costs of KYDS’s next production, Oliver!

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Alexandra and James receive the award from the Chairman of Essex County Council



Lola and Eva recognised with awards

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As has become tradition, following our recent successful production of Sleeping Beauty, we held an after-show party to celebrate. Unfortunately due to the snow our December date was rescheduled to 7th January 2018.

The afternoon was great fun and also saw two members, Lola and Eva being presented with awards for their hard work throughgout the production.

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Lola Emson – President’s Highest Achiever Award

During each KYDS production, our President Ray watches for the person who he considers to have achieved the highest standard of progress during the rehearsal run. Following Sleeping Beauty, Ray chose Lola. Lola was a key member of the ensemble for this show, taking on the role of a senior courtier. Throughout the rehearsal run Lola gave 100% and it was clearly noticeable that she took the role seriously on stage. Well done Lola! 

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Eva Guerra – Robert Greed Award for Commitment

Congratulations to Eva who was presented with the Robert Greed Award for Commitment at our recent after-show party.

Robert Greed was a committed KYDS volunteer who spent many hours creating and building props for KYDS shows. Sadly, Robert passed away in 2016 and in his memory, the Greed Family decided to create the Robert Greed Award which is presented after each show to recognise the member who has shown the most commitment and dedication throughout the show.

Well done Eva for showing fantastic commitment to this show and congratulations on your award!



Charlie is an outstanding achiever!

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Congratulations to Charlie Warner, who was recognised as an outstanding achiever with a Jack Petchey award in November.

The award was presented to Charlie between the shows of our recent pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. Following an open nomination process Charlie, who played Harry the Jester, was chosen by his fellow youth members as the deserving winner.

The award was presented to Charlie by Matthew and Ellie, who were previous winners of the award in July.

KYDS has been running the Jack Petchey awards since November 2015. It is a fantastic opporunity for youth members to recognise others who they consider to be role models.

Congratulations Charlie on your award! 

Some of the nominations received by youth members are shown below:

  • He is so entertaining and always puts a smile on everyone’s faces.
  • He always puts in 100% in every rehearsal and show, he is never in a bad mood and is easily able to bring people’s spirits up.
  • He always has a smile on his face and puts 100% effort into everything! He’s always happy to help or give advice if asked!
  • He always brings a smile to KYDS and is such a great performer.
  • I think Charlie should win because he puts in so much effort into rehearsals. He’s a very hard working member and he always gives his all in his performance.
  • Because he always is trying to improve and it makes being on stage with him easy in the way that he lightens the mood.



Ben wins Best Young Actor award

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Congratulations to Ben Collins who won the North Essex Theatre Guild’s Best Young Actor award at their recent awards ceremony on the 8th September.

Ben was nominated for the award following his performance as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ben was complimented on a very confidential portrayal with good body language and singing voice. Well done Ben!

KYDS was also delighted to 6 other nominations including Best Musical for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Best Young Actor for Charlie Warner and Best Young Actress for Ellie Russell. You can see the full list on our Awards page.

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Jack Petchey awards for Ellie and Matthew

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Twice a year, KYDS awards Jack Petchey Achievement Awards to deserving youth members. The awards are completely member led, chosen in an open nomination process by our youth members. Youth members nominate someone who they believe has demonstrated outstanding achievement. This could be someone that is a good role model, has overcome a personal challenge or helps others.

Following our recent production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, we awarded two Jack Petchey Achievement Awards, one to Ellie Macey and one to Matthew Greed. Ellie and Matthew both received certificates and will be invited to the Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony at the beginning of 2018. Ellie and Matthew also have a £250 allocation each to spend on something that will benefit all of the members at KYDS.

Congratulations Ellie and Matthew on your fantastic achievements, which you should be very proud of! Some of the nominations received are shown below:

Ellie Macey

  • I think that Ellie should win a Jack Petchey award because of how much she helps people when they join and also she contributes really good ideas to the group.
  • She always helps people with dance routines.
  • She is always memorising the dances and helping people who are struggling.
  • Because she tries very hard in everything that she does and will go out of her way to help anyone to learn anything they might have missed.
  • Because she has really helped me learn dance routines.
  • Always puts lots of effort into rehearsals and a real role model for the younger kids when helping them to dance.

Matthew Greed

  • Matthew has been very committed to KYDS over the years and he is always very enthusiastic so I think that he really deserves this award.
  • For always helping out on choreography and with lines.
  • I have nominated this person because he takes everything on – no matter what it is – and then puts as much effort in as possible. He doesn’t care if something he does pushes him back as long as others can achieve something instead.
  • Always put a lot of effort into rehearsals and is always happy and helps others!
  • He has been very supportive to the younger and less experienced members.
  • Because he is full of excitement for every show. He always give his best no matter what and can deal with almost any situation in a calm and collective manner.



An evening at the Jack Petchey Awards

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Our 3 Jack Petchey Achievement Awards winners and Leader Award winner all attended the Jack Petchey Celebration Event on Monday 27th March 2017 at the Mercury Theatre.

The evening celebrated the achievements of young people from various organisations in the Colchester area. Outstanding leaders in those organisations were also recognsied.

Our own Achivement Award winners, Millie Sheldrick, Ellie Russell and Olly Smith, were each presented with a medallion. Our Leader Award for last year, Dannii Carr, was presented with a certificate and medallion.

We are hugely grateful to the Jack Petchey Foundation for their continued support of our work.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Millie wins Jack Petchey Award

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A Jack Petchey Achievement Award recognises the outstanding achievements of young people. This can include helping others, being a good role model, overcoming a challenge or breaking through a personal barrier. In KYDS, Jack Petchey Award Winners are chosen in an open nomination by the youth members, with no input from the Adult Team.

This November, Millie Sheldrick was chosen to receive a Jack Petchey Achievement Award by her fellow youth members. The award was then presented by past KYDS Jack Petchey Award Winners, Ellie, Olly and Lucy.

Some of the comments submitted about Millie during the nomination process are shown below:

  • Millie has been extremely helpful to younger/newer members in their acting and has been very hard working. She has a very good attitude for KYDS and for the show.
  • I think that Millie should be the winner because she’s tried really hard in KYDS recently and she is also a really good role model!
  • Millie should win this because she has been helping some new people who have come into KYDS and has grown in confidence.
  • I think Millie should win it because she has pushed her self with singing and dancing. Also her acting skills are getting better and better because she is working so hard!
  • ​Because she has been with KYDS for ages and is always there like always able to step in but with this show this is her second comedy duo part and she is so good and puts in so much effort and always has so much energy I hope this helps as she deserves to win because of how funny she is and gets into character so well

Congratulations Millie on your achievement and on receiving this fantastic recognition from your fellow youth members!


KYDS President Ray Banks recognised with award

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On the 9th September 2016 KYDS attended the annual North Essex Theatre Guild (NETG) Awards Ceremony in Clacton.

We are delighted that Ray Banks, President of KYDS, was awarded the Jan King Award, which is given to recognise unsung heroes.

Ray has been involved in KYDS as President since it was founded in 2009. Using his extensive local knowledge and community contacts, Ray has helped KYDS connect with a huge number of individuals and organisations. He has also been actively involved in supporting rehearsals, helping our youth members improve and awarding ‘The Presidents Award for the Highest Achiever’ after each production.

Alexandra Berriman, Artistic Director & KYDS Trustee said “Without Ray, KYDS would not be in the strong position it is today and we are all so grateful for everything he does”.

KYDS received a total of 10 nominations for awards this year. We are delighted that Tom Nicoll received the award for Best Dame, for his performance as Grizelda in Cinderella, performed in November 2015. Well done Tom!

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KYDS celebrates 10 NETG nominations

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The North Essex Theatre Guild (NETG) has released the nominations for its 2016 Awards Ceremony and KYDS is delighted to have received a high number of nominations once again for its 2015 Pantomime, Cinderella, and our recent performance of The Little Mermaid in Summer 2016.

The nominations are as follows:

Nominated for the King Costume Award

The Little Mermaid
Nominated for the King Costume Award

The Little Mermaid
Nominated for the Jean Jones Award for set design / construction / dressing etc.

Millie Sheldrick and Grace Upton
Nominated for the Adjudicator’s Award
For their performance as Bodgett and Leggett in Cinderella

Charlie Warner
Nominated Best Young Actor
For his performance as Flounder in The Little Mermaid

Grace Upton
Nominated Best Young Actress
For her performance as Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Tom Nicoll
Nominated Best Dame
For his performance as Grizelda in Cinderella

The Little Mermaid
Nominated for the Collyer-Smith Trophy for Best Musical

Nominated for the Eric Dyster Cup for Best Pantomime

Nominated for The Terry Sadler Award for Front of House

The full list of nominations can be found on the NETG website.

Congratulations to everyone involved in both productions. We look forward to the awards ceremony which will take place on Friday 9 September in Clacton.