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:

“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!

Ben Collins with his award for Best Youth Performer