Viva group in line for top theatre awards

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A Soham-based youth group is in line for two national awards.

The Viva Youth Theatre began the New Year by receiving nominations in two categories of the annual National Operatic and Dramatic Association (Noda) awards.

The group’s performances of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables have both been nominated in the best youth production of 2014 category.

And Ellie Bovington has been nominated as the NODA east district four south best young performer of 2014 for her role as Eponine in Les Miserables by the group’s NODA representative Julie Petrucci.

Viva is thrilled with this news and we are so proud of every single cast member, production member and volunteer,” said Viva administrator Hetti Wood.

“We could not put on these shows without the support of our local community and other organisations around us including The Brook entertainment centre, the Newmarket School of Dance, Blueshed Studios, Classworks Costumes and every single audience member who came to watch the shows,” she added.

The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in May.

Viva Youth Theatre, is now in its 16th year, and was the brainchild of Dan Schumann from Soham, then a 16-year-old drama student who went on to study at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

He felt there was the need for more opportunities for people to take part in the arts, regardless of their situation, abilities or circumstances and so started Viva to give more people that chance.