Plenty to celebrate as theatre group bags five awards

Calder Valley Youth Theatre with their awards
Calder Valley Youth Theatre with their awards

Members of the Calder Valley Youth Theatre (CVYT) have plenty to celebrate as they bagged five awards at a recent ceremony.

The group won five awards from The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) North East Region for its production of Legally Blonde which was performed at The Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax last year.

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This was the first year the youth theatre, based in Hebden Bridge, entered the competition and the group walked away with the awards for best programme, best choreography, best junior female for Hannah Lawton, drama award for Chris Stott, and best overall production.

Cast member, Frank Bradshaw said: “I have been involved with CVYT for about ten years and have seen all the hard work which goes on behind the scenes from both the cast members and all the adults who are involved, so to receive these awards was a fantastic acknowledgement for everyone.”

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Becky Lawton, spokesperson for CVYT, said: “A fantastic achievement for CVYT in their first year of entering the competition. Every single person involved worked extremely hard and was thrilled to received them.”

The group is hoping to repeat its success with the 2018 production of “In The Heights” at The Square Chapel Arts Centre from November 14 to 17, including a Saturday matinee.

The show, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also wrote the award winning show Hamilton, is about a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures with Latin music and energetic dance numbers.

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