MILBORNE Port Opera took two awards at Somerset Fellowship of Drama’s David Beach Awards for musical theatre at Taunton.
The group was nominated for a total of five awards for the 2019 production of Anything Goes. The two categories MPO won were best made set and best male support actor.
The set award was for the transformation of Milborne Port village hall into an ocean liner., described by the adjudicator as “triumph”.
Matthew Baker won best male support actor for his portrayal of Sir Evelyn Oakleigh – “a lovely standout performance using every ounce of you physicality to portray the character… great timing and comic ability,” said the adjudicator.
The other categories in which MPO was nominated were the Challenge Trophy (for overcoming artistic, creative or physical challenges), Best Small Venue Award and the Adjudicator’s Award (for excellence in a particular scene). Virtually every drama group in Somerset participates in these annual awards so it is a real achievement to be nominated in this competition, which is rigorously adjudicated by a team of experienced performers and producers.
MPO’s next show, the Edwardian musical comedy gem, The Arcadians, plays the week after Easter at the Milborne Port Village Hall. April 15-19. Book on line at www.mpopera.co.uk MPO shows are normally a sellout.