Thank you to all our members who attended our AGM this year. We were pleased to be able to bring back our annual awards ceremony so congratulations to the winners, which were as follows:
The Silver Box Award for Best Play - ‘Allo ‘Allo
The Nomads Cup for Best Musical - Waiting in the Wings
The Owen Field Cup for Best Actor - Steven Fenn
The Tangent Cup for Best Actress - Angela Bishop
Best Supporting Actor Award - Dave Cooper
Best Supporting Actress Award - Megan Hey
The Cherry Ackerley Star Character Award - Kris Camden
Outstanding Contribution Award - Rowena Smith
And special congratulations to our newest life member Mike Boutle who was awarded the prestigious Life Membership for services above and beyond for many a year! Pictured here with our President Gwen Timmins.
We also presented the Young Nomads with their annual awards at the end of their summer term. Congratulations to all the winners which were as follows:
The Molly Pringle Award – Most Improved – Hattie Wells
Impressive Newcomer – Oscar Owen
Best All Rounder – Abbie Good
The One To Watch Award – Tegan Hegarty
Best Singer – Zara Fisher
Best Dancer – Emily Poole
Junior Performer Of The Year – Elodie Massuard
Senior Performer Of The Year – Olivia Savage
Outstanding Contribution – Harry Beamond
NKT presents the return of Nomads with one of our fabulous Broadway/West End musical compilation shows - WAITING IN THE WINGS!
Auditions will be held at the theatre on SUNDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2021 from 10:00am - 4:00pm
...and the dates of the show will be Monday 29th November to Saturday 4th December.
Directed by Andy Thorpe with Joseph Hall as MD and Jess Clifford/Jodie Corbett as Choreographers, this will be a fabulous show to get involved with and celebrate our exciting return to the stage!
What was King’s Theatre before NOMADS acquired the building?
Was it the first and only theatre in the town?
When did Nomads form and how?
What was its first production?
How did Young Nomads come into existence?
Why were its early AGMs the "Best show in town"?
Why was a Resident Musical Director ousted by a secret ballot?
The answers are to be found in 'Talent, Enthusiasm, Teamwork' - our new book which marks 75 years of entertaining the public of Newmarket and the surrounding area. Production of this book, based on the comprehensive archives of the company, is now well advanced thanks to the work of our Archivist, Steven Fenn, and former Trustee, David Dowle, who promise you an insight into its history. Here's a sneek peek at the front cover:
We are always in need of members to step up and do that little bit extra to keep productions, or the building or the admin part of the charity going. Remember members are expected to help at least 4 times a year on something behind the scenes as part of their annual membership.
At the recent AGM members agreed to a new tier of membership called 'Friends of the Society' which would consist of members who could help volunteer for our FOH & Bar duties and some other jobs such as chaperoning. Listed below are all our current vacancies, please contact our company secretary if you are interested to know more:
Poster/Leaflet Administrator, Props Manager, Front of House Co-ordinator, Bar Manager, Membership Secretary, Sound Manager
Front of House Staff, Bar Staff, Chaperones
The Marketing Distribution team:
Poster distributors for Wooditton, Chippenham, Snailwell, Moulton, Red Lodge, Kentford
Production Team Roles:
Stage Managers, Directors for our shows, Choreographers, Musical Directors,
sound engineers, lighting engineers, set builders, scenic artists
Ever wondered what those initials mean on our posters and in our programmes?
The National Operatic and Dramatic Association is an an organisation that exists to help amateur theatre develop and improve. It also provides advice and was a great help when we turned Nomads into a charitable, limited company. NODA helps with scripts, provides feedback in the form of reviews and present a variety of annual awards. It negotiates royalty discounts and offers members a website where they can publicise their forthcoming productions.
Nomads has long been a supporter of NODA knowing that they, in turn, support us. If you want to know more about how they help promote and champion amateur theatre, then take a look at their website: www.noda.org.uk
David Dowle, NODA Liaison Officer at Nomads