Musical theatre wins big at The Mousetraps awards event

Mousetrap Awards 2017 copyright Alex Rumford 3 Tyrone

Tyrone Huntley is a winner at the Mousetrap Awards 2017. Picture: Alex Rumford

Musical theatre productions dominated the list of winners at the sixth annual awards ceremony for ‘The Mousetraps’.

Presented by Mousetraps Theatre Projects’ Youth Forum, chosen by more than 500 young theatregoers (aged 15-23), nine out of the 12 awards went to musical theatre performers and productions.

Dreamgirls’ Tyrone Huntley collected two awards, one for his own performance as Judas Iscariot in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which earned him the Best Actor Award.

Huntley also collected the Welcome to the West End – Best Newcomer gong on behalf of his Dreamgirls co-star Amber Riley.

The Best Understudy Mousetrap went to Alice Fearn for her work as stand-in Elphaba in the hit show Wicked.

Les Misérables was judged to be The Most Legendary Show, while the company of Matilda the Musical came out on top in the Best Ensemble category.

School of Rock’s exuberant young musicians were named the Band That Rocked Our World and Disney’s lavish Aladdin claimed the Jaw Dropping Set award.

Recently departed West End show Sunny Afternoon was named the Show That We’ll Miss In The West End and Half a Sixpence was viewed as the Musical That Landed With A Bang.

The award-winning line-up was completed by Norma Dumezweni (Best Actress for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), A Comedy About a Bank Robbery (New Play On The Block) and the Young Vic (Most Welcoming Venue).

Mousetrap Theatre Projects is a theatre education charity dedicated to bringing the magic of theatre into the lives of young people. It opens the doors to all that London’s vibrant theatre scene has to offer – particularly for young people with limited means, support or special needs – and encourages participants to engage creatively with their theatre experiences.

‘The Mousetraps’ are supported by the Society of London Theatre through funding from the Theatre Development Trust.

Angela Thomas

www.mousetrap.org.uk

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