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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Award nominations for West Cumbria's performers

A Workington amateur dramatics couple are celebrating after each receiving award nominations for their first leading roles together.

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NOMINATED: Tony McGee and Jennifer Hawley

When Jennifer Hawley, 24, took on her first leading part as Swallow in Whistle Down the Wind in October, she was relieved to play alongside fiancé Tony McGee, 28, as The Man.

The two Workington Amateur Operatic Society members have now been nominated in the best leading male and female actor categories in the National Operatic and Dramatic Association North West awards.

The couple, of Stainburn, met through the society.

Tony, who works at the Cumberland Building Society, previously won the association’s North West award for best supporting actor in a musical for his role as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and he has been nominated twice.

He said he would love to win the best actor award, but knows it will be tough.

Tony said: “I recognise a couple of names on the list. They have been nominated before and are very good.”

Jennifer, an English teacher at Cockermouth School, was nominated as best leading female actor in a musical.

She said: “It’s been a really nice surprise and because we’ve both been nominated it’s extra special.”

Tony and Jennifer both have family in the society and up to 30 members are expected to travel to Manchester for the awards ceremony on May 5 if they can get tickets.

Also up for awards are members of the Maryport Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Clark Wilkinson has been nominated for best artistic direction of the show Gypsy and Helene Phillips for best supporting female actor in a musical for her part as Mama Rose in the same show.

Clark, 23, who grew up in Flimby, started appearing in Maryport productions as a child and has been directing shows since he was 19.

Helene, 59, of Carlisle, has been performing in amateur dramatics for more than 20 years.

Workington and District Amateur Musical Society is up for the best pantomime award for Jack and the Beanstalk, which it performed at the town’s Carnegie Theatre in December.

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