All the Rose Bowl winnersOn Sunday 18 October over 350 representatives of theatre companies in the south west came together for the annual Rose Bowl awards. Nineteen awards were presented by Jon Monie, veteran of the Theatre Royal Bath pantomimes. Jon pronounced himself “Giddy with excitement’” in presenting the awards envying the fellowship enjoyed by amateurs in having time to rehearse, perform and socialise together something that does not generally happen in the professional theatre when time is limited due to the financial constraints of presenting productions.

Bath-based Curtain Up Theatre Schools who were recently voted Bath’s best independent children’s business at the Bath Independent Business Awards were nominated for four awards including the Coupe de Theatre for Javert’s Death, played by Lucas Porter, Best Youth Actress for Natalie Acheson, Best Youth Actor for Lucas Porter & Best Musical Production of which they won two; the Coupe de Theatre Award and Best Youth Actress.

Jon Monie and Steve ClarkeSarah Carter, School Principal comments:

“Winning an award is a phenomenal and unexpected experience!  For a group of like-minded people to publicly recognise the passion and hard work that goes into a production is simply a heart stopping moment! Lucas Porter was a superb young man to work with! He trusted us from the very beginning – knowing that we fully intended to force him off a very high balcony to end Javert’s life! All credit to our Stage Manager, Steve Clarke and the back stage crew who oversaw the stunt. We are quite sure that Lucas felt safe in their hands! Natalie Acheson has been taught by Tristan for almost 10 years! It has been a privilege to watch her grow up and see her character develop both on and off the stage! Her portrayal of Eponine was incredibly moving  – even during rehearsals other cast members shed a tear!”

Tristan Carter, Artistic Director said:

“We are so very proud of Curtain Up Theatre School. Earlier this month, we were honoured to receive the Award of Bath’s Best Independent Children’s Business 2015 from the Bath Independent Awards. Just like winning the Rose Bowl Awards this was a phenomenal & unexpected experience! We have always been a family run business and aimed to put the children at the centre of all that we do – our staff all know this and all work tirelessly to uphold our ethos . Our students achieve wonderful goals – some small, some enormous – whatever they are they make us very proud and we know that it is the team work from all the staff that makes it happen. Any production requires an enormous amount of team work – Les Miserables School Edition was no different and we relied on friends and families to help us create something very special. We will always be grateful to them for their help and support.”

Jon Monie and Natalie Acheson17 year old Natalie Acheson who won the Best Youth Actress said:

I was so surprised to be even nominated, let alone win. Shocked is an understatement. It was so great to be even noticed as an Eponine, as it is such a internationally well known part and to win an award for it was mind blowing. I could not have done such a great performance without my incredible cast. The rehearsals and shows were such a positive environment, because you were constantly around loving and caring people. I can honestly say it didn’t feel like a cast, it felt like a family. I still miss the rehearsal and performances to this day. My biggest thank you has to go to Tristan and Sarah Carter. Tristan has mentored and tutored me for the last 10 years of my life. He has always been so supportive through thick and thin and I cannot thank him enough. I don’t know what I would be doing without them.”

KLOGs Rose Bowl
Image by Tracy English

Keynsham Light Opera Group were also nominated for two awards, Creativity and Design for Costumes and Technical Achievement for Lighting of the Wizard of Oz and won the Technical Achievement Award for Lighting.

Petra Schofield, Director comments:

Winning the Rose Bowl for Best Lighting is a great award, it reflects the creativity and inspired choices our lighting designer Luke John Emmett made on what was a comparatively small budget;  I am so pleased that his work was acknowledged by the adjudicators. Wizard of Oz was a great challenge as I had wanted to create a different world to that of the film and with this made it a lovely blank sheet to work with. I was particularly happy that the costumes were also nominated as it reflected the overall design worked well; the KLOGs cast worked tirelessly to make this happen and it was a show enjoyed by packed houses and one which will stay in our memory for a long time.”

Luke John Emmett, Lighting Designer says:

“I feel really proud to have my work  and the hard work of the KLOGs team recognised and that is one of the important things about the Rose Bowl that they don’t just focus on the incredible work that happens onstage but also the achievements that happen behind the scenes as well – an area all too often forgotten about.  KLOGs were an amazing and welcoming company to work with and I’m really pleased they had the chance to be celebrated for their brilliant production.”

Curtain Up run regular Saturday schools and their next big production will be in April with the Hot Mikado and KLOGs return next year with a production of Barnum.