On Sunday 7 May, Mousetrap Theatre Projects’ Youth Forum presented the 6th annual Awards Ceremony for ‘The Mousetraps’ at the Charing Cross Theatre. These unique theatre awards were voted upon by over 500 young theatregoers (aged 15-23). The Awards were presented to 12 outstanding West End shows and individual artists.
Winners of ‘The Mousetraps’ in 2017
‘Most Legendary Show’ sponsored by Colourview: Les Misérables
Collected by Paul Wilkins, who plays Marius in the current production
‘Best Understudy’ sponsored by The Stage: Alice Fearn (understudy of Elphaba in Wicked)
Collected by Alice Fearn
‘Best Ensemble’ sponsored by West End Kids: Matilda the Musical
Collected by Katherine Woolly, Children’s Musical Theatre Director
‘Best Actress’ sponsored by Target Live: Noma Dumezweni (Hermione in Harry Potter)
Collected by Noma Dumezweni
‘New Play On The Block’ sponsored by Encore Tickets: The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Collected by Chris Leask, Ellie Morris and Steven Rostance
‘Best Actor’ sponsored by Dewynters: Tyrone Huntley (Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar)
Collected by Tyrone Huntley
‘Band That Rocked our World’ sponsored by Tesco: School of Rock
Collected by Bailey, Eliza and Cole, band performers in School of Rock
‘Jaw Dropping Set’ sponsored by AKA: Aladdin
Collected by Nancy Shakerley of Disney Theatricals on behalf of Bob Crowley
‘Most Welcoming Venue’ sponsored by Little Star Productions: The Young Vic
Collected by Clara O’Toole, Welcome Team Manager and William Bowden, Front of House Manager
‘Show That We’ll Miss In The West End’ sponsored by Fiery Angel: Sunny Afternoon
Collected by Adam Sopp (Mick in Sunny Afternoon)
‘Welcome To The West End – Best Newcomer’ sponsored by West End Wilma: Amber Riley (Dreamgirls)
Collected by Tyrone Huntley, who is in Dreamgirls with Amber
‘Musical That Landed With A Bang’ sponsored by Mischief Theatre Company: Half A Sixpence
Collected by Andrew Wright and Jaye Elster, choreographers
The 90-minute Awards ceremony was opened by West End star Chloe Hart (currently in Kinky Boots), who has supported Mousetrap for the last two years on its Stagesong programme. Youth Forum members, Farah Omotosho and Amy Thomas, compered the show and a former Youth Forum Member, Nick McLean (now in The Book of Mormon), closed the show with a touching tribute to Mousetrap Theatre Projects.
Highlighting the Awards ceremony were youth performances featuring the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s Show Choir Society, a monologue from The Enigma Code by Alfie Neill, a vocal performance from Youth Forum member Darcy Dixon, a monologue by Nicole Adetiba from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a dance performance by Michael Bunani and a short set by Lizzie Bea and the Band.
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.
For more information, visit: www.mousetrap.org.uk.