Ellie’s top stage skills earn her a spot on shortlist

NODA North Performance Award nominee Ellie O'Brien, left, as Jonathan in The Lambton Worm. She is pictured with Amy Hodgson, who played Lady Kathryn.
NODA North Performance Award nominee Ellie O'Brien, left, as Jonathan in The Lambton Worm. She is pictured with Amy Hodgson, who played Lady Kathryn.

One of Morpeth Pantomime Society’s junior members has been recognised at a regional level.

Ellie O’Brien was recently nominated for a National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) North Performance Award.

It was her brilliant performance of Jonathan in this year’s production of ‘The Lambton Worm’ that earned her a place on the shortlist.

She was spotted by regional NODA representative Kathryn Curry, who nominated her and described her as an “excellent and enthusiastic principal boy”.

One of the society’s committee members, Ben Gammer, said: “We didn’t know she was going to be nominated until the shortlist was revealed, so we were all delighted when we heard the news.

“It’s great to get this recognition and Ellie deserves to be nominated because her performance was fantastic.

“We worked really hard to get the Morpeth Pantomime Society back on track and The Lambton Worm was the first production under the new committee.

“We’re very proud of how it went and hopefully, our next show will also be successful.”

Ticket sales for the show in January were up more than 20 per cent on the previous year.

An open night and auditions for the 2015 production – Peter Pan – have recently taken place. It will be performed on January 22, 23 and 24.

Mr Gammer added: “We are keen to recruit new members from nine years (as part of a family membership) upwards.

“You don’t have to shine on stage as we are always looking out for backstage help, costumes and ticket sales volunteers – there are lots of ways to make new friends.”

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