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Milborne Port Opera up for 4 awards

20 January 2015. Milborne Port Opera, South Somerset's amateur group specialising in Gilbert & Sullivan and light opera, has been nominated by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama for 4 awards in the annual David Beach Awards for musical theatre.  (Somerset's answer to the Oscars –Ed)

The nominations are for the group's last production, the rarely-performed "Utopia Limited" by Gilbert & Sullivan. They are:

Best Cameo:  Andrew Armstrong as Mr Goldbury

Show Stopper:  Whole company for "Eagle High"

Best Musical Direction:  Caroline D'Cruz

Best Small Venue

The nominations are made by an expert panel of adjudicators who see each show. The winners are announced at a dinner in Taunton on Saturday 14th March .

There are 25 award categories in total, and 82 groups across the county competing to win them.

Said Geoff Allan, "Utopia Limited's" director, "we are honoured and delighted to be nominated. Now we have to win."

"Utopia Limited" was a landmark production for Milborne Port Opera, as it completed their ambition to perform every single Gilbert and Sullivan Opera.

The next show at Milborne Port Opera is an original work, "Spring Fate", a comic opera written by MPO member Neil Edwards, who also directs. It is his third show for the MPO.

Performance is 8 to 11th April, the week after Easter. Tickets go on sale in March.