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The Bridget Casse Award

Posted: Tuesday 11 September, 2018

On Sunday 9th September 2018, Next Stage Theatre Company celebrated the talent and enthusiasm of its Next Stage Youth members when Ann Ellison BEM, Artistic Director of the Company, and Alan Cassé presented The Bridget Cassé Award for Excellence in Youth Theatre 2018. The trophy is presented annually to the Youth member who has shown the greatest talent, team work, dedication, helpfulness and positive attitude over the previous twelve months. This is the ninth year the prestigious trophy has been awarded.



Artistic Director, Ann Ellison and Alan Casse with winners and nominees of The 2018 Bridget Casse Award

This year’s winner of The Bridget Cassé Award 2018 is:

Winner - Hugo Worrall

Runner up - Kat Petmezas

Highly Commended - Freya Bark and Floss Ingeldew

Other nominees:

Esther Bennett
Max Dooley
Eleanor Harris
Georgia Langley,
Ralph Leming
Oliver Lewis




Artistic Director, Ann Ellison and Alan Casse with The 2018 Bridget Casse winner Hugo Worrall

Artistic Director of Next Stage Youth, Ann Ellison BEM said:

“Every one of our young and talented nominees would make a worthy winner for The Bridget Casse Award, but it was felt that this year’s trophy should go to Hugo. Hugo is a skilled actor and a great team member in any theatrical performance. In October 2017 Hugo was a memorable Zak in “Goodnight Mister Tom” proving equally accomplished at dancing, singing and riding a bike on stage! In February 2018 Hugo took on the challenging and sinister role of Brother Jasper in our Youth Theatre’s production of “His Dark Materials” whilst also doubling as one of the bears, learning to handle the large and characterful mask with skill, and excelling in the movement and fight choreography classes. Hugo is hoping to become a professional actor and in June he was awarded a Come You Giants Bursary by Next Stage Theatre Company to help towards his training.



Hugo Worrall as Zak in Goodnight Mister Tom (2017)



Hugo Worrall as Brother Jasper in His Dark Materials Parts 1 and 2 (2018)

Runner Up this year was Katerina Petmezas who was not only outstanding as Ruta Skadi, the witch, in “His Dark Materials” but then went on to play the role of Charlotte Goodall in the adult company’s June production of “The Night of the Iguana”. Katerina had damaged her foot at Easter and had to do all rehearsals on crutches for this demanding Tennessee Williams’ role, whilst also coping with her school exams - well done Katerina!



Katerina Petmezas as Charlotte Goodall in The Night of the Iguana (2018)



Katerina Petmezas as Ruta Skadi in His Dark Materials Parts 1 and 2 (2018)

Highly Commended this year were Freya Bark and Floss Ingeldew who shared the key role of Lyra in His Dark Materials, Floss playing Lyra in Part 1 and Freya in Part 2. Both girls delivered memorable performances. Freya is now helping back stage on The Railway Children - due on in the October Half Term and Floss is playing Joan in the same show.



Freya Bark as Lyra in His Dark Materials Part 2 (2018)



Floss Ingledew as Lyra in His Dark Materials Part 1 (2018)

It is always a privilege to work with such talented youngsters and I am grateful that this Trophy - a fitting legacy of a lovely Next Stage actress - allows us to celebrate all their efforts. My heartiest congratulations to all”

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