Ormiston Victory Academy celebrate nomination success

Students and staff at Ormiston Victory Academy are celebrating two nominations and a win at the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) awards for their latest school production of Billy Elliot.

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The show has been nominated for Best Youth Production as well as Best Technical Achievement, after being shortlisted from 40 schools. Taking on the lead role as Billy Elliot, Year 10 student, Sol Childs, swept up the top prize winning the Youth Performer category for his remarkable performance.

Over 50 students took part in the show both acting and working hard behind the scenes, Reuben Elvin took the role of Michael, Yasmin Shoukry was Mrs Wilkinson, Jay Clayton and Josiah Blake played the Elliots’, Georgia Marshal-Nichols performed Grandma, Mia Childs was Mam and the role of George was played by Sam Plummer.
Daniel Waite, alumni of the school and former professional backing dancer for Take That, the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent came back to give a brilliant performance as ‘Older Billy’.

The staff at Outstanding-rated Ormiston Victory also played their part, with Helen Curson, Phil Ormerod, Hollie Baines, Zoe Bradshaw and Dave Watson overseeing the whole production.

The eagerly awaited annual District 5 Eastern Region awards will be held in St. Ives in Cambridgeshire on 9 April.

Year 10 student, Sol Childs, said:

"I was delighted to have been given the part of Billy and from my previous experience of the school shows, I knew the standard was very high and I was determined to keep it up and go beyond. The cast was amazing, with students from year 7 through to year 13 and with the cast, crew and teachers involved, we were like one big family."

"The show was a great experience, and everyone worked really hard. The show has now inspired me to pursue a career in performing arts, and I hope to one day perform on the West End, Broadway and TV."

Principal of Ormiston Victory Academy, Naomi Palmer, said:

"We are incredibly proud of all the students and staff who took part in the production of Billy Elliot. It was a fantastic show, and the award nominations reflect the talent and commitment of everyone involved. At Ormiston Victory Academy we encourage our students to pursue their passions outside of the classroom and we are really looking forward to the awards in April to celebrate the hard work."