South East Essex Academy Trust

Winner of the Best Youth Production at the National Operatic and Dramatic Awards

We are delighted to announce that our Westcliff High School for Girls musical production from last academic year '9 to 5 The Musical' has won the award of Best Youth Production at the National Operatic and Dramatic Awards held earlier this month.


NODA representative Deborah Jea said of the show 'The three ladies are the mainstay of the show and what a fabulous trio they were! The three ladies had great chemistry on stage, their solo songs and their three-part harmonies were top notch. Excellent support came from the many other named parts who were all worthy of praise. The choreography was of the highest standard and the dancing, especially that by the named dancers, was exceptionally executed. The scenery was absolutely ideal – so well designed and the backstage staff must be congratulated. The set was very good, and the lighting plot was also well designed. Sound was consistent throughout, together with an amazing band and the scene changes/settings were carried out most efficiently by the cast and backstage crew and were co-ordinated beautifully. Fabulous costumes and a splendid enthusiastic and energetic cast produced a fun-packed, vibrant show'.


Mr Cottee, the school show's director said 'I am exceptionally proud of what the whole team produced including the Production team, cast, band and crew and it's fantastic for a school like ours to be recognised for our great achievements in performing arts again. I sincerely thank all in our school community for their consistent support and look forward to seeing if we can keep adding to our collection of accolades'.