Rising Stars Awards – 2022 winners announced

Rising Stars held their annual awards ceremony after the last performance of Legally Blonde on Saturday 19th March 2022.

The Rising Stars Awards were set up to recognise those cast members that get so much more from Rising Stars than just learning how to sing, act and perform on stage. It gives us great pleasure to see them increase in self-confidence and creativity as well as developing essential life skills such as teamwork, discipline, communication, interpersonal skills and management.


Rising Stars Awards winners 2022

The two shields for Most Improved Members were presented to Aidan and Niamh in the Under 13 years and 13 years and over categories respectively.

The Outstanding Personal Contribution Award was won jointly by Amelia & Emily for going above and beyond to assist the production team and committee both on stage and behind the scenes.

The Miller Redpath Memorial Award for Most Memorable Moment was presented to Zach for his infamous entry as Carlos in Legally Blonde.


Long Service Award winners

Long Service Award presentations were also made to Seb, Amelia and Rose for appearing in 10 or more productions with Rising Stars and to Emily for reaching the milestone of 20 productions with the group.


All 2022 Awards winners

Rising Stars Awards Winner – Most Memorable Moment

Miller Redpath Memorial Award for Most Memorable Moment

This award in presented in memory of one of our founder members, Miller Redpath, who sadly died in 2013. Miller’s personality, unique singing voice and head-banging style of dancing are always the first things we remember when thinking of that initial show.

The Memorable Moment Award is given to a person or group of people involved in an event or incident which springs instantly to mind when recalling a production in the last 12 months. This could be on or off stage, during rehearsals or as part of a show.

AND THE WINNER IS….. Francesca for ‘The French Raspberry’

This award will not come as a surprise to anyone who was lucky enough to see a rehearsal for ‘Spamalot’. Francesca’s portrayal of the French Guard had us in stitches every week. From the voice, to the funny walk, to the mannerisms, to the infamous raspberry, Fran tweaked and developed the role each time to keep it fresh and funny. Our only regret is that due to Covid-19, an audience never got to enjoy her memorable performance and laugh as much as we did.

Thank you Fran for a marvellous memory.

Rising Stars Awards Winner – Outstanding Personal Contribution

The Outstanding Personal Contribution award is given to a Rising Stars member who has made the biggest personal contribution to the success of Rising Stars in the previous 12 months. In a nutshell, someone who has gone above and beyond what is ordinarily expected of a member.


This is the first time the award has been given to an adult Rising Stars member, but we felt that the extra work that Helen has done over the last 12 months is the very definition of going above and beyond what is ordinarily expected of a member.
As well as being the stage director for both of the staged productions over the last 12 months, Helen wrote extra content for ‘The Evacuees’ and designed and made most of the costumes for ‘Spamalot’. She also did much of the publicity, design, membership admin and was Chair of the committee.

Thank you for all your hard work Helen.

Rising Stars Awards Winners – Most Improved Members

The first two awards are for the Most Improved Members.

It was very obvious to us right from the start that being in Rising Stars was more than just singing, dancing and putting on a show. We noticed that members grew in confidence, made new friends and developed all sorts of essential life skills, such as teamwork, interpersonal skills and management.

The Most Improved Member award is not given to the most talented cast member – although many of our previous winners have developed into great performers and taken principal roles. The award is given to the member who has shown the most improvement in some aspect of their performance skills or personality in the previous 12 months as a direct result of their involvement with Rising Stars.

There are two awards in this category – Under 13 Years & 13 years and over.

Most Improved Member – Under 13 years


When Emily joined Rising Stars last year, she was very shy and nervous and was most comfortable when melting into the background. Over the last 12 months, we have had great pleasure in watching her grow in both confidence and ability. She has become a confident performer with an assured stage presence and always happy to assist the younger members. Her enjoyment and commitment to rehearsals was self-evident – even attending choreography rehearsals on crutches.

Congratulations Emily. We look forward to seeing you perform in many more shows with us.

Most Improved Member – 13 years and over


Rose joined Rising Stars in 2015 and has always been a talented performer with a sunny personality. However, Rose would be the first to admit that she wasn’t always 100% focussed and sometimes had a little daydream during rehearsals. Over the last 12 months, we have noticed a massive change in Rose’s concentration and maturity. The effort that she put into learning particularly difficult dialogue and dance routines was phenomenal. Determined to get things right, she would frequently practice (and encourage others to rehearse with her) during the breaks. On top of all that, she is still a very talented performer and a delight to have in the Rising Stars family.

Congratulations Rose. A very worthy winner.

10th Rising Stars Awards – Sunday 6th September

We are very excited to announce that the 10th Annual Rising Stars Awards will take place on Sunday 6th September.

Originally planned for the last night of our production of ‘Spamalot’ in March, the Awards were cancelled along with everything else. Due to the current guidelines preventing us all gathering in one place, Sunday’s rescheduled version has a theatrical twist.
We have asked all Rising Stars members to be at their home address between 2pm & 3pm and we will turn up on the doorsteps of the winners to present them with their award.
Everyone will be able to follow the presentations and join in the congratulations via posts to this page.
The shields have been engraved since March and we are very much looking forward to finally presenting them to the worthy winners.
Good luck everyone!

Singing success for Rising Stars’ Rosie

We have another winner!

Congratulations to Rising Stars member, Rosie, who has won the 2020 Beccles Young Vocalist of the Year competition for the second time.

The competition is organised by the Rotary Club is part of a wider UK-wide singing competition. Last time, Rosie progressed through several further stages to reach the UK quarter-finals so we wish her all the luck for this year.

Rosie is just one of the talented and award-winning cast that will be performing with Rising Stars in Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’ next month. More details of how to get tickets to see this talent-packed production can be found here.

NODA Award success for Rising Stars


We’ve recently learnt that Rising Stars’ production of ‘Romeo & Juliet – A Rock Musical’ in March last year has been nominated for an award by the National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA). We are on the shortlist for ‘Best Youth Production 2019’ in District 6.

NODA are such experts in amateur theatrical productions that to be recognised by them in any capacity is a real achievement. The overall winner won’t be announced until a Gala Awards Ceremony next month, but just being nominated means that ‘Romeo & Juliet – A Rock Musical’ was one of the top three youth productions in the area.


At the Gala Award ceremony, Rising Stars member Amelia Parker will be presented with the NODA District 6 Award for ‘Best Young Performer’. Her performance as Juliet’s Nurse in ‘R&J’ was noted as showing style and expression with excellent stage awareness and we are delighted that her outstanding performance has been recognised in a particularly competitive year.

These nominations and awards are a testament to the talent and hard work of all the young cast, the production and technical teams and to everyone involved with Rising Stars so I hope you are all as absolutely thrilled as we are.

Winners announced for the Rising Stars Awards 2019

The annual Rising Stars Awards ceremony was held during the last night party for ‘RJ – A Rock Musical’


The Rising Stars Awards recognise that the cast get so much more from Rising Stars than just learning how to sing, act and perform on stage. It is always special to see a young cast member improve their self confidence and creativity as well as developing essential life skills such as teamwork, discipline, communication, interpersonal skills and management.

Shields were presented for Most Improved Member Under 13 years, Most Improved Member 13 years and over and for Outstanding Personal Contribution. Huge congratulations to the three winners – we are very proud of what you have achieved over the last 12 months.


The Miller Redpath Memorial Award for the Most Memorable Moment went to the performers in the ‘I am Not Dead Yet’ song in last year’s production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Musicals’. In addition, a Long Service Award was also presented to one member who has performed in 15 or more Rising Stars productions.