The Oscars of Brentwood and Billericay's amateur dramatic scene are back and the Gazette can exclusively reveal this year's shortlist.
Once again, a glitzy ceremony will be held to mark the awarding of the Brents at Brentwood Theatre in September.
A panel of judges have reviewed the productions staged by the best budding actors across the borough in the past 12 months and drawn up this shortlist.
The Secret Garden, by Firebirds, is the single show with the most nominations, having been tipped for ten. It was performed at the theatre in September last year and is up for awards including Best Design of a Musical and Best Production of a Musical. Four cast members are also nominated for the 'Best Performance' award for actors and actresses under the age of 18.
The Hutton Players have been shortlisted for 11 awards, whilst the Billericay Operatic Society and Brentwood Operatic Society have been put forward for seven and five respectively.
The Brents are organised by Brentwood Theatre and each nominee will enjoy a night at the venue, in Shenfield Road, on September 10.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by David Zelly, Theatre production company"]The Brents is always a great evening of glitz and glamour and we are grateful to the Gazette for supporting them once more. The nominations are taken very seriously and when you think of all the shows that are performed here throughout the year, to be nominated is a great achievement in itself. We wish everyone best of luck and look forward to announcing the winners on September 10.[/quote]
Last year the winner of the first X Factor series, Steve Brookstein, was the guest of honour at the awards ceremony, which was also attended by Lord Petre.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Gazette editor, Alan Woods"]It's brilliant to be able to support The Brents once again, as I know how much they mean to everyone involved in the amateur dramatic scene. Having such a breadth of different productions and groups on the shortlist just shows how prevalent the scene is in Brentwood and Billericay. Of course, hats off to Brentwood Theatre for not only hosting and organising the awards but also offering such a great venue for the groups to showcase their work all year round.[/quote]
Article and image from Brentwood Gazette, Piers Maylor