Still time to vote for Nick Challenger in top am-dram awards

TIME is running out to vote for a Rotherham am-dram stalwart in the battle for a top award.

Nick Challenger, chairman and director of Wales Musical Theatre Company and Wales Methodist Panto Players, is in the running for a Britain Has Spirit award.

He has been with the amateur theatre company since he was a teenager and is now the driving force behind the team which presents two shows featuring a company of more than 80 in both Sheffield and Worksop every year.

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And after winning through regional finals of the Britain Has Spirit Awards, Nick is up for the national award.

His award citation recognises his tireless work on producing the company's two annual shows, noting how he gives up his time to write scripts, manage rehearsals and spend time with individuals who could not get into other groups.

The nomination also recognises the fact that this year, more than 300 free tickets for the group's hugely popular annual pantomime were provided to local foster children, children with serious illness and families facing personal difficulties.

“Of course, I am delighted to have been nominated for this great award,” said 38-year-old Nick.

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“But I do have to point out that I am just one small part of what Wales Musical Theatre Company is about and that its success is entirely down to the endless work and enthusiasm of around 80 people, aged between five and 80.

“They are the real stars of this show and without them none of what we achieve every year would be possible.”

Voting closes at midnight on Monday, September 19.

To vote for Nick, visit