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The Zodiac honoured at local awards

Local musical theatre society, The Zodiac, has been honoured at this year’s National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) District 8 Awards, which took place on Saturday 26th January at the Mere Golf Resort & Spa in Knutsford.

After over 50 years of charming local audiences with their high-quality shows, The Zodiac has developed a shining reputation, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by NODA.

With half a century in ‘the biz’ and a raft of memorable shows, the society was honoured with an award for ‘Services to Inspiring Musical Theatre’ – given for their hard work and dedication to inspiring local amateur theatre.

This surprise award was given to The Zodiac at the District 8 Awards, where they were nominated in six categories, of which they won Best Musical Direction for their 2019 production of Monty Python’s SPAMalot.

Craig Price, resident Musical Director for the society, was delighted to win the award. He will now be entered into the NODA Regional Awards in May.

Joe Clarke, NODA District 8 Representative, said: “In times of change and uncertainty, this society continue to produce excellent productions.

“Their productions are professional in approach and executed in a way that is beyond financial reason. In 2019 they produced a wonderful musical and revue show that brilliantly showcased the talent of their members."

Chairman of The Zodiac, Jude Kenyon, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to be recognised again by NODA for our efforts to bringing local audiences top-quality musical theatre.

“We celebrated our 50th birthday last year and this year we are returning to Frodsham to perform two more shows. As with many things today, cost rises mean it’s always a challenge to fund our productions, but we are committed to providing a great night out at a price people can afford to keep musical theatre accessible for everyone.”

The Zodiac will be performing the comedy ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, a musical based on the popular 1988 film, from 22nd to 25th April, followed by the comedy horror ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ 11th to 14th November, both at Frodsham Community Centre. For more information about The Zodiac and to purchase tickets visit from

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