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The deadline for nominations for this year’s Young Entertainers in The Community Awards is just under 3 weeks away.

Readers have until midnight on Friday, September 16, to put forward someone they feel deserves recognition in one of the 12 categories – and be in for a chance to be named Young Entertainer (in their category) of the year.

Categories are open to all young people aged 8-24 in community performance and those who work with them.

Categories include Young Actor in Musical Theatre, Young Dancer in the Community, Visionary Performing Arts Leader of the Year, The Every Child: Equality and Diversity in Performing Arts Award and The Lifetime Achievement Award.

The winners will be announced during a glittering award ceremony at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on Monday, October 17.

The event will be co-hosted by founder, Sazz Wanogho-Maud, who, inspired by her son Tosh Wanogho-Maud, (who plays Ben E King in the West End cast of Olivier-nominated The Drifters Girl), noted that there were no ‘Oscars-style’ awards for young people in the entertainment industry, especially within the communities.

“There are so many young performers in the community going that extra mile, said Sazz.

“We wanted to showcase these amazing talented young performers through an annual awards ceremony.”

The Young Entertainers in the Community Awards launched in 2018 as an annual awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate young people in community performance aged 8-24.

The first national, The Young Entertainers Academy Awards, were first staged in 2003 for young professionals already making a name for themselves. Held at the Hilton Park Lane, London, the Awards were supported by TV presenter Denise Van Outen, actress and TV presenter Linda Robson, and the cast of EastEnders, as well as by many reputable UK theatrical agents representing young people.

As well as the national and regional Bromley awards ceremonies, Sazz and her team run regular Peer mentoring with professionals from the Entertainment industry and Creative workshops for young people.

The Young Entertainers in the Community Awards is supported by Nine 8 Nine, Warren King Photography, Brit School, Michael Harrison Entertainment, Sparklelight Productions and Churchill Theatre.

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