Viva Awards 2016 stun hundreds at The Brook, Soham

PUBLISHED: 12:14 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:14 24 November 2016

Mike Fenton Stevens with all the Viva Award winners.

Mike Fenton Stevens with all the Viva Award winners.

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Viva Soham theatre group held its annual awards ceremony at the weekend.

Emma Hatton with the Stephen kenna awrd winners Kerri Hibbert and Ben Clark.Emma Hatton with the Stephen kenna awrd winners Kerri Hibbert and Ben Clark.

Guests at the ceremony included Viva president Michael Fenton Stevens, Lisa Goddard, Ian Lavender, Sir David Arculus, high sheriff Jim Paice.

Josh Schumann with the Show Must go on award given to Becky Bush & Katie Shearman, who sang the Evita role backstage after Becky lost her voice.Josh Schumann with the Show Must go on award given to Becky Bush & Katie Shearman, who sang the Evita role backstage after Becky lost her voice.

Emma Hatton, who has just finished her West End run in ‘Wicked’ as Elpharba, was a surprise guest and sang ‘Defying Gravity’.

Jim Paice presented Sarah Shorney with the 'company member of the year' award.Jim Paice presented Sarah Shorney with the 'company member of the year' award.

Old and current Viva members performed ‘One Day More’ from Les Mis in tribute to Viva’s musical director, Steve Kenna, who died earlier this year.

Macey Bennett with the Lady Baird Young Singer of the YearMacey Bennett with the Lady Baird Young Singer of the Year

A spokesman for Viva said: “What a brilliant evening with awards, performances and being with a fantastic group of people who all work tirelessly throughout the year to make Viva the success it is.

Amy Jelleyman with the Sheila Steafel comedy award presented by Ian Lavender.Amy Jelleyman with the Sheila Steafel comedy award presented by Ian Lavender.

“Thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a great evening.

The Les Mis tribute to Steve KennaThe Les Mis tribute to Steve Kenna

“Bring on another busy and fun 2017.”

Viva AwardsViva Awards

Local photographer Mike Rouse said: “It was just a lovely evening and The Brook at Soham was packed.”

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