The show ran at Blackburn’s Thwaites Empire Theatre in May 2013, and featured Nicholas as the leading man in Douglas Furber’s 1930s musical. The awards ceremony, which was held in Mercure Manchester’s Piccadilly Hotel in May, saw Nicholas up against eleven other finalists from the North of England, all competing for the prestigious am-dram award.
Nicholas, 22 years old from Langho, said “I was over the moon just to be nominated for such an accolade but to go to the event and come home a winner was a complete shock. Everyone down at BMTC has been fantastic ever since I first stepped into rehearsals as a 17 year old. There’s such a welcoming family feel that enables the whole cast and crew to enjoy rehearsals and performances alike. I’s brilliant for the show to be recognised following the hard work put in by everyone involved.”
Nicholas, who attended St Augustine’s RC High School in Billington and went on to study A-Levels at St Mary’s College in Blackburn, has been a part of BMTC since 2009 where he initially starred in the company’s production of ‘Anything Goes’. He has since played leading roles in ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Carousel’ and most recently, ‘Crazy For You,’ in May of this year. Recently, he has performed at Liverpool’s St George’s Concert Hall alongside world-renowned opera star and ‘The Phantom’ himself, Roy Wessensteiner, with other members of his musical society.