After hours of debate, discussion and deliberations, our panel of independent judges have decided their favourite amateur shows of this year. Thespians across the South have been waiting with baited breath for the nominees of the 2016 Daily Echo Curtain Call Awards. Having being ripped from the arms of his parents when German tanks rolled into the Crimea in 1942, Folker was first taken by SS officers to a German medical institute, where doctors measured every part of his body, checking for any 'Jewish aspects' - for example, dark hair, pointed noses, circumcision - before he was declared suitable.He had been selected to be a member of the 'Lebensborn' - The Fount of Life - Himmler's breeding programme to safeguard the future of the Thousand-Year Reich by providing 'pure' future generations to replace those lost by war.Also if you have taken any video or photographs from your school prom, don't forget to send them into us.You can email them to us, upload them from your computer.Obsessed with his experiments to breed 'pure white' chickens while running a poultry farm before World War II, Himmler was intent on doing the same with humans after rising to the very top of the Nazi hierarchy.Little boy lost: Folker Heinecke - or Aleksander Litau?
As well as the stealing of blond children from families in occupied areas, another part of the scheme involved special 'breeding clinics' where pure German SS officers were told to mate with suitable German women.
He was captivated by Folker, who had been brought to Germany after being seized by SS officers scouring occupied lands for blond, blue-eyed children.
Folker, then just four, did not know it, but he had been chosen to be part of the new 'breed' of supposedly genetically-superior German beings, who would replace millions of the 'impure' - Jews, gipsies, homosexuals, blacks - after they had been exterminated in Hitler's death camps.
Today we can reveal nominees in each of our 37 categories, including the coveted Production of the Year.
For our version of the Academy Awards for amateur dramatics, the Daily Echo's team of reviewers have been scouring the area seeking out the very best actors, producers and crews in genres from comedy to drama, youth to pantomimes and musicals to Shakespeare.