Operatic and Dramatic Societies
'Has performed the G&S operas annually since its foundation in September 1950. We have remained firmly based in the village of Abbots Langley, although now our members come from a much wider area. Gone are the days when, as quoted after the very first production, "You could meet the whole cast by walking up and down Abbots Langley High Street". As well as our main annual production, we always try to perform each year in our home village with a concert or small production in the local village hall ...There have been many relationships, marriages and families formed through the Society. These close ties have always made our group a fun and friendly experience, and new members are always welcome.'
'We're a friendly amateur society based in the market town of Abingdon, set in the rolling greenery of rural Oxfordshire. We aim to produce two musical shows each year to the highest standards of professionalism. We’re a registered charity and, as well as providing enjoyment to our members, we’re committed to bringing live musical theatre to our audience in and around Abingdon.'
'In an age of disposability, where it seems nothing is expected to last, ACAOS continues to endure, building on a tradition that is over 100 years old and going from strength to strength, pushing new boundaries while retaining the traditional foundations that made the club the success that it continues to be today ... As costs rise against shrinking incomes, many challenges face amateur theatre and ACAOS are no different. But with an extensive family and a commitment to keeping things exciting and fresh it is with quiet confidence that ACAOS looks to ring in the next one hundred years ...'
'Formed back in 1967 ... The Society currently has a base of around 35 members of various ages and vocal groups, but are still looking for new, young (or young at heart!) and vibrant performers to compliment the exceptional talents of the actors, singers and dancers that the Society has become well renown for ... The Society have a production every May and every November ... In addition to the shows and concerts, AMCS also performs at private functions and for other groups who wish to be entertained by the multi-talented actors, singers and dancers.'
'Formed in 1962 and has continued to perform musicals annually since that date. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in musical theatre, whether on or off stage, and our age range extends from 14 years to over 70. We are an extremely happy and active group, with social events throughout the year, to keep us together as a team, and to supplement our costs. These events include trips to shows, bowling evenings, annual balls and trips to the pub of course!'
'A church based organisation located in Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is part of Holy Trinity Church and is named after the parish of Ballywillan that the Church serves. However, from these small beginnings, the group has flourished into an award-winning interdenominational society ... The main BDG production each year is, of course, their musical in which most time, effort and money is invested.'
'Formed over 50 years' ago. We celebrated our golden jubilee in 2011 ... We welcome new members, performing and non-performing. If you are interested in joining us we would be pleased to see you at any of our rehearsals, when you can meet us and find out more about what we do ... We also have a busy social side with us often undertaking group activvties from meals to bowling. You are welcome to join us even if you aren't a member and want to find out more about who we are and what we do ...'
'Barking Operatic Society was started in the 1970s as a Council night school class and was originally called Barking Operatic Workshop ... The Society currently has more than 30 members and is now a well established feature of the musical life of the Borough. In November 2005 Barking Operatic Society decided to change its name and as from January 2006 has become Barking Music and Drama, or ... Barking MAD.'
'Began life in 1949 ... Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan collaborated on fourteen operettas in total and since its formation, the Society has proudly performed thirteen of them over the years, trying to ensure that the less popular shows get an occasional airing.'
'Beeston Musical Theatre Group is a NODA-affiliated, award-winning Musical Theatre group based – perhaps unsurprisingly – in Beeston, Nottingham. We perform ... twice a year, with a full show in the Autumn and a concert in the Spring ... We strive to provide the very highest levels of production where orchestra, sound and lighting, staging and choreography are concerned and we have a very talented team of performers and production personnel who really do make the West End Magic happen right on your doorstep!'
'Amateur theatre company which performs musicals and concerts in Belper ... Most of our main productions are performed at Belper School in their Theatre Hall which had a massive facelift back in 2011. We are also delighted to be able to perform smaller concerts throughout the year at other venues, as a form of fundraising. We perform two main productions each year. These are our main show in February and a Concert later in the year ... Belper Musical Theatre was founded in 1975 by local residents who were keen on Amateur Theatre, but who did not want to have to travel to Derby to fulfil their ambitions.'
'Began in 1956 as the Benfleet Methodist Choral Society and productions were staged in the tiny church hall. Our first performance was Christmas Music from Handel's Messiah ... Our first Gilbert and Sullivan production was The Sorcerer in 1957 ... Some years later we changed our name to Benfleet Operatic Society and in 1970 moved from the church hall to the larger Appleton Theatre in Benfleet and occasionally other venues ... We always welcome new members of all voices. Most people are convinced that they can’t sing, but very soon are pleasantly surprised with what they can achieve.'
'An amateur dramatics society based in Essex, specialising in musical theatre. The society started in 1929 and despite having some moments throughout the years where it looked like we wouldn't be able to continue, we have fought on and produced shows of increasingly high quality. BOS produce one musical show each year ... in March and smaller shows / concert throughout the year. We are always on the lookout for new members to join us; both on stage and behind the scenes ...'
Formed 1963: 'Blackburn Gilbert & Sullivan Society are a performing society. It states in the original Rules of the Society that "The Objects of the branch shall be ... to stage and perform the works of Gilbert & Sullivan..." We strive to bring the delightful works of William Schwenck Gilbert and Arthur Seymour Sullivan to as wide an audience as we can, by performing an opera every year, and by having a Concert Series in the spring/early summer every year'.
'They were affiliated to Cadburys and their venue was the 750 seat concert hall in the heart of Cadburys ... Over the years Cadburys decided that the concert hall could no longer be used for performances by the BMTC, and with regret, our last production was Anything Goes in 2000 ... Due to increased audience sizes and facilities offered by the Crescent Theatre, we moved to this venue in Sheepcote Street for our sell out production of Carousel in February 2004, and have continued to perform here ever since.'
Founded 1949: 'BMS has produced a wide variety of challenging musicals – our 100th show "Anything Goes" was performed in October 2007 ... In addition, from time to time, groups have given concerts, parties, floats entered in the carnival procession and other entertainment events. Over the years, many of those involved have been whole families and indeed a number of a second generation have followed in their parents’ footsteps ...'
Formed 1909: 'The intimate Spotlight is now Bridlington's favourite little venue and is the permanent home of the BAODS. Alongside our talented amateur company, professional touring shows perform to enthusiastic audiences all year round. Locals and holiday makers alike pack the auditorium for music gigs, dramas, full-blown musicals and the legendary annual panto.'
'Founded in 1906 by a group of local businessmen, Canterbury Operatic Society has been going strong for over a century. Initially performing the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, the repertoire has expanded over the years to include many operettas, reviews and popular musicals.'
Formed 1973: 'Award winning society specialising in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Our aim is the promotion and advancement of public appreciation of operatic and other musical works, particularly by promoting productions of the Savoy Operas. We put on at least one full production a year, together with several concerts, and are also available to perform Gilbert and Sullivan, Olde Tyme Music Hall and songs from popular musicals at private functions'.
'CMTC has been delighting audiences for nearly a century! The company has seen generations of talented singers, dancers and actors treading the boards in an array of theatrical productions, sending members out into the professional world and welcoming former professionals into the ranks. In the early days, the company performed traditional Gilbert & Sullivan operas. Over time, however, our repertoire became more diverse with shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Me and My Girl, Annie Get your Gun and Kiss me Kate. With the opening of the new Elgiva Theatre, we seized the opportunity to take a fresh approach, turning to new musicals such as Oliver, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Copacabana, Happy as a Sandbag, South Pacific, Hot Mikado, My Fair Lady, It's A Musical World or Carousel ...'
'The Society celebrated it's 90th anniversary in 2012 and continues to go from strength to strength, attracting members across all age ranges and from the wider local community. The Society performs a mix of stage shows, both classical opera and stage musical, together with a lively concert programme.'
Formed in 1984: 'We have our own team of set builders who each year strive for bigger and better things. In the past we have had a real working fountain, we flew Katisha out in a balloon in 'The Mikado', and hopefully this year will prove no exception. The Company is approximately 40 strong and has performed every September since 1984. For our Millennium Project we tackled the "original" G& S 'Thespis': a UK premiere of this version'.
'Has been producing quality shows since 1952. Two fully staged shows are produced each year, with talented performers and a top class orchestra ... The society is always eager to welcome new members on and off stage. We hold auditions for all the principal roles of a show and for new chorus members.'
'Over the years the society has seen several variations to its name which have included the terms "operatic" and "musical comedy". Following a recent rebranding exercise involving the members of the society it was decided that a name change was needed. We felt that "Clacton Amateur Operatic Society" no longer reflected our style of performance and instead our name should include the word "musical", so on 1 September 2009 "Clacton Musical Theatre Society" was born.'
'At the end of the First World War, a group of people in the St John's Amateurs Operatic Society formed the Cleckheaton and Spenborough Operatic Society ... Their premier performance was Aladdin and Out in 1918. Since then, with the exception of two World Wars, the Society has performed at least one show every year, and donated thousands of pounds to charity. Times have changed and the Society now performs more modern plays and musicals, and of course the ever popular Christmas Carol Concert.'
'Have been promoting the performing arts in the Corby area for over 50 years and produce an annual traditional pantomime, a major musical production and either a play or variety type event each year. CATS are well known in the region for good quality theatre and have been nominated and won many awards from NODA, the association who support and encourage amateur theatre groups.'
'It was in 1964 that George Sheppard said to his wife Dorothy, “What this town needs is a Gilbert and Sullivan Society”. This bold statement led to the first COS production HMS Pinafore in the Shelly School in April 1965. COS, which became CODS in 1972, has produced a Musical every year since that 1965 production ... CODS Choral/Concert season begins in April. The first rehearsal is the very first Wednesday after the Easter Musical. It is a great opportunity to just come along and sing. You don’t have to be a potential soloist and solo performer. This is a chance to sing in large group that can often be 50 strong by the time the September Concerts arrive ...'
'We hope you will find our website interesting and informative. There are details of our 100 plus year history, previous productions, forthcoming shows and how to contact us. We always warmly welcome new members who wish to take part in our shows, whether as singers, dancers, actors, or all three!'
'CMP was formed in 1950 by members of the Parish Church and since that time has performed many musical shows at various venues. Early performances were concerts and revues in local halls, progressing to pantomimes and light opera. Since the 1970s the society has produced at least one major Broadway or West End musical every year.'
'Amateur theatre provides an exhilarating route from the daily grind into the fantastic escape of the musical world! ... We are a "family friendly" style company, enthusiastic and committed, and everyone gets involved in the production of the show, both backstage and technically. Everyone has a contribution to make, either on off stage - be it Singing, Dancing, Acting, as well as the practical skills and talents of set and prop or costume design. All talents we try to nurture.'
'Regarded as one of the leading musical societies in the East Midlands. Whilst our history spans over 100 years, we remain a dynamic group performing two musical productions per year with material ranging from the traditional Gilbert & Sullivan and Rodgers & Hammerstein, to shows such as “Our House, The Madness Musical” ... Erewash Musical Society has a thriving Youth Group (EMUs), who have been performing two productions per year since their formation in 2009. We are proud of their achievements, including winning their first NODA award for their production of “West Side Story” in 2012 and going on to win a further award for their production of “Fame Jnr”.'
'We have around 25 members of all ages and ability and the group is open to anyone over the age of 16. Membership is open to everyone – You don’t need to be a member of the Essex Police family, civilian or otherwise. Even if you work shifts, you can usually accommodate this within our rehearsal schedules. Formal auditions are usually held for principal parts and details of these are advised to all members when required. However we are always on the lookout for new members and, together with most societies, are always short of men! Tenors, baritones and basses are pounced upon with relish.'
'Essentially like any other amateur musical company - the members come from all walks of life, there are more women than men, as the performance dates come around we wonder if it will ever be ready, but afterwards its all been worthwhile and before long we are setting off on next year's venture ...'
'We are a continually thriving and growing company, always looking to welcome new members be it on the stage or providing much needed assistance behind the scenes ... Membership as an Active Member is currently £35* for the year upon a successful audition to join the company. This fee goes towards the company as a small contribution to the running of the society and allows you to audition for the society’s shows. You will also be informed of forthcoming social events and all our latest updates. There is a further show fee of £75* per show for active members who are performing in the show whether it’s as a named role or part of the ensemble.'
'In May of 1911 there was a meeting of representatives from choirs and musical bodies to discuss the formation of an operatic society. On the 13th September, 1911, Forfar Amateur Operatic Society officially adopted its constitution and became a Society ... In 1987, Forfar Amateur Operatic Society was rebranded as Forfar Musical Society ... that rehearses and performs shows and pantos.'
'The Main Society performs a week of concerts in November each year in the Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl. These concerts are reprised on a number of occasions throughout the rest of the season (Sep-May), often as fundraising events for local churches, clubs and societies. In addition to the concerts, we perform a musical show for a week in the Theatre at the Mill, usually in March ... FMS Youth performs a full-length show each year. They may also take part in the main society’s concerts, if this can be accommodated.'
'Has a deserved reputation for musical excellence and the broad range of music we present. We have a history stretching back to 1912 and we strive to continue with the traditions of live music. We have two strings to our bow, the staged musical events and a choir, which is how we originally began all those years ago, and each year we are producing concerts and shows for the public. We are also very happy to be invited to put on a concert with the choir in aid of a good cause ...'
'Founded in 1975 by three former pupils of Greenock Academy ... and produces an annual musical every November. Originally set up to perform light opera Gilbert & Sullivan musicals, the company now performs a wide range of light opera and musical theatre productions ... GLOC welcomes individuals interested in performing in our productions and to become members of the club. To become a member, individuals must audition during new member auditions by performing a solo song and some choreographed movement in front of a small audition panel. On successful audition, members can then take part in any production that GLOC is putting on ...'
'Centre Stage Company is the performing arm of HADOS (Haverhill and District Operatic Society), which is a registered charity. We are an amateur dramatics and operatic society based in Haverhill, Suffolk, UK ... Everyone in the company is a volunteer, from Set Designers, to Directors, from Actors, to Stage Crew, from make up, to costume. We always welcome new members, and always welcome any time people are willing to give us. Why not come along and join us? It's a great way to have fun!'
'Musical Theatre group presenting shows and staged concerts. We have performed many of the classic musicals and have also enjoyed performing a number of the lesser known musicals ... As always, new members are welcome in all categories, from the back row of the chorus to leading roles - and if you haven't been on stage before, no worries. As long as you can hold a tune and can do some very basic movement, you can be on stage in no time!'
'At least once a year we perform a show, usually one of the famous operettas by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan at our local theatre, The Courtyard in Hereford. We also perform in concerts around the county, singing a variety of songs from the traditional G&S tunes to the more modern melodies from musicals that are currently at the West End ...'
'We have been performing musical theatre for over 60 years! With shows like Oklahoma, The Producers, Alice in Wonderland and many more, we have a rich history of providing musical theatre in Ipswich and surrounding areas ... Working closely with local theatres such as the Ipswich Regent, New Wolsey Theatre and others, we create an atmosphere of enclosure, love, and fun whilst disciplining ourselves in the magical world of Theatre. As a leading Ipswich Musical Theatre group, we showcase the best local talent.'
'There is something quite special about a group of friends who come together to entertain. In 1971 Pupils Teachers and Parents at Kingsbury High School in North West London so enjoyed a production of "The Mikado" that they wanted to go on, and KAOS was born ... KAOS performs two staged productions each season and prides itself on the breadth of its offering, from the more traditional Operettas and American Musicals to modern shows and indeed Premieres of challenging works. We continue to produce affordable musical theatre in our local area of North West London and look forward to welcoming you to one of our performances or perhaps as a performing member in a future show.'
'We bring Grand Opera and concert song, in English, to Newbury and the surrounding areas. Established in 1993, we have staged a major production every year since then ... We've also been developing our concert repertoire ... Kennet Opera is not a trading company; it is an unincorporated association run by volunteers to achieve our goal to encourage the participation and appreciation of concert song and stage opera works. No member of Kennet Opera gets paid for their work, the company is not run to make a profit - just to achieve the best possible for our audience.'
'Keswick Amateur Operatic Society have been putting on high quality shows almost every year since 1971 ... New members of all voices and ages are always very welcome ... For your subscription you get: the benefit of a highly experienced production / management team; a professional musical director; a regular rehearsal venue; the opportunity to appear for a week in a fully staged and costumed musical at Theatre by the Lake, Cumbria’s premiere producing theatre; and a charity concert programme that takes place towards the end of the year.'
'A small and friendly amateur theatre group that performs one show a year in the village of Kings Langley in Hertfordshire. Performances are held at the Kings Langley Community Centre, built for the purpose of Music and Theatre. There is a licensed bar, tiered seating, orchestra pit and a very warm welcome.'
'The town’s links to Gilbert & Sullivan extend back through the centuries - their work was performed here as early as the 1870s ... Throughout the 1930s there were varying bodies of thought about what to perform; some wanting the new musicals of the day, and others wanting to continue with the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan. In 1939 a group of enthusiasts for G&S proposed that a Gilbert & Sullivan Society be formed - the motion was carried unanimously ... but the outbreak of war saw those plans put on hold. It was not until 1950 that they managed to put on the full show ... Since that point in time, the Society has produced a G&S Operetta most years, occasionally deviating on a few occasions to a similar style of work ...'
'Kenton Light Operatic Society was founded in 1950 and since then has performed at least one show every year, including light operetta, American musicals and old time music hall. Early productions took place in Kenton and the company then moved to venues in Harrow ... We are now known as KLOS Musical Theatre and put on two shows a year, in the spring and autumn. At present over 30 members are on stage for each show. A number of our members have been with us for many years, and several have been awarded National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) Long Service Medals. We range in age from teenagers to pensioners and we all have a lot of fun putting a show together.'
'Formed in 1946 by a number of local people headed by Joe Oakley who was the gentleman who wielded the baton as the first Musical Director of the Society with Duncan McCallum as the Producer. Our first production was A Country Girl which was staged at Barrfields Pavilion for two nights in the spring of 1947. This proved to be a great success and over the years the Society has gone from strength to strength producing operettas and musical comedies, including Gilbert and Sullivan. Recent shows include Kiss Me Kate, Me and My Girl, Brigadoon, Oliver!, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, Pirates of Penzance, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls and Hello, Dolly!'
'Formed in 1915 as a result of a concert party organised during the first World War. The Society expanded and in 1917 became known as Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society... Over the second World War the Society had to scale down its productions but continued on by regularly giving first-rate revue type entertainment to the troops around the county ... Ours is a record of which we feel justly proud. We have presented shows ranging from grand opera to the avant-garde (including 3 world premieres) as well as countless entertainments for charitable organisations. Today LODS continues this tradition, always ready to take a risk in order to offer something different, something exciting, but above all something entertaining. We have a lot of new and exciting shows coming up, so we look forward to seeing you there!'
'The present Lichfield Operatic Society began in 1942, although as long ago as 1896 a Lichfield Amateur Operatic Society, with a very successful record of productions, existed until 1912 when the loss of a suitable venue brought it to an untimely end. The first production of the present Society was ‘Merrie England’ in 1943 ... We welcome new members to either perform on stage (singing, dancing and acting) or help backstage during a production ... We have acquired a first class reputation over the years for achieving a professional standard.'
'Lisburn's premier amateur musical theatre society!' Also productions of LisnagarveyYouth Society 'founded in 1993 by Geoffrey Cherry and Gillian Jones ... The youth society has gone from strength to strength providing children with hours of fun and entertainment over the summer months. Some of the children who started in the youth society have gone on to follow their dreams and become budding actress and actors by attending drama colleges all over England'. NOTE Website rebuilding at Review; cf Facebook Page.
'We stage two main shows a year ... Traditionally, one of these shows was a Gilbert and Sullivan Savoy Opera, often alternating with Viennese or French operetta. Recently, we have diversified to include American and British musicals and staged concerts of highights from musical theatre.'
'Llangollen & District Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society was born out of an article published in the Llangollen Advertiser on September 25, 1908. In the slot headed "Topic of the Week", the unidentified writer describes how, at the last of that year's Al Fresco Concerts a few evenings earlier, a Mr James Clarke had suggested that during the coming winter months the musicians of the town - orchestral as well as vocal - "should institute a series of practises with a view to catering for the public taste for light opera in the locality." This, said the writer of the article, was "unquestionably a field worthy of exploitation." He added: "We trust (it) might be taken to heart in the right quarters and effectively acted upon." ...'
'Formed in the mid-fifties when several former students of Long Eaton High Street School decided to form an amateur operatic society. They were joined by many other interested individuals to put on their first show, The Mikado, in 1957. Initially, Gilbert and Sullivan shows were chosen, but as musical and operatic theatre has changed over the past 60 years, so have the show choices of LEOS ...'
'Founded in 1963 ... We are a group of enthusiastic performers who enjoy acting, singing and dancing. We stage a pantomime every year ... usually in November, and a yearly musical show or Play in the Summer ... Along with rehearsing and staging shows, we also arrange social events, fund raising activities for the society, prepare and create our own scenery and costumes, organise and attend drama workshops etc. We also have a Junior section for Children aged 7 to 14.'
'Established in 1904 Lytham Amateur Operatic Society is one of the original amateur musical groups on the Fylde Coast of the UK. Our rehearsal studios are based just outside Lytham where we have both rehearsal rooms, a props store and a studio for building sets and scenery. We build scenery for our own group and also design and build for other amateur groups. Our membership is from the age of 18 and we welcome new members. We usually perform two shows per year - one around Easter time and the other in August.'
'MADAOS was formed over 50 years ago and have been performing in the town ever since. We normally perform twice a year at Easter and in October but recently have adapted the schedule and are expanding to be hired for events and functions - for a small fee of course! We can perform any kind of music to suit the event and are available for bookings at charity events, fundraising or private functions.'
'We are a company of amateur performers and singers, based at Matlock, devoted to the production of musical shows and concerts in and around Derbyshire ... Matlock Musical Theatre (formerly Matlock Operatic Society) has been in existence in one form or another for over 100 years providing popular entertainment in and around the area.'
'Has between 30 and 40 members drawn from Melbourne, Castle Donington and the surrounding area ... Our main event of the year is the performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera in March / April ... We also stage concert work, performing our own concerts in Melbourne, Castle Donington and Long Eaton, usually in June / July and at Christmas. We can also provide concerts for other organisations in the area.'
'Formed in 1919, under its former name The Melton Mowbray Amateur Operatic Society, by Sir Malcolm Sargent, and is one of the longest running theatre groups in the town of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Performing twice annually at the local Theatre.'
'We were formed 1923. We have a senior section (from age 16 upwards) and a junior section (no lower age). Our senior section produce a musical annually. We are dedicated to educating in the performing arts, especially teaching our juniors in stage craft and music.' Note Website unavailable at Review; cf Facebook Site.
'We have been presenting live entertainment for the Morley and wider community since 1927 ... The objective of the Society is "To educate the public in the Dramatic and Operatic Arts and to further the development of public appreciation and taste of the said arts". Although the wording of this now seems a little archaic, our aims remain the same and we always make sure we enjoy ourselves whilst achieving our objective.'
'We are a cross community musical society, with charitable status, formed in 1950 to develop and promote participation and appreciation of the performing arts in the Newcastle area ... What We Do A major production each Spring e.g. Sweet Charity, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Mikado etc; A junior pantomime or musical each January; Annual cabaret concerts, events, productions (November); Choral concerts/ Musical evenings in Newcastle and throughout the district.'
'We are the only permanent theatrical group operating in the town of Newton Abbot, Devon, England and a member of N.O.D.A. ... Over the years we have rehearsed in many of the public halls in Newton Abbot but for the last 30 years we have been based at the old YMCA Hall in Chapel Hill. We were fortunate in 2001 to buy this building from the YMCA and have now renamed it The GREEN ROOMS ... We produce a Pantomime in early January followed by a musical show later in the year. This is sometimes supplemented by a NEWTS production – our junior society – which usually takes place in the spring.'
'NNOS is East Anglia’s leading amateur Musical Theatre Company and the only amateur company to have the privilege of performing a week at the Theatre Royal, Norwich – the region’s premier touring theatre ... We produce one show a year at the Theatre Royal, Norwich and, through the Threshold Theatre Group, a second show at the Norwich Playhouse.'
'For a while we have been thinking that our name - Penzance Amateur Operatic Society - does not give the correct idea of what we actually are nowadays. We think those two words "Amateur" and "Operatic" may even put people off. The name has been fine for many years, but the time is right for a change - so from now on we are going to be Penzance Musical Theatre Company. We do hope you also think this is better for our times, and will be glad of the decision ...'
'Better known as P&P, and based in Poole and Bournemouth in Dorset. We perform at major venues across Dorset, including Lighthouse, Poole; Regent Centre, Christchurch; Barrington Theatre, Ferndown; Layard Theatre, Wimborne; Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch ... We are one of the best-known amateur musical theatre, choir and drama companies on the South Coast and have won numerous awards, both locally and regionally, for our productions.'
'We are an award winning group of people of all ages and backgrounds who love taking part in musical theatre. Since 1936, we’ve put on over 70 shows and every year we stage at least one main production. Our shows are always of a high standard as we take time to get things right whilst carefully balancing the commitment required.'
'Way back in the autumn of 1974 a group of people met up in a pub in Ruthin to formally set up The Ruthin & District Amateur Operatic Society, whose brief was to perform the works of Gilbert and Sullivan ... In 2009 it was decided to change the name of the society to Ruthin Musical Theatre – the word “Operatic” in the original name was thought to be possibly a bit restrictive and off-putting. But the aim of the group remained exactly the same – to present their productions of a broad range of musical shows to the people of the Vale of Clwyd.'
'An award-winning theatre group which presents popular musicals, operas and light operettas ... Members of the adult society put on a show annually in the spring ... SWMTC’s Youth Group perform in the autumn each year and feature performers who range from 11 through to 18.'
'Welcome to the Barn Theatre, Seaford, the home of the award winning Seaford Musical Theatre and Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors. We stage three adult shows and two Junior shows each year. New members are always welcome and there are many opportunities to perform on stage or help out behind the scenes.'
'Has its origins way back in 1953 when a group of like minded performers in the Slough area came together ... Some 60 plus years later we are still going strong and attracting performers from all over the East Berkshire and West London areas. We are a friendly and sociable group who put on two major musical performances a year. Formerly Slough and District Operatic Society and laterly Slough Musical Theatre Company, as of November 2008, to reflect our work in the Maidenhead theatre community and also the diverse area our membership is from, we became ... Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead Theatre Company. We welcome performers from the age of 16 to 60+ who have a love of theatre and want to learn and gain experience taking part in some very challenging shows. Alternatively, if you have an interest in backstage work, we would also like to hear from you too.'
'As with most similar organisations, Southend-on-Sea Operatic and Dramatic Society’s name is misleading to the uninitiated. The term “operatic” has always been something of a misnomer and the word “dramatic” does not now imply the production of straight plays. None of the productions has been more highbrow than operetta, light opera or comic opera and thirty-three of the productions have been of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works. The Society has survived, or even flourished, because of its willingness and ability to adapt to changing tastes ...'
'Rehearsals for the February show start in October and rehearsals for the July opera begin straight after the February show. For each production we hold a rehearsal weekend. All principals and chorus are expected to attend ... It is our policy that auditions for principal roles are open to both company members and non company members. In this way we attract talented outsiders, who are considering a professional career in opera, to work alongside company members who have joined the chorus and moved up to take principal roles.'
'SPCS was founded in 1962 by the late Declan McGrady. Over the years SPCS has performed many of the most popular musicals of all time. We are a voluntary organisation providing quality entertainment to our local community and over the decades we have grown from strength to strength giving amateur dramatics a new purpose in the heart of Co. Down. SPCS boasts a strong membership of all ages ...'
Founded 1952: 'The original intentions were to confine ourselves to Gilbert & Sullivan, but after many years it was decided to broaden our canvas. More recently the Society has performed a selection of musical shows from the famous Operettas such as “Die Fledermaus” and “Merry Widow” and the very popular “My Fair Lady”. Some of the American Musicals performed were “South Pacific”, “Carousel” and “Oklahoma”. In 2007 we changed our title to Teesside Musical Theatre Company to hopefully attract younger members. This has proved very successful, as many of those same youngsters have gone on to performing arts colleges, where they are hoping to further their careers'.
'Formed in July 1988 from a nucleus of friends who had previously sung together the works of Gilbert and Sullivan on the Derby stage, but for whom a structured company no longer existed ... The annual stage production, in November, is generally one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Savoy operas or similar. A major Spring Concert is presented annually in early May, where a much wider variety of musical genres is incorporated - songs from the shows, choruses from opera, choral arrangements of pop songs, comedy items, etc.; many more opportunities arise in these concerts for singers to perform solos than arise in the casting of the shows.'
'On 23rd May 1968, Neville Parry, a music teacher at Tyldesley Boys Secondary School issued an invitation in the Leigh Journal to music lovers who were interested in forming a light operetta group. This met with an enthusiastic response. In that same year the Society was formed, taking the name Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley Amateur Operatic Society, as its members came from those three towns. In 1969 the Society changed its name to the now familiar title The Three Towns Operatic Society ...'
'A community-based amateur musical group, affiliated to NODA (the National Operatic and Dramatic Association) and NETG (the North Essex Theatre Guild). The society produces two shows a year ... each using full staging and orchestra, having been rehearsed over the preceding 6 months ... WOW! is an award-winning musical youth theatre group based in Witham, Essex. Our talented and enthusiastic performers’ ages range from 11 to 21. WOW! is the junior section of Witham Amateur Operatic Society (WAOS) and has been performing a variety of challenging and outstanding musical theatre productions every year since 1996.'
'In the early years Gilbert and Sullivan formed a lot of the Society's repertoire, but there has always been a second production each year - usually in the form of a concert or concert version of a show, when members can try out different types of music. In fact a few years ago Debbie Miles-Johnson had us singing in Russian! The last 11 years have found us broadening our repertoire so that we have performed such Grand Operas on the Castle Hall stage as Carmen and La Traviata and, at the other end of the scale, contemporary shows such as Fiddler on the Roof and My Fair Lady. In this way we have tried to cater for the changing tastes of our audiences ...'
'WBOS is a theatre company that has built a reputation of producing the best in Musical Theatre to the highest of standards. We produce two full-scale productions each year, and pride ourselves on taking on challenges and exceeding expectations ... Our aim as an amateur company has been to continue performing in professional theatres and to keep the standard of production as high as possible.'
'Founded in 1937 and we’ve produced a whole host of well-known musicals since then to the delight of our audiences, many of whom come back again and again. We perform two major musical shows every year with full orchestra, lighting, costume and scenery ...'
'Founded in 1935. During the first 25 years our repertoire was drawn solely from Gilbert & Sullivan and English musical comedy but in 1961 the musical comedy element was replaced by classical European operetta and in 1986 we added modern musicals, which have now become the mainstay of our repertoire.'
'Founded over 50 years ago in1962, Windsor & Eton Opera (formerly Windsor & Eton Operatic Society) has risen from strength to strength, performing a wide variety of opera and operetta, including operas by Verdi, Wagner, Offenbach, Pucinni, Rossini, Bizet, Tchaikowsky, Mozart and most of Gilbert and Sullivan's ever popular pieces ... We perform at two different venues throughout the year.'
'Formed over 100 years ago (our first production was in 1905). Our aim is to provide live theatre for the local community. We are totally self-funded our income coming from subscriptions, patrons, ticket sales and fund-raising events. We welcome all ages, sexes, ethnicities and do not discriminate on theatrical ability or experience (everyone is welcome no matter where their talent lies!). Our productions range from full scale musical productions, compilations, dramas and also our popular youth group WisKids which offers workshops for children and helps to give them confidence as well teaching discipline and commitment all in a fun environment.'
Formed in 1973 by the amalgamation of two former Societies: 'Full membership begins at 14, and all applicants are asked to take a small singing and movement audition, to ensure their suitability to take part in the shows. In numbers the membership is usually between 50 and 60, which includes many non-acting members who work backstage or front of house'.
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