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Redditch Operatic Society (ROS)

Redditch Operatic Society (ROS): the area's biggest amateur operatic society and musical theatre group performing at the Palace Theatre in Redditch, Worcestershire

Redditch Operatic Society: musical theatre group performing at the Palace Theatre, Redditch

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Sister Act Cast Announced

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

A very sincere THANK YOU to everybody who came to all the auditions for SISTER ACT. The Audition Panel certainly had a lot of talent to choose from, and appreciated the hard work everybody put in. The discussions were long and hard, but the panel are delighted to announce the full cast list as follows:

Character Name
Deloris Van Cartier Laura Woodall
Mother Superior Eleanor Peberdy
Sister Mary Robert Lucy Traves
Sister Mary Patrick Louise Walton
Sister Mary Lazarus Liz Bird
Monsignor O’Hara Sam Smith
Curtis John Reeves
Eddie Paul Mitchell
Joey Matt Bridgewater
Pablo Ryan Allen
TJ Xav Reeves
Ernie Russell Hay
Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours Carole Massey
Sister Mary Theresa Jean Chalk
Sister Mary Agnes Tessa Lodge
Sister Mary Ignatius Roz Chalk
Sister Mary Colette Wendy Stroud
Sister Mary Gertrude Hannah Marshall
Sister Mary Anna Vicky Khawaja
Sister Mary Eunice Penny Hoy
Sister Mary Bernice Janet Fryer
Michelle [Note] Emma Sansom
Tina [Note] Kelly Mitchell
Candy [Note] Lisa Smith
Sheryl [Note] TBC
Babs [Note] Elle Cross
Daphne [Note] Maddy Flawn

Updated 11/7/17

Well done to everybody who got a principal role, and commiserations to those who were not successful on this occasion.

The show is going to be brilliant!

If you are not mentioned above, then you will still be nuns (ladies!), bar patrons/staff, citizens, congregation, fantasy dancers or other characters in the show. There are also a few remaining cameo roles to be given out at the discretion of the Director.

[Note] These are Deloris’ singers in the first scene, but will play other characters throughout the show as well.

The Search for our Deloris Continues

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Thank you to everybody who attended the Auditions for Sister Act this week. The Audition Panel saw some brilliant performances, and most of the roles in the show have duly been cast.

However, at this point in time WE HAVE NOT YET FOUND OUR DELORIS – and so the search continues.

We would now like to encourage any of our existing members REGARDLESS OF ETHNICITY who feel they could do justice to this central role in the show, to audition for the part of Deloris starting at 7.30pm this Tuesday (4 July).

The audition pieces (now only one piece of libretto, and one part of a song, which don’t have to be learnt by heart) are here: Deloris Audition Pieces (pdf)

Tuesday will now be:

  • 7.30pm – A brief ‘Deloris workshop’, followed by the Deloris auditions.
  • 8.30pm – ‘Featured Nuns’ audition for anybody who wishes to be considered.

After Tuesday, we sincerely hope to be able to complete the final cast places, and it is our intention to release the whole cast list here on this blog on Wednesday 5 July – fingers crossed!

There is no ‘normal’ rehearsal on Tuesday. Gentlemen, and any ladies not auditioning for Deloris nor a featured nun, need not attend. For those who do attend, there will not be a normal break time – so please bring your own drinks.

Nominees for 2016/17 Alan Leadbeater Award

Thursday, 23 March 2017

We are delighted to announce the nominees for the 2016/17 ‘Alan’ Award – our very own version of an Oscar!

There are five nominees this year. They are (in alphabetical order):

  • PENNY HOY – for her role as Felicia Gabriel in The Witches of Eastwick.
  • PAUL MITCHELL – for his role as Michael Spofford in The Witches of Eastwick.
  • DANIELLE PURKESS – for her role as Sukie Rugemont in The Witches of Eastwick.
  • LOUISE WALTON – for her role as Alexandra Spofford in The Witches of Eastwick.
  • MARK WILLIAMS – for his role as Darryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick.

Many congratulations to each of our nominees. The committee had 17 principal cast members to choose from this year, so it was no easy task!

The process to find the list of nominees is the same each year: a secret vote by all members of the committee. The name of every principal in the show goes onto the ballot paper, and each committee member privately marks their favourite four. All the committee votes are then tallied in secret (by the President and Chairman), and the top four (or five, this year, since there was a tie) automatically become the nominees. Not even the committee know how many votes each person received.

Who will win? Only YOU (our members) will decide. Every member attending our AGM on Tuesday 16 May 2017 will cast their vote in a private ballot before the proceedings begin. The winner will be announced, and the award presented, on the night itself.

Just a reminder that the Alan Leadbeater Memorial Award is for YOUR favourite performance of the year, from the list of nominees above. Not necessarily for the the biggest role, or most prominent performer of the year – a debut, or a cameo performance could equally be the performance you enjoyed the most.

See you all at the AGM… put Tuesday 16 May in your diaries now!

Best Musical Nomination for Witches of Eastwick

Thursday, 23 March 2017

We are excited and honoured to announce that our November 2016 production of The Witches of Eastwick has been nominated in the ‘Best Musical’ category in our area (Worcestershire East, Area 12) in this year’s NODA West Midlands awards.

We are extremely grateful for the recognition by our Regional Representative, Andy Brown, for the hard work put into this production by everyone involved.

Representatives of the production team and/or committee will be attending the presentation afternoon Stourbridge on Sunday 23 April.

Whether we win or not, we are delighted with the nomination, and congratulate every single person who played a part, no matter how small, in bringing this magical show to life.

Thank you, everyone!

Redditch Nightstop Donation

Thursday, 1 December 2016

For our Autumn 2016 production of The Witches of Eastwick, performed at the Palace Theatre in Redditch, we bought sets of laundry baskets, tea towels and other items for use mainly in the Dirty Laundry number.

After the show, we donated these items to the Redditch Nightstop charity, who we have supported in the past.

These new items (only used on stage for the show) were gratefully received, and will be distributed to young people at risk of homelessness and in need of support to get them set up in their own homes.

ROS Food Bank Donation

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

On 27 September 2016 we arranged a collection of food items to be donated to Redditch Food Bank.

Not only did our generous members bring along many items of their own, but the Society itself contributed over £200 worth of tins, produce, biscuits and chocolates to the Food Bank that will allow them to make up food parcels and Christmas gift parcels for the needy people of our town.

Sarah Barcham, Project Manager of the Food Bank, came to see us at our rehearsal for The Witches of Eastwick, and was delighted with the amount of goods we had donated, which came to 273Kg in total once weighed in at the Food Bank’s warehouse.

Sarah is pictured with Mark Williams (in his role as Darryl Van Horne) surrounded by the items generously donated.

You can read a press release on the Redditch Advertiser website.

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‘Witches’ Cast List

Monday, 4 July 2016

The audition panel would like to thank sincerely everyone who made time to audition for a role in ‘Witches’, and pass on our congratulations to those who got a principal role. A big ‘thank you’, too, to those who were not successful on this occasion.

We’ve got a fabulous cast, filled with experience, but also including some new talent (to ROS) as well. The full list is as follows:

Character Name
Alexandra Spofford (Alex) Louise Walton
Jane Smart Lisa Lilwall
Sukie Rougemont Danielle Hurley
Darryl van Horne Mark Williams
Felicia Gabriel Penny Hoy
Clyde Gabriel Tim Eagleton
Jennifer Gabriel Mollie Hallahan
Michael Spofford Paul Mitchell
The Girl Kelly Johnson
Fidel Ab Yafai
Ed Parsley (the minister) John Reeves
Brenda Parsley Gill Rowland
Gina Marino Liz Bird
Greta Neff Joy Sidaway
Joe Marino Sam Smith
Raymond Neff Ed Colwell
Rebecca (waitress) Grace Kemp

This is going to be another magical show. Thank you, everybody.

AGM Summary 2016

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

This year’s AGM took place on Tuesday 31 May 2016, at Community House, Easemore Road, Redditch.

The meeting was chaired by our President, Bob Taylor, with Tony Jay (Chairman/Treasurer) and Jean Chalk (Secretary).

ALAN LEADBEATER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: LISA LILWALL

Lisa Lilwall and Jean LeadbeaterThis was the third year that this award has been presented. It is in honour of our dear friend and President, Alan, who passed away in 2013.

It is the only award whose winner is chosen by our members attending the AGM. It is for their favourite performance of the year, from a previously announced list of nominees chosen by the committee. It is not necessarily for the the biggest role, or most prominent performer of the year – a debut, or a cameo performance could equally be the performance our members enjoyed the most.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the award is LISA LILWALL, who was chosen for her role as ‘Calamity’ in our November 2015 production of ‘Calamity Jane’.

The photo shows Lisa receiving the award from Jean Leadbeater, who was in attendance at the AGM to make the presentation.

NORMAN WHEELER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: PAULINE SHERLOCK

This annual award, dedicated to the memory of our late President Norman Wheeler, is presented at our AGM to a Society member who has, in one way or another, made an outstanding contribution to the Society in the past year.

We are delighted to announce that the sixteenth deserving recipient of this award is PAULINE SHERLOCK.

Pauline has been associated with the Society for many years now, having been MD for one of our very early shows. But it is as our long-standing and exceptionally talented accompanist that Pauline is being rightly acknowledged on this occasion.

Not only do we thank her for playing so beautifully at rehearsals, and in concerts, and in our bands. But we thank her for always being so positive, and encouraging, as well as for her unending willingness to help bring out the best in everybody.

In addition to this, we were extremely grateful when Pauline took the rehearsals for our performance at Sam and Elly’s wedding, as well as playing for us on the day. Once again, something we couldn’t have done without her

Sadly, Pauline was unable to attend the AGM, so the award was subsequently presented to her at our first rehearsal for The Witches of Eastwick by President Bob Taylor and previous winner Jean Chalk.

COMMITTEE 2016/17

The committee for this year as appointed at the AGM, and thereafter, are as follows:

Name Position
Bob Taylor President
Tony Jay Chairman (and Treasurer)
Jean Chalk Secretary
Kelly-Louise Johnson Committee Member
Jean Leadbeater Committee Member
Paul Mitchell Committee Member
Louisa Pickles Committee Member
Joy Sidaway Committee Member
Sam Smith Committee Member
Ryan Allen Co-opted
Roz Chalk Co-opted
Ann Duffin Co-opted

Nominees for 2015/16 Alan Leadbeater Award

Saturday, 26 March 2016

We are delighted to announce the nominees for 2015/16s ‘Alan’ Award – our very own version of an Oscar! The four nominees for this year are (in alphabetical order):

  • RYAN ALLEN – for his role as Francis Fryer in Calamity Jane.
  • EMMA HOPCROFT – for her role as Katie Brown in Calamity Jane.
  • LISA LILWALL – for her role as Calamity in Calamity Jane.
  • MARK WILLIAMS – for his role as Wild Bill Hickock in Calamity Jane.

Many congratulations to each of our nominees.

The process to find the list of nominees is the same each year: a secret vote by all members of the committee. The name of every principal in the show goes onto the ballot paper, and each committee member privately marks their favourite four. All the committee votes are then tallied in secret (by the President and Chairman), and the top four automatically become the nominees. Not even the committee know how many votes each person received.

Who will win? Only YOU (our members) will decide. Every member attending our AGM on Tuesday 31 May will cast their vote in a private ballot before the proceedings begin. The winner will be announced, and the award presented, on the night itself.

Just a reminder that the Alan Leadbeater Memorial Award is for YOUR favourite performance of the year, from the list of nominees above. Not necessarily for the the biggest role, or most prominent performer of the year – a debut, or a cameo performance could equally be the performance you enjoyed the most.

See you all at the AGM… put Tuesday 31 May in your diaries now!

Calamity Jane Cast List

Monday, 29 June 2015

Thank you very much indeed to everyone who auditioned for a part in the show. Many congratulations to those who got the role they wanted. Commiserations to those of you who were not successful on this occasion.

We are delighted to announce the cast list (so far) will be as follows:

Character Name
Calamity Jane Lisa Lilwall
Wild Bill Hickock Mark Williams
Katie Brown Emma Hopcroft
Danny Gilmartin Sam Smith
Adelaide Adams Penny Hoy
Henry Miller Tim Eagleton
Francis Fryer Ryan Allen
Susan Kelly Johnson
Rattlesnake Matt Turner
Joe the Barman (inc solo) John Reeves
Hank and Pete (scouts) Jacob Finch and Charlie Powell
Suitors David Eagleton, Josh King, Mark Wright

There are still a few small, named character parts that will be given out by the production team in the near future.

Here’s to another fabulous show in November! Thank you, everybody.

NODA - The National Operatic and Dramatic Association
Redditch Operatic Society is affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA)

BEST PROGRAMME 2004

42ND STREET

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2005

HAPPY AS A SANDBAG

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2007

JEKYLL & HYDE

WINNER

BEST POSTER 2009

HOT MIKADO

NOMINATED

BEST PROGRAMME 2009

HOT MIKADO

WINNER

BEST PROGRAMME 2010

50 YEARS OF ROS

NOMINATED

BEST PROGRAMME 2011

THE KING AND I

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2011

THE KING AND I

NOMINATED

BEST PROGRAMME 2012

SUMMER HOLIDAY

WINNER

BEST MUSICAL 2012

SUMMER HOLIDAY

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2013

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND

NOMINATED

BEST MUSICAL 2014

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

WINNER

BEST PROGRAMME 2014

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

WINNER

BEST MUSICAL 2016

WITCHES OF EASTWICK

NOMINATED

 

Redditch Operatic Society

ROS - the area's biggest amateur operatic society and musical theatre group performing at the Palace Theatre in Redditch, Worcestershire

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