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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!

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!

AGM Summary 2015

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

This year’s AGM took place on Tuesday 19 May 2015, 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: DAVID STEELE

David Steele and Jean Leadbeater

This was the second year that this award was 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, for the second year running, the winner of this award is DAVID STEELE, who was chosen for his role as ‘Jesus’ in our November 2014 production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

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

NORMAN WHEELER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: JEAN CHALK

Jean Chalk, Bob Taylor, Ryan AllenThis 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 fifteenth deserving recipient of this award is JEAN CHALK for all the considerable effort she put into managing, adapting, mending, transporting and storing the huge array of costumes for our November production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

Many congratulations to Jean, who is also the first person to have won the Norman Wheeler Award twice.

The photograph shows Jean receiving the trophy from last year’s winner Ryan Allen (right) and Society President Bob Taylor (centre) after the result was announced at the AGM.

COMMITTEE 2015/16

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 2014/15 Alan Leadbeater Award

Saturday, 18 April 2015

We are delighted to announce the nominees for 2014/15s ‘Alan’ Award – our very own version of an Oscar! The four nominees for this year are (in alphabetical order):

  • TONY JAY – for his role as Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar.
  • LISA LILWALL – for her debut performance as Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar.
  • DAVID STEELE – for his role as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.
  • LAURENCE SUTTON – for his role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar.

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 19 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!

AGM Summary 2014

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

This year’s AGM took place on Tuesday 20 May 2014, at Community House, Easemore Road, Redditch.

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

ALAN LEADBEATER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: DAVID STEELE

Jean Leadbeater presents the Alan Leadbeater Memorial Award to David SteeleThis was the first year that this new award was 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 the first ever winner of this award is DAVID STEELE, who was chosen for his role as ‘The Man’ in our November 2013 production of ‘Whistle Down the Wind’.

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

NORMAN WHEELER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: RYAN ALLEN

Paul Finch presents Ryan Allen with the trophy, with Bob Taylor (centre)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 fourteenth deserving recipient of this award is RYAN ALLEN for all the considerable work he put into producing our segment of the Palace Theatre’s Centenary Show in September. We thank him sincerely for all the time and effort he put into this event.

The photograph shows Ryan Allen (right) receiving the trophy from last year’s winner Paul Finch (left) and Society President Bob Taylor (centre) after the result was announced at the AGM.

LIFE MEMBERSHIPS: DAVID AND WENDY CRUISE

President Bob Taylor (left) and Chairman Tony Jay (right) welcome new Life Members, David and Wendy CruiseThe highest honour the Society can bestow upon an individual is Life Membership of the Society.

Life Membership is not given often; and is not given lightly. It is not just awarded to people who have been with the Society for a long time – it is awarded to people who have made significant contributions to the Society over that time.

It is often said that there is nothing more important than selling tickets to our shows. The greatest production, the most beautiful singing, or the finest acting, all mean very little if people aren’t there to see it.

This year, we awarded Life Membership to a couple whose ticket sales, year in – year out, puts most others to shame. It doesn’t matter whether they are in the show or not. Their effort and determination to sell the maximum amount of tickets to every show never wavers.

Both have been members of the Society for many years. Strong supporters, too, of all our social events and other endeavours. And this support doesn’t change if they are not actually on stage.

For many years of loyal service and support to the Society, and for continued ticket selling efforts that we are incredibly grateful for, we were delighted to award Life Membership of the Society to David and Wendy Cruise.

COMMITTEE 2014/15

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
Jo Barrett Committee Member
Alastair Butler Committee Member
Jean Leadbeater 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 the Alan Leadbeater Memorial Award

Saturday, 29 March 2014

We are thrilled to announce the nominees for this year’s ‘Alan’ Award – our very own version of an Oscar! The four nominees for 2013’s award are (in alphabetical order):

  • RYAN ALLEN – for his role as Amos in Whistle Down the Wind.
  • EMMA HOPCROFT – for her first principal role as Swallow in Whistle Down the Wind.
  • DAVID STEELE – for his role as The Man in Whistle Down the Wind.
  • LAURENCE SUTTON – for his debut performance as Boone in Whistle Down the Wind.

Many congratulations to each of our nominees.

Who will win? Only YOU (our members) will decide. Every member attending our AGM on Tuesday 20 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. Very exciting!

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!

Best Musical Nomination for Whistle Down the Wind

Friday, 14 March 2014

We are excited and honoured to announce that our November 2013 production of Whistle Down the Wind has been nominated in the ‘Best Musical’ category in our area (Worcestershire East, Area 12) in this year’s NODA West Midlands awards.

This is the third year running that our annual production has been nominated for this award, and we are extremely grateful for the recognition of our hard work by our Regional Representative, Ian Cox.

Representatives of the production team and officers of the committee will be attending the presentation evening in Sutton Coldfield on Sunday 6 April.

Whistle Down the Wind was an exceptional production, by anybody’s standards, which received universal praise. 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 the show to life.

Norman Wheeler Award 2013 – Paul Finch

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Roz Chalk, Paul Finch, Alan LeadbeaterThe Society have created an annual award, dedicated to the memory of our late President Norman Wheeler. This will be presented each year 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 thirteenth deserving recipient of the Norman Wheeler Memorial Award is Paul Finch for his continuing hard work as our Stage Manager of the past seven years.

Since South Pacific in 2006, Paul has brought his impressive technical knowledge of the theatre to bear and has led our stage teams very effectively. He is always willing to help, rarely knows how to say ‘no’ – and who does all this without the applause of an audience.

Each time the curtain rises on one of our productions, Paul has very likely spent the best part of three days at the theatre; first overseeing the get-in, and the technical rehearsal, and returning to fix various problems with the set, and helping to plot the lights, and the list goes on. And this happens for each show, time and time again… the selflessly giving of his time, usually achieved by taking time off work, to ensure that everything gets done ready for our shows to open.

We are extremely grateful of his commitment and dedication to the Society. Thank you, Paul.

The photograph shows Paul Finch (centre) receiving the trophy from last year’s winner Roz Chalk (left) and Society President Alan Leadbeater (right) after the result was announced at our AGM in May 2013.

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

 

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