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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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Archive for May, 2014

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

Jesus Christ Superstar Cast List

Monday, 12 May 2014

We have just seen a truly astonishing round of auditions.

Thank you, so much, to every one of you who gave your time to prepare and perform for the panel this week. It is often said (but never so true as in this case) that we could have cast the roles many times over, which is a wonderful position for any Society to be in.

We are delighted to announce the cast list will be as follows:

Character Name
Judas Laurence Sutton
Jesus David Steele
Mary Suzy Hill
Peter Paul Mitchell
Simon Mark Williams
Caiaphas Matt Turner
Annas John Reeves
Priest 1 Sam Smith   [note 1]
Priest 2 Ryan Allen   [note 1]
Priest 3 Tony Lacey   [note 1]
Pontius Pilate Tim Eagleton
Solo Leper 1 Francesca Esposito   [note 2] [note 3]
Solo Leper 2 Vicky Khawaja   [note 2] [note 3]
Solo Leper 3 Dylan Faulkner   [note 3]
Solo Leper 4 David Edmonds   [note 3]
Solo Mob 1 Danielle Hurley   [note 2] [note 3]
Solo Mob 2 Rosie Kemp   [note 2] [note 3]
Solo Mob 3 Steve Sidaway   [note 3]
Solo Mob 4 Mark Wright   [note 3]
Maid by the Fire Lisa Lilwall   [note 2] [note 3]
Man by the Fire David Lilwall   [note 3]
Old Man by the Fire Tom Bowes   [note 3]
Herod Tony Jay


Note 1: The three Priests can also appear as other characters in various scenes throughout the show.
Note 2: None of these solo lines exclude the performers from going for any dance groupings, such as the Angels, bestials, etc.
Note 3: Will also appear throughout the show as other characters.

Very many congratulations to everybody who got the part they wanted in this show. Commiserations to those who were not successful on this occasion, but we really appreciated your efforts.

Don’t forget, the ‘dance grouping’ is still to come on Tuesday 20 May (after the AGM), when we will be looking for all our dancers for the show, including bestials and the Angels (more singing opportunities here, too!).

Here’s to the most incredible 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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