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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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AGM Summary 2018

This year’s AGM took place on Tuesday 8 May 2018, at Community House, Easemore Road, Redditch.

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

ALAN LEADBEATER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: LIZ BIRD

Liz Bird and Joy SidawayThis was the fifth 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 LIZ BIRD, who was chosen for her role as ‘Sister Mary Lazarus’ in our November 2017 production of ‘Sister Act’.

The photo shows Liz receiving the award from Joy Sidaway, who was in attendance at the AGM to make the presentation.

NORMAN WHEELER MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER: PAULA LACEY

Bob Taylor and Paula LaceyThis 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 this year’s deserving recipient of this award is PAULA LACEY.

As choreographer for Sister Act, Paula became the driving force behind the production during the initial phase; making decisions and getting things done. Even when Tony had taken over as director, Paula continued to contribute in many ways to the show; helping, and advising. And let’s not forget all those fabulous dance routines – all explained in a calm, friendly and respectful manner, and which brought out the best of everybody’s varying abilities. To all intents and purposes, she was co-director of the whole show.

On top of all that, when one of the cast had an accident and we lost our original Sister Mary Martin-of-Tours just a couple of weeks before the show, it was Paula who, without batting an eyelid, volunteered to take over and learn this prominent role, and performed it wonderfully.

Sister Act would not have been the success it was if it wasn’t for Paula’s superlative contributions.

The photo shows Paula receiving the award from President, Bob Taylor.

COMMITTEE 2018/19

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

Name Position
Bob Taylor President
Tony Jay Chairman
Sam Smith Treasurer
Jean Chalk Secretary
Matt Bridgewater Committee Member
Paul Mitchell Committee Member
Louisa Pickles Committee Member
Joy Sidaway Committee Member
Sue Williams Committee Member
Ryan Allen Co-opted (Marketing Manager)
Roz Chalk Co-opted (Children’s Manager)
Tessa Lodge Co-opted (Ticket Secretary)
Kelly-Louise Johnson Co-opted (Publicity Manager)
Ann Duffin Honorary Member

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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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