From tropical islands to London backstreets, Austrian mountains to America’s Deep South, Whitley Bay Operatic Society has pretty much covered them all since their first performance 100 years ago in 1911, when they staged ‘Trial by Jury’ at the Empress Ballroom.
Be it romantic classics such as ‘West Side Story’, family favourites like ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Singing in the Rain’ through to more modern and contemporary productions such as ‘Copacabana’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, the Society always put on a good show leaving audiences far from disappointed.
With dedicated, loyal members the society boasts a plethora of talent both in performers and behind-the-scenes stars, all of whose contribution is equal and as valued as the rest. By nurturing budding stars in the youth theatre group the Next Generation, the society are laying the foundations for many more years to come, and through continued involvement with talented and innovative producers and musical directors Whitley Bay Operatic Society continue to prove they are far from any other amateur society with performances to match any professional show.
With a committee full of ideas and drive the Society would like to welcome new and returning members, be they performers, back-stage helpers or front-of house representatives. With a growing social calendar the society’s commitment to enjoyment and inclusion for all is as strong as it was in years gone by.
The next production is the Broadway and cinematic favourite ‘Sweet Charity’, made famous for superb leading ladies and a phenomenal score featuring ‘Big Spender’ and ‘Rhythm of Life’. Returning to the newly refurbished Whitley Bay Playhouse, curtain up is Tuesday 13th – 17th March 2012 with an extra matinee performance on the 17th.
With tickets ranging from £14 for full price to £10 for concessions, and with an assortment of group deals available for parties over 10, this really is a show for all to see.
Tickets can be obtained from the theatre’s box office on 08442772771 or online at www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk.
If you’d like to be involved in the society, future productions, the Next Generation or simply rekindle your membership and passion for all things musical, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to the society website www.wbos.org.
Remember there’s no business like show!