WAOS is proud to announce that NODA has nominated WAOS for two awards in 2018.

Best Technical Production - Fiddler on the Roof
Best Musical - Cinderella

There is one other nominee for the Best Technical production and two others for Best Musical. The final announcement of the winners of these and other categories will be at the NODA East awards event on May 12 at Wicksteed Park, Kettering. If any member would like to represent WAOS and pick up a trophy, should we be successful, please contact Stewart Adkins at stadkins@btconnect.com.

WAOS has selected shows through to October 2020

The WAOS Committee can confirm that it has selected and obtained licences for shows through to October 2020. We are delighted to share these with you now and welcome any questions you may have. We have selected Artistic Directors and Musical Directors for the first two shows but are still in the selection phase for the remaining shows. If you have any suggestions please send them to me at stadkins@btconnect.com

Iolanthe. April 2019.

Director and Musical Director – Thomas Duchan.

• Sister Act. October 2019

Director Robyn Gowers, Musical Director – Emma Firth

• Annie Get Your Gun(new version) April 2020

• Made in Dagenham October 2020

Results from Survey of 35 NODA-affiliated Musical Theatre groups about Membership Fees and Audition Procedures.

Following the discussion at the WAOS AGM about the audition process and the proposal that the committee consider a variable membership fee structure for “new” members vs established members, we have conducted a survey of 35 NODA-affiliated musical theatre groups. This is to establish what most societies do now and to discover if there are ideas we could apply to WAOS. Please read through the survey (click here) and feel free to ask me any questions you may have. The committee is still considering ways to differentiate between established members and newcomers without deterring them or making them feel unwelcome. We hope to introduce a small change to the financial arrangements surrounding the audition process for our next show, Iolanthe.

Stewart Adkins. Chairman

NETG Awards 2018

WAOS is proud to announce the following nominations for NETG awards

  • ADJUDICATOR' AWARD Choreography and Dancing in Fiddler on the Roof
  • BEST YOUNG ACTOR (21 and under) ​Ryan Wuyts as Mendel/Cossack etc in Fiddler on the Roof
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR ​Ed Groombridge as Motel in Fiddler on the Roof
  • BEST ACTOR ​John Davies as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof
  • BEST ACTRESS :​Matilda Bourne, Diana Easton and Sarah Miles as Judy, Violet & Doralee in 9 to 5 the Musical (joint nomination)
  • THE JACQUE & PETER COLLYER-SMITH TROPHY FOR BEST MUSICAL ​Fiddler on the Roof directed by David King
  • TIMMENS AWARD FOR MUSIC ​musical accompaniment of the band in 9 to 5 the Musical
  • THE TERRY SADLER MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR FRONT OF HOUSE (nominations based on hospitality, refreshments, posters/programmes, displays etc.) ​9 to 5 the Musical

Our youth group WOW has also received the following nominations

  • TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT ​lighting/sound in Cats
  • ADJUDICATORS’ AWARD ​the choreography and make-up in Cats
  • BEST YOUNG ACTOR (21 and Under) ​Tom Nicoll as Old Deuteronomy in Cats
  • TIMMENS AWARD FOR MUSIC ​Susannah Edom for musical direction and the accompaniment of the band in Cats

wins NODA Best Technical award in District 11

The award was made at the NODA East AGM on Sunday May 13th. 2018
Rhianna Howard collected the award on WAOS behalf.

Cinderella mentioned on BBC Essex Radio April 10, 2018

In a live interview with Tony Fisher on BBC Essex Radio today (approx 15.15) Kath Adkins was asked about the next show at WAOS. She mentioned Cinderella by Rodgers and Hammerstein (not a pantomime!) and invited everyone interested in learning more about this show to attend the Open Evening on May 2 at Spring Lodge from 19.30. This show will be directed by Claire Carr, who made her directing debut at WAOS with Return to the Forbidden Planet. James Tovey will be returning as MD. However, WAOS shall be investing in Realtime Music Solutions software that allows every cast member to get a digital download of their vocal part. They can then learn their parts and harmonies at their leisure. This means that note-bashing will be supplementary rather than the sole means of learning the music. This is an experiment on our part but we hope that all members of the company will take advance of this (at no cost to them) and enjoy the boost in confidence this should provide.

If you wish to learn more about Cinderella please come along to the Open Evening with no obligation. Wine and nibbles may tempt you further to enjoy a social evening. We do not restrict our invitation to cast members. We would love to see anyone interested in helping backstage, Front of House or in any other capacity.

In the meantime this is the text from the R&H website about Cinderella (Enchanted Version).

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. This Enchanted Edition is based on the 1997 teleplay.


WAOS is proud to announce the following nominations for NETG awards

At the Award Ceremony held on 8th September WAOS won three awards.

  • TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT - Lighting/projections in Spamalot
  • BEST YOUNG ACTOR (21 and Under) - Harry Tunningley as Not Dead Fred/Concorde in Spamalot, Cookie in Return to the Forbidden Planet & Lucas Lloyd in Loserville (W.O.W.)
  • ADJUDICATORS’ AWARD - Choreography and dancing in Spamalot
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Trevor Marks as Patsy in Spamalot
  • BEST ACTOR - David Everest-Ring as Captain Tempest in Return to the Forbidden Planet
  • BEST ACTRESS - Constance Lawton as The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot
  • COLLYER-SMITH MARINE TROPHY FOR BEST MUSICAL - Spamalot directed by Nikki Mundell-Poole
  • TIMMENS AWARD FOR MUSIC - Musical direction (Geoff Osborne) and orchestral playing in Spamalot
    Collective “out of this world” singing of the cast in Return to the Forbidden Planet

Our youth group WOW has also received the following nominations

  • TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT - Lighting in Loserville
  • BEST YOUNG ACTOR (21 and Under) - Chris Tierney as Michael Dork in Loserville
  • BEST YOUNG ACTRESS (21 and Under) - Isabella Chapman as Holly Manson in Loserville
  • COLLYER-SMITH MARINE TROPHY FOR BEST MUSICAL - Loserville directed by Cathy Court
  • TIMMENS AWARD FOR MUSIC - The on-stage band in Loserville

WAOS Christmas Cabaret raises over £1000 for Essex Dementia Care and Cancer Research UK.

On Saturday night, December 3, around twenty members of WAOS and WOW came together to sing a mixture of well-known classic Christmas songs, interspersed with some traditional carols, in a charity Christmas cabaret at Witham Town Football Club. More than 100 people, including the Mayor of Witham, packed the hall to enjoy this event, with more than £1000 being raised for Essex Dementia Care and Cancer Research UK. Emma Loring directed the cabaret and liaised with the charities so that there were plenty of balloons, bunting and other festive decorations available to bring the holiday season to Witham Football Club. The lighting and sound was especially good with a star cloth and LED lights transforming the small stage. The accompaniment was, for the most part, provided by backing tracks but with the professional sound equipment and mixing provided by Anthony Drury and his father, Trevor, the overall effect was excellent. WAOS was fortunate to be able to use the spare rehearsal time not needed during the pre-audition rehearsals for Return to the Forbidden Planet. This kept costs very low, while the venue and sound/light facilities were all donated. Well done to all who took part but especially to Emma for taking this project from idea to successful reality.

NETG Awards 2016

WAOS is proud to announce the following nominations for NETG awards

  • Adjudicators Award - Choreography in The Producers
  • Best Young Actress - Jess Edom-Carey, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance
  • Best Supporting Actor - Stewart Adkins, Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance
  • Best Actor - Thomas Pleasant, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance
  • Best Actor - David Slater, Max Bialystock in The Producers
  • Best Actor - Michael Watling, Leo Bloom in The Producers
  • Best Actress - Corrina Wilson, Ulla in The Producers
  • Collyer-Smith Trophy for Best Musical - The Producers directed by Amy Trigg

Our youth group WOW has also received the following nominations

  • King Costume Award - Half a Sixpence
  • Adjudicators Award - The singing and dancing of the shop boys and girls in Half a Sixpence
  • Best Young Actor - Jake Collis as Kipps in Half a Sixpence
  • Best Young Actress - Amy Seymour, Mrs Walsingham in Half a Sixpence
  • Collyer-Smith Trophy for Best Musical - Half a Sixpence directed by Faith Rogers

The awards ceremony is on September 9th, Princes Theatre, Clacton at 7:30pm and costs £11.00 to attend. If you would like to attend this event please contact Stewart Adkins.

NODA Awards 2016

Stewart Adkins attended the NODA Gala Awards Event at St Ives on Sunday April 3rd. WAOS was awarded the Best Musical award in the District (includes Witham, Braintree, Colchester and Clacton) for The Addams Family. This was a wonderful accolade and is the first time WAOS has won a NODA award since A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. At the same event WOW was awarded the Best Youth Production award for Our House. WOW is used to receiving such honours but it is nevertheless gratifying that the production team - Amy Trigg, Louise Lachance and Ben Firth, working with WOW for the first time, should have their creativity and hard work recognised first time out.

The NETG Awards 2015

A massive congratulations for everyone involved in The Sound of Music and The Addams Family. The North Essex Theatre Guild adjudicated these, and many other shows, over the past 12 months and both WAOS and WOW came away with awards recognising their achievements.
The Best Supporting Actress award was presented to Julie Codling for her excellent portrayal of Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music and The Addams Family won the King Costume award. A massive well done and thank you to Sara Lyndon and Debbie Sterling for hand making such a wonderful array of costumes. Also for massively contrasting roles in both The Sound of Music, as Maria, and The Addams Family, as Alice; Corrina Wilson was awarded Best Actress. See her tackle the part of Ulla in The Producers in October.
Finally, massive congratulations go to Ron Howe. He has done some much for WAOS and WOW for so many years and was recognised for his outstanding work with the Jan King award. Well done and thank you so much Ron!
Not forgetting, of course, WOW. They were awarded the highest accolade of the evening when Our House won the Best Musical award, seeing off competition from across Essex; including WAOS's own productions of The Sound of Music and The Addams Family. Well done to Amy Trigg, Louise Lachance, Emma Nash and all of the team both on stage and off. We look forward to Amy and Louise putting their magic touch to The Producers.

Edward Maltby

Those who were able to be present at Edward's funeral were presented with his visiting card. A long time member of the Society and President 1984 - 1986 his dry sense of humour will be greatly missed.

--WAOS Archives--

Over the years, Anne Sheppard has been collecting hard copy archive material since the inauguration of WAOS in 1921, then called the Witham Musical and Amateur Operatic Society. WAOS has now embarked on a project of scanning and uploading this material so that it can be accessed and viewed by members and friends of the Society. This archive will grow as the data is uploaded. However, there is already plenty of material to browse through. Take a look by clicking on the link www.waosarchive.blogspot.co.uk. You are encouraged to leave comments about individual items in the archive if you have additional information, personal memories perhaps or relatives you recall in the Society. To leave a comment click on an individual item and scroll down to the comment box at the bottom. Type your comment and save.