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.
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.
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.