WAOS' Centenary show, based on the True story of James Cooke and the Witham fires of 1828.
Bonfire night, November 1828, and the people of Witham revel in celebrations until fires break out at barns either side of Newland St, Witham. Unbeknown to sweethearts James Cook & Betty Goodwin, the flames are about to change their lives forever.
When James is wrongly accused of starting the fires, Betty and the community rally round to provide support. Will justice prevail? Will the interrogators listen to reason? And when will the flames burn out? read more
Based on the film “A Private Function”, the story by Alan Bennett is set in Shepardsford, Yorkshire in 1947. The war is over but, like the rest of the country, it still bears the scars of recent war. Belts are tightened and citizens are told by the Government that there will be a ‘fair share for all’ in return for surviving Austerity Britain. The only bright spark of hope on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. read more...
Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made in Dagenham is drawn from the real-life 1968 sewing machinists strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex. This strike was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970. The musical focuses on the leader of the strike, Rita O’Grady, as she encourages the women of the Ford factory to walk out after they are re-classified as unskilled workers. read more...
‘Annie Get Your Gun’ follows the journey of Annie and Frank, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot - and each other’s hearts! This brilliant family musical, based on a true tale, is laced with an abundance of humour and one hit song after another, such as ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, ‘Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better’, and ‘They Say It’s Wonderful’.
Sadly, after nearly 6 months of rehearsals and a set show, Covid-19 lockdown meant the show had to be cancelled (twice), so we never got to see WAOS present this fabulous show.
"Sister Act is an extremely funny and heart-warming show with some brilliant toe-tapping musical numbers. You'll want to jump up in the aisles and dance and clap along, the joy is infectious!
The show tells the story of lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier who, after witnessing her mobster boyfriend committing a murder, is forced to relocate to a Convent under the guise of a Nun for her own protection. read more...
This production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta was an updated and very modern script which really brought the disparate characters to life. Director Thomas Duchan has introduced some minor changes to the script and lyrics which have rooted the story firmly in the modern day with a local element. read more...
No, not a premature panto, but a rare, and very welcome, chance to enjoy the musical Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote for CBS.
It’s given a splendid staging by WAOS; Claire Carr’s lively direction, and her classy choreography, guide the audience through the familiar fairytale, and, despite some lengthy passages of dialogue, sustain the magical mood. read more...
Fiddler on the Roof is a charismatic and emotional piece of theatre and its story still rings true today, where religion is the cause of so many issues in modern news.
Witham Operatic Society gave us a great insight into the life of a Jewish community in Russian circa 1905. read more...
A nostalgic journey back to 1979, nicely suggested in Witham by shades of brown and beige, with splendid hair and moustaches for the men, the villains in this vaguely feminist fairy tale.
This is “the Dolly Parton musical”; not a juke box selection of her greatest hits, but the play what she wrote, nearly ten years ago now, based on the 1980 film in which she starred with Jane Fonda...read more
What an amazingly spirited show with all the songs of the 50/60s at full volume and with great energy throughout. This show was a terrific production from WAOS. Under the direction of Claire Carr in her first with this company, the show moved well, with verve and real pace from all on stage....read more
This production, adapted by EssGee Entertainment in arrangement with Stagescripts Limited, for the sake of G&S purists, has kept all of the story-line and much loved harmonies of the musical numbers intact, but brings an up-to-date freshness to the script and energising feel to the musical. It’s pure pantomime from beginning to end, with a delightful touch of burlesque and some wonderful opportunities for over-the-top characterisations...read more
This is a show that has been doing the rounds in District 11 but one which I still enjoy, with every production giving some new twists here and there from different directors’ work.
A fairly quiet start just for a few moments with Witham AOS which then suddenly came to life with the whole ensemble’s entrance with “Saturday Night”. Read More
This was a really excellent production full of life, colour and commitment from a very large cast. The entire stage in the large ensemble numbers was filled with both the young people and adults all involved in very well drilled choreographic routines. Everyone on the stage was totally involved with putting these lively numbers across in a really effective and stunning form. Read More
OKLAHOMA! is such an. established part of the amateur dramatic repertoire that it is easy to take it for granted. Several well-known tunes, plenty of opportunities to dance, and a bit of comedy thrown in, it almost produces itself. Except that it doesn’t. It needs a lot of hard work and a bit of flair and invention. And that is what WAOS have produced here. Read More
This production is very much a play within a play where the two leading couples are playing dual roles. Fred Graham/Petruchio played by David Slater paired with Lilli /Kate played by Julie Codling and Lois/Bianca played by Robyn Gowers paired with Bill/Lucentio played by Ollie Barrett. Read more
A good company show which Witham Amateur Operatic Society performed well. Great casting with the characters in this production, which added to the overall enjoyment. The sets and backcloths were particularly good and effective. Several quick set changes from one scene to the next were done quickly with good cover music throughout. Read more
A very united small company presented this modern version of “Godspell” which was much appreciated by the audience.
Written by Stephen Schwartz in just five weeks at the age of twenty three in 1970 this is a version of the gospel according to St Matthew and it is interesting that one year after it was performed “Jesus Christ Superstar” was also performed on the Broadway stage. Read more
A popular show, and one which is a good company show using talents from newer members and seasoned players to add to the mix of the many diverse characters in the production. It was well cast generally, and I would compliment the Wardrobe ladies on the costumes, many of which were sourced by the cast members as well, I understand. Read more
Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street billed as a musical thriller. This production came at a most apt time of the year i.e. “Halloween” and certainly gave the audience the thrill of a show which was played to perfection and as close to a professional production as one could get. Read more
Set against a cold war background with an intricate story line Chess first played for three years in the West End in 1986 and in 1988 premiered on Broadway. A very demanding show for a company which requires some very strong voices to take the principal leads, Witham were blessed with some outstanding voices to play the male leads singing extremes of range from almost Falsetto to Double Bass. Read more
--1990 – 1999--
--1999:-- Calamity Jane and Kismet
--1998:-- The Merry Widow and The Pajama Game
--1997:-- The Pirates of Penzance and Orpheus in the Underworld
--1996--: Guys & Dolls and Anything Goes
--1995:-- Oliver! and Kiss Me, Kate
--1994:-- South Pacific and My Fair Lady
--1993:-- Ruddigore and Brigadoon
--1992:-- Bless the Bride and Annie Get Your Gun
--1991:-- Patience and Carousel
--1990: --The King and I and Die Fledermaus
--1980 - 1989--
--1989:-- The Gondoliers and Fiddler on the Roof
--1988:-- Half A Sixpence and Kismet
--1987:-- Trial by Jury & HMS Pinafore and The Merry Widow
--1986:-- The Sound of Music and The Yeomen of the Guard
--1985:-- La Vie Parisienne and Showboat
--1984:-- Free As Air and My Fair Lady
--1983:-- The Pirates of Penzance and Oklahoma!
--1982:-- Cox & Box & The Sorcerer and The Desert Song
--1981:-- The Quaker Girl and Summer Song
--1980:-- Iolanthe and Orpheus in the Underworld
--1970 - 1979--
--1979:-- Princess Ida and Brigadoon
--1978:-- The Mikado and White Horse Inn
--1977:-- Utopia Ltd and Guys & Dolls
--1976:-- Ruddigore and South Pacific
--1975:-- Patience and Pink Champagne
--1974:-- The Yeomen of the Guard and The Pajama Game
--1973:-- Iolanthe and Carousel
--1972:-- The Gondoliers and The Merry Widow
--1971:-- Trial by Jury & HMS Pinafore and Oklahoma!
--1970:-- The Pirates of Penzance and Free As Air
--1960 - 1969--
--1969:-- The Mikado and Rose Marie
--1968:-- Patience (CV) and The Desert Song
--1967:-- Iolanthe (CV) and Call Me Madam
--1966:-- HMS Pinafore (CV) and Gipsy Love
--1965:-- The Pirates of Penzance (CV) and The Maid of the Mountains
--1964:-- The Mikado (CV) and The New Moon
--1963:-- The Quaker Girl
--1962:-- Grab Me a Gondola
--1961:-- The Boyfriend
--1960:-- Bless the Bride
(CV= Concert Version)
--1950 - 1959--
--1959:-- The Merry Widow
--1958:-- The Gipsy Princess
--1957:-- White Horse Inn
--1956:-- Tulip Time
--1955:-- Rose Marie
--1953:-- Magyar Melody
--1952:-- Wild Violets
--1951:-- Rio Rita
--1950:-- The Lilac Domino
--1940 - 1949--
--1947:-- Miss Hook of Holland
--1930 - 1939--
--1939:-- Goodnight Vienna
--1938:-- The Street Singer
--1937:-- The Maid of the Mountains
--1935:-- The Geisha
--1934:-- Tom Jones
--1933:-- Merrie England
--1932:-- HMS Pinafore
--1930:-- The Gondoliers
--1922 - 1929--
--1929:-- The Mikado
--1928:-- Les Cloches de Corneville
--1926:-- The Yeomen of the Guard
--1923:-- The Pirates of Penzance
--1922:-- HMS Pinafore