Past Shows


Return to the Forbidden Planet - 2017

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 more


Spamalot - 2016

This hilarious production was full on, with an enthusiastic cast who sang, danced and acted their socks off. From start to finish it just bounced along with so many scenes and characters it would be impossible to comment on it more

The Pirates of Penzance - 2016
(Australian Version)

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 more

The Producers - 2015

This is a show which struggles to get audiences and I have known many societies which have failed on counts of both finance and artistic presentation. How delighted I am to say that Witham does not... read more

The Addams Family - 2015

Advertised as a “New Musical Comedy” the title fitted the bill. Hilarious dialogue with many a double entendre, especially from Gomez Addams, and a very strong cast from principals through to every member on ... read more

The Sound of Music - 2014

A classic story and production from WAOS with a large cast of adults and children, playing to a full house and enthusiastic audience.
Niels Bradley as Captain Georg von Trapp... Read More

Jack the Ripper - 2014

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

Oliver! - 2013

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! - 2013

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

Kiss Me Kate - 2012

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

Guys & Dolls - 2012

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

Godspell - 2011

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

Anything Goes - 2011

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 - 2010

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

Chess - 2010

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

Hello Dolly! - 2009

It was good to see the very detailed information in the programme including a very explanatory synopsis and also other facts & figures relating to the history of famous female & male stars who over the years have played “Dolly” in either Broadway or West End productions. Read more

Broadway Nights - 2009

The advantage of doing a revue rather than a full length production is that it gives a society’s lesser lights a chance to shine. So it was with WAOS’s Broadway Nights. Artistes normally tucked away in the chorus found themselves, albeit briefly, centre stage. And they took full advantage. Read more

The Pirates of Penzance - 2008

The stars shine on first night. Here was a production with near-perfect staging. Two glorious fixed sets gave pirates, policemen and General Stanley's daughters plenty of room to manoeuvre. Read more

Follies - 2008

The audience needs to be on its toes to work out what’s going on in Stephen Sond­heim’s Follies. Who belongs to whom, who did belong to whom, who’s who now and who was who? The plot revolves around two couples meeting up after some time and finding the flame still burns between the husband of one and the wife of the other who had been together 30 years before. Read more

My Fair Lady - 2007

The first night of this production was in the finest tradition of musical theatre - put simply, it was superb.
Director and choreographer Cathy Court dealt with its huge scale in apparently effortless style. Ingenuously, the side aisles of the auditorium became an extension of the stage. I loved the cheeky, top-of-curtain heads and the numerous slick scene changes. What a cast - they could all move and stand well. Read more

How to Succeed in Business without really trying - 2007

When window washer, J Pierrepont Finch, finds a book titled ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ he follows its easy steps in order to climb his way up the corporate business ladder in 1950s New York. At the World Wide Wickets Company he slots into the company machine where no one knows exactly what each other is doing. Read More

South Pacific - 2006

The success of this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was assured at the outset of the opening night by the performances of the principals.
Kathryn Adkins, as Ensign Nellie For­bush, could not be faulted, whether Washing That Man Right Out Of Her Hair or singing a romantic ballad, she did not put a note or a foot wrong. Read more

Carousel - 2006

I always look forward to this show as every time I see it there is a new twist on some aspect on it, and with Witham’s Carousel it was the delightfully choreographed numbers which were new, refreshing and certainly gave a lot to watch throughout the show. Nikki should be very well pleased with both her direction and choreography as it was very well executed by a good team with enthusiasm. Read more

Iolanthe - 2005

This was a very well balanced show in many respects and the set added to the style of the show in a positive way. I have not seen a performance by this society for some time, and was impressed that it still has a good strong male chorus which were well balanced and sung with gusto. The ladies did well also, and sang in harmony with a good blend of voices, perhaps a few more contraltos would have added to the depth of the opening chorus sound. bold: [Read more

Fiddler on the Roof - 2005

With an opening that went straight from the on stage Fiddler into “Tradition” and an introduction of the characters, the menu was impressively set for the now familiar tale, in which the challenges and warmth of family life and especially its humour are vital to its telling. Read more

Sweet Charity - 2004

This production started with an excellent opening scene encapsulating Charity’s ongoing search for and failure to find someone to love her. Her disappearance into the lake and the reactions of the interested but unconcerned crowd were extremely well handled. Read more

Me and My Girl - 2004

Act 1 opening, without the customary car, was good and worked very well. Chorus work was handled well but the pace of Act 1 was slow in the scene setting (ie dialogue) sequences. Read more

--2000 - 2003--
--2003--: A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum and Show Boat
--2002--: Die Fledermaus and Oklahoma!
--2001--: The Gondoliers and Can-Can
--2000--: The Mikado and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

--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
--1954:-- Carissima
--1953:-- Magyar Melody
--1952:-- Wild Violets
--1951:-- Rio Rita
--1950:-- The Lilac Domino

--1940 - 1949--
--1949:-- Katinka
--1948:-- Maritza
--1947:-- Miss Hook of Holland

--1930 - 1939--
--1939:-- Goodnight Vienna
--1938:-- The Street Singer
--1937:-- The Maid of the Mountains
--1936:-- Dorothy
--1935:-- The Geisha
--1934:-- Tom Jones
--1933:-- Merrie England
--1932:-- HMS Pinafore
--1931:-- Falka
--1930:-- The Gondoliers

--1922 - 1929--
--1929:-- The Mikado
--1928:-- Les Cloches de Corneville
--1927:-- Dorothy
--1926:-- The Yeomen of the Guard
--1925:-- Patience
--1924:-- Ruddigore
--1923:-- The Pirates of Penzance
--1922:-- HMS Pinafore