Closing Time – Workshops and Auditions

Closing Time

Director & Choreographer: Nicky Jaggar

Musical Director: Pippa Eden

Story: Ben Hudell


Reading Operatic Society is excited to announce news about workshops and auditions for their forthcoming production of Closing Time.

Performed at the Oakwood Theatre in Woodley, 26th – 27th April, Closing Time is a variety show with a difference. Featuring original narrative based around an evening down the local pub, the show will feature favourite musical numbers from shows past and present with something to please everyone. We’re looking for soloists, chorus members, singers, dancers and actors to take part and there will be a chance for everyone to shine. Workshops will consist of singing, dancing and acting. Songs will be set for the auditions but auditionees will also be given the chance to suggest their own songs if they wish. This show will be a collaborative effort, celebrating a diverse musical theatre community. We can’t wait to see you there!

Workshop Dates

Thursday 10th January, 7:45pm-9:45pm
Thursday 17th January, 7:45pm-9:45pm
Monday 21st January, 7:45pm-9:45pm
Monday 28th January, 7:45pm-9:45pm

Audition Date

Sunday 3rd February, 1pm-6pm

Anyone who is not able to audition on Sunday 3rd February should speak with the production team during workshops.

Wyevale Carols

Thanks to ROS once again for bringing more festive spirit to the Christmas tree shoppers of Winnersh on Sun 10th. Hot chocolate, fine voices and Christmas cheer were a plenty and donations given by the shoppers. Thanks to Abigail, Katie, Natasha, Nicky, Nick and Ryan for once again supporting ROS (especially battling the snow to get there)

Woodley Extravaganza and Wyevale Carols

ROS were out again in fine voice singing songs and representing ROS in the festive season. Woodley Extravaganza had some carols as well as a glimpse of our upcoming production ‘My Fair Lady’. Thank you to Nicola for stepping in and be ‘loverly’ as Eliza and Ben for being on the streets where we live.

Wyevale Garden centre in Winnersh were also given the special treatment when ROS helped celebrate the Christmas season by singing some classic (and modern) Christmas carols.

Thanks to Nicola, Nicky, Samantha, Rhiannon, Natasha, Katie, Abigail, Gemma, Gloria, Barrie, Andrew, Nick, Ben and Ryan.

Woodley Tree of Light 2017

Ding Dong Merrily on High….ROS was once again singing! Fine voices were out again supporting Woodley Tree of Light. Nicola led the way with a festive Silent Night followed by Rhys singing Walking in the Air. Our own rat pack comprising of Andrew, Nick and Ryan crooned a jolly Most Wonderful Time of the Year concluding with carols and Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree from our choir. Another successful night and great support from all the old (and young) faces. Christmas can now begin!

Singin’ in the Rain

A massive thank you to the cast and crew of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. The cast took to the stage and created an amazing show.

Pictures to be added soon!

Mortimer Fun Day

It was showtime again on Saturday 1st July for ROS as we took to the stage (in this case arena) to promote ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at the Mortimer Fun Day. The sun was shining and no rain…we’ll keep that for the stage. A massive thank you to Sherridan Povey (Kathy), Kate Dew, Nicola Morrin, Ellen Darke, Becky Staunton, George Apap, Nick Brannam (Cosmo) and Ryan Stevens (Don). The umbrellas were out and the smiles a plenty – well done to the cast for pulling another one out of the bag!

Emmer Green Primary School

Thanks to everyone who helped raise funds (and awareness) for ROS and Emmer Green Primary School Fete. Over £7,000 was raised for the school and the reception for the cast was fantastic. Special thanks to Kate for organising the day and asking Reading Operatic Society to be part of this event. (Don’t forget that ROS will be performing at the Mortimer Fun Day on Saturday 1st July at 2:30pm)

League of Friends of Royal Berkshire Hospital

ROS Singin’ in the Rain (or sun)!

Reading Operatic Society turned up in full force on Saturday 3rd June to help raise funds (and awareness) of our upcoming production of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. The sun was shine and not a drop of rain…we were keeping that until September!. A massive thank you to all those that supported the society from running the stall, setting up or performing. A great response from all.

A massive thank you to those pictured (from left to right) Nicola, Kate, Gemma, Nicky, Ellen, Andrew, Ryan, Rhiannon and Becky, Sarah and Julia (not pictured).