Oliver! announced as Autumn 2014 show

Oliver the musical Reading, BerkshireReading Operatic Society is pleased to announce that it will be performing Oliver!, Lionel Bart’s highly popular musical, at The Hexagon Theatre, Reading, Berkshire on 24-27 September 2014.

This musical adaption of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist has been filling theatres since it was first performed in 1960 with the most recent London revival lasting three years until 2011.

The Reading Operatic Society production will be directed by Matt Whitelock, a professional actor and acting coach who is also principal of Berzerk Productions in Reading. Casting will be held later in the year; further details will be published on this website and our Facebook page.

Cast announced for The Wedding Singer

The Wedding Singer musicalReading Operatic Society is pleased to announce the cast of The Wedding Singer after a very high quality audition.

The principal roles are Robbie  James Gwynne Sammy  Sam Pemberton George  Ollie Kyte Glen Craig Duffield Julie Sally Rowlandson Holly Caroline Webb Linda Angharad Jones Rosie Sam Prior Angie Abi Clarke.

The ensemble will feature Stuart Broomfield, Katie Cox, Emily Evans, Jerome Ifill, Nicky Jaggar, Andrew Johnson, Claire Johnson, Stuart Neal, Sheridan Povey, Abby Sarfas, Ellie Ulrich and Josie White.

Rehearsals are now underway and The Wedding Singer will be performed at The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames. Further details here.

Latest news on Grease

Reading Operatic Society's rehearsal of Grease, photographed by Alicia Field, Reading Chronicle
Reading Operatic Society’s rehearsal of Grease, photographed by Alicia Field, Reading Chronicle

It’s great to see the following news item on the Reading Chronicle in support of our forthcoming production of Grease.

Music and theatre lovers have the chance to pull out their leather jackets and turn-up jeans when one of the most popular musicals of all time comes to Reading.

The Reading Operatic Society will perform the 1970s hit Grease at the Hexagon, in Queen’s Walk, from Wednesday to Friday, September 28, starting at 7.30pm.

The society’s chairwoman, Yvonne Maynard, said: “It’s going to be fabulous. Everyone has put in 120% at rehearsals – we have a great bunch of kids.
“It should be a very good show and sales have increased after the success
of Footloose.”

The show will be raising money for Deafblind UK and the learning disability charity Mencap, with audiences given a chance to donate before and after each performance.

Tickets are £18, and £16 for concessions, for each night. Keep the music going with a rock ‘n roll after-show party on Friday at the venue, with a buffet and disco. Party tickets cost £12. To find out more, visit www.readingops.co.uk and for tickets call the Hexagon on 0118 960 6060.

The society is always looking for new members and auditions for the next production, The Wedding Singer, are in November 2013.

Footloose – the antidote to a miserable week!

Henley Standard letter FootlooseGreat news in The Henley Standard. It turns out that Reading Operatic Society can banish the blues by bringing Footloose to The Kenton Theatre.

Mary Williams’ spur of the moment decision to make a “rash purchase” of a ticket to see the show on Saturday night resulted in her being delighted.

“The youthful cast were a joy to watch, especially Sam Pemberton for his comedy timing, Charlotte Gilliam for her cute quirkiness, James Gwynne for his powerful singing and acting and Jerome Ifill whose dancing ability was outstanding.

“I have not been a frequent theatre-goer before but if shows like this are at the Kenton regularly I will certainly be back.

“Thank you for a wonderful evening Reading Operatic, I feel much better now!”

New logo for Reading Operatic Society

PageLines- reading-operatic-society-logo.pngReading Operatic Society has unveiled its new logo following a design process by the society’s lighting designer Kim Hollamby, who works as a communication and marketing director by day.

The logo incorporates the full name, the familiar ROS initials and a quaver to provide a visual clue regarding the musical focus of the society.

“ROS had used various logos and related designs over the past few years,” Kim Hollamby explains. “But the brief was to provide a new design that would be used throughout all of the society’s material in the future. There were lots of ideas that were tried but the final version seems to summarise very well the society’s past and present.