About Andover Musical Theatre Company
Historical records show that Andover Operatic Society was first established in the 1890s although we have little information about it at that time.
The society as we now know it was officially founded in 1963 by Brenda Jeffery-Machin and friends. As well as performing the old Gilbert & Sullivan standards, the group also performed shows ranging from Carmen and Brigadoon to Kismet and Oklahoma!
The 1990’s saw the Society enter a turbulent period in its history, particularly while the former Cricklade Theatre was closed for refurbishment. 1995 saw a slight change to the name, adding ‘musical’ to reflect the diversity of the shows being performed at that time. The Society was fortunate to have a number of passionate people on the Committee at that time, including Tony Broad, Phil Keates, Sue Parker as Chair and John Parker as Treasurer. Their dedication ensured that the Society survived to that difficult time to perform in the newly renamed theatre The Lights.
The new-look theatre brought about a renewed Society. In 2007, Sue and John Parker took up new positions as President and Vice-President, whilst the AMOS Committee underwent a major restructure. With a new committee team at the helm, the Society performed a number of shows it had never performed before such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Scrooge and Calamity Jane, all of which were nominated for the Curtain Call Awards by the Southern Daily Echo.
In 2011, after much deliberation, the Committee proposed to change the name of the group again. The results of a membership questionnaire raised concerns over the public perceptions of the group and suggested the word ‘operatic’ may put off a wider audience and potential new members. The members voted unanimously and the name was changed to Andover Musical Theatre Company. At this point, an application was made and granted by The Charity Commission for the company to become a registered charity.
Enthused by our new image, the Committee is now in the process of writing a 3-year development plan to help focus its aims and ensure the ongoing growth and sustainability of the Andover Musical Theatre Company, for the education and entertainment of future generations. This will include encouraging our members to be more actively involved with activities such as fundraising and marketing. We will be setting targets for generating revenue so that we have goals to aim for and can measure our progress.
The first major change to take place for over 20 years, is a move from our current rehearsal premises at St Michaels Church Hall, to The Lights theatre in May. This is a big step, but a very exciting one as as it is very rare for a group of our kind to take up a residency in a working theatre!
Looking to the future we have some brilliant shows lined up for the next 18 months, and we hope that you will continue to support us either from the audience or by joining us on stage! New members are always welcome, as are helpers behind the scenes; there is something for everybody at Andover Musical Theatre Company - what are you waiting for?
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