We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our Presidents, John and Sue Parker, have been nominated as finalists for the 2011 Pride of Andover Awards!
John and Sue have been selected for this contribution to the arts in Andover, having been at the helm of the Andover Operatic Society / Andover Musical & Operatic Society, since the 1970's. They led the group for many years on the committee making a name for the society in the local performing arts scene. Together they managed to keep everything going during the difficult time when the cricklade theatre was closed for renovations and even after stepping down from the committee, they have continued to support the new leaders providing advice and assistance whenever needed.
We are sure you will agree that John and Sue are so deserving of this nomination. They have given so much of their time and energy for so many years to keep musical theatre alive in Andover, providing countless opportunities not only for hundreds of people take part in a musical production, but to thousands of people to enjoy the excitement and joy of watching a musical.
Upon hearing they had been nominated, Sue said "What a lovely surprise! We are touched and honoured to be nominated – whether we win is neither here nor there, it is the thought that is important."
John and Sue will be treated to a special reception for nominees at the Awards Ceremony to be held at The Lights in October.
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We can now confirm that AMOS will be performing on stage at the town park concert during the Andover Carnival on Sunday 31st July!
Performing a set of three songs from modern musicals as well as a showstopping number from hit TV show Glee! AMOS are really exciting to be part of this community event raising funds for local charities.
For more information see the website: www.andovercarnival.org
We have just put in our request for licenses for shows in 2012!
We can't say too much at the moment, but we can say our Spring production is one of the most popular musical of all time - available at last to amateur groups - this is sure to be a box office hit! and the Autumn production is a relatively new musical with a rather dark story - perfect for Halloween!!!
Watch this space for more information!
I simply have to tell you all about the wonderful singing rehearsal we had last night...
As my character doesn't appear until the end of the first act, I haven't been to many full chorus rehearsals, but last night we had singing practice for the whole cast and it was brilliant!
I thoroughly enjoyed it - singing four part harmony with a room full of people and a piano is just fantastic fun! The best part though, was listening to our male chorus, which for this production is made up of, wait for it.... nine men!!! Boosted in numbers by new members Scott Goodair, Rob Talbot and Jason Davenhill, and with the return of John Parker, the mens chorus sounded just lovely.
An am dram society can never have too many men though, so if you or anyone you know might like to join us - get in touch!
A small group of us donned our Scrooge costumes and spent 2 hours Carol singing in Andover's Chantry Centre on Saturday. Raising money for Naomi House we sang a variety of festive favourites such as White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Bethlehem and Hark the Herald Angels Sing!
Passing shoppers seemed to enjoy of performance and gave very generously - we won't be counting up the collection until after Scrooge but the buckets were very heavy! Fingers crossed the people of Andover have been generous!
On Thursday 19th November, star of 'Scrooge' Paul Marsh went to Castledown Radio station and was interviewed live 'on air' by morning show presenter Rick Young. Paul did a great job telling listeners about the show - hopefully it will drum up some interest from the people of Ludgershall, Tidworth and the surrounding villages. You can listen to Pauls interview by clicking HERE.
For more information about Castledown Radio visit their website: http://www.castledownradio.info
Auditions will take place on Sunday 10th January 2010.
Pre-audition rehearsals will take place on Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th January.
Director Claire Nias will be giving an introduction to Calamity Jane on Tuesday 8th December 2009, 7.30pm onwards.
The last 2.5 years have been a bit of a whirlwind for AMOS, what with our committee restructure and our return in 2007 to the refurbished Cricklade Theatre - now known as The Lights.
The restructure has proved a great success, and building on the foundations laid by Sue and John Parker, Carol and the team have made excellent headway developing the society into a modern, forward-thinking group. The facilities at The Lights have enabled us to put on some more challenging and elaborate shows... We started off in 2007 with 'My Fair Lady' which was a great success, followed in 2008 by 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' (which was nominated for three Curtain Call Awards), and 'The Pajama Game', then in 2009 there was 'The King and I' - our most financially succesful show for quite some time! We are now working on 'Scrooge' due to take to the stage 1st-5th December which we are sure will be a popular show.
To celebrate our success over the last five shows we have decided to hold an awards ceremony to reward those who have performed will both on and off the stage with AMOS! The awards presentation will be incorporated into the Christmas Ball on 19th December at The Quality Hotel.
As well as the typical awards for Best Actor and Best Actress etc, there will also be some fun awards, and some extra special ones to be announced closer to the time!