Wellington Operatic Sociecty

WAA Photo Gallery!

Over the years we have taken lots of photos to remember shows and we have now collated over 12,000 photos from over 110 shows into our online Photo Gallery for everyone to see. We intend to continue to add new photos from shows as they happen.

The Photo Gallery is available from the top menu on our website. We hope you enjoy taking a trip down memory lane!

There are photos all the way back to the 90’s and, since 2007, we have been lucky enough to have Andy Jones from Shooting Pixels take professional photos of our shows for us (and he does this completely free!). We are incredibly grateful to have such a talented photographer give up his time. Thanks Andy.

If you have any photos from previous shows that aren’t listed here, please do get in touch using the Contact Us section of the website… we’d love to add more photos to help archive the past.

What’s On January – April 2022

January

Event Location Date/Time Contact Notes
Acoustic Music Club M Sat 15th Jan, 7.30pm acousticclub@w-a-a.co.uk  
“Treasure Island” – our 2022 pantomime W Tues 25th – Sun 30th January panto@w-a-a.co.uk  



February

Event Location Date/Time Contact Notes
Acoustic Music Club M Sat 17th Feb, 7.30pm acousticclub@w-a-a.co.uk 

MARCH

Event Location Date/Time Contact Notes
“Top Team Quiz” – our annual quiz evening A Sat 12th March, 7pm Simon Spalding
Acoustic Music Club M Sat 19th March, 7.30pm acousticclub@w-a-a.co.uk 

April

Event Location Date/Time Contact Notes
“ENG-ER-LAND” – Hannah Kumari. Take Art! A Sat 2nd April, 7pm events@w-a-a.co.uk https://thisweeklondon.com/article/hannah-kumari-eng-er-land/
Acoustic Music Club M Sat 16th March, 7.30pm acousticclub@w-a-a.co.uk 
Our House – The Musical W Wed 27th – Sat 30th April opsoc@w-a-a.co.uk

Locations:

A= Arts Centre, main hall

M = Arts Centre, multi-function room

W = Wellesley, Theatre

Casey Street has it’s Residents – Our House Cast List Announced!

Following some fantastic auditions in December, the creative team and I are very pleased to announce the cast list of Our House, due to be staged in April at the Wellesley Theatre. This cast made up of new and some familiar WAA members, will deliver a fantastic show for the audiences of Wellington and beyond. Our rehearsals start in earnest in February and we will keep you up to date with our progress, as we go via this blog!

Rob Spurway

Director

CAST LIST

JOE CASEY – Jack Glanville

SARAH – Bonnie Thompson

JOE’S DAD – Steve Vellam

KATH CASEY – Stephanie Colman

LEWIS – Theo Smalldon

EMMO – Michael Cole

BILLIE  – Nicole Heritage 

ANGIE  – Kiera Chard

REECEY – Gethin Pye

MR PRESSMAN – Matt Dearsley

CALLUM – Kirk Shepherd

JULIE – Madison Bouchta

DANCERS 

Lily-Rain Fuller

Jodie Lewis

Megan Leslie

Maddie David

Madison Bouchta

ENSEMBLE DANCERS 

Mischa Veysey Milton

Casey Clements

Martha Vile

Evie Warwick

Emily Sellick

Harry Taylor

Madi Smith

ENSEMBLE 

Mary Lewis

Bridgette Sells

Katy Knowles

Shane Mace

Charlie Webb

Lynne Adams

Nancy Powell-Brace

Penny Bradnum

Lona Jones

Lesley Darlow 

Amy Eveleigh

OFF STAGE SINGERS

Jeremy Secrett

Jenny Rowe 

Agnieszka Adamska

Sue Gitsham

Georgina Legg

FINAL CALL FOR CASEY STREET RESIDENTS

It is not too late to get involved with this fabulous show!  The auditions are THIS SUNDAY! (12th December)

Please see below the time slots for the characters.  If you would like to audition, we must receive an audition form.
Here is the link to the youtube version on the west end.  We’re not doing exactly the same script, but it’s pretty similar so it will give you a good idea.
Here is the link to all the audition pieces along with the rehearsal schedule and character descriptions and FAQs sheet.
Here is the link to the audition form.

The times for the auditions are as follows:
JOE, EMMO, LEWIS – 10:00am – 11:30am
SARAH, BILLIE, ANGIE – 11:30am – 13:00pm
KATH, DAD – 14:00pm – 15:00pm
REECEY, CALLUM, PRESSMAN, JULIE
 – 14:30pm – 15:30pm 
DANCERS –  15:30pm – 16:30pm

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cazz Redstone

Production Coordinator

Wellington Operatic Society

ourhouse@w-a-a.co.uk

IT MUST BE LOVE – Creative Team Update from OUR HOUSE

We, the creative team, have had such a great reception from everyone about this show so far. Since this process began there have been numerous production meetings, the launch night and our first workshop; We are just getting ready for our second. The team are really loving the buzz from this show already! Here are just three reasons why:

1 – New members have joined us because they’ve done OUR HOUSE before and loved it so much they want to do it again!

2 – People who came to the launch night to support someone else, had so much fun they signed up themselves!

3 – The singing under the direction of our MD Joe is sounding awesome!

Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this show. Auditions are on the 12th of December for more information email ourhouse@w-a-a.co.uk.

Audition Form Here: https://forms.office.com/r/ZgRTXYYEUN

Audition Pieces Here: https://www.dropbox.com/…/AACx7IXEMPVR1csexrfpF2ufa…

Rob Spurway

Artistic Director

Wellington Operatic Society

WAA Programme November – December 2021

November

Event Location Date/Time Contact Notes
“A Walk Down With Shaftesbury Avenue” A Tues 16th – Sat 20th Nov (7.30pm Daily + Matinee 20th 2.30pm) opsoc@w-a-a.co.uk  Buy Tickets:
In person at Odettes Tearoom, Wellington High Street
Telephone 01823 240063
Online at ticketsource.co.uk/wellingtonartscentre
Our House – Launch Night A Mon 22nd Nov, 7.30pm ourhouse@w-a-a.co.uk  
Our House – Workshop 1 A Mon 29th Nov, 7.30pm ourhouse@w-a-a.co.uk  

december

Event Location Date/Time Contact Notes
Our House – Workshop 2 A Thurs 2nd Dec, 7.30pm ourhouse@w-a-a.co.uk  
Christmas Cabaret A Sat 4th Dec, 7.30pm genesis@w-a-a.co.uk  
Being Berlin – charity show A Sat 11th Dec, 2.30pm & 7.30pm John W (01823 667112)
Our House Auditions A Sun 12th Dec, 09.00 onwards ourhouse@w-a-a.co.uk
Acoustic Music Club M Sat 18th Dec, 7.30pm acousticclub@w-a-a.co.uk
WAA Christmas Evening A Sun 19th Dec, 7.30pm critics@w-a-a.co.uk

Locations:

A= Arts Centre, main hall

M = Arts Centre, multi-function room

Join the House of Fun!

Rob Spurway Wellington Operatic Sociecty October 21, 2021 Leave a reply

We have some dates for your diaries. Firstly, our Launch Night! It will be an informal evening where you will get to hear Rob, our Director’s artistic vision and Joe, our MD will play some of the brilliant Madness songs from the show.  Beth the Choreographer will be on hand to chat about her dances and of course, the bar will be open and you will be made very welcome! 

We also have 2 workshops where we will be going through the audition songs, characterisations and Beth will teach you the dances you need to know for the auditions.  You don’t have to attend both workshops, but if you want to, you’re more than welcome! All of these events will take place the Arts Centre, Wellington.

DIARY DATES

LAUNCH NIGHT: Monday 22nd November

WORKSHOP #1: Monday 29th November 

WORKSHOP #2: Thursday 2nd December

AUDITIONS: Sunday 12th December

Follow this link to find the character descriptions, audition pieces, a rehearsal schedule, a FAQ sheet and also, the very important Audition Form to complete ASAP! The audition form can be found by clicking the button below.

We think we’ve covered everything you need to know in the FAQs but if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Cazz Redstone

Production Coordinator

OUR HOUSE 2022

Wellington Operatic Society

ourhouse@w-a-a.co.uk

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE RESIDENTS OF CASEY STREET AND OUR NEW SHOW DATES!

Rob Spurway Wellington Operatic Sociecty August 30, 2021 2 Comments

Firstly, we have some important news…. our show dates have changed slightly to  

Wednesday 27th– Saturday 30thApril 2022 

(with a Matinee on Saturday) 

This is because we perform our shows at our fantastic Wellesley Theatre.  Most of the year, the building is used as a cinema by Merlin Cinemas, until we transform it into a theatre to perform in.  In May 2022, Merlin Cinemas have secured a Disney film on it’s release date (look out for details in the press nearer the time) so we thought this was exciting and have moved our show week dates a week earlier! 

So here’s the buzz… during lockdown we were fortunate to be able to completely refurbish the Arts Centre! It’s nearly completed and the association have the wheels in motion to get going with all of our shows – in our brand new, swanky rehearsal space!! Excited is an understatement! 

The first events for OUR HOUSE, are the workshops and auditions in December, followed by a social night / admin night in January, before we hit the road running with rehearsals in February.  More details soon! 

However, we know what you really want to know is; “Who are the characters and what can I audition for?”  

So… we have attached a character description list and a synopsis of the show. 

If you follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bap8r-UZgE it takes you to the West End version on YouTube.  Whilst the version we’re doing isn’t exactly the same, it’s pretty close.  Have a watch – it’s great for research! 

The Production Team 

Cazz Redstone (Production Coordinator) 

Rob Spurway (Director) 

Joe Beckhelling (Musical Director) 

Beth Swan (Choreographer) 

WAA Programme September – October 2021

SEPTEMBER

Event Location Date/Time Contact Notes
AGMs: WAA, Critics Club + Genesis EGM A Tues 7th Sept 19.00 secretary@w-a-a.co.uk  Open to the public but must be WAA members to vote/stand for committee positions
“Last night of the Proms” M Sat 11th Sept 18.00 rob.spurway@w-a-a.co.uk  Members-only
Acoustic Music club M Sat 18th Sept 19.30 acousticclub@w-a-a.co.uk  
Opsoc in the park Park Sun 26th Sept opsoc@w-a-a.co.uk  

OCTOBER

Event Location Date/Time Contact Notes
“The Elements – Songs of Fire Earth and Water” – John Walker Band. A 2nd Oct evening & 3rd Oct matinee John W (01823 667112)  There will be a bucket collection for Wellington Hospital League of Friends.
Acoustic Music club M Sat 16th October 19.30 acousticclub@w-a-a.co.uk  

Locations:

A= Arts Centre, main hall

M = Arts Centre, multi-function room

Foundations have been laid for Our House

Rob Spurway Wellington Operatic Sociecty May 31, 2021 Leave a reply

Our House is a London love story set in Camden Town.  It tells the story of Joe Casey, who on the night of his sixteenth birthday takes his girlfriend, Sarah, out on their first date.  In his enthusiasm to impress her, he breaks into a housing development to show her the view overlooking his family home on Casey Street.  The police interrupt their date, and Joe is forced to make a decision: stay and turn himself in or make a run for it!  Joe’s life is then split in two and we follow the fortunes and misfortunes of both possibilities. The story is told through the clever writing of Tim Firth, who adapted ‘Calendar Girls’ for stage and screen, and many iconic hits from the band Madness including It Must Be Love, House of Fun, Baggy Trousers and of course, Our House! 

The musical will be staged at the Wellesley Theatre, 27th – 30th April 2022 with Rob Spurway taking on Directing, Beth Swan as Choreographer, and Joe Beckhelling as the Musical Director. The show has something for everyone, from big principal characters to smaller cameo roles, chorus and off-stage singers (for anyone who loves singing but doesn’t like being in the limelight). The casting will be open to everyone aged 14+ from the date of the auditions.  

I’m pleased to tell you that we’ve had our first official production meeting, and the creative team have so many amazing ideas!  We were buzzing with excitement at the end of the meeting, and we cannot wait to get going! 

Here’s the team:  

ROB – Director 

Rob has plenty of experience both on and off stage with amateur groups throughout Somerset, although primarily with Wellington Arts Association (WAA).  This will be his directorial debut for Wellington Operatic Society at the Wellesley, but Rob is no stranger to the creative team of WAA shows, having directed “The Adventures of Mr Toad” in 2019, musically directed Dick Whittington in 2020 and produced several other shows.  He is looking to creating a high-energy fast paced show with professional production values.  

BETH – Choreographer 

Beth has been a member of the WAA since childhood. Her time with the group started primarily on stage as a dancer. Having studied ballet, tap, acro, modern and jazz as a child, Beth later went on to study contemporary dance at Bridgwater College. Where she achieved both an AS level in dance, and a BTEC National diploma in Performing Arts, which contained a substantial amount of choreography as part of the course. Beth has a passion for musical theatre, especially shows that are new to Wellington. “Our House” creates a perfect opportunity for her to explore her creativity and she can’t wait to get stuck in! This will be Beth’s ‘debut’ as Choreographer for Wellington Operatic Society.   

JOE – Musical Director 

With a wealth of experience from performing in various pit-bands and a background in orchestral and choral conducting, Joe is well-equipped for his debut Wellington Operatic Society production as Musical Director. Alongside his professional performance work, Joe also has a passion for community music and is heavily involved in music-making in schools around Somerset. He is also involved in adult community projects such as Canticle Choir in Taunton, which he directs. “Our House is a show full of incredible tunes with an excellent storyline, too. I can’t wait to get going!” 

So, we’ve started the journey, towards a fabulous show!  The set design has been finalised and is currently under construction, and we’re in the process of recruiting the rest of the production team, so now is a great opportunity to get involved!  If you would like to be one of the first to find out about our launch night, workshops and auditions, please complete the form accessed through the button below and we’ll keep you updated! 

Cazz Redstone 

Production Coordinator, Wellington Operatic Society 

Our House – 2022