The Operatic Society was founded in 1962 and it’s first show was “O Ye Gods”. Since then it has entertained audiences at The Wellesley with popular, classic musicals, such as “Oklahoma”, “My Fair Lady”, “Anything Goes”, “Show Boat”, “Oliver”, “South Pacific” and “Singing in the Rain” as well as tackling lesser known shows, such as “Phil the Fluter”, “Sugar” and “Summer Holiday” and newer shows such as “Happy Days” and “Our House”, which is planned for May 2022.
Direction, Choreography, Lighting, Sound and Stage Management are now all undertaken In-House, giving opportunities for everyone to participate, whether on-stage or off.
In the Autumn the Society produces an all-singing, all-dancing show at The Arts Centre. This is always devised and directed by members and is occasionally presented in cabaret style. Shows have included “Bless ‘Em All”, “Movie Magic”, “Back to the Sixties”, “Once Upon a Musical”, “A Slice of Lennon” and “West End to Broadway”. This show gives all members a chance to shine on the smaller stage.
The Society also has a Touring Group which provides entertainment in the Community to other organisations and at other local events as part of its year round touring programme.
New members are always made welcome and encouraged to take part in all the activities the Society offers.