Exciting Times

The Urmston Amateur Operatic Society circa 1911

Next year is the centenary year for UMT. One hundred years and we are still going strong but I often wonder what the original cast of HMS Pinafore would have imagined a centenary celebration to be. I have to say that I think it would be a lot easier if we had our own theatre or purpose built centre for performing. Hey-ho we can dream that there is some anonymous benefactor out there who might want to leave some money to a good cause. In the meantime we continue to work towards keeping the society going and plan for the next couple of years. To this end we have some exciting announcements to be made about the next few shows.

Junior Show 2011 is hopefully going to be Alice in Wonderland although we do not know for sure which version. Get together likely to be early January 2011. Production team just being informed.

Main Show in October2011 is definitely Oliver! which means we will need to have youngsters for the orphan scene and also for Fagin’s Gang. You might want to keep and eye on here or on the UMT website. Directed by Alan Titley, Musical Direction by Deborah Holmes and Choreography by Sally Wild

Panto 2012 is decided but we just need to confirm a couple of things. Production team to be decided

Junior Show 2012 is yet to be arranged. Production team to be decided.

Interestingly, as this post was going to press I have received an email in respect of the Urmston Public Hall and its location. My own belief is that it was on Crofts Bank Road in the location where the Urmston Pet Shop, Britannia Building Society and Bernard Murray’s Delicatessen now occupy and demolished sometime in the late 1920’s. This is where the very first show was put on by us when we were known as the Urmston Amateur Operatic Society. If you have any information, pictures or otherwise which might be able to assist either email me or leave a comment.

Coming soon……

Charles Dickens as he might have looked if he were writing "A Christmas Carol" script for UMT

Main Show in October 2012 will be A Christmas Carol provided we get the licence. This is a brand new professional show which, like Beauty and the Beast, is being released to the amateur theatre for a limited period. That limited period is granted to the first 50 applications to do the show in the UK and it looks like we will be one of them. The show has been written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ life and is a very exciting venture. If we get the licence it means that we will be one of the very few societies allowed to perform it. I have heard the music and it sounds brilliant. Make sure you make a date in your diary and check out the website for information.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Our current show in rehearsal is Jack and the Beanstalk, a traditional family pantomime which will be performed at the Poolside Theatre in February 2011 during the school half term week. Tickets are not yet on sale but pre-orders are being taken and the n contacted on a strictly first come first served basis. They tickets will be £9 adults and £7 children.

Centenary Celebrations

To mark our centenary we will also be having a number of social events throughout 2011 culminating in a Winter Ball on Saturday the 3rd December 2011. This event is going to be well attended but the numbers who are able to go may will be limited simply by the catering within the function room. John Walker is the arranger of this “do” so you need to get you name down with him to ensure your place. Full details of prices and what the function will entail will be published as and when I get the information


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~ by UMT Stage on December 8, 2010.

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