WORCESTER OPERATIC AND DRAMATIC SOCIETY
Worcester Operatic & Dramatic Society (WODS) was formed in 1892. We perform a series of musical shows each year usually at the Swan Theatre in Worcester. Anyone from 16 to 116 is welcome to join whether you’re a dancer, singer or actor, or want to help out backstage, we’re always on the lookout for new members. WODS also runs a series of social events for members and friends throughout the year, so there are plenty of ways to get involved.
We also have a thriving youth section (WODYS), formed in 1982. WODYS now perform a musical show at the Swan Theatre, Worcester every year with over 60 youngsters on stage, and also operates a training academy (WODAC) for those on the waiting list to join the main group. Youngsters between the ages of 8 and 18 are trained in all aspects of theatre work, including singing, dancing, acting and general stagecraft.
The majority of our productions are staged at the Swan Theatre Worcester. Some of our smaller productions take place at our rehearsal venue in Worcester.
Do you enjoy singing, dancing or acting? Would you like to improve your performance skills? Maybe you would like to be involved with the numerous backstage roles vital for a smooth running and successful production? Are you interested in becoming part of a friendly and well respected organisation with over 200 dedicated members and over 125 years of performance history?
On 17th February 1892 at a meeting in the High Street, Worcester, the Worcester Operatic & Dramatic Society was founded. The first production, HMS Pinafore, was presented at the Public Hall in Worcester to capacity houses. The second production, Patience, was moved to the Theatre Royal in Angel Street. A surplus of £60 was donated to the Royal Infirmary. At the Annual General meeting at the Star Hotel in 1893, the membership subscription was fixed at one guinea (£1.05) per year, to include six free seats! Since these inaugural days, a considerable sum has been donated to many local charities. Recent decades have seen many changes in the work of the Society, moving on to more ambitious productions, including most of the modern full scale musicals. In 1954 we lost the Theatre Royal due to redevelopment, but happily moved to the Festival Theatre Malvern, where we performed our Autumn shows for many years.