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Here you will find News, Reviews, and information on up-coming events
28 November 1961 – 30 October 2020
We are sad to announce that our beloved Jeff passed away
peacefully on Friday 30 October 2020
Our thoughts are with his Family at this sad time
Jeff had been actively “treading the boards” since 1976,
but his first production with MOS wasn’t until 1990,
when he appeared as Big Jule in “Guys & Dolls”.
Jeff played many roles for MOS including
Mr Bumble in “Oliver!”,
Fatty Arbuckle in “Mack & Mabel”,
Mayor Shinn in “The Music Man”,
Sam Silver in “Copacabana”,
President Roosevelt in “Annie”
and Franz Liebkind in “The Producers”;
but will be remembered by most
as the classic Pantomime Dame
(and as “Tiny” one of our “Seven Dwarfs”!!!).
Jeff directed our very first pantomime “Dick Whittington”
as well as working tirelessly behind the scenes,
serving on the Executive Committee from 1993 – 2016
variously as Chairman, Vice-Chairman,
Secretary and Publicity Officer
sad to announce the death
on Wednesday 3 June 2020
of Society Vice-President
pictured here in July 2017
receiving her NODA 60 year award
A Message from Pat Browning, President of Margate Operatic Society
I would like to take this opportunity to pay a very special tribute to my very dear friend of over 50 years with a little history of Jackie and the MOS.
Jackie first joined the Society in 1956 as a principal dancer playing the' Ballet Laurey' in Oklahoma, a part which she repeated in 1970. Over the next few years as well as being a principal dancer she took on various Principal roles in many of our musicals such as Brigadoon, The Desert Song, Showboat, Gays the Word, Half a Sixpence, The Pajama Game and Camelot. (Not forgetting of course her appearance as a monk bell ringer!!.)
During those years the Society only performed one show a year and many of the members thought they would like to do more and so it was decided to do a variety show and from small beginnings at the Cliftonville Hall, to the Granville Theatre then, after a chance meeting, to the Lido Theatre in 1972 when Showtime was born. Jackie was asked to take on the responsibility of the whole production, which, luckily for us she agreed to do. Showtime then continued during the rest of the 70's and in to the 80's when we later transferred to the Winter Gardens and ,I have to say that, it was Jackie's talent, drive and determination which led to the success of Showtime in becoming such a popular seasonal attraction for Margate as well as enabling the Society to realise their dream of 'A Home of our Own' …The Mews. Jackie also was involved with the admin of the Society, having served on the Social, Building and Development and Executive Committees and became Vice Chairman and later Chairman of the Society.
Meanwhile Jackie was assisting as Choreographer to Ray Jeffery and then went on to direct her first musical, Brigadoon in 1982 and this was followed by a succession of further shows which included Half a Sixpence, South Pacific, Irene, The Music Man (twice) ,Hello Dolly, Mame, The King and I, The Pirates of Penzance (both here at the Winter Gardens and the Society’s only outing to the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury), Me and My Girl, Brigadoon, 42nd Street, The Sound of Music and Oliver.
There is no doubt that Jackie was a most loyal and hardworking member of the Society and over the years was responsible in so many ways for the success which the Society enjoyed during her time with us and I know she will be greatly missed all who knew and loved her.
Dear Jackie, Rest in Peace
|Shrek the Musical - 17 - 20 June 2020|
Come along to our Get Together for the Musical of the Summer - "Shrek The Musical"
Learn about the plot, the characters and the vision our brilliant Creative Team have to bring this colourful Dreamworks Animation to the Margate Winter Gardens
IT'S GOING TO BE ONE TO REMEMBER!
(Please note, all newcomers MUST audition to become a Member of the Society prior to auditioning for the production)
The highly anticipated day is drawing near and we have all the information you will need.
Come along to our Get Together on Sunday 23rd Feb, 3pm and attend our Singing and Dancing rehearsals (25th, 27th Feb) to familiarise yourself with the audition material ahead of the big day!
Audition parts, dialogue and any additional material will be given at these rehearsals
(This is NOT an open audition, you will be required to audition for the society on the above dates before you can audition for the production)
CALLING ALL YOUNG TALENT!
MOS are casting the for the roles of Young Fiona, Teenage Fiona, Baby Shrek & Baby Bear.
For the roles of 'Young Fiona' and 'Teenage Fiona' (FEMALE), please familiarise yourselves with the trio "I Know It's Today" from the show. You will be required to sing solo as well as part of a three part harmony, please note, you may be asked to stay after your initial audition so the auditioning team can explore different pairings
For the role of Baby Shrek / Baby Bear (MALE PREFERRED) - please come prepared with a SONG or a DANCE of your choice, lasting no longer than 2 minutes - please note, the auditioning team may ask you to see you dance/sing in the audition depending on the material you choose
Parents / guardians are encouraged to come along for support but will not be allowed to enter the audition room, but will be welcomed upstairs in our waiting area
PLEASE NOTE - MOS BOX OFFICE NOW CLOSED FOR NEW BOOKINGS FOR JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FROM THE WINTER GARDENS ON 01843 292795
OR ONLINE AT www.margate-live-com
21 August 1942 – 22 August 2019
We are sad to announce the death of our friend Phil Hughes, who, after a long illness, passed away in the early hours of Thursday 22 August 2019
We at MOS feel so honoured to have been the last company he was Musical Director for. Phil was very ill for the final performance of CATS, but ever the trouper he conducted through to the end, and it was a truly emotional end to the show, with the entire company gathering in the wings for the for the final the playout.
We were the lucky ones that he chose to share his inordinate talent with over the many shows he worked on with us, and we can't believe we won't see him sitting behind the keyboard at the Mews again.
However, the angelical choir will welcome him with open arms as we did ... Especially when he tells them all to 'pick a note'!
Since retiring from the Royal Marine Band service in 1983, as Corps Bandmaster and Chief Instructor, Phil had continued his teaching career at the Kings School, Canterbury where he taught Piano, Keyboard, Theory and Music Technology.
Phil was involved in many varying aspects of music, from Classical to Jazz, and to Pop, running a popular dance band for many years. He has also been responsible for arranging the music for the Summer Season and the local talent competitions held at the Winter Gardens. His other many talents include playing and teaching the flute and piccolo; and was a member of the Kent Concert Orchestra.
Phil was Musical Director for the MOS productions of 42nd Street, Oliver!, The Music Man, Copacabana, Annie, The Producers, Legally Blonde and most recently for Cats; as well as for our recent productions of Showtime, A Night on the Town and for our early Pantomimes.
Our thoughts are with Joy and his family at this sad time.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
MOS Annual General Meeting
Thursday, 8 March 2018 – 7:30 pm at the Mews
Get together – Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Auditions Sunday, 4 March 2018
Tuesday 29 MAY – Saturday 2 JUNE 2018
Winter Gardens Margate
Tuesday 21 FEBRUARY at the Mews from 7:00 pm
come and learn all about our plans for Stuart's AMAZING final offering!
Singing Rehearsals - Thursday 23, Tuesday 28 February and Thursday 2 March 2017
at the Mews from 7:00 pm
Sunday 5 March at the Mews from 2:00 pm
Legally Blonde Reunion and Costume Return
Friday 9 September at the Mews 7:00 pm
Members and Friends are invited to join us as we celebrate our fantastic production
and at the same time assist as we return our costumes to their home in our basement wardrobe store
Sunday 22 May 2016 saw over forty of our members and friends form a human chain
and in less than an hour, we moved our costumes upstairs to allow construction work in the basement
now that the work is complete, please come and help us form another chain so we can put everything back
ready for us to start rehearsing for our festive offering, our pantomime CINDERELLA
Tuesday 13 September at the Mews from 7:00 pm
come and learn all about our plans for Stuart's final pantomime offering!
Singing Rehearsal - Thursday 15
at the Mews from 7:00 pm
Cinderella Children’s Chorus Auditions
Saturday 17 September 2016 at 11 am at the Mews
MOS would like to welcome any 7-11 year olds who would like to audition to be part of our children's chorus for MOS's pantomime
Dancing is required with some singing - Children will be taught a dance at the audition.
Nothing is needed to be prepared beforehand - Just come along ready to dance.
Singing rehearsals - Tuesday 20,
Thursday 22 September
at the Mews from 7:00 pm
Cinderella Company Auditions
Sunday 25 September at the Mews from 2:00 pm
with Singing rehearsal 27 September
Read through 29 September
Floor rehearsals starting 2 October all at 7:00 pm
GEOFF BROWNINGWe are saddened to announce that one of our loyal supporters has passed away
22 JULY 2015
WINTER GARDENS, MARGATE - 30 MAY - 3 JUNE 2017
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT * Book and lyrics by Eric Idle * Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle
A new musical lovingly ripped off from the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
*** SPAM® is a registered trademark of Hormel Foods LLC ***
RAMSGATE CARNIVAL - SUNDAY 19 JULY 2015
JULY AND AUGUST 2015
WATCH OUT FOR OUR FLOAT
RAMSGATE CARNIVAL - SUNDAY 19 JULY 2015
MARGATE CARNIVAL - SUNDAY 2 AUGUST 2015
5 JULY 2015
Our amazing award for 42nd STREET
Our amazing award for 42nd STREET
Director Stuart Clements, leading lady Faye Holdford and NODA President John Barnes
Sunday July 5th at Wessex Arts Centre, Alton, Hampshire
20 APRIL 2015
20 MARCH 2015
at our Annual General Meeting in March the following were elected
Executive Officers and Committee
Hon Chairman & Treasurer
- Paul Cronin Stacey Sproates, Ian Cronin
Hon Vice Chairman - Stuart Clements
Hon Secretary - Jeff Harwood
Hon Publicity Officer - Sue Scobie
Hon Membership Secretary - Vickie Hockett
Hon Youth Rep – Amy Simpson
Hon Wardrobe Mistress - Donna Clements
Social Committee Chairman - Dot Jenkins
Minutes Secretary - Sherry Underwood
NODA Representative - Ben Clark,
Committee Members: Janice Regan, Neil Paterson,
Stacey Sproates, Ian Cronin
District 6 - Musical Award
Awarded to Margate Operatic Society For Whistle Down the Wind
Director Stuart Clements receiving award from Ben Clark (NODA District 6 East Kent Representative)
22 JULY 2014
We are saddened to announce that one of our loyal supporters has passed away
Russ passed away on 13th July 2014
Funeral at St Phillips Church Thursady 24 July at 1pm followed by burial at Margate Cemetery
Family flowers only Donations to Margate Hospice C/o Nobles
No black , Summer Colours Please
16 JULY 2014
MORE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Wednesday 2nd - Sunday 6th DECEMBER 2015
Wednesday 30th November - Sunday 4th DECEMBER 2016
30 JUNE 2014
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
11 - 14 MAY 2016 - WINTER GARDENS, MARGATE
26 JUNE 2014
THANET KM EXTRA REVIEW OF 42ND STREET
18 MAY 2014
ROAD WORKS AT CLIFTONVILLE MEWS
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR TWO KENT COUNTY COUNCILLORS MO ELENOR AND WILL SCOBIE
FOR GIVING US THE GRANT FUNDING FOR THE ROADWORKS
(CLLRS MO ELENOR AND WILL SCOBIE ARE SEEN HERE WITH MOS CHAIRMAN JANICE REGAN
AND MEMBERS OF THE CAST OF 42ND STREET DURING A SHORT OPENNING CEREMONY
IN CLIFTONVILLE MEWS ON THURSDAY 8 MAY 2014)
1 MAY 2014
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
26 - 30 MAY 2015 - WINTER GARDENS, MARGATE
31 MARCH 2014
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014
Welcome to Amy Simpson as our new Youth Representative
Other than Amy replacing Georgia as Youth Rep, all other elected officers remain the same
27 FEBRUARY 2014
VICTOR GEORGE PEGG
With regret we must report the death of Society stalwart Vic Pegg, who was active in the Society between 1953 and 1966,
but has since remained a loyal and generous supporter of MOS, who sadly passed away on 11 February 2014.
Vic’s first role was as the commissionaire in the night club scene in New Moon,
he went on to take on many leading roles suited to his rich baritone voice and his striking stage presence.
Dates for your DIARY: 42nd STREET
Tuesdays 4th, 11th, 18th February 2014 - Tap Refresher at 7pm
42nd Street Get-together Tuesday 25th February 2014 at 7pm
"Come along and learn all you need to know about the show"
Pre-audition singing rehearsals are:
Thursday 27th February, Tuesday 4th and Thursday 6th March 2014 all at 7pm
AUDITIONS on Sunday 9th March 2014
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of one of our members
RIP Pat. You will be missed by one and all
Well done everyone who auditioned this evening
it's going to be another great show!!!
'A Standing Ovation on Opening Night'
The show is amongst the funniest the society has ever performed.
so book your tickets now!
You can now follow us on Twitter as well as find us on facebook
And once more a great time was had by all.
Watch out for details of our next production the Mel Brooks classic 'The Producers' which will run from May 31st to June 4th 2011
MOS took part in Margate Carnival on August 1st, 2010
A group of members and friends walked alongside the Winter Gardens float to help promote the society and our next production 'Sleeping Beauty'
MOS wins again
We have just been awarded an 'Accolade of Excellance' by NODA for our 2009 production of 'Peter Pan' This is the second time we have won such an award, the previous one was for our 2007 production of 'Crazy for You'
Beauty and the Beast
Rehearsals are going well and the excitement is rising, we should finish setting the whole show next week and we can get on with tidying etc.
Get your tickets now by contactingTHE MOS BOX OFFICE ON 01843 297780 or
THE WINTER GARDENS BOX OFFICE ON
01843 292795 or 296111
Beauty and the Beast
There will be a get together at the Mews about this production on
Tuesday 23rd February 2010 at 7.00pm
So why not come along and find out more about the show and auditions
Open to ALL. New and prospective new members especially welcome
Well done every one, One of the best yet. and a special big thankyou to all those who came along and not only enjoyed a great fun show, but also donated to the collections, brought hooks and wands, or took part in the raffle. As a result the Society were able to donate £1000 to Great Ormond Street. (this was in addition to the royalties we paid for the rights to perform the show)
Hooks Pirates take Westwood Cross! Some of the cast were at Westwood Cross last Saturday to take part in the festivities leading to the lighting up of the christmas lights and were part of the parade to herald the arrival of Santa Claus.
They kicked off the proceedings by performing 3 numbers on the stage
later Peter Pan and Captain Hook got it on in a sword fight outside Santa's grotto and whilst Captain Hook initially had the upper hand, he was beaten in the end by the impromptu intervention of the long sword arm of the law.
Auditions for Peter Pan are over and a fantastic cast has been assembled for what will no doubt be another blockbuster MOS production. Get your tickets NOW!
Peter Pan get together, Friday 4th September
An Open get together to find out about our fabulous next production ' PETER PAN ' come get a first glimpse of the fun and frivolity in store for everybody involved.
This event is OPEN to ALL past, present and prospective NEW members. so don't be shy, drop on by and say hello.
at the Mews, 7pm
Margate Carnival, Sunday 2nd August
Well done to everybody who helped out and got into the spirit of the occasion. A great fun time was had by all. It has been a long time since the MOS took part in the local carnival, and judging by the reaction of the members and friends who took part I think we will be back again next year.
For those that missed it we were dressed as some of the characters from our next production - Peter Pan. We had a Peter, a Wendy, Some Injuns and a gang of Pirates along with a token 'lost boy' (well done Alfie) and walked alongside the Winter Gardens float giving out flyers and sweets.
June 2009 Another show is over and well done to everybody involved in 'A Night on the Town'
Our next show will be 'Peter Pan' in december 2009 and looking ahead we are pleased to announce that our May 2010 production will be Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' so mark your calenders and/or diaries now
Accolade of excellence for 'Crazy for you' our production in 2007
Apologies for the delay here it is at last
Members and friends are respectfully reminded that 2009 subscriptions are now due.
Remember that you will need to be a paid up member by audtion time if you wish to audition for the next show.
The AGM will take place on Tuesday 24th March, 2009
Well Panto time is over and another great success it was too.
Well done to everyone involved. Keep a look out for details of our next production
Sunday, 28th September
Babes in the Wood Auditions went well last Sunday and the cast is now set. Well done to all who took part. Singing rehearsals are now under way with floor rehearsals starting soon. a full schedule will be posted soon.
Thursday, 11th September
Babes in the wood get together Come along and find out what this years Panto is all about.
Only five of your english pounds will get you a script and CD. This fiver is fully refundable up until the end of Audition Day.
Go on You know you want to!!
Don't forget childrens auditions are this coming Sunday, the 14th starting at 11am
Saturday, 19th July
At the NODA regional meeting we were awarded an "Accolade of Excellance" for our 2007 production of Crazy for You.
Thursday, 12th June
Audition Date for Babes in the Wood will be Sunday 21st September, with a get together prior to that on Thursday 11th September see Auditions/Rehearsals page for more details.
Sunday, 1st June
Well another show is over and congratulations to all involved. Everybody did a great job and a fantastic time was had by all. Well done to all our new members as well. hope to see you at "Babes in the Wood"
Sunday, 4th May
New events have been added to the social events page
Sunday, 16th March
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Ray Coker.
Ray was a past chairman of the society in 1993 - 94 and was the Society's Stage Manager for many years before and after.
The Funeral will take place on Tuesday 25th March, 3.20pm at the Crematorium.
Sunday, October 21st ...............Centenary Service, 2.30pm St Johns Church, Margate
All members and their familys are invited to attend. Afterwards it's back to the mews for refeshments.
September 16thOn Sunday the 16th September. members of the MOS hosted a exhibition stand in the Queens hall at the Winter Gardens as part the 150 years Margate Charter Day celebrations.
Members took it in turns to man the display through out the afternoon and early evening and the stunning display attracted quite a lot of interest, There was a display of photos showing the history of the society (Many thanks to Paul, Trevor and Nick) and a colourful display of Costumes from our wardrobe department and application forms were on hand for those who expressed an interest in Joining our merry band.Many thanks to all those that helped out.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that after a long fight with multiple ailments,
Ken Gray passed away on Wednesday 29th August, He was 96
Without Ken, its highly unlikely we would
all still be the Margate Operatic Society
and of course, have our lovely home.
1911 - 2007
July 7th Centenary Ball
The Centenary Ball finally arrived and WOW, what a great night was had by all. well done to everyone who had a hand the organisation, it was flawless. Over 240 attended the Queens Hall and were treated to a fantastic evening of wining, dining and dancing to the Dave White Swing Band and the LD&V Disco. Congratulations also to the Winter Gardens who served up a wonderful meal.
IMMi provided a set up on the balcony where people could have studio quality photos taken in all their finery. (p.s. you can view the photos online on their website until August the 21st) and have a copy printed there and then.
We also had a letter of acknowledgement from Buckingham Palace and a Signed message from Lord LLoyd Webber (Andrew) all in all a fabulous way to celebrate our first 100 years.
Check out the Social Events page to see some photos of the Ball
July 1st xxxxxxxxxxxxxNew Nav bar and header added to web pages
As of July 1st, 2007
To Comply with the new smoke free Britain laws
The Mews will be completely NON SMOKING !
That includes the entrance foyer and the area outside the door, and fire escapes at the rear. There will be NO exceptions
Crazy for you - May/June 2007
for You" has now finished it's run at the
Winter Gardens and everyone should be very proud of what we achieved.
We received some great reviews. check them out on the new
"Crazy for You" has now finished it's run at
the Winter Gardens and everyone should be very proud of what we achieved. We received some great reviews. check them out on the new Reviews page
out for our next production 'Cinderella'
Look out for our next production 'Cinderella'
Preparations are well in hand for our Centenary ball to celebrate our first 100 years in the business. See you there, it should be a great night
We are following that up with an Open Day at the Mews on Sunday 8th July from 11am so that members old and new and prospective can come and see where we create our shows. So why not come along and see us.
The Company normally meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays once rehearsals start from
7.00 pm until 10.00 pm
in their headquarters at 5
Also Sunday afternoons once floor rehearsals start.
For further information and to find out when rehearsals start for the next production
please do not hesitate to call 01843 297780. or
website is undergoing change at the moment with new pages being
added, giving a greater insight into the workings of the society
and better information about our upcoming productions.The changes
are being made gradually whilst still keeping the site live, so
bear with us if the information you seek is not where it was the
last time you visited us, though I am confident that you should
find it easier to use with multiple links and ways to get to each
The website is undergoing change at the moment with new pages being added, giving a greater insight into the workings of the society and better information about our upcoming productions.The changes are being made gradually whilst still keeping the site live, so bear with us if the information you seek is not where it was the last time you visited us, though I am confident that you should find it easier to use with multiple links and ways to get to each page.