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NEW! WCAODS win at BATS Awards Night 2018!
The annual BATS Awards Night Dinner was held on Friday 31st August at the Holiday Inn, Bolton and WCAODS had another great night, scooping a win and three other nominations!

Adrienne Wormald won Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Lilli/Katherine in Kiss Me Kate.

Other nominations were Best Actor in a Musical for Steve Benson as Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate, Best Director of a Musical for Nora Howcroft for Follies, and Best Junior Production for AKT for Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies.

Huge congratulations to Adrienne for her award and well done to all the nominees.

Members attending the event had a great evening, mixing with friends from other societies. It was great to see once again how theatre is flourishing in Bolton.
NEW! IMPROVING SITE SECURITY
The website is currently being improved to increase security. You may now notice that in your web browser address bar it is showing as "Secure". The downside of this is that a small manual change in code is needed on every page where there are photos. As most of our productions since 1928 have photos, a lot of pages need manually changing! Please bear with us while this work is completed during August.
(Update 23rd August: work is now complete and all photos should now be restored.)

Later this year the website will be completely re-designed to have an exciting new look and add some new features. Watch this space!
NEW! ONLINE TICKET BOOKING IS COMING!
From 17th September, when ticket booking for 42nd Street opens, audiences will be able to buy tickets online through TicketSource, using our website.

This automated ticket booking system is used by several of our amateur theatre colleagues, as well as many professional venues, and will enable anyone to purchase tickets 24/7 on their PC, tablet or mobile. Once purchased, tickets can be emailed to you for free or printed and posted out to you for £1.75.

Of course, you will still be able to make telephone bookings via our Box Office Manager, Christine Taylor, at the usual number: 01204 305812. Christine will also be able to email tickets to you or print them if you are personally collecting.

We very much hope this exciting new development will benefit our customers.
SECOND show of 2019 announced!
To complete our 2019 season, we are proud to announce that the October/November show will be "Scrooge".

This perennial favourite by Leslie Bricusse tells the famous Dickens story of the miserable miser Ebeneezer Scrooge, whose life is changed for the good when he is visited on Christmas Eve by three spirits who show him the error of his ways.
First show of 2019 announced!
We are thrilled to have secured the licence for "Sugar - the Some Like It Hot musical" as our first show of 2019.

This hilarious comedy musical is based on the much-loved 1959 Billy Wilder film - which starred Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis - with a wonderful jazzy score by legendary Broadway composer Jule Styne ("Gypsy", "Funny Girl").

Walmsley CAODS will be the first society in Bolton to produce this brilliant show!
NODA 2018 AWARDS night
The Annual NODA North West Dinner and Awards took place on Sunday May 6th at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester and once again Walmsley were well represented by members and by nominations (see below).
We didn't win any awards this time, but of course every nominee is the winner of their district. So congratulations to Nora, David, Vicki and Steve for being the best in their categories in Region 5.
FOUR NODA NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 AWARDS
We are thrilled that both of our 2017 shows have received nominations from NODA North West for this year's awards. For High Society, Nora Howcroft is nominated for Best Direction of a Musical and David Wilson for Best Male Comedy Performance; and for Kiss Me Kate, Steve Benson is nominated for Best Leading Male in a Musical and Vicki Wilson for Best Choreography. Well done to our nominees and to everyone involved in the productions. And good luck on Sunday 6th May at the Awards Dinner!
Nora wins at NODA
NORA’S LIFE CELEBRATED IN BOLTON NEWS
Our Chairman and Director, Nora Howcroft, stars in her own life story in a Bolton News article. Highlighting her many achievements over the years in amateur operatics and dramatics, the article also has several mentions for our society, including a plug for our next show, Follies.

Read the Bolton News article.
WALMSLEY ANNUAL BOWLs COMPETITION
The annual Walmsley Bowls Competition was held on Saturday 2nd September at the Wagon & Horses pub in Hawkshaw and as usual all members had a great time. This year's winner was Mike Taylor, with Dave McGreavy in second place. The semi finalists were Simon McGreavy and Christine Taylor.
BATS AWARDS NIGHT 2017
The BATS Annual Dinner and Awards Night was held on Friday 1st September at the Holiday Inn in Bolton and a number of members went along to enjoy the event. We were rewarded with two nominations for Oliver! and a special personal award! Steve Benson won Best Actor in a Musical for Fagin and we also had a nomination for Best Set & Costume Design. And to top off the evening, Mike Taylor won the Michael Rogers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Theatre in Bolton. What a great night for the society!
YOUTH GROUP PRODUCTION 22ND-24TH JUNE
Our brilliant and talented Youth Group will be performing their next show, "The Rocky Monster Show" on 22nd-24th June.
Bizarre, anarchic and very funny, this Rock 'n' Roll musical is a riotous mix of the Addams Family, Young Frankenstein and Phantom of the Opera, with Rebecca and The Rocky Horror Show thrown in for good measure!
Come and support our Youth Group! Phone 01204 305812 to book tickets.
SECOND SHOW OF 2018 ANNOUNCED!
42nd Street will be our second show of 2018! See opposite for full details. The Committee have now secured the licence and we can look forward to an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza for our Autumn show of 2018.

There are still two more shows in the pipeline, so keep checking here to see what 2019 will hold for us and our audiences!

Future Productions

Sugar - the Some Like It Hot musical

29th April - 4th May 2019


Based on the classic 1959 film, this sizzling comedy musical premiered in 1972 and features songs by the classic Broadway tunesmith, Jule Styne.

Two unemployed musicians, bass player Jerry and saxophone player Joe, inadvertently witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago. To escape the gangsters, they dress as women and join an all-female band about to leave town for an engagement at a Miami Beach hotel. Complications arise when Joe (as Josephine) falls in love with beautiful band singer, Sugar, and Jerry (as Daphne) finds himself pursued by wealthy and elderly Osgood Fielding. Total chaos erupts when the gangsters descend upon the hotel and realize who Josephine and Daphne really are!

Scrooge

28th October - 2nd November 2019


Charles Dickens's classic story, A Christmas Carol, is adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse in this musical based on the 1970 film.

It's Christmas in Victorian London, a time of peace and goodwill to all men. All men, that is, except the miserly moneylender, Ebeneezer Scrooge, who hates this time of the year. He resents giving his clerk, Bob Cratchit, time off with his family, spurns an invitation from his nephew, refuses to donate to the poor and continues to collect his debts.

On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley, then by three spirits who attempt to make him change his ways before it is too late!


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