Annual Memorial Skittles Event
The society had a very enjoyable evening out playing skittles at Pershore Sports Club on the 7th April to compete for the Andrew Clasen memorial cup. Nick Cosnett was the winner. Well done to Lucy Miller who won the killer round. Great night! Looking forward to next year!
NODA Commendation Medal
At our 2018 AGM on the evening of the 4th April our fantastic rehearsal pianist and orchestra stalwart Brian Giles was awarded a NODA Commendation Medal for 20 years of service with Pershore Operatic and Dramatic Society. He received a standing ovation from the company. Well done Brian you are a well loved member of the PODS family!
West Midlands NODA Awards 2018 Nomination
The society's production Jack and the Beanstalk has been nominated for the NODA West Midlands "Best Pantomime Production" award. The ceremony will be held on the 15th April at Stourbridge Town Hall. Watch this space.......
Remembering Roger Hewitson
PODS mourns the loss of our wonderful supporter and friend, Roger Hewitson, who passed away at his home earlier this week (week of June 19).
We send sincere condolences to Roger's wife Pam (who is currently in hospital) and family.
We shall miss Roger enormously, yet treasure memories of his years of tremendous service to PODS.
Roger was literally born into theatre and it remained a significant part of his life. His grandfather built and managed several Birmingham theatres and, from the tender age of ten, Roger was already helping to make scenery and back cloths for theatrical groups. Roger formed Quinton Light Operatic Society in 1967, performing his beloved G&S productions.
On moving to the Pershore area in 1998, Roger joined PODS from when we've had the good fortune to benefit in so many ways from his versatile skills and talents. In addition to being a fine bass singer and actor in our productions, Roger was a Committee member and Officer - our membership Secretary. He also turned his skilled hands variously to set design, construction, producer and stage manager tasks. A regular helper at Get-ins and Get-outs, Roger also kindly manned the Number 8 box office enabling cast ticket sales during Wednesday rehearsals but, most of all, was always around with a cheery smile, an encouraging word and can-do attitude.
During our 2015 AGM, we were thrilled to see Roger's qualities and service recognised with the presentation of his long-service 50 year gold bar from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA). We picture Roger with his award and alongside our former President (Beth Milsom), and can think of no more fitting way to salute Roger and all he meant to us.
We will update with details of Roger's funeral which we provisionally believe will be Friday July 14.
Thank you for everything Roger. R.I.P.
NODA West Midlands Awards 2017
On the 23rd April PODS were invited to attend the NODA West Midlands Award ceremony at Stourbridge Town Hall.
We are very proud to have won the "Best Pantomime" award in District 10 for Cinderella and to have been nominated for the "Best Musical" award for Anything Goes.
Best Directon Award
Congratulations to #PODS member Paul Turvey who has won the Birmingham and District Theatre Guild 'Colman Kelly Trophy' for Best Direction of a full length musical for 'LEGALLY BLONDE' at Stourbridge Operatic Society.
Paul is currently directing PODYS "Little Shop of Horrors", choreographing for our current show "Half A Sixpence" and will be directing #PODS next Pantomime "Jack and The Beanstalk" in December 2017.
Well done Paul. We are super proud!!!
Donation to Charity
During Cinderella show week society members gave money instead of exchanging Christmas cards. £85 was raised and has been donated to Pershore Cottage Hospital charitable funds
Mamma Mia Fund Raiser
PODS "MAMMA MIA Singalong Fundraiser evening was a great success this September. The "one night only" show raised money for the society and £350 was donated to Children in Need.
A big thank you to everyone who supported this event!
We hope to hold a similar event in the Summer of 2017
BEM for PODS Founder
Tremendous congratulations to PODS founder and leader Judy Megarry, recognised June 11th in the Queen's 90th year birthday honours!
Het Majesty has awarded Judy the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to community music in Pershore, Worcestershire.
Everyone in PODS is delighted for Judy. The BEM is a richly deserved honour for Judy's tireless work and commitment to founding and sustaining our inclusive and successful Society.
Judy inspires PODS members to be the best they can be. Unwavering support and technical expertise from Judy's husband Stuart has seen the pair bring live musical theatre and entertainment to the community in and around Pershore for over 26 years.
Well done Stuart and congratulations Judy!
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