Pershore Operatic and Dramatic Society

PODS is a member of NODA - National Operatic and Dramatic Association



Future Shows


Pirates of Penzance


3rd to 8th December 2018 including a Saturday Matinee


Following on from our sell-out production of The Best of West End and Broadway why not join us at Number 8 Community Arts Centre in Pershore this December.


We will journey to a rocky seashore on the coast of Cornwall for a swash-buckling pantomime-esque production. The show is an up-dated Broadway version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s riotous operetta.


A New Version of GILBERT and SULLIVAN’S THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. As Presented on Broadway by New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer. Directed by Wilford Leach. Musical Adaptation by William Elliot. Choreography by Graciela Daniele


This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe




Director: Judy Megarry

Musical Director: Andrew Hemming




The Producers


Coming June 2019


PODS Past Productions

The Best of Westend and Broadway


11th to 16th June 2018 at Number 8 Community Arts Centre


NODA Review by Andy Brown for Bruce Wyatt December 15th June 2018





The show was billed as ‘The Best of West End and Broadway’. This was indeed what we saw and more, bringing the songs from these iconic theatrical locations to the historic town of Pershore in Worcestershire.

The show itself consisted of music and dance from 33 musicals! Some titles more well-known than others however, it was likely the audience would at least have known the music selected if not the title of the show. The cast of 45 members and superb orchestra took us on an amazing evening of entertainment with no less than 650 costumes and stunning lighting.

With all these ingredients it was little wonder Pershore Operatic and Dramatic Society played to a sell out audience and a highly appreciative one at that.

With so many cast members, many of whom took part in numerous numbers, it is impossible to name everyone. Even if looking for the outstanding musical numbers it would still be a tall order as they simply came one after another and the quality of this show came out time and time again.

The show opened with an ‘overture’ involving the whole company and a medley from three musicals. It was slick and promised the quality of performance about to come. This was followed by ‘One Night Only’ from Dreamgirls sung by Tessa Sheehy and ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’ from Blood Brothers lead by Lindsey Kirby. Both very well done. Shortly afterwards we heard, ‘Somebody to Love’ from We Will Rock You sung by Loren Howland and, ‘How Flying Adored’ from Evita sung by David Hemming again both very well done.

The absolute highlights were the ‘Phantom Medley’ especially from Suzie Tapley and Briony Stevens supported well by Paul Tapley and Peter Spence. Les Misérables involving the whole company was well staged and of a particularly high quality vocally, visually and from the musicians.

Mention must also be made of ‘Pure Imagination’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Steve Miller, ‘The Impossible Dream’ from Man of La Mancha by Paul Tapley. Finally, ‘Bui Doi’ from Miss Saigon and ‘Tonight’ from Westside Story. All these were outstanding. The staging of ‘When I Grow Up’ from Matilda made the most of the fun this provides for adults dressed as school children.

The director was fortunate to have a team of choreographers at her disposal. They provided some good use of the stage and ensured within the company numbers they made the most of the stronger dancers such as ‘42nd Street’. We saw two ‘dance only’ routines – ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ from The Wizard of Oz and, ‘Wait for It’ from Hamilton.

The set for the show was simple. Either a bare stage or use of some rostra. The lighting was extremely effective. The use of LED lighting including moving heads was well throughout creating the right atmosphere for each of the different numbers. The costumes were good and stunning in visual effect for their characterisation and representation of the pieces such as many already named plus others including Children of Eden, Wicked, Godspell, Sweet Charity and The Jersey Boys.

The ten musicians were under the leadership of musical director Andrew Hemming. The music was wonderfully played especially during both Phantom and the opening to Les Misérables. The orchestra arrangements were incredible.

Congratulations to Judy Megarry and her entire production team. It was evident this show was well rehearsed and well put together with numbers following each other in a constructed way. The energy throughout was amazing. Thank you also to Jim Hutcheon in his role of President of the society and all the front of house team for making us so welcome.

I most certainly look forward to seeing forthcoming production performed by this creative and talented society including ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ in December 2018.


Director: Judy Megarry

Musical Director: Andrew Hemming

Producer: Stuart Megarry and Ellen Honeybun

Jack and the Beanstalk


4th to 9th December 2017 at Number 8 Community Arts Centre


NODA Review By Bruce Wyatt December 5th 2017






This version opened and closed in the local setting of Pershore Town Square and in between incorporated several local references which added effectively to the storyline. As Giant Blunderbore seeks to increase taxes, rents have to rise and Dame Trott and her family are the first to be affected. The King’s daughter Jill is captured and offers Jack a rent-free life for her rescue from Cloudland, the home of the Giant.

PODS’ ‘Jack’ was well played by Oliver Roberts, bringing a smile that would charm any King’s daughter and his musical numbers including ‘Wrapped up’ with ‘Jill’, ‘Corner of the Sky’ and particularly ‘Right here waiting’ were sang with power and feeling. ‘Princess Jill’ played by Louise Bent sang and moved well whilst adding that all-important splash of sweetness and colour.

Jack’s brother, ‘Simple Simon’ played by Matt Owen was a delightful foil adding his own simple humor with fun, whilst ‘Dame Trott’ played by Rob Brown performed with great style and energy, delivering his dialogue at pace, which kept the action moving. David Hemming as the ‘King of Pershore’ added his own brand of bumbling humour to great effect.

No panto would be complete without a ‘Fairy Cupcake’ who was played with great sweetness by Susan Perry, in opposition of course to the devilish ‘Desdemona’ played by Rachel Kent, who sang ‘I’m only human’ well. Forced to sell ‘Daisy the Cow’ (Amberley Connor and Julie Smout) in exchange for ‘Fairy Cupcake’s’ magic beans, from which a beanstalk to Cloudland grows where the Princess is being held, Jack finally outwits ‘Desdemona and the ‘Giant’ (resonant tones provided by James Megarry).

Throughout, the chorus and dancers worked well, backed by a well-controlled orchestra under the tight direction of Andrew Hemming with ‘The Climb’ which closed Act 1 being a particular highlight. The set was well used, the sound was well balanced and the lighting was very effective in supporting the director (Paul Turvey) and producer (Lindsey Kirby), all enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience.


Director: Paul Turvey

Musical Director: Andrew Hemming

Producer: Lindsey Kirby





Shows prior to 2003


  • Jack & The Beanstalk Panto
  • Oliver!



  • Christmas Wassail
  • Gala Concert
  • Me and My Girl



  • Night and Day
  • The Gondoliers



  • Christmas Wassail
  • 10 Years On



  • The Mikado
  • Fiddler On The Roof



  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Annie Get Your Gun



  • Pirates Of Penzance
  • Outside Edge
  • My Fair Lady




  • Aladdin
  • How The Other Half Loves
  • Anything Goes



  • PartyPieces
  • Panic Stations
  • Hello Dolly



  • Snow White
  • No Sex Please We're Brittish
  • Oklahoma!



  • Christmas Cracker
  • Rape Of The Belt
  • Cinderella
  • Showboat



  • Music Hall
  • Carousel



  • Rags To Riches
  • Babes In The Woods



  • Songs From The Shows



Pershore Operatic & Dramatic Society

8 The High Street


WR10 1BG

Email: info@pershorepods.co.uk

Number 8 Box Office: 01386 555488



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