WORCESTER OPERATIC & DRAMATIC SOCIETY YOUTH SECTION
Over 35 years of Musical Youth Theatre in Worcester
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Formed in 1982, WODYS have arguably become one of the leading amateur musical youth groups in the country. Our membership averages 70 youngsters aged between 8 and 18 years. We have a waiting list to join the group. People on the waiting list are invited to join our academy (WODAC) and then take an audition to become a full WODYS member.
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Our first show, You Can’t Stop The Panto, was staged at our rehearsal room in 1983. Nowadays, with a much larger show budget the group uses more elaborate sets and costumes, such as that of Les Misérables (School Edition) with its barricade and revolving stage. WODYS marked their tenth anniversary production, HMS Pinafore, by staging it at the Swan Theatre, Worcester. Since, then we have been performing at the theatre and in many cases, to capacity audiences.
WODYS’ production of Half a Sixpence in 2011was heralded as best youth musical in District 10 of the West Midlands region of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and was praised by the NODA president at the time for: “Outstanding performance in a youth society production”. Its Oklahoma! programme, in 2007, also received an award from NODA.
We have links to professional theatre through the celebrities who have backed WODYS productions. Many WODYS members have gone on to professional theatre work.
Each year WODYS form a “cabaret group” to provide entertainment for the elderly and infirm by visiting nursing homes and sheltered housing. This is done on a charitable basis.
About us About us Since 1992, WODYS has raised more than £20,000 for local children’s charities. Did you know?