Wharfe Valley Flood Appeal

Wharfe Valley Flood Appeal is helped by amateur theatrical group

AN APPEAL helping flood victims in Otley has been given a £150 boost by generous theatre goers.

Yeadon Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society invited fundraisers from the Wharfe Valley Flood Appeal to hold collections at its latest production of The Little Shop Of Horrors at YeadonTown Hall last week.

Collections were held at all the performances, with audiences digging deep to help people who were hit by the Boxing Day flooding.

The appeal, which was set up by Niki Taylor, raised more than £4,000 within days. But YAODS says more support is needed as the knock on costs of the damage continue to rise.

Mel Metcalf from the appeal said: “We are so grateful to Yeadon Amateurs for inviting us along and enabling us to raise this money. We did not expect to raise so much and it just demonstrates that in times of need, we can still rely on our neighbours.”

Malcolm Kleiman, Vice Chairman of Yeadon Amateurs said: “We have worked together, to provide entertainment for our local community and also help where it is needed. We are always glad to help our neighbours and reinforce that sense of community spirit.”

Congratulations to everyone involved on and off stage in our Christmas Concert at Yeadon Town Hall. A roaring success thoroughly enjoyed by both the audience and the ones taking part. Pictures of our singers, Otley Brass Band, Peace Dance Academy children, and some of the many members/committee members, and volunteers that enable the evening to run smoothly and safely.

Also our Community Singers at High Trees Garden Centre Saturday 19th December 2015.  A lovely couple of hours enjoyed by all singers, staff and customers who helped us with a collection for Aireborough Voluntary Services to the Elderly with Disabilities (AVSED)1236 5 48 9 10


Made In Dagenham – Auditions 19th March 2016


Brilliant Workshop for Made In Dagenham! Looking forward to the Auditions on Saturday. If you haven’t already registered an interest, contact our secretary Pam Beck: 01943 462283 pam.beck@hotmail.co.uk


Cast Required

Hit West End Musical for ‘yaods’ Yeadon Amateurs

Freshly released for the amateur circuit, West End hit musical ‘Made In Dagenham’ to be presented at Yeadon Town Hall, Leeds, in March 2017.

A strong Female cast also required, and of course some Men.

To register your interest please contact our Secretary Pam Beck:

01943 462 283 or email:  pam.beck@hotmail.co.uk  


Dear YAODS Members and Supporters

My name is Malcolm Kleiman. The time has now come for us to forge A NEW WAY AHEAD on the road to the long term future successes of our Society.

I have been tasked with leading A New Way Ahead which involves:

 a) Bringing our membership and contacts lists up to date, (b) Knowing your preferences and (c) Reaching out with a wider involvement into the community.

As many of you will know, Linda Marshall our stalwart secretary after 18 years of unstinting service to yaods has stood down, but will still be a supporting member of the society.

 Your co-operation in this task would be appreciated.

(a) Membership and Contacts lists: Please could you assist by emailing your name – address – phone numbers. (

  1. b) Out of the following list, please state all of your preferences: Performing – Musicals – Plays – Concerts – Casual Singing in the community – Back stage- Front of house – Committee – Volunteer helper – Other.

(c) Wider involvement in the community.

Please email directly to malcolmkleiman@yahoo.co.uk so that we can keep you fully informed and up to date at all times.

I have already set in place a new association between yaods and AVSED as part of the involvement with the community.by gathering volunteers to go and sing popular songs that do not require any rehearsals. Please see attachment.

Success does not only just depend on the committee; it involves YOU, members of your family, friends and people you work with.

Could YOU help to improve the future of YAODS?

What would YOU like YAODS to do, together with YOU to make it happen?

If YOU, your family or friends wish to be part of making THE NEW WAY AHEAD a more EXCITING – ENJOYABLE and ENTERTAINING experience then put names foreword by email to malcolmkleiman@yahoo.co.uk

Little Shop Of Horrors

3Little Shop of Horrors -Yeadon Town Hall – 8th-12th March 2016 also matinee on 12th Evenings at 7.15pm – Matinee 2.15pm

Book online (click on ‘Tickets’ above) or Box Office: 07468 107304

Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. 

Rehearsal 04/02/2016

To paraphrase Mark Twain, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”, the rumoured demise of Yeadon Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society has also been overplayed and exaggerated.

The Society felt it had to take the necessary and unprecedented step to cancel the forthcoming production of Anything Goes that was to have taken place in March this year, something that had been unheard of in the Society’s eighty-five year history.

The decision to cancel was arrived at after it became apparent that there was a distinct lack of male chorus members, a problem that a fair few societies in the local area find themselves dealing with.  The Principal parts (men included) had all been cast and rehearsals were well underway.  Several notices to appeal for men had gone out via social and print media, but sadly, to no avail and as the musical takes place aboard an ocean liner, it was felt untenable and not believable to present a show set in the 1930s with no male passengers or crew.

Readers will be pleased to note, however, that YAODS is still very much alive, well and ready to give local audiences some new productions of very highest standard.  Standards that the Society is justly famous for and proud of.

To kick off the new season there will be a Grand Spring Coffee Morning on Saturday 28 March from 10am at Yeadon Town Hall.  There will be a selection of stalls, with no doubt tombola and a raffle or two!  People will be able to browse some bargains or perhaps just relax with a coffee and have a natter with friends.  Society members will also be on hand to answer any questions and to sign up new people for membership.

YAODS gives its annual play each October and this year is no exception.  With an impressive back catalogue of first class productions in the repertoire, such as last year’s success, Stepping Out and previous triumphs, Nunsense, Blithe Spirit and The Darling Buds of May. The Society has, this year, has chosen Boeing Boeing, acomedy by Marc Camoletti.  Set in the 1960s, a swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other.  But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning.  Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.  A riotous farce that recently enjoyed hit revivals in London and New York, Boeing Boeing is now set to arrive in Yeadon – fasten your seat belts!

Boeing Boeing is to be presented at the Town Hall, Yeadon from 30 September to 3 October and audiences can look forward to an evening of fun and entertainment.  There will shortly be an announcement of the musical to be given in March 2016 so watch this space.