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.