28th Feb, 2020

WODS going back to roots for anniversary

Aaron Wise 6th Feb, 2017

A WORCESTER theatrical school is returning to its origins as it prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society (WODS) will be hosting a special anniversary dinner on February 17 at the Whitehouse Hotel, to celebrate its milestone year of helping dancers, singers and actors perform musical shows across the City.

The Foregate Street hotel was the venue of WODS’ first annual general meeting in October, 1892, and hosted the group’s first ‘Coming of Age’ dinner in 1913, when it was known as the ‘Star Hotel’.

During the evening, WODS’ members and the Mayor of Worcester, Coun Paul Denham, will be entertained by an array of song and dance from its youth section.

WODS has donated more than £24,000 to local charities and causes since 1988.

Bruce Wyatt, WODS’ secretary said: “We’re all very proud of our history and long association with the City and hope to share our celebrations at the Swan Theatre in April with as people as possible.

“In the meantime, it’ll be a unique occasion to return to the Whitehouse Hotel on February, 17, where it all started 125 years ago.”

The group are currently rehearsing for their 179th production of ‘HMS Pinafore and Other Infernal Nonsense’ at the Swan Theatre from Tuesday, April 25 to Saturday, April 29.

Call the theatre’s Box Office on 01905 611427 for tickets or for more information.

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