On Stage Involvement
FAOS runs five productions each year; a traditional Musical in May (6 performances), a youth production in August (3 performances), a contemporary Musical in the Autumn (3 performances), a musical Concert in October (2 performances) and a pantomime just after Christmas (8 performances).
Each production opens four to five months before the show, starting with a few singing rehearsals once a week which subsequently lead to auditions and then, for the successful candidates, into the rehearsals leading up to the show. Don’t forget, if you audition for a principal part and aren't successful, it is very likely you will be offered the option to go into the chorus and there are also some other smaller parts within the choruses. There are parts for everybody, men, women and children. We regularly have over 50 on stage.
In addition to the performances, there are several full rehearsal runs of the show just beforehand, preceded by rehearsals in the months leading up to the show, one per week at first and later two per week. The one big thing you must have to join a show is commitment. A show is very hard work and will consume your spare time in the week or so leading up to it. We cannot run a show with players sometimes missing. If you think you can’t commit fully to a particular show, don’t join it but leave it until you can.
To take part in FAOS shows you will need to be a paid-up member of the FAOS. There is a small additional production fee for each production, which goes towards insurance, costumes etc. Amongst many of the benefits of being an FAOS member you will be able to find out about social events, receive newsletters, share information with other members and generally feel a part of the Society. You will also have access to all the information on this website that you will need for a particular show ie; rehearsal schedules and notification of changes to it, audition pieces, character profiles etc.
If you would like to find out further information please email us and someone will get back to you to talk about what you could do, how and when. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our Society.