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Settle Opera Annual Report


The Annual General Meeting of Settle Amateur Operatic Society was held recently. The President, Freda Hargreaves and Chairman, John Reid welcomed the 46 members present. There as a short silence held in memory of members and friends who had passed away during the year.  Thanks were expressed to all who helped in any way last year and contributed to the success of “Calamity Jane”.

The Treasurer, Mr K Foster, reported a loss during the year of £419 and a loss on “Calamity Jane” of £3648, due to the high costs of staging productions now.

The social committee had enjoyed another good year of fund raising and thanks were expressed to all who support and bake for them etc. and to all the people in the community who support them. They were able to hand over a cheque for £3000, which almost covers the loss on the last production.

All officers and the management committee were re-elected. The two new members of the social committee are Gillian Cannon and Wendy Lawson.

It was decided to leave the level of subscriptions unchanged, but if any member wished to “top-up” their subscription this would be very gratefully accepted. Subscriptions should be paid to Jean Parsons by 31st August.

The Junior Theatre Group has about 30 members aged between 7-17 and has been busy rehearsing for a performance of “Bugsy Malone” which is to be presented at Victoria Hall on 5 April at 6pm.

The show voted by members to be our production this year is “Guys and Dolls”. The producer will be Pat Harding and musical director, Pam Whitehead. The get together for this will take place at The Old Courthouse, Settle on Wednesday 7 May at 7.30pm. There be a meeting for anyone interested in applying for a part in the show on Monday, 12 May at the Courthouse at 7.30pm and the first rehearsal will be on Wednesday 14 May at 7.30pm, again at the Courthouse. New members are always welcome both to contribute on and off stage.

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