Two NODA awards for members of musical society Ware Operatic

Linda Dyne and Natasha Easton with their NOSCAR Awards.

Linda Dyne and Natasha Easton with their NOSCAR Awards.

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Musical society Ware Operatic won two awards at the 'NOSCARS' - amateur dramatics' answer to the Oscars

Members of the group, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, were nominated in three categories by the National Operatic and Dramatic Society (NODA), amateur theatre’s representing body.

At a glamorous awards evening, Linda Dyne won Director of the Year and Natasha Easton was named for Best Female Performance in a Musical, both for their involvement in Ware Operatic’s 2018 production of Kiss Me, Kate at Hertford Theatre.

“We’re very proud of Linda and Natasha, who are very deserving of their awards,” said the society’s chairman, Brian Worthington.

“It just goes to show that you don’t have to pay huge amounts to see shows in the West End when quality productions are happening on your doorstep.”

Linda more recently directed The Lion in Winter at the Barn Theatre in Welwyn Garden City last month.

Starting life as an evening class at Ware College in 1969, the original group was so stage-struck that Ware Operatic is still going strong half a century later.

Now with over 50 members, it has expanded its original Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire to include a wide range of musical theatre and other styles, performing a major show, a summer concert, and a cabaret each year.

Attendees of that first class are still involved alongside members that have joined throughout the years.

The society’s 50th year will be marked with a number of events, including a production at My Fair Lady at Hertford Theatre.

There will also be a presentation of ‘50 Members for 50 Years’, a celebration of all the people and roles that make up the society, across Facebook.

“So much hard work goes into bringing the shows together,” added Brian, “and the fact that we are celebrating such an important anniversary just goes to show how dedicated our members are and how much they enjoy being a part of Ware Operatic.”

My Fair Lady runs from Tuesday, March 5 to Saturday, March 9 at Hertford Theatre.

Tickets are now available at the box office.

For more information on becoming a member of Ware Operatic, either on stage or behind the scenes, see www.wareoperatic.org.uk or call Maurice Newman on 01992 5864456.

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