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Rushden Operatic Society

The society was formed by the late Bernard Palmer, a Rushden florist. He and nine others were interested and
willing to cover the £1,500 needed to stage the first show, and they called a public meeting.
About 85 people
turned up and the society was born. Two others involved in that first show were Percy and Hilda House of the
jewellers shop.
Oswald Lawrence was the society's first musical director and stayed with them for 29 years.
The society has had four musical directors; Oswald L. Lawrence, Joan Hart, Pauline Longland and then Janet Welsh.
Many of its backstage crew have given long & dedicated service, especially stage manager Len Gomm.

Blossom Time was the first live show presented at the Ritz in 1947.


Productions
1947
Blossom Time
1970
South Pacific
1948
The Three Musketeers
1970
The Sound of Music
1949
Masquerade
1971
Showboat
1950
The Vagabond King
1972
My Fair Lady
1951
Magyar Melody
1973
The Mikado
1952
Bless the Bride and Advertisers
1974
Waltzes from Vienna
1953
Waltz Without End
1975
Summer Song
1953
Merrie England
1976
Kiss Me, Kate
1954
Brigadoon
1977
The Sound of Music
1954
The Gondoliers
1978
The Merry Widow
1955
The Dubarry
1979
Viva Mexico and Advertisers
1956
Song of Norway
1980
Calamity Jane
1957
White Horse Inn
1981
The King and I
1958
Carousel and Advertisers
1982
Fiddler on the Roof
1959
Love from Judy
1983
Oklahoma
1959
Balalaika
1984
Hello Dolly
1960
The King and I and Advertisers
1985
Carousel
1961
Bitter Sweet and Advertisers
1986
Oliver
1962
Kismet and Advertisers
1987
South Pacific
1963
The Desert Song and Advertisers
1988
Half a Sixpence
1964
The Student Prince and Advertisers
1989
Fiddler on the Roof
1965
The Merry Widow
The Roaring Twenties
1966
The New Moon
1990
Perchance to Dream
1967
Annie Get Your Gun
1991
Can-Can
1968
Pink Champagne
1992
Cabaret
1969
The Dancing Years
1994
Gershwin's Final Notes
Officers of the Society

Oswald Lawrence
Musical Director


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