'Use us or lose us': WAODS chair makes plea for more support

Reporter:

Barrie White

The chairperson of the Whitchurch Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society has admitted fears the group may soon face a ‘use us or lose us’ scenario.

Rose Hall, from Whitchurch, has thanked the town council for its recent grant of £800 which she says has gone towards costs of putting on a pantomime this year.

However, she believes all the hard work carried out by members of the society – in its 93rd year – will soon be lost without the support of the paying public.

“I just wanted to publicly say a big thank you to Whitchurch Town Council,” she said.

“The society isn't just a hobby, it’s a service to the community and we’re dedicated to putting on quality shows the public can enjoy.

“However, I am very fearful it is fast becoming a case of use us or lose us.

“Our last two wonderful productions The Mikado and Little Shop of Horrors didn’t cover costs.

“I think people are unaware that shows cost between £8,000 and £12,000 to put on. We make savings where we can but venue hire, costume, light and sound all cost and all have to be covered by the ticket price.

“Please, please come and support us – come and join us if you feel like being part of the team onstage or off and put the word around we’re doing Cinderella from November 29 until December 2.

“Bring the kids along with all the family to enjoy.

“We enjoy doing them for you and welcome new members or patrons who are vital in keeping us going with donations.”

WAODS will have a Cinderella workshop tomorrow and on August 24 at 7.30pm in the Masonic Rooms, in Castle Hill, and anyone wishing to get involved can contact Rose on 01691 663888.

Email:

barrie.white@nwn.co.uk

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