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Legally Blonde The Musical

2014-15 Membership Auditions

We are arranging auditions for new members for the 2014-15 season, and our production of Legally Blonde - a great opportunity to be a part of this vibrant energetic and fun new musical, in its East Midlands premier. Want to know more? Find out here.

Legally Blonde

5th - 9th May 2015

We are very excited to announce that we will be performing the multiple award winning show Legally Blonde The Musical in May 2015. Tickets for Legally Blonde are now a available for order through the society, and through the theatre box office!


Sister Act

Sister Act - Breaking Records

Audience figures for our recent production of the musical Sister Act were fantastic - we hoped it would be popular, but it has been our best-selling show ever. Thank you to everyone who came to support us - we had standing ovations at every performance, which left the audience and the cast on a high after every show. We were extremely privilege to be one of the first amateur productions of the show, based on the film staring Whoopi Goldberg, with music by Alan Menken, at the Nottingham Theatre Royal. You can read a selection of the wonderful reviews we had here. We even received best wishes from Whoopi Goldberg herself!

Cash for your community - Thank you

Carlton Operatic Society was selected as one of the community groups that took part in the "Cash for Your Community" programme run by Nottingham Post in collaboration with Nottingham Building Society. £35,000 was available to successful community groups and to gain access to these funds the society had to collect as many tokens from the Nottingham Post as possible – tokens mean money!

The funds we raise from this programme, will be used to encourage more involvement in Amateur theatre and for people to come and have a go singing, dancing and acting, with our existing membership. The funds will support a number of tailored workshops (existing members could also take part) that will develop skills and confidence, and give people of taste of what fun amateur theatre can be. Should we be lucky enough to gain enough funds we would like to hold a concert at a small venue that people from the workshops can take part in with our existing members.

Thank you for supporting Maggie's

Maggie's Volunteers

Carlton Operatic Society would like to thank all those that made contributions during our performance of Sister Act at the Nottingham Theatre Royal between 28th-31st May 2014 to our charity, Maggie's Nottingham. £732.00 was collected over the seven performances.

Maggie's Nottingham has been our chosen charity for 2013-14 and to date including the collection at the theatre we have collected over £1000.

Maggie's is a charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Maggie's centre can be found on the grounds of the Nottingham City Hospital. If you would like to find out more about the centre please visit their website.

100 years of service

Julie Walton with award recipients Jayne Allitt, Elaine Lockett and Wenda Palmer

It was a special evening at the Carlton Operatic Society rehearsals for Sister Act for three very special long-term members of Carlton Operatic Society who received their long service medals from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. Elaine Lockett received her 50-year medal, and Jayne Allitt and Wenda Palmer both received their 25-year medals. The awards recognise an individual's commitment, support and dedication to amateur theatre. Presenting the awards was Julie Walton, Vice President who herself has been a member of the society for 52 years.

In the century of combined service devoted by Elaine, Jayne and Wenda to Carlton Operatic Society they have played many different roles – not only by treading the boards (you can see Jayne playing Sister Mary Jane in the society's new production of the musical Sister Act at the Nottingham Theatre Royal at the end of May), but also behind the scenes. This has included working backstage, committee responsibilities (all three have served on the society committee for many years, and Elaine is joint Vice President of the society with Julie Walton), running the costume department, sourcing and managing stage props, and organising the social activities of the society.

Elaine said "My family has been connected with Carlton Operatic Society since 1933, and it's wonderful to see how the Society has developed over the years. We will always need young people to join us to ensure that the society continues to thrive, and in turn those who join will experience the thrill and excitement of live theatre, as I have enjoyed over the past 50 years". If you are interested in becoming a member please contact us.

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About us

Carlton Operatic was founded in 1921 and is based in Netherfield, Nottingham. We are affiliated to NODA, and we have performed almost every year since 1986 at the Nottingham Playhouse. In May 2014 we move into our new home, Nottingham Theatre Royal. Society members also perform in concert during the closed season.

This website contains information for potential new members and for existing members. Some areas are available only to registered users, and require a username and password. These can be obtained by clicking the register link in the left hand navigation bar. New accounts will be subjected to an approval process before you can access the "COS members only" areas.

Images courtesy of Alan Headland, Barry Daws, Chris Rees and Graeme Crawford. (c) Carlton Operatic Society 2007-13