Entertaining since 1921

Weymouth Operatic Society, now Wessex Musical Theatre, was formed in September 1921 and their first show HMS Pinafore, was performed in May 1922 at the Pavilion Theatre. It was directed by W Harry Drury from Sussex with Edgar Lane from Dorchester as Musical Director – a happy juxtaposition of Drury Lane.  The Society rehearsed at the Royal Palm Court Rooms and the Pavilion Tea Rooms.

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The Society struggled in the early days due to the high costs of hiring the theatre and in 1935 had to give up for a time because of financial problems and the shortage of men – the latter a problem still today!  During the war the Society leased a Hall in Market Street where the Social Secretary, Miss Innes, organised fundraising events so that the Society was able to start performing again after the war, commencing with The Country Girl in 1947.

Over the years the Society has rehearsed at various venues in Weymouth including The Royal Dorset Yacht Club, The Art Centre, a Church in Chickerell Road and various pubs. It was a case of members having to attend rehearsals to know where the next rehearsal was going to be! For several years the Society leased a Hall in West Street from Weymouth Council until they had to leave when it was to be demolished for town development. It was then that the Society bought the old Photomasters premises in Derby Street and after a great deal of work they moved into Operatic House in January 1992.

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The Society struggled in the early days due to the high costs of hiring the theatre and in 1935 had to give up for a time because of financial problems and the shortage of men – the latter a problem still today!  During the war the Society leased a Hall in Market Street where the Social Secretary, Miss Innes, organised fundraising events so that the Society was able to start performing again after the war, commencing with The Country Girl in 1947.

Over the years the Society has rehearsed at various venues in Weymouth including The Royal Dorset Yacht Club, The Art Centre, a Church in Chickerell Road and various pubs. It was a case of members having to attend rehearsals to know where the next rehearsal was going to be! For several years the Society leased a Hall in West Street from Weymouth Council until they had to leave when it was to be demolished for town development. It was then that the Society bought the old Photomasters premises in Derby Street and after a great deal of work they moved into Operatic House in January 1992.

Together with the Junior Section, WOW, the Society rehearsed there for 11 years. Unfortunately, with rising costs, both in productions and running the premises together with falling audiences, the trustees had to decide whether to fold or sell.  After much soul searching, the decision was taken to sell Operatic House and in the following January the Society moved to rehearsal rooms at Hope Church. We have been made extremely welcome by the Elders of the Church and are now happily settled in our new rooms where we continue to rehearse for concerts and shows both at the Pavilion Theatre and in Hope Church itself.

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Together with the Junior Section, WOW, the Society rehearsed there for 11 years. Unfortunately, with rising costs, both in productions and running the premises together with falling audiences, the trustees had to decide whether to fold or sell.  After much soul searching, the decision was taken to sell Operatic House and in the following January the Society moved to rehearsal rooms at Hope Church. We have been made extremely welcome by the Elders of the Church and are now happily settled in our new rooms where we continue to rehearse for concerts and shows both at the Pavilion Theatre and in Hope Church itself.

Life Members

peter croad

Peter Croad

betty curtis

Betty Curtis

dorenne fowler

Dorenne Fowler

Judie Sheldon

Judie Sheldon

Geoff King

Geoff Tizzard-King

sarah tizzard

Sarah Tizzard-King

John Marston

John Marston

Roger Pipe

Roger Pipe

Roy Hopkins

Roy Hopkins

Honorary Members

ann hack

Ann Hack

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What the Paper's had to say...

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Dorset Echo Review: Christmas Show

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Dorset Echo Review: Evita

Anything Goes

Bournemouth Echo Review: Anything Goes

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Past Shows

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