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Award winning Birkdale Orpheus Society formed in 1959, recently celebrated its 55th anniversary at a Masquerade Ball held at the Masonic Lodge in Southport.

Chairman, Debbie Harrison presented society member Gill Corcoran with the annual Jack Donnelly Award for recognition of her outstanding service to the society over the last 12 months.

Pictured above: Chairman Debbie Harrison presents Gill Corcoran with the Jack Donnelly Award

National Operatic Dramatic Award (NODA) Long Service Awards were also presented to three society members to commemorate their years of service to amateur theatre; Ron and Doreen Bridson -50 years and Liz Clarke – 35 years.

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Left to Right: Liz Clarke, Gill Corcoran, Chairman; Debbie Harrison, President; Frank Moreland, Doreen Bridson, Ron Bridson.

The society are also celebrating after winning two major awards at the prestigious National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA) Awards 2014 held at the Ramada Hotel.

The group was nominated in a number of categories and scooped the awards for Best Leading Male Actor in a musical for Ben Wake as ‘Billy Bigelow’ and Best Comedic Performance for Heather Lewis as ‘Carrie’ in their recent production of ‘Carousel’.

Society Chairman Debbie Harrison said:

“We are extremely proud of the wealth of talent within our society.

We have a thriving younger membership which provides the foundation to take the society forward over the coming years. As we celebrate our 55 years we feel the time is right to update our image to represent our contemporary ethos.

We are very excited to announce that with effect from June 1st our new society name will become B.O.S Musical Theatre Company”.

In celebration of their 55 years of musical theatre the group will perform the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The King and I at the Little Theatre, Hoghton Street from Saturday 24th May to Saturday 31st May 2014.

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This heart-warming story of the British governess brought to the court of Siam to tutor the King’s many children is told using one of the most beautiful scores ever written with sweeping melodies such as The March of the Siamese Children, Shall We Dance, I Whistle A Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers and the unforgettable Getting To Know You. Local actor Jamie Lester will play ‘The King’, the role made famous by Yul Brynner accompanied by Liz Clarke as the British governess ‘Anna Leonowens’. The cast includes 24 youngsters as the royal children.

With sumptuous costumes, lavish set and beautiful music this is a show not to be missed. Great family entertainment! For advanced tickets sales, contact the society ticket secretary on 01704 564042.

Tickets may be purchased from the Little Theatre Box Office 01704 530521 from Saturday 17th May onwards between 11.00am – 2.30pm. Ticket prices range from £10 to £13 with reductions for children at selected performances. There is a matinee on Saturday 31 May starting at 2pm.

For further information visit the society website

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