Bringing musical theatre to Stourbridge for over 100 years!

Frequently Asked Questions

- What do I have to do to join the society?  
- On which nights does the society rehearse?   
- How much are subscriptions?  
- How much does it cost to put on a show?    
- Who decides which show the society performs?    
- Why can't the society do 'Les Miserables', 'Phantom of
the Opera' or 'Miss Saigon'? 

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What do I have to do to join the society?
Click here and print out an Application form through your browser;
- Fill in the Application Form and forward it to our Membership Secretary;
- You will then be contacted and invited to audition for the Society;
- For the audition, you will need to sing a song of your choice and read a piece of libretto from 'Guys and Dolls' (available by clicking here and printing out through your browser);
- We will then inform you whether your application has been successful.

The Application form and audition libretto are in pdf format. If you do not have Acrobat Reader you can download it free by clicking on the image below:

NB: All acting members who wish to be in the annual production have to do a show audition each year, whether for Principal roles or chorus.

On which nights does the society rehearse?
The society normally rehearses on Tuesday and Wednesdays and then from mid September, Sundays too.

How much are subscriptions?
Subscriptions for 2018 are as follows:

Acting membership: £25
Non-acting membership: £25

Show Fee: As the cost of producing our shows is in the region of £40,000 we ask each cast member to pay one £50 show fee towards this cost, in addition to their annual subscription.

Subscriptions, the Show Fee and the Entrance Fee are set each year at the Annual General Meeting, held during the third week of March.

How much does it cost to put on a show?
This can depend on the major cost areas of the production, including set, orchestra, costume and royalties. For the shows produced between 2012 and 2015 total expenditure averaged £34,732 per production.

Who decides which show the society performs?
The General Committee will gather a shortlist of four musicals, chosen under the criteria of cost, availability, suitability and popularity.  These are then voted on at a General Meeting of the society.  Stourbridge Amateur Operatic Society is one of very few societies which leaves the final choice to its members.

Why can't the society do 'Les Miserables', 'Phantom of the Opera' or 'Miss Saigon'?
The society can only choose shows for which the amateur rights are available.  While shows are on professional tour or in the West End these amateur rights are not normally available.  Should the show finish in the West End or finish its professional tour, the rights holders (eg Musicscope, Josef Weinberger, Really Useful Group, Samuel French) may release the amateur rights to local societies.  Those societies who are interested put in an application to perform the show and the rights holders decide which societies are given permission.