Do you want to join our vibrant, exciting theatre society?
Most people are not going to commit themselves to becoming a member without knowing a little more about the society. So first things first, Wells Little Theatre is not a group that is likely to disappear. It is well-established with a hugely committed membership (founded in 1902) and possesses the freehold of the theatre building. For those interested in our history, more information is available here. We strongly encourage people to take a look at our various social media groups and information feeds to get a bit of a feel for the society and you can use either the form on our contact page, or message directly on the Wells Little Theatre facebook page if you want to contact someone. You can arrange to pop along to a social night as a guest, or arrange a convenient time to have a tour around and opportunity to ask any questions.
Speaking of questions, we most commonly get asked the following;
How do I become a member?
Arrange to come and visit using the form on our contact page or facebook and have a look around and get a feel for the group. You can then decide to join, complete a form which will be proposed and seconded by existing members (usually those who show you around!) and submit it with the membership fee to be approved by the committee. Next thing you know, you are part of the Wells Operatic Society.
Do you have to audition to get into the society?
No, there is no audition process to join the society. Most of the productions have an auditions, although the pantomime is a community show, so you don't have to audition to be in chorus.
But I can’t sing or act! You don’t need me as a member, do you?
We can categorically say that everyone is welcome, and in fact people who have no interest in being on stage are often greeted with great rejoicing! As most people who are in an amdram group know, the people on stage are just the tip of the iceberg. We are in constant need of people to help with Front of House, in the Bar and Backstage in all areas. Even if there is nothing there that is your cup of tea, we still would love to have you as a member and participate in social events.
Hang on, it says ‘Wells Operatic Society’ – do you only do operas?
The name of the charitable group dates back to its conception over a hundred years ago when the society mainly performed operas. However, now we do musicals, plays, pantomimes, review shows of all different types. Our usual pattern is a big spring musical, an autumn show , our annual pantomime and an early play. This means there is usually something rehearsing all the time, and occasionally shows overlap. We have been known to do a lot more than this in a year, it depends on what is available.
Do you host other shows?
Yes, frequently. We host the very successful Long Paws Comedy Club that arranges for stand up comedians including big names to grace our small venue. There is another group, Owbeon, that arranges for high quality small modern performances to visit our theatre several times a year, and we also have theatre school touring performances. The theatre is available to hire, so is often used by other groups and companies, local schools, dance groups and societies as a venue.
I'm interested in a show that's coming up, do I need to be a member to audition?
No, you can audition without being a member but to participate in a show and be on stage as a performer you have to be a member otherwise you would not be covered by our insurance.
Ooo, I'm not sure I can commit to being involved with all these shows...
That's fine, you don't have to be in everything, or in fact anything. People volunteer as much or as little as they can manage. We just hope that new members can get involved and volunteer and have fun as much as possible - otherwise the bar would never be open and that would be a very sad thing!
Do you have a Youth Theatre?
Currently we do not, unfortunately. In the past we had a youth theatre, and it was excellent and we'd love to have one again (any volunteers?). Some of the shows we run have roles for young people, and our annual pantomime always has a junior chorus and sometimes roles for children.
How much does it cost to become a member?
There are a lot of different types of membership and perks that go along with it so it is best to discuss this when you come and visit - it depends on the Membership that is best suited to you and ranges from £5 to £30 per year. You can become a member or a Patron and get the perks that go along with it, such as early ticket booking, if you don't want to be involved in productions and just enjoy the shows.
Do you use external directors?
Yes, on occasion we have been approached by a director to do a show and vice versa. We really want to develop and enable people in all types of role, so if you are interested in directing, stage managing, producing or any type of stage craft we will very happily try and facilitate that process.
I have more questions - who do I ask?