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Welcome to HAODS.

For the best entertainment in live theatre, together with top quality drama -  amdram at its best, Henley Operatic & Dramatic Society has it all. Performing at the Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames, NODA award winning HAODS musicals and plays are renowned for excellence.

For the best entertainment in live theatre, together with top quality drama -  amdram at its best, Henley Operatic & Dramatic Society has it all. Performing at the Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames, NODA award winning HAODS musicals and plays are renowned for excellence.

   Our Autum 2015 Production
   November 18-21 2015

     Anything Goes 

The hit musical by Cole Porter
It's De-Lovely!
I Get A Kick Out Of You.          

   Director - Michael Huntington
MD: Jonathan Heard 
Choreographer -Samantha Riley   
Performance Dates
   18-21 November 2015
Readings and Information: 5 & 7 May, 7:45
Auditions, 10 May, 10:30am
07786 263297 

Venue: Kenton Theatre  
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   Our Fringe Production
    HAODS In Concert 2015

The Phantom, the Nun and the Cowboy!   

Join us once more for a night celebrating musical theatre

    Musical Director: Andy Smith
   Director/Producer: Samantha Fields
Choreographer: Sam Riley

Performance Dates:
      19-21 March
Venue: The Studio   
Box Office on (07514) 054384   



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     Our Spring Production

   Sunshine On Leith

            Featuring the music of the

   Direction and Music by
Ian Head
Performance Dates
 15 - 18 April 2015   
Venue: Kenton Theatre     
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pp_cast_resized.jpgIt's a truth universally acknowledged that a man with a fortune needs a wife to help him spend it, and that’s what this updated, musical version of Jane Austen’s classic is all about. Mrs Bennett kicks off the action by imploring her husband to visit the rich Johnny-come-lately, Mr Bingley, in the hope that he might want to marry one of their five daughters. She berates all five of them for their tardiness in attracting a decent (in other words, wealthy) match, but it’s Elizabeth who really worries her. “She’s far too independent for her own good,” she says. “No man will look at her.” Mrs Bennett may be in earnest but in that line you can hear Austen’s tongue being planted very firmly in her cheek.

All the twists and turns of the original plot are still there in this show, but the pyrotechnic displays of language that Austen employed have been toned down and made easier for a modern audience, and the action in each scene is illustrated with a song.

It’s a while before we meet our Darcy, but when Oliver Dench walks on stage there’s no mistaking him. The former Henley College student is now a professional actor. He is tall and slim and has the pinched cheek bones and an air of cool propriety about him that belongs only to the upper classes. Samantha Fields's Lizzie is equally well cast. Miss Fields has a fine mezzo voice and sings her solos with great gusto and command, displaying the hot-headedness and spirit that define this character.

This is an entertaining production, underpinned by an eclectic mix of music from a good size orchestra, under the baton of Alan Lineham. Director Julie Huntington draws fine performances from the cast. Rowena McMenamin and Tim Sloane are a great double act as the pretentious and over-anxious Mrs Bennett and her long-suffering but witty husband. Fiona Hayden Cadd is a sweeter than sweet Jane, and Michael Herbert a particularly oily and obsequious Mr Collins. Sam Riley was slick as the stuck-up Caroline Bingley and drew loud applause for her solo persuading her brother to ditch the inferior Jane.

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photo_resized.jpgCongratulations to the cast and crew of The Last Five Years, which ran for two sell out performances in the Studio. Feedback was superb, with more than one person asking why the production wasn't being taken on tour! The enthusiastic applause and standing ovations each night were proof that this show exceeded expectations and brought top quality theatre to the Studio stage.

The Last Five Years is seldom performed by amateur societies because of the huge responsibility on the shoulders of the two performers. Luckily Poppy Carter and Joe Evans stepped into the roles and gave moving, humorous and honest performances that reduced audience members to laughter and tears. Poppy managed to bring out the playful side of Cathy, that can sometimes be lost in the intensity of her character, but also portrayed her loss with the poignant and beautiful I'm Still Hurting and See I'm Smiling. Joe showed the progression of Jamie from the funny Schmuel Song to the genuinely moving If I Didn't Believe in You, where he demonstrated his frustration with the situation. His portrayal of the character made the audience sympathise with him, and understand his later decisions, allowing his character's pain to be truly appreciated. The interaction between the performers, allowed only in one song, showed beautiful development, and The Next Ten Minutes was performed with a mix of fun and romance that represented a couple very much in love. Both performers played their roles with a deep understanding, meaning that the question of "who's to blame" just couldn't be answered.

The whole piece was brought together by Andy Smith, who was MD and Director. He cannot be praised enough for this wonderful production that allowed each character the opportunity to tell their story and build a connection with the audience.

The music was played superbly by Andy Smith, Peter Moore, Connie Chatwin and Tom Oldfield. Having the band in the centre of the production made them part of the whole production, keeping the music at the very centre of the show - as it should be.


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