Hamilton Operatic Society is one of the oldest musical theatre groups in New Zealand, wowing Waikato audiences with our spectacular performances since 1904.
Producing 2-3 high quality productions every year, we are also famous throughout the Waikato region and beyond for our stellar compilation shows and theatre restaurant shows commissioned for the society.
Past shows include well known musicals such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita and Oliver!, The Rocky Horror Show, Avenue Q and The Full Monty.
Boasting some of New Zealand’s most talented actors, singers, directors and musicians – including Dame Malvina Major, Kimbra Johnson, Richard O’Brien, the late Rob Guest, David Sidwell and Michael Easther – our mission is to deliver the highest quality theatre experience that is recognised for its outstanding production value.
Hamilton Operatic Society is dedicated to supporting the Waikato and wider New Zealand community, offering our wardrobe to schools and community groups and providing an introduction to theatre and a training ground for many people who go on to make a career either on stage or behind the scenes. We have supported youth development with schools such as Hillcrest High, Fraser High and St Peter’s, Cambridge. In 2010 over 150 children from five different schools across the Waikato performed in our production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat and in 2012 over 100 children performed in our production of Oliver!.
The Society is made up of financial members represented by a Board of Management, who are elected annually at our Annual General Meeting. The Board of Management and officers of the Society give their time voluntarily. Hamilton Operatic Society Inc. is a registered incorporated society with not for profit status. Hamilton Operatic Society Inc. can only operate with the continued generosity of support of the community and businesses who give so much of their time and energy to keep musical theatre alive and well in Hamilton.
At Hamilton Operatic Society, our mission is to:
Produce, perform, promote, organise and participate in grand operas, light operas, musical comedies, drama, ballets, pantomimes, revues, concerts and entertainment of every description for the benefit of the community.
We promote, foster and cultivate the study of, and education in, theatre and of all related crafts in the promotion of arts and cultural development.
We provide studios, workshops, rehearsal rooms, theatres and theatrical and stage equipment of every kind, for the promotion of educational and community development in the arts and culture.
We aspire to do all things incidental or conducive to the attainment of all the foregoing objects or any single one of them.