About Us

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, Sister Act and Mary Poppins.

Boasting some of New Zealand’s most talented actors, singers, directors and musicians – including Dame Malvina Major, Kimbra Johnson, Richard O’Brien, Max Cryer, the late Rob Guest and David Sidwell – 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.

Find out more about membership and other ways to get involved here.

Constitution 2017

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.

Connect With Us!

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Grease 1978
The New Zealand Premiere - another premiere by HOS 👍
Check out the bar prices in the programme 😮🥂
We also staged this show in 1986 and 2004. Is it time for Sandy and Danny to be together again??Image attachmentImage attachment

Comment on Facebook

Grease is still the word!

I loved this show. 9 week season only Friday and Saturday nights

My late mother played Mrs Lynch in that show

Love grease as a show! I played Marty at Riverlea-so much fun and would be awesome to see it staged again!!!

The choices in beers has improved dramatically!

What is a crackling wine?!

From that show.

This was before the move

Grease is the word!

Lisa Baty

View more comments

Now, more than ever, Hamilton Operatic, your Society, needs you!

Our 100 year plus history has taken us through wars, depressions, recessions, crises and two pandemics.

Still we continue: nurturing local talent, showcasing our up and coming performers and delighting audiences with our fabulous productions.We survived the first pandemic a hundred years ago but COVID-19 has been a heavy blow.

Please help us continue our rich musical theatre tradition by becoming a member. Buy one for yourself or perhaps one for a friend or relative. A Hamilton Operatic Society membership makes a great gift. With memberships starting from just $20 per year its easy, and there are many options to choose from - all with differing levels of benefits.

Become a member today and be part of theatre history. 
We look forward to seeing you soon!


Comment on Facebook

We support you and will be back watching your shows and cheering you on.

Great display of communication, empathy for your members, your patrons and those who support you. Good on you HOS, you've had your battles of recent times and you're still doing the best for all concerned. Kia Kaha HOS.

Such sad news but we really hope to see the wonderful CAST of Chicago smash this production out next year!! Please 🙏🙏

Tara Given, I guess no clashes with your uni performance after all. Still sad though.

Mike Williams😢

View more comments

Whos keen??

Comment on Facebook

Yes I'm interested

Victoria Phok yes yes yes yes yes!!!! Alllll the fabrics for our collections next semester 😍😍😍😍😍😍

Yes for sure!


Yes when

Yes please

Sandra Jensen

Chris Li

Anne Brown you would love this

Carman Dyer

Zoe Nyika

Julia Liefting

Fiona Jones

Sue Barlow thought this might interest you

Adi Star

Kristine Hoff

Yes. Trish Gapes too?

Sandy Hart!!

Nigel-Katrina Murphy

Mary Archer?

Jenny Cameron ??

Shih-Wei Chiu

Would be great! Win win situation for all!

Yes from Hastings so would appreciate some notice

Yes yes yeeeees!

View more comments

Load more

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our community funders.
Thank you for your generous sponsorship.