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Hamilton Operatic Society is one of the oldest musical theatre groups in New Zealand, celebrating its 100th year in 2004. It prides itself on delivering quality theatre and is recognised for its high production values locally and nationally.

Past Productions have included well-known musicals such as Evita, Les Misérables, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Cats, Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, Oliver! and most recently Hairspray – The Broadway Musical to name but a few of over 200 performed in the past.   As well as compilation and theatre restaurant shows commissioned by the Society, they perform for community functions and causes such as their Concert for Christchurch in 2011 and offer their support with their wardrobe to schools and community groups.

Past cast members are now household names and include Dame Malvina Major, the late Rob Guest, Suzanne Lee, Max Cryer and Kimbra Johnson (Kimbra). In 2012 the Society was privileged to have international sensation, Richard O’Brien, play the role of Fagin in their acclaimed season of Oliver! at Founders Theatre.

The Society provides 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. The Society has supported youth development with schools such as Hillcrest High School, Fraser High School and St Peter’s, Cambridge. In 2010 the Society had over 150 children from five different schools across the Waikato in their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat and in 2012 over 100 children in their production of Oliver!.

The Society is made up of financial members represented by a Board of Management, which are elected annually at their 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 keeping musical theatre alive and well in Hamilton.

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