8:20am Friday 27th September 2013
By Daniel Chipperfield
AN AMATEUR theatre group in Dursley is in the running for three prestigious awards at the annual Rose Bowl Awards for its most recent production the Sound of Music.
The awards are held every year to recognise the best amateur theatre groups across the Bristol, Bath, Somerset and Gloucestershire region.
The Dursley Operatic and Dramatic Society, popularly known as the DODS, has been nominated in three categories for its latest production.
The group will be hoping they are called out when the winners are announced for best musical production, the Coup de Theatre Award and the stage electrics award for technical achievement for lighting.
The Sound of Music played to packed audiences in May at the Chantry Centre on Long Street in Dursley and was directed by long-standing DODS member Ken Hitchings.
"I am absolutely thrilled that we’ve been short-listed for the Rose Bowl Awards in three different categories, especially as we are up against much bigger societies from across the region," said Mr Hitchings.
"These nominations are the icing on the cake to a very successful diamond anniversary year for the DODS and are a fitting tribute to all the hard work from both cast and backstage members."
DODS chairman Frankie Telford said it was a huge honour to be nominated for three awards.
"Everyone in the society is over the moon," she said.
"It is a testament to the hard work of Ken and all the members who helped make The Sound of Music such a memorable production."
The winners will be announced on Sunday, October 13 at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare.
The Rose Bowl Awards are open to all amateur drama and music groups 30 miles north, east or west of Bristol or 80 miles south of the city.
Next month the DODS will open their 2013/14 season with Terry Pratchett’s comedy The Wyrd Sisters between October 9 and 12 at the Chantry Centre.
Tickets will now be available in person from the centre on a Monday and Friday morning from Monday, September 16.
Alternatively, you may contact DODS by phoning 07890 203318, or www.the-dods.com
Forthcoming productions later in the season include the pantomime Dick Whittington from January 18 to 25, May’s musical, Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the junior DODS summer production of an Andrew Lloyd Webber favourite.
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