5 REASONS I LOVE AMDRAM

Why I love amateur dramatics, particularly, the Darlington Operatic Society (DOS) in England’s Northeast. 

I have been quite fortunate to be apart of a fantastic amateur dramatics group here in the Northeast. Don’t let the name deter you,  AmDrams range from performing in a church hall to full professional theatres. The DarlingtonOS (DOS), the one I’m apart, performs in the Darlington Civic Theatre, the same theatre professional touring companies come through. Albeit unpaid, some of the money fundraised through the productions get donated to local charities.

1. OPPORTUNITIES
This was perhaps one of the top reasons I wanted to join DOS. Two years ago I was busking in the Newcastle underground. My confidence was low, I was rusty from having not performed in a while, and I was desperate to get onto a stage. I was at a baby shower when one of the girls suggested I look into DOS. “The show was so professional I wasn’t convinced it was an amateur production.” Through DOS I was honoured to play my first lead in a musical and will be playing my second lead in a musical this Fall!

2. GREAT PRODUCTIONS
The director/choreographer is a former professional ballet dancer. She tackles the staging+choreography with the same precision you’d expect to see from a US Navy Seal! I’m not even kidding. I honestly believe it’s her high standards, and the high standards of veteran members, that have led to their success! (In the past they have had several sold out shows.) I remember when I was rehearsing for Sister Act the Musical, I just kept feeling like I was in a sort of master class. Just like the kind at university. It really reminded me of that quote from Ratatouille, “Not everyone can be a great chef, but a great chef can come from anywhere.” It goes without mentioning that the majority of members have muggle jobs during the day. There are students, quite a few teachers, bankers, solicitors (lawyer), mechanics, and there’s even a dentist!

3. LIKE MINDED PEOPLE
It is so comforting to be around other people who just get you, ya know? Isn’t that why college was so much better than high school?! I mean, seriously. This was another top reason I really wanted to join. We can geek out about our favourite musicals. Or talk about our first stage kisses. Hahaha! OR that one time we had a quick change in like 20 seconds. Oh, you know. Stage stuff. Theatre geeks. Music nerds. They’ll always be my people. 

4. MEET PEOPLE/SOCIALISE
Moving to another country, living in a smaller town, & not having a muggle day job had made me quite lonely. I had a few friends, whom I gracefully made through our wedding, but I just missed being surrounded by people. (Like minded people, too!) Through DOS I have met so many wonderful people! And friends whom I’ll probably keep in contact with the rest of my life. We have social parties and gatherings. This year there’s even a ball! DOS turns 75 this year! Sometimes my social calendar can get quite full!

5. ONE BIG FAMILY
Every person I have asked about why they love being in DOS has responded with, “It’s like we’re one big family.”  Every person. I’m sure it’s because of the 4 reasons I’ve mentioned above. Sometimes with productions they last what, a year maybe? If you’re lucky maybe longer? But with DOS, some of the members are generational. Their parents were in it, and sometimes their grandparents were in it too. And because you can join at 16, other older members get to see them grow up. Some members have gone on to drama school and others have gone on to work professionally with major companies too. I know in the time I’ve been there, I’ve seen several babies born! I’m pretty sure there’s been a baby every show. And they all know each other’s families. It’s wonderful.


I really enjoy being apart of DOS. They’ve helped me build up my confidence and have reminded me that I need to have fun when I’m on stage. Yes, the work is important, but so is enjoying the experience! Not all amateur dramatics are alike, but there’s something incredibly special about the one in Darlington.

Reposted from Crazytown Blog.

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5 REASONS I LOVE AMDRAM

Why I love amateur dramatics, particularly, the Darlington Operatic Society (DOS) in England’s Northeast. 

I have been quite fortunate to be apart of a fantastic amateur dramatics group here in the Northeast. Don’t let the name deter you,  AmDrams range from performing in a church hall to full professional theatres. The DarlingtonOS (DOS), the one I’m apart, performs in the Darlington Civic Theatre, the same theatre professional touring companies come through. Albeit unpaid, some of the money fundraised through the productions get donated to local charities.

1. OPPORTUNITIES
This was perhaps one of the top reasons I wanted to join DOS. Two years ago I was busking in the Newcastle underground. My confidence was low, I was rusty from having not performed in a while, and I was desperate to get onto a stage. I was at a baby shower when one of the girls suggested I look into DOS. “The show was so professional I wasn’t convinced it was an amateur production.” Through DOS I was honoured to play my first lead in a musical and will be playing my second lead in a musical this Fall!

2. GREAT PRODUCTIONS
The director/choreographer is a former professional ballet dancer. She tackles the staging+choreography with the same precision you’d expect to see from a US Navy Seal! I’m not even kidding. I honestly believe it’s her high standards, and the high standards of veteran members, that have led to their success! (In the past they have had several sold out shows.) I remember when I was rehearsing for Sister Act the Musical, I just kept feeling like I was in a sort of master class. Just like the kind at university. It really reminded me of that quote from Ratatouille, “Not everyone can be a great chef, but a great chef can come from anywhere.” It goes without mentioning that the majority of members have muggle jobs during the day. There are students, quite a few teachers, bankers, solicitors (lawyer), mechanics, and there’s even a dentist!

3. LIKE MINDED PEOPLE
It is so comforting to be around other people who just get you, ya know? Isn’t that why college was so much better than high school?! I mean, seriously. This was another top reason I really wanted to join. We can geek out about our favourite musicals. Or talk about our first stage kisses. Hahaha! OR that one time we had a quick change in like 20 seconds. Oh, you know. Stage stuff. Theatre geeks. Music nerds. They’ll always be my people. 

4. MEET PEOPLE/SOCIALISE
Moving to another country, living in a smaller town, & not having a muggle day job had made me quite lonely. I had a few friends, whom I gracefully made through our wedding, but I just missed being surrounded by people. (Like minded people, too!) Through DOS I have met so many wonderful people! And friends whom I’ll probably keep in contact with the rest of my life. We have social parties and gatherings. This year there’s even a ball! DOS turns 75 this year! Sometimes my social calendar can get quite full!

5. ONE BIG FAMILY
Every person I have asked about why they love being in DOS has responded with, “It’s like we’re one big family.”  Every person. I’m sure it’s because of the 4 reasons I’ve mentioned above. Sometimes with productions they last what, a year maybe? If you’re lucky maybe longer? But with DOS, some of the members are generational. Their parents were in it, and sometimes their grandparents were in it too. And because you can join at 16, other older members get to see them grow up. Some members have gone on to drama school and others have gone on to work professionally with major companies too. I know in the time I’ve been there, I’ve seen several babies born! I’m pretty sure there’s been a baby every show. And they all know each other’s families. It’s wonderful.


I really enjoy being apart of DOS. They’ve helped me build up my confidence and have reminded me that I need to have fun when I’m on stage. Yes, the work is important, but so is enjoying the experience! Not all amateur dramatics are alike, but there’s something incredibly special about the one in Darlington.

Reposted from Crazytown Blog.

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