Formerly Frome Amateur Operatic Society

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Welcome to the website of the newly formed frome musical theatre company, borne out of the Frome Amateur Operatic Society.

The frome musical theatre company is made up of volunteers who all share a passion for musical theatre. Their energy and enthusiasm is what drives the group forward in the pursuit of excellence on all fronts whether it be on stage, backstage, front of house or pre-production activities. This is THE home for musical theatre in Frome with the cream of all performing artists in the surrounding area as members of this leading company.

There can't be many organizations that have been in existence for over one hundred years but the Frome Amateur Operatic Society has! The first performance, "Trial by Jury" by Gilbert and Sullivan, was presented in the Market Hall - now known as the Cheese and Grain - in April 1906, and since then, apart from two world wars, at least one popular musical was presented each year.

The Society spread its wings in 1947 with the foundation of an Opera Group (performing Grand Opera in concert version) in 1967 and concerts by them became part of the Society's annual calendar. Fashions changed over time and the Opera Group evolved into Showstoppers singing selections from the popular operetta and musicals repertoire.

In 1979 a Pantomime Group was created (performing traditional family pantomimes just after Christmas) followed by a youth section in 1989 called Spellbound (for young people aged between 8 and 16 years wishing to experience on-stage activities). In 2008 to accommodate a desire by many members to perform in more contemporary shows an autumn production was added to the calendar thereby offering something different to the more 'traditional' musical comedies performed in the spring.

The frome musical theatre company now enjoys the thrill of playing to full houses at practically every show, around 10,000 people in any one calendar year, and is considered to be one of the best musical theatre groups in the South West of England.