Celebrations for KLODS as they scoop three top awards

Jane Shippey and Louise Smith in King's Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society's award-winning 2015 production of Sister Act

Jane Shippey and Louise Smith in King's Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society's award-winning 2015 production of Sister Act

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The oldest still triumphs! King’s Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society (KLODS) has won Best Musical, Best Play and Best Overall Production in the NODA 2015 awards.

It was celebration time for the society and its 2015 productions Sister Act and Vicar of Dibley at the National Operatic and Dramatic Association’s Eastern Region awards ceremony last weekend.

Elaine Johnson in the title role playing the Vicar of Dibley, another 2015 award-winner for KLODS

Elaine Johnson in the title role playing the Vicar of Dibley, another 2015 award-winner for KLODS

NODA has a membership of 2,500 amateur theatre groups and 3,000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to tiny village halls.

Margaret Fox, chair of KLODS, co-producer for Sister Act and producer for Vicar of Dibley, shared her delight with the respective directors, Kevin Shippey and Richard Abel, in gaining these prestigious awards, thanking the cast and crews involved with both and the team of loyal committee members who enabled both productions to be highly successful productions.

Tickets were snapped up for the shows and both were close to sell-outs.

David Nash, vice-chair, said that taking the Best Production Award for Sister Act was the crowning glory of a year of fun, mayhem and hard work. Both shows were supported by the Lynn News and the society was grateful for this ongoing support, helping to bring high quality musical theatre and drama to Lynn Arts Centre.

KLODS are currently in production for Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5 The Musical”, a high-energy show with ensemble songs, dance routines and much, much more, which opens on Wednesday, April 20 at the Arts Centre.

The musical is based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and written by Patricia Resnick,

Set in the late 1970s the show is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.

Pushed to boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call the boss.

In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy, giving their boss the boot! While Franklin Hart Jr, president of Consolidated Industries, remains “otherwise engaged”, the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down.

As Doralee says: “A girl can scheme, can’t she?”

The fun musical comedy is supported by the Lynn News.

Tickets are available from the Corn Exchange Box Office on 01553 764864 or on the nights of the show from the Arts Centre box office.