LINCOLN AMATEUR OPERATIC & DRAMATIC SOCIETY - Est 1900

Registered Charity Number: 1183990

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Our Mission

Lincoln Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society

Amateur Company - Professional Standards - Family Ethos

LAODS is a charitable theatrical society for and of the community of Lincoln.  Our aim is to produce entertainment excellence that is accessible.

We are passionate about theatre.  Whilst operating within a financially sustainable framework, we aim to continue to present musical and dramatic works which are appealing to the public, create and nurture interest in the Art of the Theatre, and endeavour to further enrich the cultural life of the community of Lincoln.

LAODS will endeavour to offer inclusive opportunities for amateur actors, singers, dancers, publicists, crafts people, costumiers and many more besides to join in with the preparation and production of top quality musical theatre in Lincoln.

LAODS Trustees

NICOLA CALVER

LAODS Chairman

Nicola is a veteran LAODS member, having performed consecutively in 21 years of shows - once whilst she was actually giving birth to her son! (pre-filmed Munchkinland Sun in Wizard of Oz) .  She has served on the committee for more than 14 years, taking on the role of Production Manager for almost all of the last 11 years' main productions.  Costume and prop design are her most favourite areas of responsibility, as well as working with her best friends to pull together marvellous shows.  The Christmas Show is also a labour of love, and she is proud to take a different role in being an assistant to those who make this annual event so musically beautiful and entertaining.  Nicci is proud to head up this fantastic LAODS team and to continue to help Musical Theatre thrive within this amazing city.

ANDREW COOPER

LAODS Treasurer

Andrew has recently caught the bug for musical theatre and performance having ventured onto the stage for the first in his life only last year in 2022 performing at the Cathedral in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and subsequently performed in the new somewhat iconic LAODS Christmas show in 2022. He is looking forward to continuing his development on stage by continuing to work closely with super talented peers and friends within the LOADs family and within the wider local AMDRAM scene.

Andrew works as a Commercial Manager within a UK leading multinational and is enjoying working locally again on a flag ship scheme. He is more than capable and equipped to be taking on the role of Treasure within the LAODS Committee, and we look forward to his continued input into the LAODS future vision and continuing to help deliver “West End Quality” productions.

SIMON CALVER

Committee Member -  MD for Christmas Concert

During term time, Simon can normally be found teaching GCSE and A Level maths. His students have got used to him tap dancing at the front of the class whilst they work. They also know when it is getting close to the main show as he tends to run his lines whilst on duty walking around the school’s refectory. Simon's love of a capella music has found an outlet in the LAODS Christmas Concert and he has enjoyed observing the growing confidence of the society members when singing in harmony. Simon also helps to promote LAODS and its shows as well as helping to create the audio for the interval films.

RIK HARDENBERG

Committee Member - Building Maintenance

Rik first joined the LAODS family back in 1995 for the production Annie Get your Gun. Since then he has had the opportunity to perform in various shows; from the highly energetic 42nd St, including part of the LAODS touring chorus to Yeovil Octagon Theatre, to the craziness of Spamalot. He also enjoyed confusing a lot of people during LAODS production of La Cage Aux Folles. Outside of LAODS, Rik has pursued a variety of career opportunities, including working professionally backstage. This experience allows Rik to advise on technical elements and to ensure a smooth transition into the theatre. Rik enjoys the challenge and camaraderie that putting on a major show each year, as well as the close harmony Christmas concert, brings to the society. You’ll always find him willing to lend a hand and striving to hit those high notes, literally!

KELSEY McBRIDE

Committee Member - Main Production Co-ordinator

Kelsey has been a member of LAODS for 10 years and has worn many hats during her time in this fabulous company. From Producer to Stage Manager to Costumer and everything in between, Kelsey loves theatre and being involved wherever she is needed. Currently, Kelsey is Vice Chairman and is Producing next season's mainstage musical. Having a degree in Technical Theatre, Kelsey worked professionally as a Stage Manager before moving to Lincoln. She now works as a Secondary Teacher of English and Drama. LAODS' annual Christmas Show is her absolute favourite thing to do with this amazingly talented, gorgeous group of people.

SIÂN REES

Committee Member - Costume Hire Co-ordinator

Siân started her theatrical life as a classically trained singer and actress. She worked, often times professionally, from a very young age until she had her first child. Both her children are disabled and are a full time but rewarding job in themselves, however her LAODS escapades and friends form both a vital support network and a necessary outlet for pent up needs to dramatically let off steam. Now in her 40s Siân has accepted her niche to be hags, drunks, witches and crones and loves playing them whenever possible, she also loves brushing off her top Ds in the close harmony concerts and leading the fabulous Costume Hire Team. Here’s to many more years of LAODS high jinks.

STACEY CARR

Committee Member - Socials & Fundraising

Stacey is an avid fan of musical theatre, having grown up studying dance and drama and being surrounded by a theatrical family; and continues to direct, produce and choreograph local productions. Stacey joined the LAODS family in 2022 and hasn’t looked back since!

KATHERINE TREVOR

Committee Member -  Ancillary Productions

Katherine has been a member of LAODS since 2015. After calling the cue for the run of Guys and Dolls she was blown away by the talent in the society and knew this was where she wanted to stay and perform as an amateur. She has performed in every Christmas show since then and had roles in Spamalot, The Producers and All Shook Up, and small principal roles as Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Rapunzel in Into the Woods and a Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors. She loves being part of a society which prides themselves in the quality of their productions and always strives to be the best they can be. She hopes to continue to perform as long as her, now slightly aging, body will let her.