HAODS in the Game!
On Monday, 29th April 2013, the ladies of HAODS
took a break from preparing for
Music auditions to do some recording for a forthcoming
computer game. Nuns became Barbarians for the evening
at the studios of Horsham-based
computer games company Creative Assembly. The HAODS crew
provided crowd noise and battle cries
which will be used in Total War: Rome II which is due
for release by SEGA later this year.
Based in West Sussex, Horsham Amateur Operatic & Dramatic
Society is one of the South East's premier amateur theatre
an enviable reputation for producing
shows of stunning quality and originality, to great critical
and audience acclaim. HAODS performs two major musical
productions every year,
the Capitol Horsham, a modern and fully equipped professional
theatre, as well as occasional plays and other entertainments.
With its own private suite of rehearsal studios, properties
store, extensive costume
workshop, HAODS offers its members unprecedented opportunities
to become involved in all aspects of its theatrical
production, whether as performers, props and scenery
technicians and much more. We
always welcome new members, so please be sure to check
page for contact details!
The Full Cast of "Oliver!" at Rehearsal
Around 100 people comprised the total cast for HAODS'
recent production of "Oliver!",
with two teams of 20 children and a further 60 adults!
Mostly, the children and adults have been rehearsing
separately, but on Sunday, 17th March, everyone came
together for the first of several massive runs-through.
Here you can see the assembled troupe, in a panoramic
shot of our rehearsal room at "HAODS House".
There are very few experiences that can top taking
part in a theatrical show, whether on stage or off!
At HAODS we are a lively, friendly society that is
keen to welcome new members. Even if you have never set a foot on
the stage before you will soon find yourself part of the team and
enjoying yourself among many new friends.
See our "Join
Us" page for further details.
In keeping with HAODS' long term commitment to get young people
interested in the performing arts, we have now started
a new weekly event open to everyone in the 7-16 age
Every Wednesday Evening, between 6:30-7:30 (for ages 7-11) and
7:30-8:30 (for ages 12-16), Mandy Hodge will be at
HAODS House, in the Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre,
to offer young people the chance to sing, dance,
perform and to learn basic theatrical disciplines.
For more information, please contact:
Since its creation in 1954 by a handful of enthusiastic amateur players,
HAODS' membership has been growing from strength to strength, with members
bringing a variety of theatrical experience with them.
The early days were fraught with financial constraints, but nothing
could dampen the desire to put on a show. Over the past half-century,
the society's now traditional bi-annual productions have not only become
more diverse, but challenging too, as each year our experience grows
and we attract more talent, both on stage and behind the scenes.
From its early beginnings in the old Capitol Theatre, and temporary
locations in successive years, HAODS is now privileged to be able to
stage its productions at the town's new Capitol Theatre in liaison
with Horsham District Council with whom we have worked for a number of
With a growing membership, invaluable support from the Horsham community,
together with many local organisations, HAODS continues its quest to
provide regular and affordable entertainment. New members are always
welcome to join us at HAODS House at the Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre
where our purpose-constructed rehearsal studio, costume wardrobe and
stage props workshop are located.