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Annie is the heartwarming story of a girl, her dog, and the big wide world. The show premiered on Broadway in 1977 and ran for a record-breaking six years. In London it opened in 1978 and ran for 1,485 performances.

Everyone knows the song ‘Tomorrow’ from Annie, but it also features fantastic musical numbers such as ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’, ‘Little Girls’, ‘Easy Street’, and ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You’.

One of the greatest challenges in producing Annie, apart from finding two casts of talented young children, is finding a girl to play Annie herself.  It’s a huge part with a playing age of 11, it calls for a big voice, dancing shoes and plenty of self-confidence.  Fortunately we’ve managed to find a hugely talented cast of children and adults to bring this wonderful show to life for you

You can find out more about our 2017 production of Annie, including all the details of the cast and production team, on the show page here.

Welcome to the online home of Abingdon Operatic Society

We’re a friendly amateur society based in the market town of Abingdon, set in the rolling greenery of rural Oxfordshire. We aim to produce two musical shows each year to the highest standards of professionalism. We’re a registered charity and, as well as providing enjoyment to our members, we’re committed to bringing live musical theatre to our audience in and around Abingdon.

On this web site you’ll find news about past, current and future productions, as well as information on how to join us. We work hard to maintain our standards, but we also have a lot of fun in the process - lifelong friendships are made here.

So whether it’s just for five minutes while surfing or fifty years of membership, you’re welcome to AOS.

The Sun’ll Come Out in Abingdon in Spring 2017

Another stunning debut show for AOS in Autumn 2017

Based on the 1992 movie of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act is a comedy about a wisecracking nightclub singer who witnesses a gangland shooting and finds herself placed into protective custody in a convent.  After struggling to fit into the life of a nun, she finds a way to contribute by turning their awful choir into an amazing attraction. Unfortunately, she also attracts the attention of the hoodlums she’s trying to hide from and her life is in danger once again. But would they really shoot a nun?

Surprisingly, perhaps, given that the part of the singer, Deloris Van Cartier, is one of Whoopi Goldberg’s signature roles, it was originally written with another woman in mind - Bette Midler. However, Ms Midler wasn’t sure how her fans would react to seeing her dressed as a nun, so she passed and Goldberg snapped it up.

Sister Act will be the second new show that AOS has added to its repertoire in 2017, after Annie in the Spring. Of course, we enjoy performing shows like The Music Man, My Fair Lady, and Hello, Dolly! that make return appearances every ten to fifteen years, but sometimes it’s nice to perform a show for the very first time in Abingdon.

You can find out more about Sister Act on our Future Show page here or follow us on Facebook.

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