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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.

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 the Show page here or follow us on Facebook

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.

Another stunning debut show for AOS in October 2017

We’re expecting rain in Abingdon in Spring 2018

“Do-be-do-do, do-be-do-be-do-do-be-do-be. I’m singin’ in the rain, just singin’ in the rain. What a glorious feeling…” And so on. Who hasn’t seen Gene Kelly splashing around in the rain (or perhaps Ernie Wise paying homage)? It’s one of the most famous movie moments of the twentieth century.

It was over 30 years after the movie’s release in 1952 that the stage musical version premiered in the West End, directed by and starring Tommy Steele. The show transferred to Broadway a few years later and has since been revived several times in the UK. A new Broadway revival is scheduled for 2017.

Set in Hollywood in the last days of the silent screen era, the show focuses on romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood's leading lady Lina Lamont, whose less-than-dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in talking pictures.

The show is packed with the tunes that made the movie such a hit, including ‘Good Mornin’, ‘You Are My Lucky Star’, ‘Fit As A Fiddle’, and the riotous ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’. You can find out more about Singin’ in the Rain on our Future Show page here.

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