The History of WMTC

Below is an article originally written by Trevor Topham (2011), and updated by Bob Brown.

Although we understand there was a “Wickersley and Bramley Operatic Society” during the 1930’s and 40’s, the present organisation was founded in 1966 due mainly to the efforts of our current President, Keith Steeple, who coaxed, cajoled and persistently persuaded people to support him. Thanks to the local building boom, those days saw the construction of many new house in Wickersley and the new generation were mainly youngish couples with, or about to have, a family.

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Oklahoma! 2017

Now, Keith was fairly astute here for he soon realised that, in common with himself, several of the new residents were quite used to appearing on stage, as they already held membership with some of the more established societies in the area, such as Parkgate, Greasbrough, Rotherham Teachers, and Steel, Peach and Tozer (now Phoenix). In other words we were a mixed bunch of enthusiasts with much experience and not a little talent. Thus, the potential was there to form our own group based in Wickersley, so avoiding the need to travel very far to rehearsals.

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Hairspray 2016

Our first production was The Pirates of Penzance which was presented in the new assembly hall of, the then, Wickersley Modern School (now Wickersley School and Sport College) during the October half term week of 1967. Paul Manship was Musical Director, Thelma Cooper was Producer/Choreographer. The inspiration of our group, Keith Steeple played Fredrick, whilst Ann Pickering took the role of Mabel, and the late Stan Ellis was the Pirate King. We played mostly to full houses with an audience capacity of 406, and such was the interest among the local populous clamouring for tickets, we felt obliged to add a Saturday matinee at short notice. Thus, intoxicated by the euphoria which was generated by the success of our first show (not to mention the After Show Party) we were all hooked and avowed to continue.

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Our House 2015

After presenting a further five shows in the school, we transferred to Rotherham Civic Theatre in February 1974 with the Desert Song, and quickly gained a reputation of “the Society with the large chorus”. Of the eighty odd who regularly attended rehearsals almost seventy made it on stage! And, although we can’t boast such number today, we are, nonetheless still here, some forty five years down the road.

Wickersley Operatic Society, recognising the advancement in musical theatre decided, in May 2009 to adopt the new name; Wickersley Musical Theatre Company.

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Me and My Girl 2014

WMTC Committee

President/ Chairman
Keith Steeple
Vice Chairman
Alan Thompson
Secretary
Deborah Stacey
Treasurer
Enid Steeple
Assistant Treasurer
Alison Fenwick
Publicity and Marketing
Jess Fenwick
Website Management
Natasha Stacey
Registrar
Jenny McAndrew
Committee Members
Cath Cooper
Sue Henson
Rachel Hirst
Jean Waldie

 

Previous Productions

1967
The Pirates of Penzance
1988
Hello, Dolly!
1993
Anything Goes
1968
The Quaker Girl
1989
Oklahoma!
1994
Oh! What a Lovely War
1969
Maid of the Mountains
1990
The Arcadians
1995
Sugar
1970
The Gypsy Baron
1992
Guys & Dolls
1996
A Touch of Piracy
1971
The White Horse Inn
1993
Anything Goes
1997
Brigadoon
1972
The Gypsy Princess
1994
Oh! What a Lovely War
1998
Bless the Bride
1974
The Desert Song
1995
Sugar
1999
The New Moon
1975
The Belle of New York
1996
A Touch of Piracy
2000
My Fair Lady
1976
The Merry Widow
1997
Brigadoon
2007
Guys & Dolls
1977
Land of Smiles
1998
Bless the Bride
2008
Spend, Spend, Spend
1978
Kismet
1999
The New Moon
2009
Annie
1979
Summer Song
2000
My Fair Lady
2010
The King & I
1980
My Fair Lady
2001
The Sound of Music
2011
Crazy For You
1981
Viva Mexico
2002
Me and My Girl
2012
Annie Get Your Gun
1982
calamity Jane
2001
the Sound of Music
2013
The Sound of Music
1983
The Desert Song
2002
Me and My Girl
2014
Me and My Girl
1984
Carousel
2003
The Card
2015
Our House
1985
The Merry Widow
2004
Oklahoma!
2016
Hairspray
1986
The Gypsy Princess
2005
Jesus Christ Superstar
2017
Oklahoma!
1987
The New Moon
2006
Oliver!
2018
Whistle Down the Wind