Spotlight for amateur society

IN the same week the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society announced it had won two prestigious awards, it also learned it would feature in a television series.

The amateur society, now in its 110th year with Bury’s Theatre Royal, won awards from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) for its production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Best Musical 2011 and Best Show 2011.

Ann Platten, who reviewed the production for NODA, said: “Lavish sets, beautiful costumes and excellent singing made this show a delight from the moment it started.”

Mel Barnes, Society president, said: “We are over the moon with this recognition.”

Next Saturday (June 2), it will feature in the second episode of a two-part documentary filmed at the Theatre Royal in April last year, when arts expert Michael Lynch paid it a visit.

Arts Troubleshooter tracked the genesis of many of the projects the theatre undertook from the end of 2011 until the beginning of 2012, including the Society’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience.

It will be broadcast on BBC2 at 8.15pm.