BOS Musical Theatre Company
formerly ‘Birkdale Orpheus Society’
We are BOS Musical Theatre Company (formerly Birkdale Orpheus Society). Formed in 1959, on 28th February, the first meeting of the society took place at St. Johns Hall in Wright Street, Southport. A former member, the late Marie Cryer, who later became President of BOS, was often described as a ‘go ahead woman’ – the backbone of the society. She battled against all kinds of ups and downs to help make the Society what it is today and we continue to go from strength to strength.
The society stages two musicals a year (in May and October) at The Little Theatre in Southport. In the past the company has staged shows at venues such as The Southport Arts Centre, Floral Hall Theatre, Garrick Theatre and in the very early days, the Scala Theatre, where it all began with the production of Oklahoma running for a week. We pride ourselves on our high standards and continually strive for excellence. In the past we have staged a wide range of musicals from the traditional blockbuster such as My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music to more contemporary shows such as Chess, West Side Story and more recently Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind. We like to think that we cater for every taste and age so that all will enjoy our productions.
Chorus members of our 1959 production of ‘Oklahoma’
Many of our members who joined BOS in the 80s and 90s are still active in the society today and span generations of family members. We always welcome any new members of all ages, ranging from children to grandparents who wish to be a part of a fun and friendly society.
Our Society is not just about performing on stage. Many members also like to try and experience new things and BOS gives its members the opportunity to do so. Work involves working backstage, props department, being involved in Committees, to making the tea at rehearsals! It all goes to being a vital and valued member. BOS can give anyone the opportunity to learn new skills in a creative atmosphere. We are affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) and are extremely proud to have won a number of awards.