LINCOLN AMATEUR OPERATIC & DRAMATIC SOCIETY - Est 1900

Registered Charity Number: 1183990

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LAODS Trustees

BOB CHATTERTON

LAODS Chairman

Bob has recently retired from the MOD as an aircrew instructor at RAF College Cranwell following an RAF flying career spanning some 32 years. LAODS rekindled a youthful interest in singing and the theatre when his son, Jamie, performed in Oliver. Recognising a like-minded bunch of fun people who liked to sing, act and enjoy a drink, Bob successfully auditioned for the 2011 production of Oklahoma. He has subsequently appeared in the last 8 shows with the Society. He loves the close harmony singing of the Christmas shows and the teamwork and camaraderie of the main summer musical production; a theme he feels runs through everything that LAODS does. For the last 3 years he has served on the Committee as Secretary and volunteered for the role of Chairman as he had plenty of time on his hands post-retirement.

If he had been looking for something to fill his spare hours, he has not been disappointed! The mantle of Secretary has now passed to his wife, Sarah which he says makes for some interesting discussions at home. He is keen to continue to promote and develop LAODS as a welcoming and inclusive society encouraging members of all ages and backgrounds (even those with woolly memories and a sense of rhythm that doesn’t reach their legs). He hopes to keep performing with his LAODS friends as long as his voice, body and their patience holds out!

NICOLA CALVER

LAODS Vice Chair

Nicola is a veteran LAODS member, having performed consecutively in 17 years of shows - once whilst she was actually giving birth to her son! (pre-filmed Munchkinland Sun in Wizard of Oz) She has served on the committee for more than 11 years, taking on the role of Production Manager for almost all of the last 8 years' main productions. Costume and prop design is her most favourite area of responsibility and working with her best friends to pull together marvellous shows. The Christmas Show is also a labour of love, and she is proud to take a different role in being an assistant to those who make this annual event so musically beautiful and entertaining. Nicci works as a Service Manager within Local Government in Derbyshire and loves to escape the sensibilities to prance around on stage in something gorgeously handcrafted by our dedicated team.

SIMON NICHOLSON

Committee Member - Media Bloke

Simon spends his days as a freelance designer and his nights... as a Dark Knight prowling the City with his small dog Phoebe. Simon originally joined LAODS in 1986 for Hello Dolly (1987), after which he moved out of the county to further his wanting education. Twenty-three years later In 2010, and as part of a mid-life crisis, Simon rejoined LAODS for Oklahoma! and has stuck around ever since. LAODS has offered him many opportunities to expand creatively into areas he might not have otherwise covered at work. Simon is responsible for art direction and production of LAODS' many design requirements such as the website, show programmes, leaflets, posters, social media and photo shoots.

NICOLE GRAY

LAODS Treasurer

Nicole has been treasurer for LAODS since 2015 which is a fitting role alongside her day to day profession as an internal auditor. Nicole oversees the society's finances, dealing with all aspects of income and expenditure. She is also part of the production team and monitors the budgets to ensure that expenditure stays on track, a task which can be challenging at times! She loves performing with LAODS and is pleased to be able to help out 'behind the scenes' as treasurer to ensure the society remains in place for members and audiences to enjoy for years to come.

SIMON CALVER

Committee Member MD for  Christmas Concert

During term time, Simon can normally be found teaching GCSE and A Level maths. His students have got used to him tap dancing at the front of the class whilst they work. They also know when it is getting close to the main show as he tends to run his lines whilst on duty walking around the school’s refectory. Simon's love of a capella music has found an outlet in the LAODS Christmas Concert and he has enjoyed observing the growing confidence of the society members when singing in harmony. Simon also helps to promote LAODS and its shows as well as helping to create the audio for the interval films.

ANDREW MORRIS

Committee Member - Tech Lead

Andy's day job is in Children Services for Lincolnshire and he loves the work of supporting and protecting young people across the county. LAODS is very important to him as it contrasts with the sometimes testing nature of his career; the escape offered by performing with his friends within LAODS has proved invaluable over the years. As well as formerly serving as Chair of LAODS, Andy is also a routine member of the production committee forming part of the creative team that brings fabulous LAODS shows to the stage every year. Andy has been performing in Lincolnshire for over 30 years, his first show being back in 1986!! He looks far too young to have been performing since 1986 and he knows you will agree.

RIK HARDENBERG

Committee Member

Rik first joined the LAODS family back in 1995 for the production Annie Get your Gun. Since then he has had the opportunity to perform in various shows; from the highly energetic 42nd St, including part of the LAODS touring chorus to Yeovil Octagon Theatre, to the craziness of Spamalot. He also enjoyed confusing a lot of people during LAODS production of La Cage Aux Folles. Outside of LAODS, Rik has pursued a variety of career opportunities, including working professionally backstage. This experience allows Rik to advise on technical elements and to ensure a smooth transition into the theatre. Rik enjoys the challenge and camaraderie that putting on a major show each year, as well as the close harmony Christmas concert, brings to the society. You’ll always find him willing to lend a hand and striving to hit those high notes, literally!

KELSEY McBRIDE

Committee Member - Society Registrar

Kelsey hails from the little state of Maryland in the grand ol' US of A. She has lived in Lincoln for over six years now and has been involved with LAODS for almost all six of those years! Having a degree in Technical Theatre, Kelsey worked professionally as a Stage Manager before moving over the Big Blue; she now works as a Secondary Teacher of English and Performance (when she's not running after her toddler twin boys). She has worn many hats in LAODS, from Stage Manager to Costumer to Actor to Committee Member. She is currently a dedicated member of the committee, leading and helping with tasks in any way that she can. LAODS' annual Christmas Show is her absolute favourite thing to do with this amazingly talented, gorgeous group of people.

SIÂN REES

Committee Member - Costume Hire Co-ordinator

Siân started her theatrical life as a classically trained singer and actress. She worked, often times professionally, from a very young age until she had her first child. Both her children are disabled and are a full time but rewarding job in themselves, however her LAODS escapades and friends form both a vital support network and a necessary outlet for pent up needs to dramatically let off steam. Now in her 40s Siân has accepted her niche to be hags, drunks, witches and crones and loves playing them whenever possible, she also loves brushing off her top Ds in the close harmony concerts and leading the fabulous Costume Hire Team. Here’s to many more years of LAODS high jinks.