Clacton Operatic Society first graced the stage in 1930 performing Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. Gilbert and Sullivan musicals continued to be performed by the Society up until World War II.
Following the war the Society began performing some of the musicals we still enjoying staging today. The 1950's saw the introduction of some Rodgers and Hammerstein favourites such as Oklahoma and Carousel. The 1951 production of The Maid of the Mountains saw the first performance of our current President and Honorary Life Member, Edna Mountstephen. Edna has performed many principal roles, most recently as General Cartright in the 2009 production of Guys and Dolls.
Over the years the society has seen several variations to it's name which have included the terms "operatic" and "musical comedy". Following a recent rebranding exercise involving the members of the society it was decided that a name change was needed. We felt that 'Clacton Amateur Operatic Society' no longer reflected our style of performance and instead our name should include the word "musical", so on 1 September 2009 'Clacton Musical Theatre Society' was born.
September 2009 also saw a change in the Management Committee. Following 17 years as Chairman, Edna Mountstephen handed over the reins to Vice Chairman, Sam McCarthy.
Even after 87 years of staging musicals, we are still continuing to make history. Our 2010 production of High Society was a first for the society and won ‘Best Musical of 2010’ and ‘Best Production for 2010’ Awards for NODA District 11.
As the Society continues to evolve we look forward to what we hope will be a successful future for Clacton Musical Theatre Society.
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We rehearse twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30pm until 10pm at our Headquarters in Clacton.
Affiliated to Community Volunteer Services Tendring (CVS Tendring)
We're affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association
Other NODA affiliates;
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North Essex Theatre Guild
CMTS are a member of NETG (North Essex Theatre Guild). Other members;
- Bardfield Players
- Bentley Green Players
- Braintree Dramatic Society
- Bures Stage Society
- Clacton Amateur Dramatics Society
- Coggeshall Amateur Theatrical Society
- Colchester Theatre Group
- Dedham Players
- Headgate Theatre Company
- Kelvedon Players
- Knights Youth Drama Society
- Latchingdon Amateur Dramatic Society
- Little Waltham Drama Group
- Mad About Theatre Company
- Mad Hatter Productions
- Manifest Theatre
- Orpen Players
- Seaview Players
- Tiptree Amateur Dramatic Society
- Vikki Vs Theatre Productions and Dance Academy
- Village Players Nayland
- Witham Amateur Operatic Society
- Witham Dramatic Club
- Witham Operatic Workshop
- Wivenhoe Youth Theatre
- Writtle Cards