Am Dram group finds a new home

Newton le Willows AODS auditions for their next production - the  musical Sweet Charity
Newton le Willows AODS auditions for their next production - the musical Sweet Charity
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AN award-winning amateur dramatic society has found a new home.

Newton-le-Willows Amateur Dramatics and Operatic Society (NADOS) were forced to move in recent years after Earlestown Town Hall closed down.

But they have been welcomed to Byrchall High School in Ashton with open arms and this week started auditioning for their latest musical, Sweet Charity.

NADOS chair, Aileen Wiswell MBE, said: “We’ve been doing shows for 40 years now and seem to have found the perfect new home at Byrchall High. They’ve been brilliant.

“Although we’re an amateur society, we try to do everything as professionally as we possibly can and all our stage crew are professionals in the real world. We like to think we’re the most professional amateurs you’ll ever see.

“In fact, we sometimes go to see professional shows and come home thinking we could have done it better!”

NADOS, who were awarded two national operatic and dramatic society awards last year, also run a NADOS Nippers group for children aged seven to 14.

Their members started auditioning for parts in Sweet Charity this week before open auditions commence later this month.

All proceeds from the NADOS shows are pumped straight back into the society.

Mrs Wiswell added: “Sweet Charity is going to be a fabulous show. Shirley Maclaine played the main character in the movie and it’s very much in the Fosse dancing style - with lots of intricate movements.

“They are very difficult dances to learn but the visual effect is quite spectacular.”

NADOS are set to stage Sweet Charity at Byrchall High at 7.30pm on September 5, 6 and 7.

For tickets, call Marie Lloyd on 01942 724842 or e-mail:

To find out more about NADOS and how you can get involved, go online at: