Falkirk Operatic Society is an amateur dramatic organisation based in Falkirk, Central Scotland. We currently produce two shows a year - One full scale musical every Spring and a cabaret concert each Autumn. Our current home is in the Falkirk Town Hall. We aim to promote the development of all our members in the skills required to participate both onstage and offstage.
The company was instituted in 1903 and celebrated its centenary in 2003 with the Jerry Herman musical Mack & Mabel. The first musical to be produced by the society was the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta H.M.S Pinafore and this was received with great enthusiasm by the people of Falkirk. Although two World Wars caused productions to be suspended, the company battled on. During these dark days, those members still at home entertained and raised funds to buy little lucuries for the troops billeted throughout the district. Today, this tradition is continued by our Concert Party, entertaining church groups, resedential homes, senior citizens' groups and other charitable groups in our community.
Falkirk Operatic Society has been lucky to have the talents of many commited Directors, Musical Directors and Choreographers. In 1952 the company was under the direction of the late Rikki Fulton. In 1926 the composer of Merrie England, Sir Edward German, had accepted an invitation to come and conduct one of our performances of his opera. What would have been a truly historic occasion was frustrated when the same date as his proposed visit as chosen to be that on which he was to receive his Knighthood.
Falkirk Operatic Society continues to produce shows with the same enthusiasm as the company members who have tread the boards before us.