How it all began – TADLOP
It was at a meeting on the 13th April 1972 at Shirlee Gaston’s Dance Studio in Wellington that brought about the creation of Telford and District Light Operatic Players. A dozen parents of some of the pupils and other like-minded people had perceived that the district (rapidly becoming Telford) lacked an organisation to perform light opera and musicals. What was needed was a Society to bring a little “West End” theatre to the area.
Within two weeks an organisation was formed and almost 50 people had expressed an interest in being involved in putting on the very first show “Calamity Jane”. It started with a donation of £5 with the first show costing around £500. Tickets were 30p and programmes only 5p.
After three nights at Oakengates Town Hall and all bills paid, the Society had made £25 towards its next production, and since these very humble beginnings has gone on to stage a series of over 72 lavish musicals for generations of Shropshire audiences.
Today the Society is a registered Charity with the objective to “educate the public in the dramatic and operatic arts and to further the development of public appreciation and taste in the said arts”.
Reaching its 40th Anniversary in 2012 it continues to thank all those people who support, donate or give their free time in continuing the Society for future generations to enjoy.
Shirlee Gaston – Calamity Jane in our first show in 1972