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Committee Members

David Brierley

President

David's association with LADOS began over 50 years ago when his late wife, Peggy, joined LADOS to play the part of Fiona in their production of 'Brigadoon'. Although he has never actually trodden the boards with LADOS, he is no stranger to performing, having met Peggy whilst performing in plays.

David performed in numerous summer seasons on the Central Pier, and Christmas Pantos at the Winter Gardens during the 1970's.

When Peggy took over the reins as LADOS Producer in 1986, David supported her throughout the next 21 years as her advisor, mini set builder, sounding board, chauffeur and shoulder to cry on. Throughout those years David was Front of House Manager for all LADOS shows, running a tight ship, and he became our President from 2004 to 2006. He has reprised his Presidential role in 2017 for another 3 year stint.

He agreed to take on the role of Trustee, as he feels passionate about LADOS continuing successfully for at least another 125 years and he is now around to support daughter Suzanne, and pass on Peggy's experience and knowledge to her.

Sylvia Rogerson

Chairman / Trustee

I joined LADOS in 1969 and my first show was "Kiss me Kate", Although not a trained dancer I managed to get myself into the dance troupe - we weren't as professional as dancers today. The next year we did "The Vagabond King" and such was my love of the theatre that I did the show whilst pregnant with my third child. I was in a small cameo playing a nun and after that show we started rehearsing for "The Sound of Music", where I played a nun again! Fortunately, I gave birth in the July before the performance in October and became a more respectable looking nun.

After that I played many small roles too numerous to mention, my last being Mrs Harcourt in "Anything Goes". I've loved every minute of being on stage but after Anything Goes in 2005, I decided to put the "9 and 5 sticks" into the make-up box for good and join the committee.

It's hard to portray here the fun and friendships that being in amateur dramatics brings to people. For instance I have been friends with Audrey Tarney for 50 years and we are still friends with others who have left. When you rehearse or on stage all your troubles and worries just melt away for that short time. In the old days the apres show involved a good old sing along in the dressing rooms until the early hours. Some great nights!

In 2019 after 16 years as a City Councillor I stood down and became an Honorary Alderman and that same year I was presented with a medal for 50 years in LADOS - not bad going! As I write this I am Chair of the Committee, I don't think the 'me' of 1969 would have thought I would still be in LADOS, never mind Chair of the committee.

My role now is chairing committee meetings and in show week is to meet and greet and hospitality. Watching the shows each night I can't help wishing I was up there with them!

Audrey Tarney

Secretary / Business Manager / Trustee

I joined LADOS in September 1970 having been persuaded by family friends. My first show was to have been Perchance to Dream but this was soon changed to "The King & I" and that was it - a fairly quiet 18 year old found her feet - and her voice!

Since that time firm friendships have been formed - we have gone from being frivolous 20 year olds to the Golden Girls - from the partying that used to take place we now enjoy meals out, talking about our grandchildren, ailments, medication and our personal losses. Always there for each other no matter what.

As well as being on stage in the chorus/dancers (pre the almost professionalism of today) I became a Committee member in the early 80's - mainly as I felt the Society was too male led - certainly not the case today. I was Membership Secretary for many years prior to taking over as Secretary/ Trustee in 2004. In the role of Secretary I was following in the footsteps of Chris (Pom) Riley and Margaret Hartley. It's only when you move to a role like this that the admiration for those who have gone before is realised. They were hard acts to follow. I recall Margaret handing me some folders when I was taking over, with the comment, "perhaps you can type these up" - she had gone through all the Minutes since 1891 and written out the important parts. It took years to finally finish typing them with the help of Hazel Beckett (fellow Committee member).

It is important to keep the Society going for future generations. Who would have thought when I first walked through the doors of the Customs House back in 1970, where LADOS were then based, that 50 years on I would still be there as Secretary/Business Manager - booking shows, costumes, scenery, sorting out licences, programmes, rotas etc - an all year round role and meeting people who would change my life in such a positive way. Since the pandemic there have been so many changes and it was good to have the time out from rehearsals and meetings due to a personal loss.

If asked to name my favourite shows which I have been involved with "Fiddler on the Roof", "No No Nanette", "Chess", "La Cage Aux Folles", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "The Pirates of Penzance" would be up there.

In addition to LADOS, Audrey has been a member of local group, The Gadabouts, set up by Tony Hindle (previous LADOS acting member and Producer). The group have been on a hiatus not only due to the pandemic but due to the death of Tony who was killed in an accident in May 2020. It is our intention to continue with the group as a tribute to him - though this will not be easy on many levels.

I now have two young granddaughters to keep me going who seem to love music and musicals as much as I do. They will hopefully be on the front row when we stage ELF.

Like Sylvia I sometimes have the urge to get up on stage with the cast but I am not sure the arthritic back will allow for this...

Dawn Naylor

Treasurer

Dawn first helped backstage when she was in her teens, but then took a break whilst she went to University in Ripon. She moved back to Lancaster in 2004, and came back to LADOS in 2005/2006 and joined her dad, Cliff Beckett, as part of the props team for Hot Mikado.

Dawn took over her own accountancy business in January 2011, and is a busy working mum with two young children to look after, but she somehow found time to join the LADOS general committee after being elected at the AGM in 2011. Her biggest challenge so far on the props team has been negotiating the handcart and bed, backstage, during Fiddler on the Roof, and as anyone who has ever been backstage during a performance knows, there isn't much room around there when there are large props to be moved and stored!

Dawn took on the daunting task of Treasurer from Frank Dewhurst in the autumn of 2012, little realising she would have a baptism of fire, with not one, but two shows to deal with in 2013, with The Producers in May and Grease in September.

Hazel Beckett

Vice Chairman / Trustee

Hazel joined LADOS in the autumn of 1977 as part of the props team for the 1978 production of The Merry Widow. She has been involved with props in one way or another for over 41 years, until after the 2019 production of Jesus Christ Superstar when she decided to hang up her Props sweatshirt for the final time, and join her two fellow trustees Front of House, although she has said she will really miss the hustle and bustle of being backstage after so many years.

Following the retirement of David Brierley as a Trustee in 2020, Hazel was asked if she would take on this role, which she agreed to do, and was duly appointed in 2021, as well as retaining her position of Vice-Chair of the general committee.

Between 2002 and 2018 Hazel also took on the role of prompt which had its own challenges, especially during rehearsals for the 2007 production of Fiddler on the Roof, when it was discovered that the male lead had been working from a different version of the script to the one which she had been given to use as prompt, with hilarious results!

Hazel was awarded her 40 years Service Bar in 2018.

John Savage

Membership Secretary / Committee Member

John first appeared on the stage of Lancaster Grand in December 1962 when a pupil at The Friends' School. On moving to Pilling, he joined the drama group before college and seven years teaching in Ipswich. Returning to Pilling he re-joined the group, recently completing 40 years as actor, director and writer.

Four years ago eldest daughter Claire, got him into musical theatre, firstly appearing with MAODS in 'Evita' then joining LADOS and GMP. Favourite roles in drama include Gerry Evans in 'Dancing at Lughnasa' and Sergeant Plod in 'Inspector Drake and the Black Widow' and in musical theatre Harold Wilson in 'Made in Dagenham' and Baptista in 'Kiss Me, Kate'.

Outside of theatre he chairs Pilling Parish Council and is an active musician playing various instruments, mainly saxophone in a wind band and a dance band.

Victoria Muir

Librarian / Committee Member

Victoria is a relative newcomer to LADOS having joined the society in 2016 for their production of "The Witches of Eastwick" just after she and her family had moved to Morecambe. She has been involved with each show since then.

From ensemble to playing Hattie in the 2018 production of "Kiss Me, Kate" and she drafted her brother into the society as well for Jesus Christ Superstar, which was the 1st time they had performed on stage together for about 26 years.

Victoria has really enjoyed becoming part of the LADOS family and getting more involved with the society by now joining the committee.

Victoria is very much looking forward to seeing where her journey at LADOS will take her and hopes to stay with the society for many years to come or until her joints get too rusty to kick up her heels!

Holly Brown

Committee Member

Holly made her LADOS debut as one of the children in our 2002 production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and was a dancer in "Kiss Me Kate" in 2003. Fast forward 15 years and she choreographed our 2018 production of "Kiss Me, Kate". In fact Holly has been our Choreographer since 2014 and is working her magic once again for "Elf the Musical".

Holly throws herself 100% into any production, and always gets into the thick of the routines right alongside the cast. Even those members with 'two left feet', soon find themselves being able to join in with everyone else in Holly's slick routines. Coming from a dancing background, with a mum who is the 'Read' in the Robinson Read School of Dance, it is no wonder that Holly is such a great dancer, which she has proved in previous LADOS shows such as 'Jesus Christ, Superstar' and 'Kiss Me Kate'. Having danced practically as soon as she could walk, she won many trophies and was offered a place at the prestigious 'Millennium Dance 2000', where she stayed from 2004 to 2007. She returned to the area to get married, and is now mum to two young children, as well as working in the dance school, and she also teaches at Diddi Dance.

Lorraine Marcellini

Committee Member

A life long friend of our Producer Suzanne, Lorraine has recently joined the committee and brings to the table many years experience of musical theatre.

She has played leading roles for both MAODS and Lancaster Footlights, the most memorable being Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady which won her the NODA award for best actress. For several years Lorraine has been involved with LADOS. She helps out back stage as make up artist to the men, making them look as beautiful as possible!

Apart from her love of show business, Lorraine has been successful in family business all of her working life and in her spare time loves to travel the world!

Andrew Thompson

Committee Member

Andrew made his LADOS debut in 2000 playing the part of Gideon in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, after which he left the area to attend University and start a career within the NHS.

In 2017 Andrew returned to LADOS and West Side Story and has been involved with the society since then. He is also an active member of Storth Entertainers and has appeared in many shows with them over the years. Most recently he played the part of Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl which awarded him the NODA North West District 11 Award for Best Comedy Performance. Andrew enjoys the fun of pantomimes and the drama of straight plays but his real passion is musicals.

Andrew welcomes the opportunity to take an active role within the committee and is looking forward to helping shape the LADOS of the future!

Cliff Beckett

Committee Member

Cliff joined LADOS as a member of the props team for the 1989 production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers which was quite appropriate, as he married wife Hazel seven days after this production finished its run. He is still involved with the props team, which is currently headed up by his daughter, Dawn Naylor, however, following a heart attack in December 2018 he has taken a step back, and will unfortunately no longer be able to lift and shift the heavier props on and off the stage.

Cliff has been a member of the general committee for a number of years now, and has taken many of the photos of the dress rehearsals which appear on the website.

Cliff was awarded his 30 year service bar in 2018

Production Team

Suzanne Ward

Director

Suzanne is the daughter of the late Peggy Brierley, our previous long term producer, and has been part of LADOS since 1986, when she played one of the shop girls in "Half a Sixpence", which was her mum's first show as producer for LADOS. Since then she has played many leading roles, some of the most memorable being Cassie in "A Chorus Line" and Miss Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls", which just happens to be one of Suzanne's favourite parts.

Suzanne has been nominated in the "Best Artistic Direction of a Musical" category in the NODA North West Awards for her work on our 2016 production of "The Witches of Eastwick". Then going on to be nominated again in 2017 for "West Side Story" and "Best Musical" (NODA Region 11) in 2018 for "Kiss Me, Kate". Jess Turton, who played Kate, actually went on to win "Best Female Comedy Performance" at the NODA NW Region Awards.

As well as Miss Adelaide, one of Suzanne's other favourite roles was Lina Lamont in "Singin' in the Rain". Her favourite show has got to be "La Cage Aux Folles". Suzanne had the most fun in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Grease" whilst her favourite and most fun productions as Director were "The Witches of Eastwick" and "Kiss Me, Kate".

Anna Eddowes-Scott

Musical Director

Although this will be Anna's first show with LADOS, she is no stranger to the Am Dram world. Anna first began performing as part of her high school's yearly musical productions back in 1992, before relocating to Lancaster for university and joining the local am dram scene in 2002.

Since then, Anna has enjoyed being part of the ensemble, playing a number of roles, venturing into the pit as part of the orchestra and working as part of the backstage team. There isn't much that she hasn't turned her hand to!

However, Anna's favourite role in amateur dramatics has to be that of Musical Director, as it allows her to share her love of music & singing with other people. As an ex-primary school teacher, Anna loves the buzz that you get from helping others to learn a new song or master their harmony lines.

Anna is "excited" to be working alongside the team at LADOS on their latest production.

Holly Brown

Choreographer

Holly made her LADOS debut as one of the children in our 2002 production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and was a dancer in "Kiss Me Kate" in 2003. Fast forward 15 years and she choreographed our 2018 production of "Kiss Me, Kate". In fact Holly has been our Choreographer since 2014 and is working her magic once again for "Elf the Musical".

Holly throws herself 100% into any production, and always gets into the thick of the routines right alongside the cast. Even those members with 'two left feet', soon find themselves being able to join in with everyone else in Holly's slick routines. Coming from a dancing background, with a mum who is the 'Read' in the Robinson Read School of Dance, it is no wonder that Holly is such a great dancer, which she has proved in previous LADOS shows such as 'Jesus Christ, Superstar' and 'Kiss Me Kate'. Having danced practically as soon as she could walk, she won many trophies and was offered a place at the prestigious 'Millennium Dance 2000', where she stayed from 2004 to 2007. She returned to the area to get married, and is now mum to two young children, as well as working in the dance school, and she also teaches at Diddi Dance.

Website

Mark Brierley

Webmaster, Photography and Design

Mark is not a Committee Member, but we have to stick the Webmaster somewhere! With strong family connections to LADOS, Mark is the cousin of our current Director Suzanne, nephew of the late Peggy Brierley and current President David, and brother of Gary who appeared in several productions back in the 1990s. Through his Web & App Development company AGMTEK, Mark has been producing the LADOS website since 2016.

The site was completely redesigned and re-written. The old site only went back as far as 2005 but Mark was determined to draw on the entire history of LADOS. This involved scanning, re-touching and publishing the original programmes from every single production since the inaugural production in 1892. Together with dress rehearsal photos from every production since 1987 as well as others going back even further, where available.

With all this additional information, Mark was also able to create a searchable database of every single person credited in a LADOS production.

Our 2019 production of Jesus Christ Superstar saw Mark take a more active role, taking the photos at the technical and dress rehearsals which appear on the website. Mark also handles our media and graphics requirements across social and print media and the all important Show Programme. With the cancellation of productions in 2020 and 2021, Mark is now looking forward to dusting off the camera for both Elf The Musical and Calendar Girls in 2022!

www.lados.online has been custom-developed to meet the needs of a successful modern Amateur Dramatic Society whilst preserving its rich heritage for all to see. There is still more to do. A few programmes to track down, more photos to find. Keep coming back to visit us, to keep in touch with our current productions as well as our show-stopping history.