CAOS Noda Awards reported in the Carmarthen Journal – June 2019

Delighted to report that the Carmarthen Journal devoted space this week to coverage of our recent NODA awards – not to mention the fact that Carmarthen Youth Opera also added to the local tally of prizes by picking up three awards too.

CAOS winners at the 2018 NODA Awards – June 2019

We are delighted to announce that CAOS picked up two major prizes at the 2018 NODA regional awards for Wales and Ireland held this month in Hereford.
Rhian Hiley picked up the Best Individual Performer in Musical Theatre for her role as Delores Van Cartier in “Sister Act” which ran was staged at the Lyric last autumn. 
We also collected the award for Best Musical Theatre Production in a close-run competition covering what is known as “District 6” which covers performances held in a large area of the country between Llanelli to Haverfordwest.
(Photo shows Rhian on the left with our Production Secretary Abby Morgan)

CAOS Announces Addam Family Musical at our 2019 show May 2019

Carmarthen Amateur Operatic Society are promising something spooky for theatre-goers this Halloween.
They have chosen the classic comedy horror musical “The Addams Family” as their major annual production after being lucky enough to be one of the few societies in the UK to gain the amateur performance rights this year.
“We are absolutely delighted to be putting on such an iconic show at the very best time of the year for this creepy feel-good comedy,” says the society’s chairwoman Barbara Scott.
“Choosing our big annual production is a huge thing for our members but everyone is delighted that we are going to be staging such a wonderful musical.”
“The copyright owners had decided to restrict the number of performances licences they grant this year so we are hugely grateful to them allow us to bring “The Addams Family” to Carmarthen.
”The plot deals with the repercussions when the decidedly weird Gomez and Morticia meet their daughter Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his unsuspecting parents for the first time.
CAOS are getting an unexpected promotional boost for the show from Hollywood with the UK premiere of a new computer-animated film featuring the Addams family due to be released in the UK just a few days before the production is staged at the Lyric Theatre.
Open auditions for the show, which will be at the Lyric from Wednesday 30thOctober to Saturday 2ndNovember, are being held on Thursday 6th June and Sunday 9th June.
(Photo shows society members reacting after the announcement of this year’s show at rehearsals for their Cabaret Night being held at St Peter’s Civic Hall on Saturday June 1st.)

CAOS Announces Our 2019 Production Team – April 2019

Members of Carmarthen Amateur Operatic Society were introduced to the team who will be responsible for their productions this year at a special rehearsal night at Christ Church.

CAOS, the oldest society of its kind in Wales, decided to ring the changes recently by refreshing the creative talent behind their shows.

With a nationwide reputation for award-winning productions their adverts attracted interest not only throughout Wales but the south west of England too.

In the end two of the new team members chosen have worked with the society in the past while their new director and producer comes from Swansea.

Cardiff-based Iestyn Griffiths takes over the post of Musical Director after playing in the pit band in previous CAOS shows including last year’s production of Sister Act.  He leads the City of Stars orchestra in the nation’s capital as well as helping run the Rocksteady Music School there.

The society’s new choreographer is Fran Chester whose love of dance and musical theatre was forged as a cast member of both CAOS and Carmarthen Youth Opera before going on to study dance at Coleg Sir Gar and Middlesex University.

Luke Spencer, who steps into the role of director and producer, says he has a passion for music that extends beyond his work with school students to leading a number of Welsh choirs, organising musical worship in his local church as well as performing and directing in dozens of theatre shows.

Now faced with choosing the title of this year’s show, to be performed at the Lyric Theatre in October, Luke says he will put CAOS members through their paces at a cabaret show being held in St Peter’s Hall in June.

Photo shows. (Left to right) Luke Spencer, Fran , CAOS chairwoman Barbara Scott, production secretary Abby Morgan and Iestyn Griffiths. 


Wales & Northern Ireland


Achievement Award – Andrew Edwards for his hard work and dedication as Stage Manager for the society for many years.

Best Stage Management and Technical in District 6
Carmarthen Amateur Operatic Society for the production of Little Shop of Horrors

Best Lead Individual in District 6 – Cerys James playing Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors


Regional Councillor Award – Lynette Edwards for all her hard work and commitment to the society.

Many congratulations to everyone involved.

REVIEW: Oliver! at the Lyric in Carmarthen

ByCarmarthen Journal  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

Oliver! Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen

THRILLED Lyric audiences were asking for more last week as CAOS’s 2014 production of Oliver! enjoyed a very successful run.

Carmarthen Amateur Operatic Society has been a mainstay of local dramatic productions for many years, in fact it can trace its roots back as far as 1891, and, since 2011’s performance of Annie, has included children in their cast.

That move opened the way for shows such as Oliver! and what an excellent decision that has proven to be.


The production team of artistic director Marc Skone, musical director Helen Wyn and choreographer Joy Evans can be justifiably proud of what they have achieved with this impressive version of Lionel Bart’s classic, maintaining the traditionally high standards of CAOS shows.

The large and impressive principal cast were ably supported by an enthusiastic and entertaining chorus of all ages, with a particularly well disciplined and enthralling gang of charming pickpockets. There were strong contributions from the more mature among the supporting cast, especially seen in the intriguing relationship between Mr Bumble (Dafydd Davies) and Widow Corney (Rhian Owen), and the always- entertaining Sean Tapp.

Two of the key roles of this show are played by young performers and Gruffudd Evans captured the vulnerability and innocence of the eponymous hero and the confident Oliver John revelled in the role of the impish Artful Dodger.

Georgie Tipping, through her portrayal of the tragic Nancy, showed yet again what a high-class performer she is, and treated the audience to a wonderful rendition of As Long As He Needs Me.

Oliver! is, of course, set mostly in the seedier parts of Victorian London and the violence of the time was certainly brought to the stage through the dark and menacing Bill Sykes, played convincingly by Adam Quill.

The stand-out character in Oliver! is that of Fagin and the imposing Daniel Rhys Williams, returning to the role for which he won the President’s Shield with the Carmarthen Youth Opera in 2006 (and wearing the same jacket), certainly delivered a performance worthy of the ovation he received.

It was good to see so many people attending the performance last Friday as it deserved to be played to a full auditorium.

Everyone involved with Oliver!, on stage, backstage and all of the people working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that shows like this can be performed, deserves to be congratulated for a thoroughly entertaining and successful production.

Gary Owen




Carmarthen Oliver production is hoping audiences want ‘more’

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: May 14, 2014


IT is hoped the audience will be asking for ‘more’ as Oliver! takes to the Carmarthen stage this week. Members of Carmarthen Amateur Operatic Society (CAOS) will bring to life the Charles Dickens classic at the Lyric theatre in King Street from tonight until May 17.

Val Hinkin of CAOS said: “The cast has been hard at work from November last year rehearsing this popular show with dedication and enjoyment to ensure that the audience will leave the theatre delighted with the professionalism of the production.” Now Fagan, played by Dan Williams, and his den of pickpockets are getting ready to take to the West Wales stage.

In the 2013, Dan played Jigger in the production of Carousel to wide acclaim on his acting ability. He has played the role of Fagan previously with the Carmarthen Youth Opera and the coat he wears throughout this production is the same he wore then.

The parts of Oliver and the Artful Dodger have been taken on by recently joined members to the company. Oliver is played by 13-year-old Gruffudd Evans an Ysgol Bro Myrddin pupil, and the Artful Dodger is played by Queen Elizabeth High School Oliver John,who is also 13.

Ms Hinkin added: “Both are giving excellent portrayals of the characters and the audience will fall under the spell of Oliver’s innocence and the Artful Dodgers’s street wise character, who is charged with teaching Oliver the tricks of the trade.


We were invited to decorate a Christmas Tree at Christ Church’s Annual Christmas Tree Festival on Wednesday 27th November to Sunday 1st December 2014.

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