Artistic Director: Luke Spencer
Although Iestyn’s passion for musical theatre led him to apply for the vacant position as Musical Director he was already well-know to us having been in the pit for two of our most recent shows, Little Shop of Horrors and Sister Act, With an MA in Music from Cardiff University, specialising in piano performance, he had spent two summers as an MD at a children’s musicals camp in New York.
He founded the showcase production City of Stars in Cardiff, leading a sixty piece orchestra, and is Band Leader at the Rocksteady Music School and was musical director and conductor of the Cardiff University Jazz Choir.
Choreographer: Fran Chester
Fran’s interest in musical theatre was forged at a young age and she has been lucky enough to perform in many local productions including Les Mis, Singing In The Rain, Annie, Miss Saigon and Little Shop of Horrors.
She has been passionate about working in the local community through the medium of dance and the performing arts since she was at school. She later completed an Extended Diploma in Dance at College Sir Gar while also completed certifications in Dance Leadership and became a qualified Cheerleading Coach and worked as a dance teacher for the Steps Dance School. She gained a Higher Certificate in Dance Studies at Middlesex University while spending her summers as a visiting choreographer and project leader with the Forge Theatre Company. Currently completing a degree in Youth and Community Work she is delighted to be joining the CAOS production team and having the chance to share her passion with like-minded people.
Production Secretary: Abigail Morgan
Abby attended QE Cambria School in Carmarthen and then graduated with a degree in Drama (Theatre & Media) from the University of Glamorgan. She is now a Teaching Assistant in Canolfan Elfed in Queen Elizabeth High School, a job that she loves. She has been a member of CAOS since 1995 when she was one of the Snow children in Carousel and was delighted to be chosen to play the role of Carrie Pipperidge (Mrs. Snow) in the Society’s 2013 production. Last year she received her 20 year badge from NODA (National Operatic & Dramatic Association).
She was asked to take on the role of Production Secretary for the 2017 production of Little Shop of Horrors and found it both exciting and challenging. She is continuing the position for the 2018 production of Sister Act and would like to thank the Trustees and Executive Committee for all their support.