The Society, in its present form, was inaugurated in July 1958 by reviving the old Tenterden Operatic & Dramatic Society and incorporating The Tenterden Players and The Masquers into that Society. They are now more often referred to as TODS.
It has been the practice of the Society to stage three productions a year, in January, April and October. The January production was always a traditional pantomime but in 1994 the Society ventured into the world of musical plays and staged ‘The Sound of Music’. This was followed in successive years by ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘The Pajama Game’, ‘Summer Holiday’ and many more including this year’s production of ‘Sweet Charity’.
The April productions have for many years been Kent Drama Association Full Length Play Festival entries and have gained the Society a considerable number of awards as well as many individual acting awards.
Over the years children have been an integral part of the Society and in 1984 they performed ‘Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’. The TODS Youth Theatre was formed in 1990 and continued until 2003 when they staged ‘Rats’ and ‘Shake, Ripple & Roll’. Other previous memorable Youth Theatre productions include ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Annie’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Wind in the Willows’.
TODS are proud to be affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) which was founded in 1899 and has a membership of over 2,300 amateur societies and 3,000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to tiny village halls.
TODS Committee 2016
- Chairman: Iris Scandrett
- Vice Chairman: Peter Huxley
- Secretary: Angela Patrick
- Treasurer: Michael Patrick
- Assistant Secretary: Sally Klemen
- Committee Members:
- Gillian Davis
- Simon Phelps
- Fiona Murch
- Glynis Rollings
- Lynne Andrews