What we do at TODS
In July 1958, Tenterden Operatic & Dramatic Society was bought to life by amalgamating The Tenterden Players and The Masquers to form the original TODS – that makes this year our 61st birthday! As a society, we are one of many small-scale amateur dramatics organisations in the South East and are proud to be a member of Kent Drama Association (KDA) and the National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA).
TODS are proud to produce three shows each year – a Spring musical in February, a Spring play in May, and an Autumn play in October. Traditionally, the Spring musical was a good old-fashioned pantomime up until 1994, when TODS decided to branch into musical theatre. From our first ever musical production of My Fair Lady back in 1994 up to the present day, we pride ourselves on bringing quality and professional-standard productions to our little town of Tenterden and beyond. Our last three musical productions were The Pajama Game in 2017, Sister Act the Musical in 2018, Follies in 2019 and another hugely successful production, Chicago in 2020.
We usually enter into KDA’s Full Length Play Festival with our Spring play, and are proud to boast of a plethora of awards for individual performances as well as the full-company. A previous spring play, Haywire by Eric Chappell, won Runner Up in Best Wardrobe Achievement.
Like other Theatre companies, both amateur and professional, TODS has suffered an enforced hiatus, and so has postponed all productions for the remainder of 2020. BUT, as Arnie Schwarzenegger says ‘We’ll be back” with a bang. Our return show will be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, THE MUSICAL. We have moved it from our Spring slot to 2 – 5 June, 2021.
Our Autumn play is conventionally something a little different – be it a members’ night, variety show or a series of one-act plays, we’ll provide you with some entertaining refreshment from the cold autumnal evenings. However, this year, we will be producing a fantastic show for the family, Goodnight Mister Tom, which will be directed by Tony Powell, who will be directing his first show for TODS.